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The origins of Graphius date back to 1928.

The A. Geers printing and publishing firm, as it was in those days, was founded in 1928 in the village of Oostakker near Ghent by André Geers, verger of Oostakker. At that time, it was customary for funeral printing, wedding cards and such documents to be printed by the verger.

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In 1977, his son Emiel and wife Micheline took over at the helm, and the firm grew from a small village printing works to a medium-sized firm with 35 employees, specialised in the printing of magazines.

In 2000, son Denis and later Philippe joined the business, and the firm started exporting to the Netherlands and France, and a period of rapid expansion followed.

The company focuses on top quality products, installing the necessary machinery, recruiting the right people, and besides printing magazines, increasingly turned its attention to the printing of high-quality books and luxury printing.
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In changing market conditions, it became clear that achieving economies of scale and setting up an industrialised production system was the only way to expand a viable printing firm.

In 2009, after a long period of negotiation, an agreement was reached for the acquisition of the Sint-Joris printing firm.

The strategy was devised to embark on a further programme of acquisitions, where each of the subsidiaries would operate under the Graphius name, but retain its commercial specificity and structure, and use the Graphius industrial site.

So the personal approach of a small firm was combined with the efficient high-tech production system of a large group.

In 2010 New Goff followed, in 2011 came Druk In De Weer, in 2012 De Duurzame Drukker and in 2013 DeckersSnoeck.

The accession of Boone-Roosens in 2015 means that Graphius also has a department in Brussels, more specifically in Beersel. The label department of Boone-Roosens finds a partner in Graphius’s cardboard department, which is named Etiglia.

In the summer of 2016, Dereume Printing from Drogenbos joins Graphius. In the summer of 2017, Dereume moves to Beersel; which is only a few kilometers away. Graphius invests in extensions to the building and a fully modernized machine park. From now on, Boone-Roosens and Dereume Printing form Graphius Brussels.

In 2016, one month after Dereume, Stevens Print & GuidoMaes.Printingdeluxe.***** also decide to make the transition to Graphius. The printers continue to specialize in their niche activity of luxury printing with great added value, also after moving to the Graphius headquarters in Ghent in 2017.

In the future, Graphius Group is open to acquisitions within the printing and allied trades, provided  they generate synergies that can have a positive impact on the operations of the group.

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