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Company History

Hapa’s history is a record of technological innovation and industry advances made in partnership with hundreds of the best companies worldwide, including:

    Abbott, Alcan, Astellas, AstraZeneca, B. Braun, Boehringer Ingelheim,
    Cephalon, Cipla, Daiichi Sankyo, Dr. Reddy's, Eisai, Eli Lilly and Company, Energizer, Ethicon,
    Ferring,  Fresenius, Furp, GlaxoSmithKline, Gedeon Richter, Hoffmann-La Roche,
    Intervet, Janssen-Cilag, Krka, MSD Sharp & Dohme, Merckle, Novartis,
    Novo Nordisk, Perrigo, Pfizer, Salutas, Sanofi, Schering-Plough,
    Serum Institute of India, Teva, Wyeth, and many more...

Leading the pharma print packaging industry with one revolutionary innovation followed by another, Hapa develops system solutions driven by customer needs and empowered by craftsmanship – to date, more than 10,000 systems are in daily use worldwide.


Hapa founded in 1933, trading patents.


From the early 1960’s to the late 1990’s, more than 9,000 Druma overprinting machines are produced.


Hapa introduces the first flexographic aluminum foil printer, the HAPAMATIC, in the early 1970’s. Of the 2,500 sold worldwide, hundreds are still in operation.


More than 250 Hapa 400 printing and labeling systems have been delivered since the 1980’s. Dozens of those first produced are still in operation today.


In the 1990’s, Hapa developed two more industry firsts: the UV Flexo Hapa 200 series for foils, leaflets, carton and lidding materials and the Hapa 500 Print Mat Engraving system. Today 3,000 are in operation inline, and Hapa continues to deliver these beneficial, cost-saving solutions.

The mid-1990’s saw the introduction of the Hapa 700 Digiprint, based on UV digital technology. By offering customers both UV Flexo and UV digital technologies Hapa takes to the industry forefront in print system solutions.


1996, in partnership with Eli Lilly and Company, Hapa develops the pioneering WhiteLines system.


In the early 2000's, Hapa is actively researching reliable and efficient drop on demand (DOD) print solutions.


Hapa introduces another industry first: the Hapa 800 series, fully-digital Drop on Demand (DOD) inkjet systems for the Late Stage Customization of foils, cartons, leaflets, labels and web materials. This exciting series is still expanding.


Yet another pioneering concept is available first at Hapa: the Hybrid, offering customers the flexibility to combine two technologies into one printing system. In the meantime, the DOD system family continues to grow.


Hapa continues with innovative solutions, CartonJet, BrailleJet, the off-the-shelf UV Flexo EasyFlex and UV DOD DigiMATIC, plus the development of the compact print module, the redcube.


Hapa acquires Gottscho Printing Systems Inc. Founded in 1904 and operating out of New Jersey, USA, Gottscho offers a complete line of printers and coders to “simplify package printing.”


Hapa implements Lean Management to improve production and process flows.


Hapa takes over a longstanding supplier and development partner to create its own ink business: Hapa Ink.
Under the banner, “Swiss Ink Performance,” Hapa Ink develops, produces and delivers inks designed to the exact specifications of Hapa end-customers, and brand inks to OEM’s.

Hapa celebrates 80 years of success.


Continuing its long tradition of innovation, Hapa launches the Universal Label Printer. The modular system prints with outstanding precision and speed, as well as reliably exact insetting.


Two new innovations: The Hapa 862, a modular and scalable CMYK / 4-spot-color printing solution for any foil or label-printing application, and the "redcube plus", the printing module capable of going from single to four spot colors, or CMYK plus white.


Hapa introduces full-color to blister printing: The BlisterJet CMYK prints text and graphics in 4 spot colors or CMYK process on preprinted or blank blisters.


Web 4.0 platform’s 2-color, digital printing system for printing on web-fed materials is premiered. The new system introduces top performance, ease of use, clean lines, and readiness for the smart factory environment.