Bertelsmann's printing division to operate under name Be Printers after company had merged most of its worldwide print operations in this unit to achieve improved control, focus; 17 production units in six countries under new umbrella

HAMBURG, Germany , October 31, 2012 (press release) – The printing division of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, founded a few months ago, will operate under the name Be Printers from now on. The international media company had merged most of its worldwide print operations in this unit to achieve improved control and focus. Now, the name of the business unit was unveiled in Hamburg along with its newly developed corporate design.

Bertelsmann is thus uniting 17 production sites in six countries on three continents under the Be Printers umbrella. The Be Printers group does business in the key markets of America (U.S. and Colombia) and Europe (Prinovis Germany and UK, Italy, Spain). The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Be Printers is Bertram Stausberg, who also heads Prinovis. The individual Be Printer companies will continue to do business under their original names. Axel Springer will remain a co-shareholder in Prinovis.

Be Printers generates annual revenues of €1.2 billion and employs approximately 6,800 people. The group covers the full technological range of modern printing (gravure, web and sheetfed offset, digital printing). Its plants produce magazines, catalogs, brochures, books and calendars for their clients.

About Bertelsmann
Bertelsmann is an international media company whose core divisions encompass television (RTL Group), book publishing (Random House), magazine publishing (Gruner + Jahr), services (Arvato), and printing (Be Printers) in some 50 countries. In 2011, the company’s businesses, with their more than 100,000 employees, generated revenues of €15.3 billion. Bertelsmann stands for a combination of creativity and entrepreneurship that empowers the creation of first-rate media, communications, and service offerings to inspire people around the world and to provide innovative solutions for customers.

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