The company COLOP Stempelerzeugung Skopek GmbH & Co. KG is an independent commercial company which deals with the development, production, assembly and distribution of plastic and metal stamping devices.
The greater part of all stamps used in Europe and many other parts in the world are self-inking stamps. This modern kind of stamp is equipped with an integrated pad which is automatically provided with ink with every stamping process. COLOP is one of the worldwide leading producer of self-inkers and these products are also the most important ones for COLOP.
COLOP is regarded as one of the region´s flagship companies and is a global player within the industry with an expert rate of nearly 98 % and more than 120 export markets supplied on a regular basis.
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COLOP is founded by Karl Skopek in the winter of 1980/81.
In 1981, Karl Skopek starts working as a sole trader on a farm in Fischlham, producing a new self-inking line called Quick.
Relocation to current site
It soon becomes clear that the company needs to significantly expand its production site so, in 1984, COLOP relocates to its current site in Dr.-Arming-Straße in Wels.
COLOP distribution partners
Within a short space of time, COLOP – the newcomer to the stamp-making industry – is seen as a driving force in the sector. There are active representatives operating in several countries from the outset. These COLOP distribution partners lay the foundations for rapid growth in their respective markets.
COLOP Soft launches in the mid-1980s.
1986 sees the establishment of COLOP’s subsidiary in Germany, which remains one of the company’s key markets to this very day.
First Classic Line stamp
Since being introduced, COLOP’s first Classic Line stamp has been an ideal combination of solid metal for stability and plastic for smooth operation.
Management is extended
Karl Skopek promotes shareholder Ernst Faber from his role as general manager to work alongside him in the position of joint executive manager.
COLOP strengthens its global sales network by opening a sales office in France.
The company invests in COLOP Slovakia.
First ’round self-inking stamps’
The innovative creation of the first ’round self-inking stamps’ paves the way for COLOP to successfully enter the Eastern European market.
Second production facility
One particular milestone in COLOP’s history is the opening of a second production facility in Borovany (CZ) in November 1993. The site starts life with just a few machines set up in a very basic building.
COLOP unveils its new L Series, the precursor to today’s best-selling Printer series.
COLOP introduces the COLOP Mini-Dater, which at the time was the smallest self-inking plate date stamp in the world.
Just one year later, COLOP launches another high-quality range of self-inking stamps. Known as the Printer series, it quickly develops into a best-selling line. Today it is still the epitome of state-of-the-art plastic stamps.
COLOP releases another brand-new range of stamps known as the Office Line. The Office Line comprises compact plastic self-inking stamps, which are particularly suitable for everyday modern office work due to their ease of use.
In 2000, COLOP Romania joins the COLOP Group. This development marks an important strategic step in Southeast Europe.
In this year, COLOP also creates a product which the market had been in need of for a long time – the Pocket Stamp for use on the go.
COLOP invests in COLOP Bulgaria.
Redesign of Printer Standard Line
In 2004, the company turns its attention to redesigning the Printer Standard Line.
The addition of the extra large image window in particular attracts significant interest and attention.
Karl Skopek passes away
The company’s founder, Karl Skopek, passes away on 24 June 2005. With more than 40 years of service within the industry, his death means the loss of one of the stamp-making sector’s most important personalities.
Ernst Faber, sole CEO
Following Karl’s death, Ernst Faber takes the lead as COLOP’s sole managing director. Alongside his team, he continues working hard to keep COLOP’s spirit of innovation alive.
Mark C. Brown & Unigraphics
Unigraphics (Sweden) and Mark C. Brown (now COLOP UK) are incorporated into the COLOP Group.
Redesign of Classic Line
COLOP sets the next benchmark in the stamp-making sector by redesigning and improving its successful Classic Line.
COLOP launches a new range of products known as the EOS Line. This series comprises a new type of pre-inked stamp made using flash technology.
One further milestone in COLOP’s company history is the introduction of the Green Line. COLOP becomes the first company in the stamp-making industry to bring a series of ‘green’ stamps made predominantly from recycled plastic to the market.
Another highlight this year is the launch of the new Stamp Mouse, a unique pocket stamp with a simple click mechanism – all users have to do is press the two buttons and the stamp is ready to go!
This year sees the introduction of the Compact Printer, a further attractive range of stamps which meets the need of modern offices.
Stamps with Microban® antibacterial protection
COLOP unveils the stamp-making industry’s latest innovation. The company becomes the first stamp manufacturer worldwide to include products with Microban® antibacterial protection in its portfolio.
2010 also sees the launch of COLOP’s Expert Line, a series of self-inking stamps made from more than 80% pure steel.
Printer Liquid Wood
COLOP begins to sell its Liquid Wood Printer in 2011. Made from liquid wood – an innovative and pioneering bioplastic based on wood – this stamp represents another unique product to join the stamping world.
Expansion COLOP CZ
COLOP prides itself on manufacturing its products in Austria or other European countries. In 2012, the company considerably expands its production site in Borovany (CZ).
COLOP also acquires the Hungarian company R+C. This company had been a successful distribution partner for the Hungarian market for decades and had gained an extremely strong foothold in the stamp-making industry.
COLOP Spain & COLOP UK
COLOP founds its own subsidiary in Spain and merges its companies in the United Kingdom to form COLOP UK.
Extension in Wels and Borovany
COLOP completes comprehensive extensions work at its head office in Wels and at its site in Borovany (CZ), putting in place the infrastructure needed to significantly increase production capacity once again.
Relaunch Printer Standard
2014 sees the launch of the seventh generation of COLOP’s bestseller – the Printer Standard series. The latest Printer range features a unique and state-of-the-art design and stands out thanks to numerous innovations and improvements.
Pocket Stamp Plus
Having presented the first of its smart Pocket Stamps for everyday use more than ten years ago, COLOP announces a new pocket stamp, the Pocket Stamp Plus, in 2014. With its automatic slide mechanism, this innovative new stamp takes the successful concept to the next level.
COLOP Polska becomes the latest valuable member of the COLOP Group.
Redesign Office Line
COLOPs Office Line gets a new look. The result is a new Green Line model made of 75% recycled plastics, in a modern, light design.
Expansion India and China
The entire Asian market with more than 4 billion inhabitants is becoming increasingly important for COLOP. In order to be able to handle a substantial part of the Asian market directly and immediately, COLOP established sales offices in the metropolis Mumbai in India and Guangzhou in China.
Certificates & Awards
The collection of certificates and awards illustrate COLOP's extraordinary achievements, particularly in the areas of quality and environment.