Druckhaus Kaufmann, with headquarters in the scenic town of Lahr on the edge of the Black Forest in south-western Germany, celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2016. As a family-owned company in the sixth generation, we know how important it is to maintain quality and at the same time to reinvent ourselves. Therefore, we always make sure to invest in our modern machine park. We continuously train our employees and test our work and production processes on a regular basis. Our aim is to surpass the expectations of our customers with regard to reliability, flexibility and quality. Not only for this reason do more than 350 companies from over 30 sectors and diverse countries place their trust in the indisputable quality of Druckhaus Kaufmann. That makes us proud, and hopefully highly interesting for you.
Our management board (from left to right): Markus Kaufmann, Karl-Heinz Becker, Friedrich Karle.
Top quality comes about when everyone in the complete work process gives 100%. In the Kaufmann team, more than 200 highly committed employees do their very best to convince you both personally and technically. At this point, we’d like to introduce you to the people that support our customers with personal support, ranging from writing offers right down to shipment and supply.
Are you looking for a new challenge or a professional start with a long-established, modern company with a great future? Our fully vertical web and sheet-fed offset printing house located in the attractive town of Lahr offers highly diverse professional perspectives to committed apprentices, students, university graduates and experienced professionals. With us you can expect work surroundings characterised by high performance capability, mutual respect and a great working atmosphere. We’re proud that some of our more than 200 employees are working in the second or third generation with us. Strengthen our team with your know-how, team spirit and passion – we’re looking forward to your application.
Please send your detailed application to:
Ernst Kaufmann GmbH & Co. KG, Druckhaus
Mrs. Karin Boetzer
Please contact Mrs. Boetzer about questions concerning your application:
T +49 7821 945-189
F +49 7821 945-22189
In 1816, our great-great-great grandfather Ernst Kaufmann laid the foundations for our modern, fully vertical printing company in Lahr, Germany by establishing a stone printing company and library. We look back with pleasure and pride on our company history of more than 200 years, and cordially invite you to do the same. Welcome to a journey through time that shows what can be achieved with a strong will and strength of innovation.
Start of the family business in Lahr.
Ernst Kaufmann learns about chemical stone printing from Aloys Senefelder who invented the printing technique of lithography in 1796. Ernst starts his own business with a library and a stone printing company. Shortly after, he also becomes involved in publishing.
Breakthrough at the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations in London.
Ernst’s sons Theodor and Gustav successfully continue the development of the family business. A highlight is the accolade of an award for their work at the Great Exhibition in London. They expand the company to become the biggest lithographic institution in Baden, Germany.
New York City, Chicago, London, Berlin and Lahr.
Three generations later, Julius and Ernst turn the small family business into a global company by founding subsidiaries in New York City, Chicago, London and Berlin. After Ernst’s death, his brother Theodor joins the company. In Lahr alone the main production unit employs 250 people.
Difficult times for entrepreneurs.
Eberhard, Julius’s son, and Marie, Theodor’s daughter-in-law, keep the business going after the disastrous consequences of World Wars I and II. The subsidiaries in America and England must close. The banning of publishing activities by the state and the closing down of the complete production business result in existential problems.
Reconstruction from scratch.
Marie sets course for rebuilding the family business once a new publishing license is issued by the French troops. After the currency reform in 1948, the disastrous situation improves. A core of loyal customers returns and machine facilities are once again set up.
A new location.
Druckhaus Kaufmann relocates to a modern production site.
Progress with technology.
The installation of the first web offset printer sets another example for the ambitious goals of the family enterprise.
The start into the new millennium.
Globalisation and digitalisation make the world smaller. And also expand the business territory of Druckhaus Kaufmann. The company focuses on the rapid electronic transfer of data as well as on the personal expert advice on-site – an advantage that wins over many customers abroad, especially in neighbouring France.
An expanded range of services.
Druckhaus Kaufmann responds to the demand for integrated solutions with an expanded spectrum of services. The range of full service offers covers lettershop and innovative shipment solutions as well as prepress, printing and post-processing.
The quickest printing machine in the world.
With the new KBA Rapida 106 from Koenig & Bauer, Druckhaus Kaufmann invests in load capacity, quality and environmental protection. The quickest printing machine in the world prints 20,000 sheets per hour and sets new standards in terms of the protection of resources.
The new brand identity.
For the past six generations, the printing company in Lahr has borne the unmistakable signature of the Kaufmann family. In the wake of the 200th anniversary of the company, this now becomes the new trademark. The "For you" brand message perfectly sums up Kaufmann's philosophy and work for the benefit of their customers.
The Druckhaus Kaufmann anniversary.
Celebrate 200 years of Druckhaus Kaufmann with us. We’d be glad to see you!