CEWE STIFTUNG & Co. KGaA, (CEWE), with 13 production facilities in 24 European countries, is a market and technological leader in photography printing services and photofinishing. CEWE is the photo-service partner to first-class retail stores, such as photo retailers, home electronics stores, pharmacies, supermarkets, as well as e-commerce stores, giving the company more than 34,000 retail partners across Europe and North America.
Early on, the organization recognized the significance of digital business, and it has set standards in digital photography printing, offset printing, and photographic gift articles, such as photo books and photo images printed on canvases, calendars, and greeting cards. Customers can also access the company’s online printing services directly, without interacting with a reseller. In 2012, CEWE delivered approximately 2.5 billion prints in addition to 5.6 million CEWE PHOTO BOOKS and photo gift articles. For its new online printing service, advertising printed material is marketed through the company’s sales platforms: CEWE-PRINT.de, saxoprint ,and viaprinto. CEWE celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011.
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