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History
In 1914 Wipf and Feldmann moved to new premises on Kernstrasse in Zürich's district 4.
For hygienic reasons, more and more products are packaged in paper bags with attractive graphic designs to stimulate sales.
Construction starts on Badenerstrasse in Zürich-Altstetten.
Manual work department
In 1952 Heinrich Wipf incorporates the Seetal AG envelope factory in Seon.
In 1958 Wipf AG is specialized mainly in processing paper and cardboard with flexographic and offset presses.
In 1962 starts the specialization in flexible packaging. Production of sealed pouches and the first vacuum packages for coffee.
The Seetal AG envelope factory is renamed Seetal Papier AG.

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Wipf AG: The move to the new factory premises takes place in 1970.
In the year 1972 development of retortable laminates.
1974 Seetal Papier AG introduces web offset printing.
The development of WICOVALVE® aroma-protection and pressure- relief valves takes place in 1976.
Wipf AG: 1986 Introduction of blown film coextrusion for the manufacture of premium polyethylene lamination films.
Seetal Papier AG:The first continuous-feed mailer machine represents further investment in the direct marketing business.
1994 Biber Holding AG sells Schaller Frewi AG to Seetal Papier AG. The companies merge to form Seetal Schaller AG with headquarters in Brugg.
Wipf AG: In 2003 Installation of a new regenerative incinerator with thermal oil and hot water heating system.
Wipf AG: 2005 Commissioning of a new 10-colour gravure press with washing stations.
Elco: 2010 Commissioning of the fully automatic highbay warehouse with rack space for over 15,000 pallets.
2012 The Direct Marketing Division is transformed into Swiss Direct Marketing AG, a legally independent company.
2013 Elco goes online with the B2C Shop myelco.ch and the ELCO postcard app.
In 2014 the Wipf Group celebrates its 100th anniversary.
In the Wipf AG the digital printing era begins. Commissioning of second HP Indigo 20000 digital press.
2015 Launch of sterile CPP film production by the newly founded joint venture RC-Film Co. Ltd., Rayong, Thailand.
Wipf AG: 2016 Installation of a new pouch making machine, lamination machine and valve production system.
Flyerline Schweiz AG ideally complements the digital transformation at Elco AG, a subsidiary of the internationally active Wipf Group.
In 2017 the Wipf Group is taking over Christinger Partner AG in Schlieren.

History

1882 to 1914 Formative history

1882
Carl Lüdin establishes a sole proprietorship for the mechanical production of paper bags. The manufacturing facility is located on the lower Mühlesteg in Zürich and the machines are driven with waterwheels. The houses on the lower Mühlesteg in the Limmat River between the Bahnhofbrücke and Rudolf-Brun-Brücke have long disappeared. Today, a pedestrian bridge connects the lower Limmatquai with the Papierwerdinsel (Coop shopping centre).

1897
Heinrich Wipf (1st generation, born in 1882) joins the company as a commercial apprentice. The bags are printed on a letterpress bed one by one.

1914 Incorporation of Wipf & Feldmann

1914
Carl Lüdin wants to sell the company because he has no offspring. Heinrich Wipf (1st generation) acquires it together with Hans Feldmann. In the same year, they move to new premises on Kernstrasse in Zürich‘s district 4. A new era begins. The first inline aniline (now flexographic) press is coupled with a web-fed bag machine before the end of the year. World War I erupts in 1914, and the first few years are very difficult for the company. Business starts to expand after the war ends. Initially confined to the Zürich region, the company‘s market gradually encompasses the entire German-speaking part Switzerland. For hygienic reasons, more and more products such as flour, cereals, fruit, coffee, etc. are packaged in paper bags with attractive graphic designs to stimulate sales.

1926 to 1939 Production of cardboard boxes

1926
Heinrich Wipf‘s son (same name, 2nd generation) joins the company after commercial school and sojourns abroad in England and France. The company acquires an additional warehouse on nearby Brauerstrasse. It begins to produce paper plates and cake boxes.

1927
After the death of Hans Feldmann, the company is renamed Wipf + Co. Papierwarenfabrik Zürich.

1934
Wipf introduces the conversion of cellophane and aluminium foil to better protect and more attractively present bagged products. The company now serves customers throughout Switzerland.

1939 to 1950 New factory on Badenerstrasse

1938
Construction starts on Badenerstrasse in Zürich-Altstetten; the new factory building is completed just before the 1939 National Exposition and the outbreak of World War II.

1942
Offset printing is introduced.

1945
Soon after the end of the war, Heinrich Wipf travels to Germany to find bag-making machines for eliminating production capacity bottlenecks. The company now has 200 employees, many of them still in Manual- labour jobs. It operates about 20 paper bag machines, a letterpress printing machine as well as an offset press, and a die cutter for the in-house manufacture of cardboard products used for bakery goods and pastries.

1950
Expansion and enlargement of building on Badenerstrasse 571 in Zürich-Altstetten.

 

1949 to 1952 Incorporation of Seetal AG envelope factory

1949
Around 1950, Hans Schaller has plans for a new building on Heinrichstrasse in Zürich, and Heinrich Wipf decides to get into the booming envelope market. In 1949, he acquires 86% of the Emmishofen AG envelope factory in Kreuzlingen from the Landquart paper mill. By 1951, he owns 100%.

1951
Heinrich Wipf buys the premises of Conservenfabrik Seethal AG in Seon from Hero, a Lenzburg-based producer of canned foods. He then moves the machines from the Emmishofen envelope factory to the larger and more centrally located industrial
property in Seon.

1952
On 1 January 1952, Heinrich Wipf incorporates the Seetal AG envelope factory in Seon. It manufactures envelopes and printed
matter.

1958 to 1962 Focus on primary packaging

1958
Heinrich R. Wipf (3rd generation) joins the company after having studied at the Munich University of Applied Sciences and following sojourns in France and the USA. During this period, Wipf AG is specialized mainly in processing paper and cardboard with flexographic and offset presses. The company produces flat and gusset bags, half-block and SOS bags, as well as paper plates and cardboard boxes. In view of the growing popularity of self-service shopping and the emergenceof supermarkets, the focus iof Wipf shifts to primary packaging with protective functions.

1962
Specialization in flexible packaging. Launch of gravure printing and film lamination. Production of sealed pouches and of the first vacuum packages for coffee begins. Discontinuation of cardboard conversion and relocation of offset printing to Seetal
Papier AG in Seon.

1962 to 1970 Brisk growth phase in Seon

1962
The Seetal AG envelope factory is renamed Seetal Papier AG, Seon. The following years are characterized by brisk economic growth and vigorous competition among the envelope manufacturers. Concurrently, Seetal Papier AG takes over offset printing from Wipf AG and now produces printed matter. The buildings are enlarged in consecutive phases.

1969
Merger of competitors Frey & Wiederkehr and Schaller, forming Schaller Frewi AG, and relocation to the building of Mühlebach Papier AG in Brugg.

1966 to 1970 Relocation to new premises in Volketswil

1966
Incorporation of Wipf Holding AG as the umbrella organization for Wipf AG and Seetal Papier AG.

1968/1969
Planning and construction of a new greenfield factory for Wipf AG due to insufficient space at the premises on Badenerstrasse.

1970
The move to the new factory premises with latest-generation air conditioning Equipment takes place in 1970. To prevent interruptions in production, a new gravure press, a new W.&H. laminating machine, and a new roll slitter are commissioned in Volketswil. Thereafter, further machines are gradually transferred from Altstetten to Volketswil.

Milestones at Wipf AG 1970 to date

1972
Development of retortable laminates.

1976
Development of and patent registration for WICOVALVE® aroma-protection and pressure- relief valves and introduction of blown film extrusion.

1978
Commissioning of first solvent-free lamination system. Increased specialization in Laminates.

1988
Commissioning of first triplex lamination machine and enlargement of extrusion and lamination facilities.

2002
New building for pouchmaking unit.

2005
Commissioning of a new 10-colour gravure press with washing stations. Addition of an 18-metre high cylinder storage facility.

2009
Installation of a second 10-colour gravure press.

2010
Repatriation of Austrian plant assets to Switzerland and stronger focus on Volketswil site.

2011
Wipf AG adopts a new corporate identity and redesigns the company logo.

2012
Outsourcing of PE film production of Wipf AG.
Launch of digital printing for flexible Packaging.
Commissioning of first HP Indigo WS6600 digital press.

2013
Incorporation of subsidiary Wipf Doypak A.Ş. in Turkey.

2014
Commissioning of second HP Indigo 20000 digital press.

2016
Installation of a new pouch making machine, lamination machine and valve production system.

Milestones at Elco AG 1970 to date

1974
Seetal Papier AG introduces web offset printing. A new envelope production facility is built. Commissioning of first web envelope machines and start of production with the first web offset press.

1976
Schaller Frewi AG launches the Optifix adhesive- flap line in the market.

1986
Holzstoff AG sells Schaller Frewi AG to Biber Holding AG.

1991
Christian Wipf (4th generation), son of Heinrich R. Wipf, joins Seetal Papier AG as a member of the Executive Committee. He had completed his studies in business administration and worked for Philips in Zürich and Canada for nine years.

2000
Production at the Seon site is discontinued. The offset presses are purchased by printing house partners. All photo packaging unit operations are transferred to Brugg. The board of directors of Seetal Schaller AG decides to sell the property in Seon.

2006
Acquisition of Elco Papier AG in Allschwil and Wikon by Seetal Schaller AG and merger to form Seetal Elco AG in Brugg.

2010
Expansion of high-bay warehouse and logistics at Seetal Elco AG..

2011
Change of company name to Elco AG. The brand logo becomes the company logo. Elco wins the ISPA Award for the most innovative product: “ELCO Proclima”. In the same year, the company acquires the direct marketing activities of the Swissprinters Group.

2012
The Direct Marketing Division is transformed into Swiss Direct Marketing AG, a legally independent company.
Swiss Direct Marketing AG will take over the workforce and technical capabilities of Conzett+Walter AG.

2013
Elco goes online with the B2C Shop myelco.ch and the ELCO postcard app. The website is redesigned and the URL changed to elcoswitzerland.ch.

2013
Swiss Direct Marketing AG invests in a Canon Océ ColorStream digital press. 

2014
Acquisition of PP Mailing House SA in Givisiez, Switzerland by Elco AG.

2017
PP Mailing House: Change of company name to Swiss Mailing House.

Milestones at Wipf Group 1970 to date

1966
Incorporation of Wipf Holding AG in Zürich.

1991 
Expansion into the EU. The Wipf Group acquires Paka Verpackungen GmbH, in Marchtrenk, Austria, later renamed Wipf Austria GmbH.

1998 
SAP implementation throughout the group.

2013
The Wipf Group develops business outside Europe and incorporates Wipf Asia Pacific Limited with headquarters in Hong Kong.
Christian H. Wipf is appointed chairman of the board and CEO of Wipf Holding AG.
Family Business Award for the most sustainable family-owned enterprise in Switzerland

2014 
The Wipf Group turned 100 on 1 January 2014.

2015
Launch of sterile CPP film production by the newly founded joint venture RC-Film Co. Ltd., Rayong, Thailand.
The Wipf Group relocates to Brugg.

2016
Wipf Holding AG will be 50 years old.
Flyerline Schweiz AG complements the digital transformation at Wipf Group.

2017
The Wipf Group is taking over Christinger Partner AG in Schlieren.

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