Elanders’ history

Elanders was founded in 1908 by Otto Elander, Nils Hellner and Emil Ekström. On the 21st of April, 2008 Elanders celebrated its 100 years birthday. During the years Elanders has developed from a successful Swedish print company to one of the world’s leading graphic companies.

2014
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.

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2013
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.

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2012
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.

2011
Elanders expands and takes over sections of the Swedish sheet fed printers Fälth & Hässler and NRS Tryckeri.

2010
As a step to broaden the product range the packaging printer Printpack in Germany is acquired.

1908
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.

1913
Elanders started its cooperation with schools and the Public Sector, which resulted in our first international connections.

Elanders invested in modern Monotype machines.

1920
Directories are transported to the bookbindery on wagons drawn by men or horses.

1945
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.

1950
Elanders first sheet-fed offset print in production. The repro department began using printing plates which replaced lead types.

1958
Elanders celebrated 50 years as a limited company.

1962
Elanders was among the first companies in Europe with Fotolist, used to set directories.

1963
Per Elander became MD, heralding a new époque in the history of the company. Per realized early on the opportunities computerization offered.

1971
Elanders was one of the first companies in the industry to use computerized photo typesetting. 400 employees went through special training.

1972
Elanders moved from the city to new facilities in Kungsbacka, south of Gothenburg.

1978
Elanders started up its first company in Great Britain, Elanders Ltd in Scotland.

1980
Elanders reached the magical SEK 100 million barrier in turnover.

1982
Establishment of Elanders Electronic Printing which served customers who could put their information on a magnetic band or send it via the telephone lines.

1985
Elanders founded the company Elanders UK in Harrogate.

1988
New, long contract with the Swedish Telecom created a platform for four-colour print of directories.

1989
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.

1994
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.

1996
Elanders started up in Poland.

1997
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.

1997-2000
Eleven companies were acquired in Sweden and Elanders thereby became the largest Nordic graphic group.

1999
Turnover surpasses SEK 2 billion.

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

2002
Establishment in Hungary with focus on production of manuals to world leading mobile telephone manufacturers

2003-2004
Elanders’ five companies in the Gothenburg region moved together into new premises in Mölnlycke. The head office moved in the next year from Kungsbacka.

2004
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

2005
Elanders adhered to its strategy and followed its customer Sony Ericsson to China

2007
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.

2008
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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