As one of the leading companies in the field of envelopes & direct marketing, Elco looks back on a long and eventful past.
1891 The two pioneers, Samuel Frey und Hermann
Wiederkehr, set up Frey, Wiederkehr & Co. in
Gontenschwil. The first products to be made are
bags and paper bags
1952 Founding of Seetal Papier AG
1960 Launch of perforated pads
1969 Frey, Wiederkehr & Co. AG merges with Schaller & Co. AG -> Schaller Frewi AG
1974 First rotary envelope press and first rotary offset machine
1975 Launch of Technical After-Sales Service department
1977 Mailer production and computer-controlled inkjet addressing
1988 Launch of the "Ordo" file folders
1989 Multi-format rotary offset machine (mailings, photo wallets and promotional envelopes)
1992 Invention of the 2-way envelope for voting (patent for double codification)
1994 Seetal Papier AG merges with Schaller Frewi AG -> Seetal Schaller AG
1997 Invention of the envelope printed on the inside for security purposes
1998 Innovation: a compensation loop helps keep envelopes nice and flat
2004 Innovation prize for the invention of "ELCO Power“
2007 Seetal Schaller AG merges with Elco Papier AG -> Seetal Elco AG
Expansion of the ELCO brand: Ordo organiser, school books, writing materials and notepads are included
in the ELCO range
2010 Commissioning of fully automatic high-bay storage with space for over 15,000 pallets
2011 Company name changed to Elco AG
The brand logo is adopted as the company logo
2011 ISPA Award: most innovative product with "ELCO Proclima“
2012 The Direct Marketing unit is transformed into an independent company, Swiss Direct Marketing AG
2012 Innovation prize: creative product of the year with "Creative Kids"
2014 PP Mailing House SA becomes a part of the direct marketing activities and an independent subsidiary in
2020 Looking to the future...
There is much that can be digitalised and beamed - but not that special feeling of holding a letter in your hands. And what about all the objects that have to be mailed? We are also willing to bet that expectations in terms of quality will continue to grow. In which case, you know you are at the right address with Elco!