Piatnik & Söhne

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Wiener Spielkartenfabrik Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne
GmbH & Co KG
IndustryPlaying card manufacturer
HeadquartersVienna, Austria
Revenue27 million (2010)
Number of employees
Tarock card set by Piatnik & Söhne

Wiener Spielkartenfabrik Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne is an Austrian playing card company based in Vienna.


The company was founded in 1824 by the card manufacturer Anton Moser (1784–1842) in Vienna's 7th district. Upon his death, his professional colleague the Hungarian-born Ferdinand Piatnik (1819–1885) took over in 1843, marrying Moser's widow a few years later. Piatnik's three sons joined the ranks in 1882 adding their names to their father's company name.

Ferdinand died in 1885, leaving the successful business to his sons and his widow. By the turn of the 19th century, Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne began to expand, purchasing a sister company known as Ritter & Cie (Prague). Piatnik & Söhne are still in business today.

For the past 40 years Piatnik has also produced games. The Activity game first published in 1990, has been the best-selling game in Austria for three years, has been translated into five languages[citation needed] and a second version was published in 2002. The Piatnik Group markets and sells through its own subsidiaries in Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic, the United States and in other countries through a network of exclusive distributors.

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