The city of Herzberg with its 13,500 inhabitants occupies an idyllic position at the southern edge of the Harz region. When Erwin Jungfer opened up a small, family-owned printshop in the city centre in 1950, he could hardly have imagined that it would eventually grow to become a company employing 300 people with an annual turnover of € 100 million.
Since that time, Jungfer has for many years been a pioneer when it comes to the use of innovative technologies. The only constant throughout our history was and remains continual change and improvement - in every area.
Take yourself for a moment on a journey - past the galleys, printing ink, a terrible fire, courageous decisions and ground-breaking innovations.
160 years of printing in Herzberg
A small book printer's in the city centre of Herzberg, with type cases and lead type - this is how our story began in 1848. In 1950, Erwin Jungfer founded "G. F. Preiss / Antrup" and it was at this moment that our story of success began. With foresight and a willingness to invest in new developments, Erwin Jungfer developed a versatile publishing and job printing business. Its activities range from the printing of the local daily newspaper and various advertising leaflets to magazine and journal printing and supplement production.
The company continues to expand at a constant pace, moving by as early as 1964 to new premises in a newly built printing hall on the Schlossberg. Two years later, the company was renamed Erwin Jungfer GmbH & Co. KG. As well as the "Herzberger Zeitung", the up-and-coming firm also establishes the "Osteroder Rundschau".
Farewell to book printing
The delivery of the first web offset printing press ROF 660 in 1971 was an impressive moment. Up to 20,000 printed products with 16 pages of A4 could be printed and folded every hour on both sides and with 4 colours. This was a new technology for Germany. The company moves away from book printing and the era of offset printing begins.
The first double-decker web offset system in the world
By 1980, two further web offset presses are put into service at the Schlossbahnhof facility, including the world's first double-decker web offset system.
In 1986, Erwin Jungfer hands over the management of the company to his son Sigfried, who helps the firm achieve continued exponential growth. Jungfer is very soon regarded as a specialist in web offset printing of the very highest technical level.
New beginnings in Aue
In July 1989, a terrible fire breaks out that completely destroys a 32-page machine and puts 50 per cent of the production capacity out of action. With grim resolve, Sigfried Jungfer starts again on land in the "Aue" industrial zone - and the story of success continues. By February 1990, production is back up and running and the company again changes its name - this time to "Jungfer Druckerei und Verlag GmbH". From the "1st Aue building section", a total of seven halls have now been built in which state-of-the-art machinery runs in 24/7 operation.
In 2001, Wolfgang Schreiner, a long-serving employee and production manager, takes over as manager of Jungfer Druckerei und Verlag GmbH.
Based on the law of succession and a management buy-out, the Jungfer family sells all of its shares in the business in 2007 to the new sole partners Wolfgang Schreiner, Guido Lang and Roger Mellinghausen. As part of this transition, Jungfer Druckerei und Verlag GmbH sells its shares in the Harz Kurier and a new era begins - that of consistent, high-volume offset printing.
In 2008, Jungfer installs the world's first computer-controlled, large-volume ink supply system, a technology that has now become the environmental standard in the industry. At the same time, Andreas Wulf joins the management team as the new Technology manager and replaces Wolfgang Schreiner in 2012 who takes retirement after working for the company for 46 years.
Ground breaking innovation allows CO2-free printing
After two years full of highly exciting challenges, Jungfer inaugurates a system that is unique in the industry in September 2012: one that allows a CO2-free printing process and which therefore represents a technological leap for the global printing industry. This is undoubtedly not the last exciting event that Jungfer will be reporting on. We are, after all, continuing to work on changes. For a successful present day - and an equally successful future.