Cartamundi USA - History

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With 250 years of experience, Seven manufacturing facilities, Eleven international branches, hundreds of agents and distributors in more than 50 countries, Cartamundi has established itself as the worldwide playing card leader!

1970 – Cartamundi is founded in Turnhout, Belgium, a joint venture between three long-established printing companies: Brepols, Van Genechten and Biermans. The history of these three companies dates back to 1765, bringing the world more than 250 years experience in manufacturing playing cards!

1993 – Cartamundi France SARL is established just outside Paris to cater to a growing market.

1994 – Cartamundi, Inc., a sales office Kentucky, is created to enter the U.S. market.

1996 – A U.S. headquarters, and manufacturing facility, is established in Kingsport, Tennessee.

1999 – Cartamundi acquires Swiss AGMüller as its first acquisition and also establishes Cartamundi Nordic.

2001 – Swiss AGMüller integrates with Urania Verlags AG strengthening Cartamundi’s its position in the world market of tarot cards.

2000 – Cartamundi acquires Altenburger und StralsunderSpielkarten in Germany. Cartamundi Hungary Kft. is established in Budapest, Hungary.

2002 – Cartamundi acquires Spielkartenfabrik Altenburg to strengthen Cartamundi’s position on the German market. Cartamundi Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. and Cartamundi Españawere are established to better service regional customers.

2003 – Cartamundi gains control of Games & Print Services, Ltd., a key player in the U.K. print services and games assembly business.

2005 – Cartamundi acquires 50% shares of Copag, the world renowned manufacturer of 100% plastic playing cards. Cartamundi expands into Poland by acquiring Dertor Poland.

2006 – Cartamundi acquires Yaquinto Printing Company in Dallas, Texas, bringing strength to the Cartamundi team in the US Market with prepress, fulfillment, UV & plastic printing, trading cards, collectibles, card games, POS/POP items and folding cartons

2007 – Cartamundi USA Headquarters is relocated from Kingsport, Tennessee to the Yaquinto facility in Dallas, Texas.

2009 – Cartamundi USA expands operations in the 300,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art facility.

2011 – Elite Packaging by Cartamundi is born with offices in Los Angeles, California servicing the packaging needs of the entertainment studios.

2015 – Cartamundi acquires the East Longmeadow, Massachusetts and Waterford, Ireland games manufacturing facilities from Hasbro, expanding our production of card and board games around the world.

Cartamundi wins the Company of the Year Award from BelCham, the Belgian Chamber of Commerce, for strengthening the American market and the economic ties between Belgium and the USA.

2017 – Cartamundi USA establishes Design Centers in Dallas, Seattle & San Francisco, rounding out our ability to creatively service our customers at the highest level.