Our History

20 Years. Countless Milestones.

In 1994, Cimpress founder Robert Keane wanted to give small business owners access to the same high-quality, custom-printed products that bigger companies (with bigger print budgets) enjoyed.

More than 20 years later, Robert continues to lead Cimpress, which is now the world leader in mass customization and a remarkable success story that has gone from startup to over $1.8 billion USD in annual revenues.

Take a look at some of our proudest moments over the years.

December 2016

Acquisition of National Pen, a leading provider of customized writing instruments and promotional products.

November 2016

Company expands its manufacturing footprint into the U.S. and opens a production facility in Reno, Nevada. 

June 2016

Company opens an office in the Philippines to support customers of its Vistaprint brand.

February 2016

Acquisition of WIRmachenDRUCK, a leading upload-and-print company in Germany.

August 2015

Acquisition of Tradeprint, the leading trade printer in the UK

April 2015

Acquisition of several European web-to-print companies including: Exagroup and Easyflyer (France); Druck.at (Austria).

November 2014

Company changes its name from Vistaprint N.V. to Cimpress N.V. and retains all customer facing brand identities. 

June 2014

Acquisition of FotoKnudsen, a leading Norwegian consumer photo product company. 

April 2014

Acquisition of Pixartprinting, a leading web-to-print company in Italy, France and Spain.

February 2014

Acquisition of People & Print Group, a leading Dutch web-to-print company.

*People & Print Group was renamed Printdeal as of January 1, 2015.

November 2013

Joint venture with Plaza Create in Japan.

September 2012

Bhiwandi, India manufacturing plant opens.

June 2012

Company reaches $1 billion in annual revenue for the first time.

December 2011

Mumbai, India office opens to support expansion into India

December 2011

Acquisition of Webs, a leading provider of digital marketing solutions.

November 2011

Acquisition of Albumprinter, one of Europe’s leading photobook suppliers.

June 2010

First customer shipment from our third company-owned production facility, located in Deer Park, Victoria, Australia.

March 2010

Customer, Advocacy, Relationship and Engagement (Care) center opens in Berlin, Germany

September 2009

Office of the CEO returns to Paris.  Paris office later expands to include the office of the CFO, as well as other planning and corporate functions.

July 2009

Second Customer Advocacy, Relationship and Engagement (CARE) center opens in Tunis, Tunisia.

April 2008

Engineering and research center opens Winterthur, Switzerland.

October 2006

Office opens in Barcelona, Spain to house marketing teams for countries across Europe.

September 2005

Company’s initial public offering (IPO). Shares begin trading on NASDAQ.

May 2005

Second printing facility opens in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

January 2004

First company-owned large-scale printing facility opens in Venlo in the Netherlands.

June 2003

First Customer Advocacy, Relationships and Engagement (CARE) site opens in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

January 2002

One millionth order!

May 2000

Vistaprint website launches in US with VistaStudio. A marketing campaign of “Free business cards” launches in order to drive viral expansion of the Vistaprint brand.

November 1999

First US office opens (Massachusetts).

March 1999

Robert Keane conceives of “Internet based ganging”. Software will now automatically aggregate many individual orders of business cards into a single digital file, which then is printed using just one press setup, before being cut up and separated into individual orders.  This concept, patented in 1999, will prove to radically reduce production costs over the coming years.

November 1998

Strategy changes to move to the Internet, combining online graphic design software, e-commerce ordering, and centralized printing instead of desktop printing.

1996 to 1999

Launch of first direct marketing catalog called “Bonne Impression”, which has two meanings in French – good impression and good printing. Customers are small businesses.  Products are primarily brochures, newsletters, business cards and desktop publishing software.

January 1995

Robert starts our company in the spare bedroom of his Paris apartment. During the first year of business, most revenues come from freelance market research and consulting work for Microsoft’s “Publisher” desktop publishing software team, studying the needs of small businesses to design and produce printed materials from their desktop.

July to December 1994

Robert Keane identifies a clear market need for high-quality, low-cost printing of small business marketing materials. He is so busy writing his business plan that he misses his INSEAD graduation ceremony.