Elanders’ history

From the time of its listing in 1989 Elanders has made a long journey from being purely a printer, mainly operating in Sweden, to becoming a global service company with business on four continents. We have worked hard to keep up with the tide of digitalization and globalization and the structural changes in the graphic industry. Along the road we have made acquisitions that have given us the opportunity to expand into new markets, customer segments and services.

Last updated 6/10/2015

Elanders advances its position and expands its global offer with supply chain services by acquiring the Singapore-based company Mentor Media Ltd. As a result of the acquisition Elanders will increase its annual net sales from around 2.2 to 3.5 billion Swedish crowns and the number of employees will grow from approximately 1,900 to 3,600.

Mentor Media is specialized in the provision of value added services to companies in the electronics and computer industry with special focus on product and component flows with extremely short lead times and comprehensive statistics reporting to customers. Its operations are built up around sophisticated IT solutions and its range of services includes sourcing, procuring components, warehousing and logistics management, customized manufacturing, order management and fulfilment, distribution, reverse logistics and repair services and e-Commerce solutions.


Elanders acquires all the shares in the label printing company McNaughtan’s Printers Limited  in Glasgow, Scotland. The company is particularly niched towards the whisky trade and a number of well known whisky distilleries are customers.

Elanders acquires myphotobook GmbH, one of Europe’s leading e-commerce companies in personalized photo products for consumers. This deal is right in line with Elanders’ strategy to develop product area e-Commerce. Through the acquisition of myphotobook Elanders also significantly broaden the customer base and gain access to another strong brand.


Elanders makes strategic acquisitions in e-commerce and Web2Business by acquiring the German companies d|o|m Deutsche Online Medien and fotokasten.

By the acquisition of the American company Midland Information Resources the international expansion continues and extends Elanders’ presence on the world’s largest graphic market, the USA.

Elanders expands and takes over sections of the Swedish sheet fed printers Fälth & Hässler and NRS Tryckeri.

As a step to broaden the product range the packaging printer Printpack in Germany is acquired.

Elanders was founded by Otto Elander, Nils Hellner and Emil Ekström.

Elanders received a long contract with the Royal Board of Telecommunications to typeset and print the Swedish National Directory.

Elanders started its cooperation with schools and the Public Sector, which resulted in our first international connections.

Elanders invested in modern Monotype machines.

Directories are transported to the bookbindery on wagons drawn by men or horses.

Elanders acquired Egnell & Co’s engraving works, which became a vital asset in its printing plant. You could now exchange an image in 4.5 hours if you were really quick.

Elanders first sheet-fed offset print in production. The repro department began using printing plates which replaced lead types.

Elanders celebrated 50 years as a limited company.

Elanders was among the first companies in Europe with Fotolist, used to set directories.

Per Elander became MD, heralding a new époque in the history of the company. Per realized early on the opportunities computerization offered.

Elanders was one of the first companies in the industry to use computerized photo typesetting. 400 employees went through special training.

Elanders moved from the city to new facilities in Kungsbacka, south of Gothenburg.

Elanders started up its first company in Great Britain, Elanders Ltd in Scotland.

Elanders reached the magical SEK 100 million barrier in turnover.

Establishment of Elanders Electronic Printing which served customers who could put their information on a magnetic band or send it via the telephone lines.

Elanders founded the company Elanders UK in Harrogate.

New, long contract with the Swedish Telecom created a platform for four-colour print of directories.

WeZäta AB was acquired. Ever since 1908 the company had handled the binding of the national telephone directory.

New directory press made Elanders one of the largest directory printers in Europe.

Elanders was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange on 9 January 1989 and quoted at the end of the day at SEK 55.50.

The digital revolution is felt in operations. The demand for multimedia began in the form of digital directories.

This year the Group exported to 16 countries.

Elanders started up in Poland.

For the first time turnover surpassed SEK 1 billion.

Carl Bennet, Elanders’ new owner saw the chance to develop a leading graphic group into an international player with specialist expertise.

Intensive work with the environment resulted in a Swan ecolabel and certification according to the environmental management system ISO 14001.

Eleven companies were acquired in Sweden and Elanders thereby became the largest Nordic graphic group.

Turnover surpasses SEK 2 billion.

The company Hindson was acquired in Newcastle and was renamed Elanders Hindson.

Establishment in Hungary with focus on production of manuals to world leading mobile telephone manufacturers

Elanders’ five companies in the Gothenburg region moved together into new premises in Mölnlycke. The head office moved in the next year from Kungsbacka.

Elanders started new operations in Hungary together with Hansaprint for the production of mobile telephone manuals.

Another two companies were acquired in Sweden: Skövde Offset and the storage and distribution departments in Volvo’s subsidiary, Celero Support.

Elanders produced more and more personalised and event-steered information

Elanders adhered to its strategy and followed its customer Sony Ericsson to China

German Sommer Corporate Media, one of the largest suppliers of manuals to the German automotive industry was acquired in January.

The acquisition of Artcopy in Brazil was a step in Elanders’ strategy to be of assistance to its global customers on the markets they are active in.

In order to supply Electrolux’ 22 factories in Europe with manuals to refrigerators and freezers Elanders started its first unit in Italy.

On the 21st of April, Elanders celebrated its 100 years birthday.

Elanders expanded into the USA and acquired Seiz Printing in Atlanta, Georgia.

Elanders expands its capacity and customer base in Germany by acquiring Mairs Graphische Betriebe.

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Elanders offers global solutions through its business areas Supply Chain Solutions, Print & Packaging Solutions and e-Commerce Solutions. The Group has operations in more than 15 countries on four continents.

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The Elanders Group has its subsidiaries worldwide.



The Elanders Group has its subsidiaries worldwide. Each of them have their own specialty and alignment. No matter which of them you contact, you always have access to everything the Group can offer.

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