Papier pioneer Tecco today is a world wide operating, global player in the paper industry. Co-operations with well-known companies, the setting of norms and standards, and much more led to the reception into the oldest and most famous photo club in the world, the Royal Photographic Society (RPS). Today Tecco is seen as innovation leader and trend setter, for photo, fine art and proofing papers.
1980 – 1982
Founding Tecco by Werner Braun and Karl-Josef Frings in Cologne
Regional sales of papers and supplies for the printing industry
Products in the year of the foundation:
T … Text printing systems
E … Elektrostatic papers
C … Carbonpapers
C … Chemotechnical supplies
O … Offsetinks
1982 – 1987
Move of the company headquarter to Bergisch Gladbach providing more office and storage space European wide cooperation with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Core products: Tecco direct-image-paperplates Tecco offset chemistry Tecco offset supplies TeccoStat di-plate imager AluTec metall plates and laser matt films Presentation of Tecco at national shows (Orgatechnik)
1988 – 1991
Move and expansion of the headquarter to Cologne Increased office and storage capacities Growth of the international business with Tecco offset supplies Introduction of master rolls and inks for digital copiers International registration of the trademark „TECCO“
1992 – 1996
Set up of the converting equipment for the manufacture of paper- and polyester based media at Bergisch Gladbach Introduction of the very first „mediaware ink-jet paper CM 50, 90 g, medium resolution, suitable for desk top printers up to 180/360 dpi resolution International registration of the trademark „mediaware“ Introduction/build up of a complete assortment of many new ink-jet products in sheet and plotter rolls Start period for the YIP/OEM business Increase of production facilities at Bergisch Gladbach; expansion of the storage space 1997Introduction of the first BEST proofing paper: BEST Colorproof 100 Matt Further expansion of the storage space at Bergisch Gladbach
1998 – 2000
Further expansion of the storage space and production facilities Investment and installation of new converting equipment (rewinders and cutters) Introduction of the mediaware Color Laser assortment Participation on international trade fairs (Photokina 1998 and Drupa 2000) Set up and clear focus on channel business Appointment of distributors in all 5 continents
2001 – 2004
Further expansion of our production halls Expansion of production capabilities with a 2 m slitter/re-winder with integrated Flexo press for simultaneous individual backside print for the further increase of the YIP/OEM-business Installation of new half-automical re-winders Further expansion of the storage space to totally 6 halls Increase of sales staff for the German market Tecco becomes DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 certified Participation at the Photokina 2004 Retirement of the company founders Karl-Josef Frings and Werner Braun; Alfred Harder, Thomas Dyckerhoff and Markus Frings appointed to become managing directors
2005 – 2007
Installation of first fully-automatic re-winder Investments to increase productivity of existing converting equipment Participation at the Photokina 2006 Focus on national public relations Increase of sales staff for EMEA markets 2008Installation of 2nd fully automatic rewinder (scheduled for autumn 2008) Expansion of storage space (hall 7) Introduction of media for Eco-/Mild Solvent printers Rebranding of „mediaware“ into „TECCO:PAPER“ Focus on international public relations Change of company name into „Tecco GmbH” (new company logo includes “living paper”)
Investments in new state of the art converting equipment (e.g. fully automatic core cutting machine and special labelling system for our YIP/OEM customers)
Tecco gains CoC (chain of custody) environmental certifications for FSC® and PEFC
Since 2009 available: PEFC and FSC certified TECCO:PAPER PHOTO, TECCO:PAPER PHOTO and TECCO:PAPER LASER printing media
2010TECCO:PHOTO papers receive certification by the independent Wilhelm Imaging Research institute (WIR).
The WIR certification confirms that Tecco papers are fulfilling the highest standards in light fastness and ageing resistance in combination with original Epson, Canon and HP inks.
Tecco becomes DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 certified
New Investments Significant Investments into converting equipment to maintain and improve customized backprinting skills especially for backprinting ink-jet, laser and other substrates and media.
Participation at international fairs
• Drupa – the largest printing equipment exhibition in the world 3.-16.05.2012 in Düsseldorf
• Photokina – the world’s largest trade fair for the photographic and imaging industries 18. – 23.09.2012 in Cologne
• Salon de la Photo – the most important photo fair in France 8.-12.11.2012 in Paris
In May 2012 at Drupa TECCO introduced the new product range TECCO:PAPER DRYLAB. The TECCO:PAPER DryLab papers are specially developed for inkjet based, chemistry-free minilabs compatible with DryLabs of NORITSU, FUJI and EPSON.