Stämpfli AG

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Stämpfli Group AG

legal form Corporation
founding 1599/1799
Seat Bern , Switzerland
management Rudolf Stämpfli
Peter Stämpfli
Number of employees > 420
Branch graphic industry , publishing

The Stämpfli Group AG is a Swiss company in the graphic arts industry and a publishing company based in Bern . The group of companies comprises five subsidiaries and employs around 420 people. It is run in the sixth generation by the brothers Rudolf Stämpfli and Peter Stämpfli.

Field of activity

The core business of the group, which is carried out by Stämpfli AG , includes the conception, creation , production and logistics of publications and the integration of publication systems .

The Stämpfli all media AG has developed and licensed in Germany and abroad software for database-based communication solutions and systems for content management and provided hosting and other IT services . In 2012 it was integrated into Stämpfli AG .

The group also operates as a book publisher with Stämpfli Verlag AG . This publishes printed and electronic information in the field of law and political science . A mail-order bookstore is affiliated with Stämpfli Verlag. He is also co-owner of the large legal database Swisslex .

Company history

Since no printer in Bern had managed to run his business successfully for a long period of time during the 16th century , the " High Authority Printing House " was founded in 1599 . The government provided a building adjacent to the town hall for this purpose, selected a specialist to be the printer, supplied him with orders and set the prices at the same time. The job holder had to provide the facility himself.

In 1799, Gottlieb Stämpfli (1770–1807) became an official printer after having worked in this printing press for twelve years. Like his son and grandson later, he was only granted a short life, so that in 1807 his young wife Marie Albertine (née Ernst, 1784–1836) was forced to take over the management. In 1814 she lost the privilege of the official printing to Ludwig Albrecht Haller. However, Marie Albertine Stämpfli continued her company in a building at Postgasse 44 (now 60) that she had acquired herself. In return, she was awarded the so-called "calendar privilege", i.e. In other words, she was allowed to print and sell the Bernese "Hinkenden Bot" and other smaller calendars ( Bernese state calendar ), which was profitable for a printer at the time. The “Limping Bot” is still edited, printed and published by Stämpfli to this day.

In 1828, Carl Samuel Stämpfli (1806–1846) took over from his mother in the management after completing his apprenticeship at Orell Füssli in Zurich and gaining experience in half of Europe. He modernized the company and in 1845 was the first printer in Bern to purchase a high-speed press . After his death, his wife Maria-Friederike Luise sold the business to Gottlieb Hünerwadel (1808–1877), a theologian who had committed himself to civil service and became a state clerk in the newly aligned canton of Bern. After a change of government in 1846, he lost the state office and acquired the Stämpflische printing house. His relationships with the political forces who founded and built up the state in 1848 are likely to have served him well in acquiring the contract.

Maria-Friederike Luise Stämpfli also persistently prepared her older son Karl Stämpfli (1844–1894) for the takeover of the company by ensuring his thorough training at home and abroad. In 1867 he joined Hünerwadel's business as an "Associé", which he bought back in 1871. He expanded his activities considerably and built an actual industrial building outside of what was then the city in Länggasse (Hallerstrasse 7), to which he moved the printing works in 1877. At the same time he was politically active and was a member of various bodies including the National Council. When he died in 1894, Emma Stämpfli-Studer became the third woman in the company's history to take on responsibility because her sons were still in training. As early as 1895, in memory of her husband, she founded a health, disability and death benefit for the workforce.

With the publication of the roadmap "Swiss Conducteur" took the product its beginning, was to shape the company for almost the entire 20th century in 1891: the timetable of Swiss transport companies.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Wilhelm (1875–1958) and Rudolf Stämpfli (1881–1960) established the tradition that two brothers from the family always ran the business, who were directed through Jakob (1922–2013) and Samuel Stämpfli (1920–2001 ) until today with Rudolf (* 1955) and Peter Stämpfli (* 1959). As a lawyer, Wilhelm Stämpfli laid the foundation stone for today's leading legal publisher, which his successor Jakob Stämpfli significantly expanded.

Like all companies active in the printing industry, Stämpfli - a family stock corporation since 1968 - was faced with enormous challenges after the 500-year-old lead typesetting was replaced by computer-controlled typesetting systems and offset printing . Stämpfli relied on the new technologies, in 1996 the IT company Stämpfli all media was set up to develop publication systems in the image and text area. The success was not long in coming: in 2003 the around 300 employees were able to move to the newly built building on Wölflistrasse, in 2006 a branch was opened in Zurich, in 2007 Stämpfli Polska Sp. Z oo was founded in Warsaw and since the takeover of asim GmbH in Bregenz 2015, Stämpfli is also represented in Austria.


  • Peter Sommer: Printed by Stämpfli, 1799–1974. Stämpfli, Bern 1974.
  • Technology, buildings, products, people: 200 years of Stämpfli AG (= the marginal note: Stämpfli AG's in-house magazine. Special supplements 1–4). Stämpfli, Bern 1999.
  • Viktor Bucher et al. (Ed.): Swiss standards - from the best family: 100 exemplary Swiss family businesses. Verlag Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zurich 2010, ISBN 978-3-03-823606-1 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Entry of "Stämpfli AG" in the commercial register of the Canton of Bern  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  2. Bernese publisher Jakob Stämpfli has died. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung , accessed on May 18, 2013