THE LEUCHTTURM STORY
MILESTONES

The whole Story
  • 1917

    Founding of KABE Publishing House by Paul Koch in Aschersleben. The company manufactured KABE stamp albums, which are still being produced today.

  • 1948

    The Leuchtturm Album Publishing House is established by Paul Koch in Hamburg.

  • 1962

    Kurt Stürken joins the company and together with Wolfgang Schön, builds the export business during the course of the next years.

  • 1967

    Founding of the subsidiary LIGHTHOUSE in New York, USA.

  • 1972

    Founding of the subsidiary in Montreal, Canada. Kurt Stürken becomes Shareholder and Partner of Wolfgang Schön.

  • 1997

    Acquisition of KABE Publishing House and integration of the two album publishing houses founded by Paul Koch.
    Kurt Stürken’s son Axel is appointed Managing Partner.

  • 2000

    Founding of the mail-order house TORQUATO as subsidiary.

  • 2002

    Introduction of the Euro currency. LEUCHTTURM is the first to put a Euro album on the market and sells 500,000 units in the very first year.

  • 2005

    Philip Döbler joins the company and builds the stationery supplies brand LEUCHTTURM1917.
    Kurt Stürken’s son Moritz joins the company and continues to build the TORQUATO brand. From 2010, Moritz Stürken is a Member of the Board at TORQUATO AG.

  • 2009

    Founding of the subsidiary company Leuchtturm Hungary, which has become the current production site for all LEUCHTTURM stamp collecting albums.

  • 2013

    Acquisition of a factory in South China, current production site for LEUCHTTURM coin albums.

  • 2014

    The Semikolon brand is acquired along with a bookbinding factory in the Czech Republic.

  • 2015

    Acquisition of the stationery supplies brand Treuleben & Bischof.