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Cartamundi Group
IndustryCasino, Collectibles, Games, Trading Cards, Packaging and Retail
FoundedTurnhout, Belgium (1970)
Number of locations
11 plants (2017)[1]
Key people
Chris Van Doorslaer (former CEO),[1]
Istvan Lagaert (CFO)
ProductsBoard Games, Card Games, Collectible Card Games, Packages and Playing Cards
Revenue€387 million (2016[1])
Number of employees
2,200 (2017)[1]

Cartamundi Group is a company based in Turnhout, Belgium, that manufactures, 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 means cards for the world.[1] It is one of the world's largest playing card manufacturers with its core market in western Europe.

The company also maintains manufacturing facilities in Canvey Island (UK), Altenburg (Germany), Saint-Max (France), Kraków (Poland), Waterford (Ireland), Mumbai (India), East Longmeadow (Massachusetts) and Dallas (Texas, United States).

In the early-to-mid 1990s, Cartamundi produced collectible card games for other companies. Their Belgian factory printed early editions of Magic: The Gathering for Wizards of the Coast, and Decipher, Inc.'s Star Trek Customizable Card Game and Star Wars Customizable Card Game, and currently prints foreign language editions of Magic. English Magic sets are printed in Dallas.[2]


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

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, Marigó (Spain) in 2011, and France Cartes in 2014.[3]

In 2015, the company acquired Hasbro's last two factories in Waterford, Ireland and East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.[4] Hasbro signed a five-year deal with Cartamundi for the company to produce their board games at the East Longmeadow plant.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Kinney, Jim (July 14, 2015). "Hasbro to sell East Longmeadow plant to Belgian playing cards and games manufacturer". MassLive. The Republican. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  2. ^ Trading card games - Magic: the Gathering. Cartamundi.
  3. ^ Boelen, Carole (7 July 2014). "Cartamundi reprend France Cartes". Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  4. ^ Acquisition of Hasbro facilities finalized Archived September 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine

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