Graphius becomes Europe's largest printing company of comic books
Graphius has acquired the French printing company PPO. This means that the printing group from Ghent is now Europe's leading printer of comic books.
Asterix, The Smurfs, Lucky Luke ... even people with little interest in comic books have heard of these names. The print runs they make are enormous. Their printing presses churn out millions of copies of each new Asterix album, for example. Publishing companies Dargaud, Dupuis and Casterman will now need to call upon Graphius' services to have their comic books printed. The printing work itself will continue to be carried out in Paris.
This is Graphius' thirteenth acquisition in ten years, but its first of a foreign firm. The group mainly specialises in high-quality printing work, such as art books for the Louvre. By acquiring a comic publishing company, the group is gearing up to defend itself against the onward march of digitalisation. For the time being, comic book lovers predominantly continue to read paper albums.