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We are proud of our 60+ year tradition and expertise in the printing business.

       
       Our beginnings date back to July 1945, when efforts were started to open the first state-owned printing house in Olsztyn. It was housed in a building in the very centre of the city at 22 Lipca Street (currently 11 Listopada Street). Before the war the oldest printing shop and publishing house operated here, which had been owned by the Harich family since 1841. Państwowa Drukarnia (State Printing House) was officially opened in Olsztyn on 15 November 1945. Scarcely twelve people worked for the company then, but by the end of 1946 it had already more than hundred employees. 

       An important event for Pań„stwowa Drukarnia was printing, on 1 May 1947, the first issue of the Życie Olsztyń„skie, a local insert distributed with the slightly modified Życie Warszawy newspaper. The daily came out six times a week (except for Mondays). Texts dealing with national and international news were authored by Warsaw journalists, whereas regional info was featured on separate pages of the paper, which were prepared and printed in Olsztyn. With time the local stuff was reduced to a single section: the texts were written in Olsztyn, and then sent to the editor in Warsaw, where they were approved for printing. After 1951, when the Gł‚os Olsztyń„ski started to appear, the paper’s circulation was steadily declining. It was decided then to close the paper for economic reasons. The last issue of the Życie Olsztyń„skie came out on 31 May 1960.

      In January 1948 Państwowa Drukarnia in Olsztyn was renamed to Państwowe Zakł‚ady Graficzne (State Graphics Works). Another change of the name took place in January 1951 and the company ever since been called Olsztyń„skie Zakł‚ady Graficzne - Przedsię™biorstwo Pań„stwowe (Olsztyn Graphics Works – State-Owned Enterprise). In the meantime the company has opened its branch in Ostróda and Działdowo. In addition to its printing services proper, the Works’ production has ever since been associated with the printing of Olsztyn newspapers. Apart from the Głos Olsztyński, the titles produced in Olsztyn have included, among other things, the Gazeta Mazurska, the Nasza Praca, the Gł‚os Lidzbarski, the Nasza Kolejowa, and since 1955 also the Mazury i Warmia, a cultural monthly. The first book to print here was Wilczy Szaniec - dawna kwatera Hitlera in 1963.

      After 1960 plans were put underway for further development of the printing industry in Olsztyn, which were supposed to lead to the construction of a new printing house. The building works were started only five years, however, when on 12 June 1965 the cornerstone was ceremoniously laid on a site near the intersection of Dworcowa and Towarowa Streets. Olsztyłskie Zakł‚ady Graficzne OZGraf Spółka Akcyjna is still accommodated in the building which was started to be built just at that time. On 24 January 1970 the works were named after Seweryn Pieniężny, a pre-war publisher, editor and the Gazeta Olsztyń„ska’s editorial staff member murdered in 1940 at the Nazi camp in Hohenbruch near Kaliningrad. The naming celebration was held at the Copernicus Hall of the Olsztyn Castle. OZGraf with the ‘im. S. Pieniężnego’ suffix was officially opened on 23 January 1971. 

      The 1970s were a period of exceptional growth for OZGraf: the revamped company quickly became part of the most successful companies in the Olsztyn Province. The 1980s, in turn, brought the continuation of modernisation efforts aimed especially at upgrading the machinery. On OZGraf’s fortieth anniversary, in the jubilee year 1985, an Ultraset RO-72-3 web offset machine, a Planeta P-23 SW sheet-fed offset machine, Multi Efekt folders, LBW collators and a Zirkon Forta R 660 sheet-fed presses were installed among other things. In addition, the following years brought a new Wohlenberg brochure binding line, a LBW 745 saddle stitcher, Aster stitchers and a Seypa PMC cutter. Few companies of the province could celebrate their half-century in such good technical and economic shape, and this was just the case with OZGraf in 1995.

      After fifty-two years of its existence, on 24 December 1997, the former state-owned enterprise called Olsztyń„skie Zakł‚ady Graficzne im. Seweryna Pieniężnego was commercialised and converted into a one-member public limited company. Several days later, on 31 December 1997, the company was registered in the commercial register under the name of OZGraf – Olsztyńskie Zakłady Graficzne Spół‚ka Akcyjna. 

Olsztyńskie Zakłady Graficzne OZGraf S.A. is not owned by the state anymore: the State Treasury sold the printing house to Przedsię™biorstwo Produkcyjno-Handlowe KOMPAP S.A. based in Kwidzyn. On 28 December 2010 an agreement was signed for the sale of 909,500 shares in OZGraf Olsztyńskie Zakł‚ady Graficzne Spółka Akcyjna with its registered office in Olsztyn, which accounted for 85% of the company’s share capital, for nearly 17m zlotys. The remaining 15% of the shares passed into the hands of the employees. OZGraf S.A. is currently a KOMPAP S.A. subsidiary.

     13 December 2011 marked the 30th anniversary of imposing martial law in Poland. To commemorate the events, the Regional Education Section of the Solidarity Trade Union in Olsztyn and the regional office of the Institute of National Remembrance Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation in Olsztyn organised a fine arts competition under the banner: The Crow Will Not Defeat the Eagle. Poland Under Martial Law. Olsztyńskie Zakłady Graficzne became an honorary patron of the competition and committed itself to the idea of the contest. The competition was entered by students of the State Secondary School of Fine Arts in Olsztyn and the Warmia and Mazury University Arts Faculty. The outcome is the following calendar printed by OZGraf which depicts the winning poster by Ms Elżbieta Szymczuk and eleven award-winning works. 





The winning poster was created by Elżbieta Szymczuk, a student of the State Secondary School of Fine Arts in Olsztyn.




 

Eleven award-winning works in the The Crow Will Not Defeat the Eagle competition presented in a calendar printed and sponsored by OZGraf S.A.





 

 

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