FOUNDING OF THE BOBST COMPANY
Joseph Bobst begins distributing
printing ink produced by the German
firm Schmidt Brothers from
Ackno wledged as a professional
Joseph Bobst founds the Lausanne chapter of the Swiss Association of Printing Professionals.
Having left his job, Joseph Bobst
officially lists his printing supply
company with the Commercial
January 5, 1893.
Rudolf Diesel patents his
BIRTH OF HENRI BOBST
Henri Bobst is born in Lausanne on December 19, 1897. He would become the talented technician and visionary who drove the Group’s industrial development.
Joseph Bobst prospers, printing a catalogue, selling supplies and repairing machines. The company moves into bigger offices and a store located on Place de la Gare du Flon.
its Metro Line 1.
Three technicians are hired to repair machines on-site for customers. The workshop sells second-hand machinery and manufactures printing tools, roller printing presses and mobile lifts.
The first Ford Model T
comes off the assembly
line in the United States.
BRAILLE PRINTING PRESS
At age 18, Henri Bobst develops the first rotary cylinder press that could print the Braille alphabet using embossed dots. His inventive interpointing system can print on the front and back sides of the page without crushing the dots. The machine turns out several thousands of sheets per hour and is one of the first of many legendary successes for BOBST.
The Titanic passenger
liner sinks on April 15.
THE BOBST TRADEMARK
The cog logo becomes the
company’s emblem as a
Einstein completes the publication
of his theory of relativity.
A JOINT STOCK COMPANY
The economy recovers shortly after the end of World War I. Joseph Bobst and his sons are confident. They found the joint stock company J. Bobst & Fils SA and present their carton board machines at the Lyon International Fair.
MR2BA CARTON BOARD CUTTING MACHINE
Joseph Bobst designs a new type of machine featuring automatic shears for precision die-cutting of large sheets of carton board. The machine is ready in record time and meets with customers’ needs.
Tutankhamun’s tomb is
discovered in Egypt.
Under pressure due to competition from France and Germany, J. Bobst & Fils SA is strapped for cash. The company decides to sell its carton board machinery assets to the French firm Marinoni.
Restructuring of Bobst workshops
To avoid bankruptcy, the company reduces its joint stock capitalization from 360,000 to 270,000 Swiss francs. In 1921, the company is still worth 1 million Swiss francs.
Charles Lindbergh completes the first successful solo
flight over the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Paris.
SUCCESS OF THE AUTOVARIABLE
At the Leipzig Trade Fair in 1933, Henri Bobst signs an agreement with the German manufacturer H. W. Casack to use his web-fed process for carton board. After a full year of development, the Autovariable prototype, an adjustable format machine used to cut boxes and print them, is a hit at the Foire de Paris.
The first edition of the Monopoly
board game is released.
OPENING OF THE PRILLY PLANT
The company switches to industrial
production and builds a plant in
Prilly, near Lausanne. At the same
time, Henri Bobst launches the
employee magazine “Trait d’Union”
and founds Bobst-Sports, the
leisure organization for the
The VW Beetle pre-production
model is released.
BOBST AP 900 AUTOPLATEN
With the AP 900, the world’s first
automatic die-cutter, BOBST
revolutionizes carton board
50 YEARS OF BOBST
Celebrations are limited due to rationing and the serious events unfolding.
PCR 382 FOLDER-GLUER
The first folder-gluer is launched.
By combining various technological
solutions, the PCR 382 unlocks the
BOBST potential for innovation, a
quality it has maintained
END OF THE WAR AND FLOURISHING BUSINESS
Bobst employs 200 people. Its revenue grows 80% compared with the previous year. In 1947, for the first time ever, the plant closes for one week of holiday.
Nestlé launches Nestle Quik, the chocolate flavored drink
later more famously known as Nesquik.
NORTH AMERICA DRIVING BUSINESS
North America becomes BOBST’s leading market, where the company generates 15% of its revenue in 1957.
The first color television shows
are aired in the United States.
BOBST, A QUALITY MACHINE
The SP 1080 Autoplaten® is an early
example of a machine that embodied
the modern qualities of BOBST
equipment: expertise, easy
maintenance, unparalleled quality
DRUPA '51: RECORD SALE OF 43 MACHINES
The first time J. Bobst & Fils SA takes part in the drupa trade fair, 20 tons of equipment is sent to its stand in Düsseldorf. The company triumphs, selling 43 machines.
LAUNCH OF THE SP 1260-E
This machine is designed to work with board in 1,260 x 920 mm formats, coming in several versions for die-cutting and hot foil printing and stamping. The SP 1260-E offers manufacturers new options for finishing packaging.
THE MACHINE FOR AMERICA
The SPO 1575 die-cutter (1,575 x 1,055 mm format) marks BOBST’s entry into corrugated board converting.
The Treaty of Rome establishes
the European Economic Community.
1 000TH AUTOPLATEN SOLD
BOBST ships its thousandth die-cutter from its Prilly factory, an SP 1260-E sold to New Zealand.
The Grande-Dixence Dam, the tallest gravity dam
in the world, opens in Switzerland.
ACQUISITION OF CHAMPLAIN
Renamed Bobst North America Inc., the Champlain site in Roseland, New Jersey is the starting point for setting up a sales network in the United States. Mass production lines for packaging continue to be manufactured in Prilly.
The Great St. Bernard Tunnel links
Switzerland to Italy.
Now located in Piacenza, Italy the forerunner of Bobst Italia SpA is set up in Milan, Italy.
SP 1420-E AUTOPLATEN®
Simple, robust and reliable, this die-cutter also handles the new larger carton formats developing in Europe.
WEB-FED ROTOGRAVURE PRINTER
The CORSAIR 940/1225 is the first Bobst-Champlain web-fed rotogravure printer manufactured in Switzerland and is specially designed for the flexible packaging market.
Neil Armstrong becomes the first
human to walk on the moon.
THE COMPANY NEEDS SPACE
By the late 1960s, space is running out at BOBST’s Prilly site, and the crowded work space causes problems. In 1970, the company buys a 300,000 m2 plot of land stretching into three municipalities – Mex, Vufflens-la-Ville and Villars-Sainte-Croix – seven kilometers outside of Lausanne.
Nihon Bobst KK is set up, now known as Bobst Japan Ltd, in Tokyo, Japan.
The USSR launches the first
occupied space station.
The Group buys a 95,000 m2 piece
of land in Itatiba. The Bobst Brazil
site (BBR) is built in 1996 as the new
facilities for Bobst Latinoamérica
do Sul Ltda. An office is opened in
São Paulo in 1974.
BOBST employee Victor Defago wins two gold medals in the ski world championships for the disabled.
LAUNCH OF THE LEMANIC BRAND
With its new design and advanced technology, the LEMANIC 1425 brings an efficient web-fed mass converting production line to carton board packaging.
BOBST Graphic Eurocat
This line of phototypesetting systems is primarily used to process complex graphics and layout at speeds of up to 120,000 characters per hour.
Commercial flights begin on Concorde, the supersonic jet airliner jointly operated by the French and British.
FIRST BUILDING COMPLETED IN MEX
After two years of construction, the first industrial building at the Mex site is inaugurated on April 15, 1977. The three-story, U-shaped building is the facility for Bobst Graphic, Bobst-Registron and Bobst electrical-electronics.
NEW COMPANY NAME
J. Bobst & Fils SA becomes Bobst SA. The company is officially listed on the Lausanne stock exchange.
Bobst Canada is set up with headquarters in Montreal.
The Sony Walkman, the first portable cassette player, hits the market.
Start-up of a plant in Maua.
The businesses are sold to the U.S.-based Autologic, a subsidiary of Volt Information Sciences Inc. The electronics expertise gained in phototypesetting would be used to build Bobst machinery.
The success of the IBM PC 5150 carves
out the market for personal computers.
1982, A BANNER YEAR
BOBST sells its 5,000th Autoplaten®
machine. The Group presents it
latest model, the SP 102-CE, at the
drupa trade fair. The cam movement
of the lower beam on the machine
and the optimized carton board
transport timing make it the first
press to produce over 10,000
The Pasteur Institute identifies
the virus that causes AIDS.
Bobst acquires two corrugated board machine manufacturers, S.A. Martin based in Villeurbanne and Bron near Lyon, France. One year later, BOBST acquires Peters Maschinenfabrik GmbH, based in Hamburg, Germany.
NEW MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE
An executive management team is formed, with pierre Baroffio, Raymond Heimberg and Jacques Schluchter.
JVC begins selling
DOMINO produces crash-lock bottom boxes in carton board.
CARTONPACK stacks boxes in shipping containers.
LEMANIC 820 PRODUCTION LINE
Bobst buys a stake in the share capital of the Italian company Schiavi SpA – operating out of Piacenza and Modena – and specialized in printing and laminating flexible materials. Full acquisition of S.A. Martin, which became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Bobst Group.
DEATH OF JACQUES BOBST
Jacques Bobst (born in 1931), son of Henri Bobst, became an engineer and joined the company in 1956. He was in charge of the Group’s industrial property and registered a number of patents. Jacques Bobst became the company’s Managing Director in 1964 and a member of the Board of Directors in 1966. After his death, Pierre Baroffio took over as Managing Director, leading the Group with Bruno de Kalbermatten, Chairman of the Board of Directors.
1330 SUPERLINE FFG
Computer-controlled flexo folder-gluer.
Bobst Benelux NV opens in Berchem, Belgium.
BOBST OPENS ITS FACILITY IN GERMANY
Bobst Meerbusch GmbH opens at
Meerbusch near Düsseldorf.
THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF BOBST
The commemoration used the phrase: “Of knowledge and people, 1890-1990.”
SUBSIDIARY IN AFRICA
Bobst Group Africa & Middle East Ltd opens in Tunis, Tunisia.
Fujitsu launces the first commercially
available plasma screen.
BOBST CUBE INTERFACE
Computer control system used to operate machines.
Asitrade AG, now Bobst Grenchen, manufactures micro-flute litho-laminators.
DRO 1624 ROTARY
This rotary die-cutter improves productivity.
ASIA AND CENTRAL EUROPE
Bobst Taiwan opens, and Bobst Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. opens in Petaling Jaya. Bobst Central Europe s.r.o. opens in Brno, Czech Republic in 1993.
Casio releases the first digital
camera for retail sale.
Bobst India and Bobst Indonesia are set up. Bobst Thailand opens in 1996.
SP 76 BM HOT FOIL STAMPER
This machine makes it easier to
switch between jobs and features
control systems that offer reliable
The global position system (GPS) becomes
NEW PRODUCTION SITES
Plants in Shanghai, China and Itatiba, Brazil go into operation. Both sites are later expanded in 2001.
SUBSIDIARY IN MEXICO
Bobst Latinoamérica Norte SA de CV
opens in Mexico City, Mexico.
Equipped with the revolutionary GYROBOX pivot system, this machine produces complex folding boxes in a single pass.
ACQUISITION IN THE UNITED STATES
Bobst buys Corrugating Roll
Corporation (CRC) of
BOBST IN RUSSIA AND POLAND
Bobst CIS LLC is set up in Moscow, Russia. Bobst Polska Sp z o.o. opens in Łódź, Poland in 1999.
The first euro
coin is minted.
WORLD RECORD FOR SPEED
The SPrintera 106 PER Autoplaten® die-cutter processes 12,000 sheets of carton board per hour.
Apple comes out with its new digital
portable music player, the iPod.
Bobst Scandinavia ApS opens in Rodovre, Denmark and Bobst UK & Ireland Ltd in Redditch, United Kingdom.
SCHIAVI COMES UNDER BOBST
The facilities in Piacenza and Modena, Italy are fully integrated into the operations of the Group.
BOBST signs an agreement with BHS Group, the world’s largest provider of corrugated solutions, located in Weiherhammer, Germany.
PRODUCTION SITE IN INDIA
A plant is built in Pune, India,
located about 100 miles west
OFFICE IN UKRAINE
A representation office opens in Kiev, Ukraine.
Switzerland becomes a member
of the United Nations.
LYON EXPANDS AND BUYS A COMPANY
Martin buys Rapidex of Angers, France and expands its plant in Bron, near Lyon, France.
NEW OFFICE IN SPAIN
Bobst Ventas y Servicios España S.L. is set up in Barcelona, Spain. It is now known as Bobst Ibérica, S.L.
Scientists achieve the first complete
sequencing of the human genome.
BOBST adopts the ISO 14001 standard to integrate environmental standards into its management processes.
BOBST buys five companies
Five companies are bought from the Finnish group Metso: Atlas, Titan, Midi, General Vacuum Equipment and Rotomec.
SPERIA 102 FOILMASTER
BOBST invents an external foil unwinding module, with an individual control system. This technology makes the operators’ work easier.
ROTOMEC RS 4003MP
Released in 2005, this multifunctional rotogravure printing press offers multifunction production.
Rotomec SpA, Schiavi SpA and Bobst Italia SpA merge to become Bobst Italia SpA in Piacenza, Italy.
GLOBAL CODE OF CONDUCT
BOBST rolls out its employee
code of conduct and guidelines
for the conduct of business, with
two chapters on
Nintendo releases its Wii
home video game console.
CL 850 DUPLEX LAMINATOR
With this new machine, and its ultra-sensitive web tension control system, different materials can now be combined, from aluminum foil to plastic films and paper.
DUPLEX GLUE APPLICATOR
Asitrade GAPRO offers constant
glue film and
The Airbus A380 takes
its first commercial flight.
BOBST develops ACCUBRAILLE, an accurate, reliable and rapid Braille embossing system, to comply with European legislation requiring information to be included in Braille on all medicine packaging.
WEB-FED: STRATEGIC TAKEOVER
Fischer & Krecke GmbH, specialized in flexo printing and located in Bielefeld, Germany, joins the Group.
AUTOMATIC OFFLINE SET-UP
smartGPS™ adjusts registration and impression settings before printing, at the flexo plate mounting stage.
Summer Olympic Games take place in Beijing.
FAg CLOSES ITS DOORS
FAG, or Fournitures pour les Arts Graphiques, in Avenches, Switzerland is dissolved, and the French company Rapidex becomes part of S.A. Martin.
NEW CEO FOR THE BOBST GROUP
Jean-Pascal Bobst, the fourth generation of family member to lead the Bobst Group, is appointed CEO on May 7, 2009.
R&D BY TECHNOLOGY CENTERS
Each production site is restructured and turned into a center for technological excellence. Allocating the Group’s expertise in this way promotes business synergies and optimizes research, development and production processes.
Barack Obama is the first African-American
to be elected as President of the United States.
BOBST CREATES THREE
BU Sheet-fed : die-cutting, foldinggluing,
flexo & folding-gluing, flexo &
rotary die-cutting, hot-foil stamping,
BU Web-fed : gravure, gravure & converting, carton web-fed converting, coating, laminating flexible materials, flexo CI, vacuum coating and metalizing.
BU Services : core services, maintenance solutions, Boost my BOBST, expert solutions.
The MASTERFOIL 106 PR is the first
hot foil stamper with a cam gripper
bar and Power Register technology.
Asitrade MASTERFLUTE is a
high-performance sheet to web
sets a new standard for high-quality
flexo printing, and the AlOx
(aluminum oxide) metalizing process
offers packaging a transparent
The Mex site introduces just-in-time manufacturing.
QUALITY IN METALIZING
The General Hawkeye by BOBST detects, counts and categorizes pinholes and other defects as small as 0.1 mm.
ETERNA AND BRAUSSE BRANDS
A 65% stake is acquired in Gordon Ltd of Hong Kong, China, the parent company of Shanghai Eternal Machinery Co. Ltd and the Eterna and Brausse brands.
The first integrated zero-defect quality control system for folder-gluers.
The world population
reaches seven billion people.
DRUPA, RECORD SALES
The Group registers thousands of prospects. Over 40% of the deals signed are with new customers.
The LEMANIC RDC 82 D, with its rotary converting method, produces over 1.2 billion boxes per year.
EXPERTCUT AND F&K 20SIX Ci
The Autoplaten® die-cutter and flexo printer offer productivity, quality and cost-efficiency.
Felix Baumgartner completes the world’s
highest skydive, from an altitude of 38,969.40 m.
MEX PRODUCES 50% OF ITS OWN ELECTRICITY
4,250 solar panels installed at Mex in
2012 and 2014, and connected to the
combined heat and power system of
the site’s boiler, allow it to produce
up to 50% of its
INAUGURATION OF THE MEX FACILITY
After relocating its historical facility at Prilly to Mex and bringing its manufacturing operations to a single site, Bobst Mex SA inaugurates its new offices.
MACHINE DESIGNED FOR THE CHINESE MARKET
The SP 92 FCH hot foil stamper combines high technology and a competitive price.
GYROBOX FOR CORRUGATED BOARD
Corrugated board boxes are produced in the running direction and in a single pass using the pivoting module.
THE FAST AND EFFICIENT FLEXO FOLDER GLUER
The FFG 8.20 EXP ERT flexo folder gluer produces up to 22,000 regular slotted containers per hour at the lowest possible cost.
Consumer 3D printers take the spotlight at the
Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Markets are expanded with eight new models: NOVACUT 106 ER, SP 92 FCH, SP 106 FCH, LILA II, FFG 8.20 DISCOVERY, NOVAFLUTE, EXP ERTFOLD 145/165 and RS 5002/RS 3.0.
ACHIEVEMENT FOR THE GROUP
The Group Transformation Program, launched in 2008, is complete. Its reforms have been implemented so that the company can now grow and enjoy long-term profitability.
The new One World Trade Center
opens in New York.
WORLD PREMIERE: DIGITAL PRESSES
Two digital press prototypes are tested in real production conditions on customer sites.
BU Services transformation
Seven initiatives to provide high quality services and develop customer loyalty.
ACQUISITION OF NUOVA GIDUE
Renamed Bobst Firenze and coming under the BU Web-fed, this subsidiary specializes in flexo printing lines and multi-process technology for in-line converting of short runs of labels and flexible packaging.
opens in Milan.
125 YEARS OF BOBST WORLDWIDE
"BOBST – One Group around the world." On March 23, 2016, Group employees will together hail the 125th anniversary of BOBST. For 24 hours, a series of celebrations has been organized throughout the local entities throughout the world. The festivities will begin in Japan and end in Mexico.
DIGITAL REVOLUTION UNDERWAY
Pioneering technology for the past 125 years, BOBST is now at the forefront of digital innovation. The Group develops multi-process technological solutions to produce personalized, individual packaging on an industrial scale.
NEW SITES WORLDWIDE
Establishment of Bobst Istanbul. Bobst Nigeria opens, covering Central, East and West Africa. The new site, Bobst Changzhou Ltd (BCL), in China launches operations under the BU Web-fed.
INNOVATIONS AND 2016 EXHIBITIONS
At the drupa 2016 and K2016 trade fairs in Düsseldorf, BOBST will present more than eight new machines.