Bertelsmann’s Print Unit to Do Business as Be Printers
HAMBURG, GERMANY—Oct. 31, 2012—The printing division of Bertelsmann SE & Co., which was founded a few months ago, will operate under the name Be Printers from now on. The international media company had merged most of its worldwide print operations into this unit to achieve improved control and focus.
Bertelsmann is uniting 17 production sites in six countries on three continents under the Be Printers umbrella. The group does business in the key markets of the Americas (United States and Colombia) and Europe (Prinovis, Germany, along with the U.K., Italy and Spain). The CEO of Be Printers is Bertram Stausberg, who also heads Prinovis (the gravure printing operations that are part of the organizations Arvato business). The individual Be Printer companies will continue to do business under their original names.
Axel Springer will remain a co-shareholder in Prinovis.
Be Printers generates annual revenues of €1.2 billion and employs approximately 6,800 people. The group covers the full technological range of modern printing (gravure, web and sheetfed offset and digital printing). Its plants produce magazines, catalogs, brochures, books and calendars for their clients.
Bertelsmann is an international media company whose core divisions encompass television (RTL Group), book publishing (Random House), magazine publishing (Gruner + Jahr), services (Arvato), and printing (Be Printers) in some 50 countries. In 2011, the company’s businesses, with their more than 100,000 employees, generated revenues of €15.3 billion. Bertelsmann stands for a combination of creativity and entrepreneurship that empowers the creation of first-rate media, communications, and service offerings to inspire people around the world and to provide innovative solutions for customers.