Wolfensberger Lithographic Printers Zurich
Wolfsberg Verlag Publisher
Phone +41 44 400 29 40
Offset Printing/Gold Bronzing
Ten different lithographed posters from the early twentieth century have been printed in reduced format by hand on stone using the same lithographic techniques as the “Weltformat” originals.
Product details: 6-colour print from stone; format: 57×45 cm
Paper: Rives mouldmade paper, 100% cotton, 210 gm2
Please contact: Benni.Wolfensberger@ wolfensberger-ag.ch
Our tradition of lithographic printing goes back more than 100 years. We nurture the craft of lithography because we love the expressiveness and intensity of the colours and the close affinity with the world of art and artists. At our lithography studio we use the whole range of traditional techniques involving stone: besides classic lithography we can integrate related printing techniques or combine techniques such as woodcut and linocut.
Wolfsberg publishes several exclusive editions every year.
Our lithography studio produces numbered and signed original lithographs by various artists. In addition to our private clientele, we work for galleries, art dealers, booksellers and art clubs in Switzerland and across Europe. Our most recent creations are on display at our premises on Eglistrasse. We’d be pleased to show you our extensive publishing programme on appointment.
Linkgroup is a production agency and media services provider for electronic and print media.
Our joint venture partner for offset printing
Caspari develops, designs and markets high-end products including tabletop accessories, greetings cards, gift wrap and address books. Wolfensberger AG’s partnership with Caspari goes back 60 years.
Digital photography, image processing and proofing
Design and visual communications
Christian Guggenbühl’s classic bookbinding shop develops bespoke solutions on a one-off or short-run basis.
Corporate design and web design/hosting
Architectural, reportage and art photography
Select products from all over Switzerland: specialities, design and manufactories
Wolfensberger is a family-run enterprise built on a strong tradition of pioneering achievement, quality craftsmanship, and dedication to the world of art.
|15 March 1902||Johann Edwin Wolfensberger establishes Graphische Anstalt J.E. Wolfensberger AG. Born on 18 June 1873 in Kaufbeuren in the German Allgäu, the “Big Wolf”, as he was known, came to Zurich in 1896. In 1902 he took over a small printing shop on Gessnerallee in Zurich.|
|1909||Construction of new premises commences on Bederstrasse, which at that time lay outside the city gates. The “Wolfsberg” building is a combined commercial and residential property. This marks the beginning of a new era in Switzerland, with the new Weltformat-size poster, artistic tourism posters, and exhibitions of contemporary artists on the same premises.|
|20 November 1944 ||Johann Edwin Wolfensberger dies, leaving the printing works in the hands of his only son, Jakob Edwin Wolfensberger, born on 2 July 1901. Jakob Edwin resembles his father in many respects.|
|1956||Wolfensberger starts to move over from lithography to the more modern technology of offset printing. The printing works develops special competence in high-end colour printing and gold bronzing. Under Jakob Edwin Wolfensberger the business still includes the Wolfsberg Kunstsalon art gallery and the Wolfsberg Verlag publishing house.|
|30 April 1968||The joint-stock company J.E. Wolfensberger AG is established. Jakob Edwin Wolfensberger’s two eldest sons start working for the company.|
|27 August 1971||Jakob Edwin Wolfensberger dies. Rudolf Wolfensberger takes over management of the printing company, while Jürg Edwin heads the Kunstsalon Wolfsberg gallery.|
|1985||The organisation, comprising the printing company, the gallery and the publishing house, now employs 50 people. New premises are acquired in Birmensdorf, Canton Zurich. The company operates two production facilities.|
|2005||The Birmensdorf premises are extended and remodelled, and now house the offset printing unit and administrative staff. The lithographic printing operation finds suitable premises at Eglistrasse 8 in Zurich.|
|2010||A comprehensive joint venture is established with Printlink AG in Zurich. The production facilities are renewed and extended on a permanent basis.|
|2013/2014||From October 2013 to March 2014, the Swiss National Museum in Zurich stages “Ready to print: art and advertising at Wolfensberger”. The vibrant exhibition showcases a broad range of the company’s printed work and art reproductions, paying homage to both the firm and its founders. www.gutzumdruck.landesmuseum.ch|
|2016||The joint venture is extended. Alongside the six-year partnership with Printlink AG, Gebo Druck AG now also produces print media at the Minergie-certified facility.|
|2019||J. E. Wolfensberger invests into a large-format printer. The long tradition of billboard printing is strengthened with a UV-LED Inkjet-printer. It prints high-quality posters and billboards For indoor and outdoor use. www.plakatwolf.ch|
A heat-insulated shell made of Swiss timber reduces the building’s energy consumption by 25 per cent, more than required by the MINERGIE® standard. Heat recovered from the printing shop provides 70 per cent of the energy used to heat the building. A combination of measures has reduced energy consumption by 60 per cent compared with previous levels, and these efforts are being optimised on a continuous basis. For example, the lighting system is to be made even more efficient. And the possibility of using the 600 m2 roof for a photovoltaic installation is being looked into. We are FSC®-certified. We guarantee print media made with paper from responsible forestry, and if desired can label them with the FSC® logo.
Wolfenberger invests in the latest printing technology on an ongoing basis. For example we’re the first printer in Switzerland to use manroland’s InlineColorPilot, an inline measurement and control system offering complete documentation of the production run, plus significant reductions in paper and energy consumption thanks to quicker set-up and fewer breaks in production. We now also use the latest LED UV technology, which allows us to speed up production even more and further reduce our use of paper and energy.
Sustainability (PDF, German)
Publication by Hanspeter Hofmann: documentation of performance and installations in Graz and Nice
Wallpaper by Carlos Kusnir, Marseille: combined offset and lithographic techniques
Colour chart: visualisation of lithographically overprinted second and third colours
Printing inks blended for Hanspeter Hofmann’s publication Bonheur Automatique