It all began with a manual printing press
170 years ago Wilhelm Wenzel Klambt, a 19th century press innovator, laid the foundations for what should become a media company. Rose Druck GmbH is one of the activities which evolved from this.
Wilhelm Wenzel Klambt (1811-1883)
In 1843, librarian, book retailer and author Wilhelm Wenzel Klambt published the first edition of his periodical “Der Hausfreund - eine Wochenschrift für alle Stände“ in the Silesian town of Neurode. A very brave undertaking in those days, for the newspaper press was still in its infancy and publishers were subject to strict censorship. Printing was painstaking manual work. Using a simple manual press in the beginning, Klambt printed 500 copies per day.
Circulation of his magazine grew. From 1860 on a new “fast press” turned out more than 5,000 copies a day. In 1882 Wilhelm Wenzel Klambt sold his publishing firm to Georg Rose, his son-in-law. Under his management the “Hausfreund” mutated from a regional magazine to Germany’s favourite family weekly. Klambt publishing grew to become an important company with several locations throughout Germany. It printed millions of copies of different magazines, calendars and books.
The Second World War marked the total loss of the firm's headquarters at Neurode and also of almost all its offices throughout West Germany. The Speyer site, however, had remained intact. This is where Klambt’s great-grandson, Günther Rose, started rebuilding his publishing company. It grew to become market leader in magazines directed towards women and families. Today Klambt media group publishes a multitude of periodicals; the “Hausfreund” publication continues to appear to this day, under the label “7 Tage“.
Spinning off the printing business
During its corporate expansion Klambt media group also grew its printing business. In 1955, Klambt Druck - Klambt's printing activities - was established as a separate firm.
Managed by Wolfgang Rose, it evolved into one of Germany's most modern, state-of-the-art printing companies in the 1970s and 80s. Continuous innovation enabled the firm to expand into all areas of printing technology: in addition to book and offset printing, gravure printing became one of Klambt's core specialties. It started printing for other important publishers outside the Klambt media group as well - books and periodicals, mail-order catalogues and a variety of advertising supplements.
The 5th generation takes control
In 1992 Klambt Druck set up a new state-of-the-art gravure printing plant in Landau in der Pfalz, Germany - literally "on the green pasture".
In 1996 Klambt Druck GmbH merged with Schlott Gruppe and was subsequently renamed into wwk druck GmbH in 1998. The company name retains the initials of founder Wilhelm Wenzel Klambt. One of his great-great-nephews is Bernd Rose who became CEO of the merged new printing group.
In 2011 Schlott fell into insolvency. Bernd Rose and his family took over gravure printer wwk druck, Landau. One of Germany's most traditional printing companies continues into the fifth generation, under its new name Rose Druck GmbH.