History

In the beginning there was a man, a handful of printing presses and a vision. Carl Bertelsmann founds today’s Mohn Media in 1835 – and lays the foundation for its development into Europe’s largest media group. Come on a journey through time with us.

1835

On 1 July 1835, Carl Bertelsmann founded the C. Bertelsmann Verlag publishing house in Gütersloh. As early as 1824, he had already set up the first lithographic printing house in Westphalia. With these two companies, he laid the foundation for today’s Bertelsmann Group – and thus for Mohn Media, too.

1887

After the death of Heinrich Bertelsmann (1827–1887), his son-in-law Johannes Mohn (1856–1930) took over responsibility for the company.

1921

With Heinrich Mohn (1885–1955), the fourth generation takes over the family company.

1933 - 1944

From 1933 onwards, the publishing program increasingly features books with nationalistic, “völkisch” and even anti-semitic content, including the publisher’s self-produced “Feldpostreihen” (army postal service editions) from the start of the war in 1939. Bertelsmann thus becomes the largest supplier of books to the Wehrmacht. Production takes place at its own printing plant and through subcontractors in occupied Holland and in Eastern Europe. Following a court case concerning the illegal procurement of paper stocks and as part of the mobilization of the entire sector, the publisher is shut down in 1944.

1945

A British bombing raid destroys large parts of the publishing house building and means that it has to be rebuilt. Industrial production starts the same year.

1947

On 20 October, Reinhard Mohn (1921-2009), the son of Heinrich Mohn, becomes the fifth generation to take over the publishing house.

1950

A brilliant idea: The Bertelsmann reading ring is founded during a period of strong growth in the book market.

1959

A golden age at Mohn – demand exceeds supply.

1960

Mohn develops from a company printer to a printer for European publishing houses.

1964

The first multicolour offset rotary press is installed.

1966

On 23 September, the company changed its name to Mohndruck Reinhard Mohn OHG.

1971

Mohn has a 32-page rotary press for the first time.

1976

The Action Print business comes into being.

1980

Important visitor: German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt is a guest. Mohn Media is in the vanguard when it comes to a partnership with employees.

1981

Mohndruck opens Europe’s largest book production line.

1990

At the beginning of the year, the largest remodelling measure in the company’s history starts with parts of the production and distribution areas being moved into new halls.

1993

To save primary energy and protect the environment, Mohndruck opens its own CHP unit.

1995

The company is one of Europe’s first print shops to integrate CtP (computer-to-plate) exposure units into its production process. Now, the printing plates can be exposed directly in the plate exposure unit from the PC.

1999

As part of the foundation of the service provider Arvato AG, to which the Mohndruck Group will henceforth belong, the company is renamed Mohn Media.

2000

The subsidiary Probind in Marienfeld is inaugurated and the Bertelsmann direct sales and publishing divisions move to the Mohn Media Group.

2000 – 2001

Mohn Media continues to grow: four new high-capacity rotary presses are added to production.

2006

In May, Mohn Media celebrates its 60th birthday. Vogel Druck becomes a 100-percent subsidiary of Mohn Media.

2009

Reinhard Mohn dies on 3 October at the age of 88.

2010 – 2011

The brochure business becomes important to Mohn once again: the company reacts to the growth with two 80-page rotary presses.

2012

Web offset reaches new dimensions. Now, up to 5.2 million DIN A4 pages can be printed per hour.

2014

Mohn Media inaugurates its second 96-page printing press for roller offset printing.

2015

In this year, Bertelsmann Printing Group was founded. Mohn Media also becomes a member of the largest printing group in Europe.

2016

Mohn Media continues to expand its production and the third 96-page rotary press goes into operation. In the same year, the Mohn Media website is optimised as part of a relaunch.

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