History

1996:
Commercial printing services of the TS Group are incorporated into one service company
Hansaprint Oy begins its operations on 1 January 1996
Esa Honka is nominated as the President

1999:

The business and magazine printing operations of Helsinki Media Print, located in Vantaa, are integrated into Hansaprint Oy

According to the shareholders' agreement, the TS Group owns 60% and Sanoma Magazines Finland/SanomaWSOY 40% of the new Hansaprint Oy

The sales company Hansaprint AB is founded in Stockholm, Sweden

2000:
The Direct-business of Polytypos Oy is integrated into Hansaprint Oy

A joint office of Baltic Media Oy and Hansaprint Oy is opened in Moscow

2001:
All Hansaprint Oy's production facilities and all their operations receive the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certificates

2002:
Hansaprint Direkt AB is bought in Sweden (digital printing and post press services)

2003:
Hansaprint participates in founding the operations of Future Printing Center

2005:
TS Group builds industrial facilities in Hungary; Hansaprint Oy and the Swedish Elanders AB found a joint venture, Hansaprint Elanders Kft, which starts its operations at Komárom, Hungary in spring 2005

On 1 September 2005, Hansaprint Oy buys the capital stock of Dark Oy, pioneer of digital printing

2007:
The IT production services of Hansaprint Oy are outsourced to Luovia Oy, which is a part of the TS Group

On 1 September 2007, Timo Ketonen (M.Sc.econ) is nominated as the President of Hansaprint Oy and the Hansaprint Group

2008:
Dark Oy changes its name to Hansaprint Direct Oy

2009:
On 1 September 2009, Hansaprint Oy, Newprint Oy and Priimus Paino Oy combine their sheet-fed printing operations into a new company with the name Newprint Oy

2010:
Merger of Hansaprint Direct Oy into its parent company Hansaprint Oy

2011:
A structural change in sheet-fed and volume printing is completed

On 1 July 2011, Heikki Ketonen (MSc Econ) is nominated as the President of Hansaprint Oy and the Hansaprint Group

2012:
Sanoma Magazines Finland Oy sold its stake in Hansaprint to TS Group today. Shares sold represent 40 % of total shares of Hansaprint Oy. Hansaprint is now owned 100 % by TS Group.

 

 

The history of Hansaprint Oy goes back to the first issue of Turun Sanomat - the regional newspaper first published in Turku in 1905. The newspaper was founded by Antti Mikkola, a politician and a great newspaperman. Arvo Ketonen was hired as the managing director in 1917 and became the editor in chief in 1937. When he died in 1948, his wife Irja Ketonen took over the business despite the prejudice of the time against women in business.

Irja Ketonen began her working career running errands for the newspaper at the age of 13. From there, she went on to working in the office, then to managing editor and finally to managing director in 1955. In the 1950s, women were rarely found at the managerial level, and a woman leading a business such as Turun Sanomat created considerable astonishment. Over five decades, Irja Ketonen turned the company into an internationally notable newspaper publisher and a printing pioneer. During her reign, Oy Turun Sanomat grew from a newspaper with a hundred employees into the TS Group with a staff of more than two thousand employees. Irja Ketonen created the foundation for a strong and productive business. The errand girl became the director of a corporate group and finally the first woman to be granted the honorary title of mining counsellor in Finland in 1980, the same year when Turun Sanomat celebrated its 75th year in business.

Hansaprint's operations began in 1996 when the commercial printing services of the TS-Group were incorporated into one company under the name of Hansaprint. In 1999, the business and magazine printing operations of Helsinki Media Print, located in Vantaa, were integrated into Hansaprint. According to the shareholders' agreement, the TS-Group owned 60% and Sanoma Group 40% of the business. Hansaprint was now owned by two major media groups in good financial standing.

Export opportunities to the Nordic Countries, the Baltic states and Russia improved at the turn of the millennium with the founding of the sales company Hansaprint AB in Stockholm in 1999. A joint office of Baltic Media Oy and Hansaprint Oy was opened in the centre of Moscow in 2000. Today, the representative office is fully under the name of Hansaprint Russia.

In 2001, all Hansaprint Oy's production facilities and all their operations received the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certificates. These quality and environmental certificates granted by Det Norske Veritas also cover the production of personalised direct marketing products and regular customer mailings. Already in 1993, Hansaprint was the first heatset printing house in Finland to be given the right to use the Nordic Ecolabel in recognition of its environmentally friendly production processes and the recyclability of the end products.

Hansaprint participated in founding the operations of Future Printing Center in 2003. The modern test printing facility was established in Raisio, Finland to serve the interests of the forest cluster's product development, together with the majority owner BASF (Ciba in 2003) and Omya. In 2009, the operations were extended to surface coatings, and the operations continued under the name Forest Pilot Center, with Metso and Nordkalk now added to the list of owners.

In 2005, Hansaprint and Elanders founded a joint venture, Hansaprint Elanders Kft, with production facilities in Komárom, Hungary. The new printing house was a major opening for Hansaprint in the Hungarian and Central European markets, with many potential customers in the electronics and automotive industries, among others. With the Komárom facilities, Hansaprint is now able to offer the same seamless digital printing and logistics chain for businesses operating in Hungary as well as in the Nordic region.

In 2005, Hansaprint bought the digital printing specialist Dark Oy from the SanomaWSOY Group. As a result of this transaction, Hansaprint strengthened its digital printing capacity and its ability to serve its customers as a comprehensive provider of digital printing services.

The IT production services of Hansaprint Oy were outsourced to Luovia Oy on 1 March 2007. This arrangement clarified Hansaprint's role as a provider of comprehensive communication solutions, with an increasing focus on IT services and digital media. Luovia is Hansaprint's strategic partner in development, production and marketing of e-media solutions.

On 1 September 2007, Timo Ketonen (M.Sc.econ) was nominated as the President of Hansaprint Oy and the Hansaprint Group. Esa Honka, the leader since the founding of the company in 1996, will act as a Senior Advisor responsible for special projects and has retired in July 2008. Timo Ketonen acted as Executive Vice President and COO of Hansaprint since its foundation, and was previously responsible for customer relations and sales, as well as international operations. Also on 1 September 2007, Heikki Ketonen (M.Sc.econ) was nominated as the Executive Vice President and the deputy for the President.

On 1 September 2009, Hansaprint Oy, Newprint Oy and Priimus Paino Oy combined their sheet-fed printing operations into a new company with the name Newprint Oy. The company is a leading sheet-fed offset company in Finland, and as a partner it is responsible for the production of sheet-fed printing and smaller print runs for Hansaprint's customers.

A structural change in sheet-fed and volume printing was implemented in 2010-2011: volume printing was centralised in Turku (at Hansaprint Oy) and sheet-fed printing in Raisio (at Newprint Oy). Sales operations and the digital printing of the Direct unit will continue in Vantaa.

MSc (Econ) Heikki Ketonen was appointed Managing Director of Hansaprint Oy and CEO of Hansaprint Group, starting 1 July 2011. Jukka Saariluoma was nominated as the deputy for the President. Heikki Ketonen has previously worked as the company's Executive Vice President. The previous CEO of Hansaprint Group, Timo Ketonen, will join Åbo Akademi University in the autumn to work on his doctoral thesis and to study the ongoing change in the media with the university's EDGE research group. He will continue as a Board member of Hansaprint's parent company, the TS Group.

Sanoma Magazines Finland Oy sold its stake in Hansaprint to TS Group in September 2012. Shares sold represent 40 % of total shares of Hansaprint Oy. Hansaprint is now owned 100 % by TS Group.

Currently, Hansaprint is the leading printing house in the Nordic region and a service company specialised in comprehensive marketing solutions. The company concentrates on developing printing services, multichannel services and customer-specific solutions. The Hansaprint production facilities are located in Turku and Vantaa, Finland. Hansaprint has subsidiaries and partners in the Nordic Countries and Russia, among others.