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Our history – modern for traditional reasons

The economic revival had arrived. In the mid-nineteenth century the mood in Germany was optimistic and this was also the case in Harburg near Hamburg, where the Cohen brothers founded the firm of Phoenix.

Initially Phoenix produced rubber shoes, but later established itself with tyres in the vanguard of the emerging automobile industry. Its know-how in the rubber products industry led Phoenix to begin producing printing blankets, and there was soon great demand for its products from the world‘s printing industry.

Since 2005 Phoenix Xtra Blankets has been part of ContiTech Elastomer Coatings, one of the world‘s biggest manufacturers of printing blankets worldwide. Accordingly Phoenix Xtra Blankets can look back on a number of milestones in the development of printing blankets, for example the first elastic printing blanket (1911), a patent for the production of compressible printing blankets (1961) and the world‘s first climate-neutral printing blankets (2010).

1908Foundation of Thüringer Schlauchweberei and the Gummiwerk Waltershausen.
1993PHOENIX AG invests in the production plant in Waltershausen. Serial production starts in midyear.
1998The Gemstone Series is introduced.
2000Completion of Gemstone Series at DRUPA.
2001Through a management buyout, Phoenix Xtra Print takes over 100% of the printing blanket division of the PHOENIX AG.
2003Introduction of the CARAT Series and foundation of Oktoprint as graphic retailer in Moscow.
2004The product range is perfected with CANYON for varnishing applications and Tourmaline CARAT.
2005The Contitech AG buys Phoenix Xtra Print GmbH.
2006For UV printing, UVite CARAT is introduced at the IPEX.
2007Introduction of the new production line as addition to capacity.
2008Amaranth is presented as a new printing blanket for the heatset offset (DIN ISO 9001, DIN ISO 14001).
2009Membership in NAThüringen (agreement for sustainability).
2010Introduction of climate neutral printing blankets.
2011Awarded with the BG-Gütesiegel for safety.
2012New products for packaging printing at DRUPA.
2013Celebration of 20 years of printing blanket production in Waltershausen.