• Since 1947

    Since 1947

  • 1947: STARTUP - JAN BONGAERTS 23 YEAR

    1947: STARTUP - JAN BONGAERTS 23 YEAR

    With the last of his funds, Jan Bongaerts procured a small plot at the Koolmijnlaan in Heusden Zolder and builds a small house of 6 by 8 meters. He also buys a second hand press and comes up with the name Drukkerij Moderna.
  • 1949: PIONEERING WORK - ADVERTISING MAGAZINE 'FILMNEWS'

    1949: PIONEERING WORK - ADVERTISING MAGAZINE 'FILMNEWS'

    The printing business was a success from the start. For the local cinemas, a lot of pamphlets had to be printed. That is how the idea grew to combine publicity with different cinemas. The first advertising newspaper was called Drukkerij Moderna's Film News. Later, other traders wanted to advertise in this magazine.
  • 1988: FIRST COLDSETPRESS

    1988: FIRST COLDSETPRESS

    We invested in the first cold set rotational press. A very risky move, however our press was running orders 24/7 in no time.
  • 1991: FIRST HEATSETPRESS

    1991: FIRST HEATSETPRESS

    Next to cold set and sheetset we also chose to invest in a rotational heatset press. The capabilities where limited but that didn't stop us from obtaining our spot on this market.
  • 1994: OUR MOVE TO PAAL

    1994: OUR MOVE TO PAAL

    Our printing office became too small. Thus, we moved to a new and functional property right next to the E313 highway in Paal-Beringen.
  • 2000: STARTING UP FINISHING

    2000: STARTING UP FINISHING

    To give our finishing department more space to grow, optimax is called to life. A fully-pledged Finishing company on a new location in Beringen.
  • 2004: FIRST 48 PAGE PRESS

    2004: FIRST 48 PAGE PRESS

    The First 48 page heatset rotation press is a Lithoman IV with quickstart rewetting and a very small paperwastage. This proved to be a very succesful choice, our first steps towards the magazine market where a fact.
  • 2010: EVERYTHING CENTRALIZED

    2010: EVERYTHING CENTRALIZED

    Thanks to the procurement of a adjacent plot our finishing department is integrated once more in one location. It's a record year for investments! A 10 colour 70x100 press with spoilfeeder is added to our arsenal. Also the finishing department gets a new helping hand in the form of a super fast cuttingline and our first real robot.

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