Change is in Bubu’s DNA and will continue to shape our long-established company. Over the next decade, we will tackle the challenges presented by economic, technological, and social change with innovation, enthusiasm, and confidence. In the coming years, we expect to be focusing on short print runs, unique, niche products and the ongoing digitalization of our products and services.
With the appointment in 2014 of Christian Burkhardt as joint managing director alongside Thomas Freitag, the family business entered its third generation. In the fall of 2014, the Bookfactory celebrated its 10th anniversary. In spring 2015, complete with a new image, the company began focusing primarily on binding, thus writing a further chapter in a history already dating back more than 70 years.
The millennium sees a move into the digital age. The "discboard" CD holder developed by Bubu symbolises the connection between electronic and print media. Bubu is a pioneer in the development of 'books on demand' and braves an entry into the photobook market with the launch of Bookfactory in 2004 - a milestone in company history. In 2005, Thomas Freitag takes over the running of the business from Hans Burkhardt, who focuses on chairing the supervisory board.
In the nineties, Bubu consolidates its industrial production. The company buys a Vario 26 glue binder especially for the production of 400,000 Swatch product catalogues and lays the foundations for the Bookfactory with the LOS system for computer-aided single book and cover production.
Bubu continues to develop based on the motto "Binding books and more". The external symbol of this development is the new logo developed by leading book designer Jost Hochuli. By moving to Mönchaltorf, Bubu definitely makes the switch from a hand-craft company to an industrial operation.
Three years after joining, Hans Burkhardt takes over the running of the company at the same time as the founding of the joint stock company. Bubu also secures its position as a quality provider: Various awards and demanding book-binding orders are evidence of this, such as the production of the facsimile edition of the 1513 Diebold Schilling Chronicle.
In 1961, Bubu takes another major step by moving to its own production building at Forchstrasse 317 in Zürich-Balgrist. This step is also important for the company culture, as the new canteen becomes a meeting room used for many Bubu family events.
In the fifties, Bubu continued to develop and enjoyed healthy growth levels. Even then, they lived by values which are still important today: innovation, quality and openness to new ideas.
Bubu started out with 3 employees. Albert Burkhardt's wife Vreni was responsible for administration. The company soon found a foothold and was able to afford the first company car for deliveries and proudly presented itself in a new shop window as of 1946. The Bubu family was born, and the culture still lives on today.
Albert Burkhardt founds Bubu by taking over C. Fischer's book bindery at Forchstrasse 51 in Zurich. The motto "We can do that, we do everything" soon became part of the culture.
Bubu anno 1951
The creation of books - a film by Albert Burkhardt.
Der Buchbinder als Kunsthandwerker - Ein Film von Albert Burkhardt mit Thorvald Henningsen (1963)