History of the RAKO-GROUP

It started 1969. RAKO has expanded to currently 13 production sites worldwide and a turnover of approx. 200 Mio. € in 2012 thanks to wise strategic decision.

    1969

     

    It started in an old mill in Braak near Hamburg...

    Ralph & Gabriele Koopmann founded company RAKO ETIKETTEN GmbH & Co. KG and began the label production with a single printing machine.


    1972

     

    Company RAKO ETIKETTEN moved to Witzhave and set a milestone for further expansion and the development of the RAKO-GROUP.


    1984

     

    Establishment of Flexiket GmbH. RAKO recognizes the ravages of time and offers the possibility of a post imprinting service for already existing labels within 48 hours. Usable for sort imprints, numerations and overprints.


    1989

     

    RAKO extended its product portfolio and founded the Folienprint RAKO GmbH, which is specialized in the production of shrink sleeves and flexible packaging.


    1995

     

    Foundation of the Hologram Company RAKO GmbH. Extension of the product portfolio with security holograms and technologies for the protection against counterfeiting, forgery and product piracy.


    1997

     

    Begin of a new era in the printing industry. RAKO started with digital offset printing and bought the first digital printing machine "Indigo Omnius Webstream 50". Today, RAKO is leading in digital offset printing reel to reel and packaging films.

     

    Foundation of the RAKO Security-Label Produktsicherungs-GmbH. RAKO gained a foothold in the market for electronic article surveillance and RFID-systems.


    1998

     

    Foundation of the Security Label GmbH in Sarstedt. Today the company is leading supplier of printing products for the airline industry.


    1999

     

    Foundation of the Folien Company FCS GmbH in Hamburg. Competent seller of all kinds of laminated and packaging films.


    2001

     

    Foundation of RAKO Etiquettes SARL in France. A first step was taken to establish a production site in a foreign country in order to increase the flexibility towards the French and Southern European customers.

     

    Foundation of the OrgalinX GmbH. RAKO`s in-house IT-provider.


    2002

     

    Establishment of the ETIBANA GmbH. RAKO founds another label company which is specialized in the production of labels for the pharmaceutical- and food industry.


    2003

     

    Establishment of an offset printing competence center in Ellerau.

     

    Acquisition of the Logokett GmbH. German Distribution company for products of RAKO Security-Label Produktsicherungs GmbH.


    2004

     

    Foundation of RAKO LabelShop GmbH, which is specialized in the production of labels for office supplies.

     

    Foundation of RAKO ETIKETTEN Süd GmbH. Strategic positioning in Southern Germany. Specialized in the production of self-adhesive beer crate labels or Inmould labels.

     

    Foundation of the Sentronik GmbH.


    2005

     

    Acquisition of Straub Etiketten GmbH. Production site for self-adhesive labels in the Eastern part of Germany. Later the company was renamed an now trades under the name RAKO ETIKETTEN Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH.


    2006

     

    Takeover of company Ritter GmbH & Co. KG. New production site of high quality labels in the middle of Germany.


    2007

     

    Continuous growth above the sector trend leads to the construction of a new production hall for the Folienprint RAKO GmbH in Gallin. 2007 movement into the new production site.


    2009

     

    RAKO risks the first step to Asia. Opening of RAKO Printing Hangzhou Co. Ltd. On March 25 th RAKO established a further label company in Hangzhou (capital of the province Zheijiang/China) 180 km away from Shanghai.

     

    40 th anniversary of RAKO ETIKETTEN!

    RAKO ETIKETTEN looks back to 40 successful years. We would like to thank all our customers for the good cooperation.


    2010

     

    Foundation of RAKO Labels Cape Town, South Africa. The opening of the new production site for pressure sensitive labels took place in February 2011 in Kapstadt.


    2013

     

    RAKO joins ventures with Staats Graphische Betriebe...

    The RAKO-GROUP has invested in the company Graphische Betriebe Staats GmbH with operations in Lippstadt. The investments are beneficial to both sides, since Staats will be integrated into the RAKO-GROUP, while RAKO's can profit from an expansion of the product portfolio and an even greater competitive advantage on the market.


    Today

     

    Today the RAKO-GROUP consists of 18 subsidiaries which use their synergies in the following segments: self-adhesive labels, flexible packaging, security technologies (RFID & Holograms) and software. We produce with more than 80 printing machines at different production sites in Germany, France, China and South Africa and thus increase the flexibility towards our customers at home and abroad.