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Coordinates: 52°30′27″N 13°24′05″E / 52.50750°N 13.40139°E / 52.50750; 13.40139

Bundesdruckerei GmbH
IndustryIT systems and services, identification systems, secure printing
HeadquartersBerlin, Germany
Key people
Stefan Hofschen (CEO)
Christian Helfrich (CFO)
Revenue526.4 million (2018)[1]
Number of employees
2088 (2018)
Headquarters of the Bundesdruckerei in Berlin
Former logo, used from 2009 until 2018

Bundesdruckerei ("Federal Press", short form: BDr) produces documents and devices for secure identification and offers corresponding services. It is based in the Berlin district of Kreuzberg. In addition to complete passport and ID card systems, the security printing house also offers ID documents, high-security cards, document checking devices, security software and trust center services.[2] Bundesdruckerei also produces banknotes, stamps, visas, vehicle documents, tobacco revenue stamps and electronic publications. It was founded as Reichsdruckerei ("Reich press") in 1879 and existed under this name until 1945. The Ottoman Halid Hamid reported in 1918 that the print was of remarkable quality and they were even able to print Egyptian hieroglyphs in prints for Museums in Egypt.[3] Further they printed in a variety of scripts such as Cyrillic, Georgian, Armenian, Arabic, Kurdish or Syriac among others.[3]

In 1951, it became Bundesdruckerei. It expanded into multiple security-related fields after being privatised in 1994. In 2009 it became a state-owned enterprise again.

In September 2014, Bundesdruckerei succeeded, in a case referred to the European Court of Justice, in obtaining a preliminary ruling that the City of Dortmund could not require tenderers for a document digitalisation contract to commit to paying German minimum wage levels to the workforce when they were intending to sub-contract the performance of the contract to a firm based in Poland outside the scope of the German minimum wage law.[4]

In 2015, Bundesdruckerei won the tender to provide the International Civil Aviation Organization Public Key Directory (ICAO PKD).[5]

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  1. ^ https://www.bundesdruckerei.de/system/files/dokumente/pdf/Bundesdruckerei_Lagebericht_2018.pdf[dead link]
  2. ^ "Die Unternehmensgruppe der Bundesdruckerei". www.bundesdruckerei.de. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  3. ^ a b Adatepe, Sabine (2012). Türken in Berlin 1871 - 1945 (in German). De Gruyter. p. 154. doi:10.1515/9783110864786/html. ISBN 978-3-11-086478-6.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  4. ^ Case C-549/13 Bundesdruckerei GmbH v. Stadt Dortmund, 18 September 2014
  5. ^ "Bundesdruckerei macht das Reisen weltweit sicherer". Bundesdruckerei GmbH. July 2015. Archived from the original on 2020-06-15. Retrieved 2015-07-03.

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