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Ringier: chronology


This chronology is indicative only. It covers -

  • antecedents (1831)
  • beginnings (1907)
  • offshore expansion (1984)
  • in Europe (2000)

Context is provided by the broader communications and media timeline on this site.


1831 Johann Rudolf Ringier founds book printers in Zofingen and publishes Zofinger Wochenblatt

1902 Ringier merges with Francke & Co. to form the United Printing & Lithographic Works Ringier

1902 buys Schweizerische Allgemeine Volkszeitung


1907 Paul August Ringier splits from partners, forms Ringier & Co.

1914 launches the first rotogravure press in Europe capable of printing text and pictures in single process

1973 buys C.J.Bucher AG in Lucerne

Offshore expansion

1984 forms Ringier Print US Inc

1985 buys W.F.Hall printing company in US and forms joint venture with US printer W.A. Krueger

1986 uses satellite technology to print European edition of Gannett's USA Today

1986 sells German subsidiary Internationale Presse Import & Export GmbH of Frankfurt

1987 forms Times Ringier Hongkong as joint venture with TPL of Singapore

1991 buys majority share in Zürcher Druck & Verlag AG, publisher of Zuger Nachrichten

1993 Ringier America closes book-printing works in New Berlin (Wisconsin) and sells two magazine printing works in Pontiac (Illinois) and Senatobia (Mississippi)

1995 Ringier buys Betty Bossi publishing house from Unilever

1995 buys Prvni novinova spolecnost distribution business in Czech Republic

1996 sells Ringier America to World Color Press (later acquired by Quebecor) for US$415m

1996 establishes SMD Schweizer Medien Databank in partnership with Tamedia and the Swiss national broadcaster SRG

1996 merges Luzerner Zeitung with Luzerner Neuste Nachrichten

1998 establishes Adligenswil and Zofingen print centres as autonomous companies (Ringier Print Adligenswil AG and Ringier Print Zofingen AG)

1998 establishes Trade Publishing Limited in China

1998 Ringier Hungary buys Nemzeti Sport paper

1998 launches prepress unit in Hanoi

1999 launch of, Sunday paper in French-speaking Switzerland

1999 sells stake in local tv channel Telezüri to Tamedia

2000 takes stake in Asia Inflight Ltd to 90% (formerly 51%)

2000 founds Ringier Contract Publishing in Hong Kong

2000 takes minority shareholding in Communicate Ltd., Hong Kong

2000 takes minority shareholding in in Macao and Hiroad Ltd in Beijing

2000 establishes joint venture online job market Human Line and Scout24

2000 sells 90% of Good News to Deutsche Entertainment AG

In Europe

2000 buys Hungarian publisher Magyar Hirlap, becoming publisher of 2nd largest popular newspaper Mai Nap, quality newspaper Magyar Hirlap and Budapest printworks

2001 buys Zurich print prepress company Specter

2001 amalgamates Hungarian popular newspapers Blikk and Mai Nap as Mai Blikk

2001 buys remaining 50% of Times-Ringier in Hong Kong

2001 buys Winterthur printworks and associated prepress company ColorServ from Basler Mediengruppe

2001 Le Monde buys Sandoz Family Foundation's 20% stake in Geneva daily Le Temps

2002 announces agreement to buy Jean Frey publishing group (inc Die Weltwoche, Bilanz and Beobachter) from Basler Media Group (BMG)

2003 closed

2003 Ringier buys TV Revue magazine in Czech Republic from Bauer

2003 takes 41% stake in Le Temps (41% held by Edipresse, 5% by Le Monde)

2004 buys Gruner + Jahr publishing holdings in Romania, Slovakia and Czech Republic