History

  • 1883 : Founding of Laemlin Cartonagen und Buchbinderei, St.Gallen (at the location of present-day Globus
  • 1934 : Takeover of Waser Bookbinders by Werner Kuhn Sr. in 1906
  • 1938 : The foundation of today’s K+D AG was laid with the merger of AG Laemlin + Co and Werner Kuhn Bookbinders
  • 1964 : Son Werner Kuhn takes over the company from his father
  • 1967 : Purchase and integration of Lithag in Herisau and hence entry into professional folding box production
  • 1969 : Purchase of first part (7,600m2) of current company land. CHF 1 million production turnover achieved for first time
  • 1972 : Entry into offset printing technology
  • 1976 : New build in the Schuppis industrial quarter comes on stream with 4,000m2 production hall and warehouse
  • 1978 : Purchase and integration of Alldruck AG
  • 1991 : Takeover and integration of Eidenbenz Druck AG in St.Gallen
  • 1993 : ISO 9001 certification by SQS
  • 1996 : Stefan Kuhn takes over the position of Chairman of the Board at K+D AG
  • 1998 : First packaging printer in Europe to obtain ISO 14001 (at same time as process-orientated ISO 9001 ceretificate)
  • 2001 : 100% digital (filmless) prepress
  • 2001 : Land purchase increases company area to 12,000m2
  • 2004 : Takeover of E.Suter AG in Liebefeld by K+D AG
  • 2004 : Production expansion (total 4,500m2) and new administration building come on stream
  • 2004 : GMP certification (ISO 15378, packaging for medicines)
  • 2006 : 6-coulour printing press with double coating and inline cold foiling
  • 2006 : First WebCenter for validated and retraceable pre-press processes
  • 2007 : Takeover of «Packaging» business field of Huber Print-Pack AG in Frauenfeld and various investments in printing, punching and gluing machines
  • 2008 : K+D achieves CHF 30 million turnover, invests CHF 30 million in modern infrastructure, systems and acquisitions from 2003–2008
  • 2009 : K+D celebrates 125 years of "Packaging characterises values"
  • 2009 : Winner of SME Primus by St.Gallen Cantonal Bank
  • 2010 : CIP/Kaizen introduced with Porsche Consulting
  • 2010 : Investment in a fully automated paint mixing plant
  • 2011 : Go live with the new Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP system
  • 2011 : Operations with the first 6-colour printing machine featuring a cycled cold-foiling unit
  • 2011 : Capacity extended with Bobst gluing machine number five
  • 2012 : 4. Placement in the SVC East Switzerland Entrepreneurial Prize
  • 2012 : Management board extended
  • 2013 : World premiere at K+D: installation of 3 networked Bobst Folder-Gluers with AccuCheck
  • 2014 : each printing file is controlled 100% with the software Mediacheck
  • 2015 : Merge of the salesteams with the prepress department to a fully integrated customer service team
  • 2015 - 2017 : construction of the new building Schuppis 10
  • 2016 : 8-coulour printing press with double coating and inline cold foiling
  • 2016 : 2 new die-cutting machines Expertcut 106 PER. With this investment the average age of machinery at K+D AG is below 3 years.
  • 2018 : Generation change in the management
  • 2018 : processless printing plate system