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Industry Casino, Collectibles, Games, Trading Cards, Packaging and Retail
Founded Turnhout, Belgium (1970)
Headquarters Turnhout, Belgium
Number of locations
7 manufacturing facilities (2010)[1]
12 international branches (2010)[1]
Key people
Chris Van Doorslaer
Products Board Games, Card Games, Collectible Card Games, Packages and Playing Cards
Number of employees
1,150 (2009)
Slogan A Heart for Cards

Cartamundi, also called Carta Mundi, is a Belgian company, based in Turnhout, that produces and sells board games, card games, collectible card games, packages and playing cards through its manufacturing and sales subsidiaries. The name of the company in Latin is supposed to mean cards for the world,[1] but actually means the card of the world. It is one of the world's largest playing card manufacturers with its core market in western Europe.


The company was founded in 1970, a joint venture between Biermans, Brepols and Van Genechten.[1]

Cartamundi has established over a dozen international sales branches throughout the world since 1970; France in 1993, U.S. in 1994, the Netherlands and Sweden in 1999, Hungary in 2000, Singapore and Spain in 2002, Austria in 2005, Italy in 2010, and Turkey in 2011. The other branches were established through acquiring other companies. Cartamundi acquired Swiss AGMüller (Switzerland) in 1999, Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten (Germany) in 2000, Spielkartenfabrik Altenburg (Germany) in 2002, Games & Print Services, Ltd. (U.K.) in 2003, Dertor Poland (Poland) and 50% of Copag (Brazil) in 2005, Yaquinto Printing Company (U.S.) in 2007, 50% of Parksons Games & Sports (India) in 2010, and Marigó (Spain) in 2011. Cartamundi acquired France Cartes in 2014, as one of the major acquisitions according to the CEO of Cartamundi Group, Chris Van Doorslaer [2]

The company also maintains manufacturing facilities in Canvey Island (UK), Altenburg (Germany), Kraków (Poland), Mexico City, Mumbai (India) and Dallas (Texas, USA).

In the early-to-mid 1990s, Cartamundi produced collectible card games for other companies. They made early editions of Magic: The Gathering for Wizards of the Coast's, and Decipher, Inc.'s Star Trek Customizable Card Game and Star Wars Customizable Card Game.

In 2006, Cartamundi produced the playing cards used in the James Bond movie Casino Royale.[3]


In 2008 Cartamundi became Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Flanders.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Cartamundi (About Us)". Cartamundi. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
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  3. ^ "Cartamundi (James Bond 007)". Cartamundi. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 

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