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Cimpress plc
  • Bonne impression
  • (1995–1999)
  • Vistaprint
  • (1999–2014)
Russell 2000 Component
IndustryMass customization
Founded1995; 26 years ago (1995)
HeadquartersDundalk, Ireland
Key people
  • Robert S. Keane
  • (Chairman & CEO)
  • Sean E. Quinn
  • (CFO)
  • Increase US$ 2.14 billion
  • (FY JUN 30 2017)
  • Decrease US$ -45.70 million
  • (FY JUN 30 2017)
  • Decrease US$ -72.20 million
  • (FY JUN 30 2017)
Total assets
  • Increase US$ 1.68 billion
  • (FY JUN 30 2017)
Total equity
  • Decrease US$ 75.21 million
  • (FY JUN 30 2017)
Number of employees
  • ~10,700 (full-time)
  • ~900 (temporary)
  • (FY JUN 30 2017)
Footnotes / references

Cimpress plc is an Irish company that invests in and operates a wide variety of businesses that use mass customization to configure and produce small quantities of individually customized goods. Those products are sold to small businesses, graphic designers and consumers[2] through a number of customer-facing brands that Cimpress operates.

Business operations[edit]

Cimpress is a conglomerate that specializes in mass customization, based in Dundalk, Ireland employing more than 10,000 people globally across manufacturing, marketing, technology, software development, sales and support functions.[3] It has offices and manufacturing facilities throughout Europe, North and South America, India, Australia, Philippines, China and Japan.[2][4]

Cimpress aggregates, via the Internet, large volumes of small, individually customized orders for a broad spectrum of print, signage, apparel and similar products.[2]


The company was founded under the name Bonne Impression in 1995 in Paris, France by current President and CEO Robert Keane.[5] It was a direct marketer of desktop publishing software and pre-printed laser-printer-compatible specialty papers for printing brochures, stationery and business cards from the desktops – focused on small business customers. In 1999, the company moved its business to the internet and changed its name to Vistaprint.[5]

This was followed by its initial public offering in 2005 when it began trading on the Nasdaq under VPRT.[6]

In November 2014, the company changed its name from Vistaprint N.V. to Cimpress N.V. to clarify the distinction between the corporate entity and the company’s portfolio of customer-facing brands.[2]


Cimpress has acquired several companies that specialize in online printing and mass customization.

In November 2011, Cimpress acquired Albumprinter which it later divested in 2017, a company based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands that produces photobooks and Webs, a company based in Silver Spring, Maryland, that enables users to create free websites.[7][8]

In 2014 Global printing heavyweight Vistaprint acquired a $25 million minority position in Brazilian web-printing startup Printi.

In 2014, Cimpress acquired People & Print Group (renamed Printdeal as of January 1, 2015), an online printing company based in Deventer, Netherlands.[9] In the same year, it acquired Pixartprinting, an online printing company based in Quarto d'Altino, Italy.[10]

4 years later, in 2018, Cimpress acquired BuildASign, an online printing company based in Austin, Texas for $280 million. BuildASign will keep its company name as well as its website. [11]

In 2020, Cimpress acquired majority stake at Brazilian web-printing startup Printi. In October 2020 the company acquired online marketplace 99designs based in Melbourne.[12]


Cimpress businesses have manufacturing facilities in North America, South America, Asia, Europe and Australia.[2] In 2016, the company opened its first US manufacturing plant in Reno, Nevada.[13]


  1. ^ "US SEC: Form 10-K Cimpress N.V." U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Form 10-K". Cimpress Investor Relations. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Q3 2016 Financial and Operating Metrics". Cimpress. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Cimpress Total Employees (Annual) (CMPR)". Retrieved 2018-07-02.
  5. ^ a b "From Startup To 500 Million Dollars: VistaPrint CEO Robert Keane". One Million to One Million. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Initial Public Offering Filing". NASDAQ. Cimpress Investor Relations. Retrieved 30 September 2005.
  7. ^ Brown, Rodney (9 December 2011). "Vistaprint to acquire for $118 million". American City Business Journals.
  8. ^ Symington, Steve. "Cimpress N.V. Finishes an "Important" Year". The Motley Fool. Retrieved 2018-07-02.
  9. ^ "Vistaprint to Acquire Dutch Firm - Analyst Blog". 19 February 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  10. ^ Nias, Simon. "Vistaprint acquires Pixartprinting in €127m deal". Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  11. ^ Cronin, Mike. "Vistaprint owner acquires BuildASign for $280M". Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  12. ^ "Printing giant Vistaprint acquires 99designs". 2020-10-05. Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  13. ^ Sally, Roberts (7 November 2016). "Cimpress, mass-customization printing company, is coming to Reno". Northern Nevada Business Weekly. Retrieved 10 January 2017.

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