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FP Group

We operate internationally and are a listed company with headquarters in Birkenwerder near Berlin (Germany) we are an expert in mail communication. With eleven subsidiaries in Germany, the USA, Canada, Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Sweden and Singapore, the company is represented in all important world markets. In addition, the FP group is represented worldwide by more than 80 dealers. Founded in 1923, Francotyp-Postalia can look back on 90 years of company history.

Markets

The FP Group’s franking machines are present in the main markets worldwide, including Germany, the USA, the UK, and, as of 2011 France. With an installed base of around 250,000 franking machines, the company has a global market share of 10%, making it the third largest provider in the world. The company is the market leader in both Germany and Austria with a market share of approximately 43% and 47% respectively

 

Strategy

As a global service provider and mail communication expert, the FP Group pursues a growth strategy which focuses on four main areas:

1. Expanding the franking and inserting machine business in traditional markets
2. Entry into new, fast-growing markets within emerging economies
3. Extending the outsourcing business in Germany
4. New growth opportunities through fully electronic mail communications

With its strategic direction, the FP Group is anticipating market changes. Industrialisation, globalisation, technological innovations and changes in regulation all present the company with diverse opportunities

Structure

Francotyp-Postalia Holding AG is the parent company of the FP Group and acts primarily as a holding company. The company holds 100% of the shares in Francotyp-Postalia GmbH; the operating business of the FP Group in the Franking and Inserting segment is combined here in its direct and indirect subsidiaries. Francotyp-Postalia Holding AG also holds 100% of the shares in freesort GmbH, 51% of the shares in IAB and 51% of the shares in mentana-claimsoft GmbH (formerly AG), which was acquired on 3 March 2011. The latter three companies offer mail services and software solutions.

Management

The FP Group business is managed by Hans Szymanski, responsible for Finance, Controlling and Accounting, Strategic Business Development, Production, Logistics, Purchasing, Quality Management, Research and Development, IT, Human Resources, Legal, and Compliance. In November 2010, the Supervisory Board of Francotyp-Postalia Holding AG resolved on the early extension of his Management Board contract. The contract has been extended by three years and is scheduled to run until 31 December 2014. The Supervisory Board also appointed Hans Szymanski Chairman of the Managing Board effective 1 January 2011.

His Management Board colleague, Thomas Grethe, is responsible for Business Development, Product Management, Sales in Germany and International sales, Marketing, Corporate Communications, and Internal Audit since June 2013. At the beginning of 2011, the Supervisory Board resolved on the early extension of his Management Board contract by an additional three years and is scheduled to run until 22 February 2015.

A three-member Supervisory Board monitors the activity of the Management Board and advises. The members of the Supervisory Board are Robert Feldmeier  (Chairman of the Supervisory Board), Felix Hölzer (Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board) and Botho Oppermann.

Corporate Policy

Our Corporate Policy applies to every employee of the company. The Board, as well as every executive staff member of the company, commit themselves to promoting this policy by acting as role models in daily business. All of our actions are aimed at sustainably increasing the company’s value.

History

Founded in 1923, the FP Group looks back on 90 years of history. It is not without reason that the company was founded in a time of major inflation. Post offices needed machines that could change the postage value of stamps on a minute-by-minute basis. We started out with a converted cash register. Now, franking machines are highly secure, technological, patent-protected systems.

Starting out as a manufacturer of franking machines, the FP Group is now the first multi-channel provider for mail communication.

Locations

For an overview of all FP locations please click here.