BOBST: The Boss of Packaging Industry

The company has a presence in more than 50 countries
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BOBST is one of the world’s leading suppliers of substrate processing, printing and converting equipment and services for the label, flexible packaging, folding carton and corrugated industries. The company has been running operations for more than 120 years. Founded in 1890 by Joseph Bobst in Lausanne, Switzerland, BOBST has a presence in more than 50 countries, runs 15 production facilities in 8 countries and employs more than 5,500 people around the world. The firm recorded a consolidated turnover of CHF 1,636 million for the year ending on December 31, 2019.

BOBST is the worldwide leading supplier of equipment and services to the packaging industry.

Since January 1, 2010, the group has operated with three business units – sheet-fed, web-fed and services.


With its world-class product line, BOBST is considered a trusted partner and a driver of innovation in the folding carton and corrugated board industries. Through this business unit, BOBST provides the equipment for in-line and offline flexo printing, litho-laminating, hot foil stamping, flat bed and rotary die-cutting, flexo-folding-gluing in-line, and peripheral equipment for folding carton and corrugated board packaging manufacture.


BOBST’s web-fed product lines are industry-leading suppliers of web-fed printing and converting equipment for the flexible materials and folding carton industries. Through this business unit, BOBST provides high-performance solutions in gravure and flexo printing, coating and laminating, and vacuum metallizing for the production of food and non-food packaging; and labels, decorative and security applications, wall coverings, tapes and specialties, and linerboard pre-printing.


Through its worldwide network of service centres, BOBST provides premium customer service to the packaging industries, ensuring its machinery and solutions continuously perform to their optimum capability after purchase. Its services range from expert consultancy to the provision of core services, maintenance solutions, machinery improvements, expertise and performance solutions.

Their vision is to shape a new reality where connectivity, digitization, automation and sustainability are the cornerstones of packaging production. BOBST continues to deliver the best-in-class machines, and is now adding intelligence, software capabilities and cloud-based platforms, to make packaging production better than ever.

At the heart of this vision is BOBST Connect, an open architecture cloud-based platform delivering solutions for pre-press, production, process optimization, maintenance and market access. It ensures an efficient dataflow between digital and physical worlds.

BOBST Connect is covering five domains:

  • Pre-press solutions support customers during the preparation of the job, allowing them to be more efficient and agile.

  • Production solutions support the customers while the job is running on the machine. It gives them a full and transparent access to production data.

  • Optimization solutions support customers to improve their productivity, providing insights and recommendations based on the collected production data.

  • Maintenance solutions support customers to ensure the highest equipment readiness. It includes live interaction with BOBST’s technical support specialists.

  • Market solutions support customers to get the right parts and services.

Through IoT-powered connectivity, BOBST Connect offers new capabilities to printers and converters. It provides inter-operability with customers’ manufacturing execution systems, with cloud-based platforms from other partners, and with generic plant-level platforms.