The history of CHROMOS Group AG
The Swiss CHROMOS Group celebrates in 2021 its 75th anniversary. What began in 1946 with the founding of a trading company for the Swiss printing industry is today a 3rd generation owner-managed group of companies with a focus on technology and solution consulting in the fields of imaging and automation. The eventful company history was and is characterized by continuous innovation.
May 1st 1946
The first machines with which Chromos makes a name for itself come from England and the USA. From humble beginnings, the company quickly develops into a major supplier to the graphic arts industry in Switzerland.
Foundation of Chromos Grafische Maschinen GmbH in Germany.
With the foundation of Chromos Grafische Maschinen GmbH in Germany (today Chromos GmbH), the first step is taken abroad. The company partly takes over the same representations as in Switzerland. An important partner becomes Ferag from the Zurich Oberland with their newspaper conveyor belts. The business relationship continues for many years until Ferag takes over the foreign business on its own.
The contractual partner is the former Erno AG, which was taken over by the Chromos Group in 1997 and became FUJIFILM (Switzerland) AG.
Together with the later Kelva in Sweden, Stereiprint AG is the only company within Chromos with its own production. Later, production is discontinued and what remains is the sale of materials.
Foundation of Litho Trade AG.
In the course of the upward trend of offset printing, Litho Trade AG develops into an important supplier company for the repro and printing industry. In addition to FUJIFILM graphic film, printing plates, proofs and equipment, the product range also includes consumables, chemicals and environmentally friendly processing systems.
After attending the College of Printing in London and working for various suppliers, Rolf Broglie began his career as a salesman for Goebel machines. A few years later, he advanced to the position of Managing Director and Delegate of the Board of Directors.
With representations of brands like Scitex and ECRM, Chromos Electronic AG secures a firm place among the suppliers of these new technologies. In 1992, it merged with Litho Trade AG to form Litho Tronic AG, which was integrated into Chromos AG in 2001.
Chromos Inter AG searches the world for new, pioneering high-tech products from all areas of the graphic arts and packaging industries for distribution on the European market. In 1995 the company is integrated into Chromos AG.
Foundation of Chromos Chempak in Friedberg near Augsburg.
March 18 1988
The construction, which began in 1987, was a consequence of a lack of space and difficulties at the long-standing location in Zurich. The move signifies the end of a traditional and fruitful period and marks the beginning of a new era.
Takeover of the representations of Signode and Meypack.
At the center of his credo was the triangle with the cornerstones customer, employee and supplier. For him, it was always clear that ultimately it is the customers who decide the fate of a company. For him, “customer values” were not just empty words and should continue to be of great importance to the Group.
The representation for the Japanese Toyo Ink is taken over.
With the acquisition of CBC AG, the Chromos Group enters the large-format digital printing business.
Takeover of the representation for Omet.
Takeover of the representation for Durst.
Launch of the 3D Solutions Division.
Relocation of Chromos GmbH to Augsburg.
Start of Europe-wide spare parts supply for RMGT.
Universal Robots was founded in Denmark in 2005 and was the first company to produce commercially viable collaborative robots.
July 1st 2020
CHROMOS Group AG comprises the Printing, Packaging, Industrial, FUJIFILM Photo, Kelva Webcleaning and Service divisions. Subsequently, Prografica Holding AG is renamed Chromos Holding AG.
Integration of reico GmbH (D) into CHROMOS Group AG.