The history of Athesia dates back to 1988. In the early years, the Athesia Group focused primarily on the media, bookselling, publishing and printing sectors. During the 1990s, the company's business activities became increasingly diversified. In addition to the publishing and media, the Athesia Group now includes a number of other businesses in the tourism and energy sectors as well as in the information technology sector. 

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21st century

Today

Today

Securing and shaping the future

Building on traditional foundations dating back to 1889, Athesia works to a progressive, future-oriented ethos in all areas of the company. Within its print, trade, publishing, media, energy and tourism businesses – Athesia Group’s 1,500 employees ensure the highest standard in quality products and services every day – in South Tyrol and beyond.

2020

2020

The newspapers Alto Adige and Trentino celebrate 75 years

In 2020, the daily newspapers Alto Adige and Trentino celebrate their 75th anniversary. The newspaper was founded back in 1945 by the National Liberation Committee. Today the Alto Adige  and Trentino are among the most important daily newspapers of the region.

2019

April 2019

Expansion of Italian-language media in South Tyrol

Since April 2019, the newspaper l'Adige has been printed in the Athesia printing establishment in Bolzano. During this year, the presence of Radio Dolomiti in South Tyrol has been strengthened, especially in Merano and in Val Venosta. In 2019, Media Alpi has prepared to become the exclusive concessionaire of the Italian media division of Athesia.

2018

2018

Further Expansion

In 2018, Athesia participated in the national consortium In Ufficio and took over the company Conter Forniture. Loeff System became Loeff Conter. In the same year, the Trentino based publishing house Curcu Genovese joined the Athesia Group. The publishing team produces around 30 new publications and reprints on local topics each year.

2018

Brennercom joins Athesia

Since 2018, Brennercom has been fully owned by the Athesia Group. The ICT and TLC provider was founded in 1998 and is now the market leader in the region Trentino-South Tyrol, also operating successfully beyond the country's borders. MET is a subsidiary of Brennercom.

2018

The company grows

Since 2018 the publishing house Eiland-Verlag, which was founded in 1976 on Sylt, has been part of Athesia Kalenderverlag. In the same year, the market leader for B2B calendars in Switzerland, Calendaria, based in Immensee, joined Athesia.

2018

l'Adige becomes Athesia

In 2018 the Athesia Group acquired the newspaper l'Adige, founded in Trentino in 1945 as Il Popolo Trentino and since 1951 published under the name l'Adige. In July of the same year Radio Dolomiti, a radio station founded in 1975, joined the Athesia Group. In 2018, the Athesia Group also acquired the advertising agency Media Alpi Pubblicità, founded in 2003.

October 2018

Athesia becomes largest single shareholder

By taking over the shares of the Schröcksnadel family, the Athesia Group became the largest single shareholder of the Funivie Ghiacciai Val Senales s.p.a.

2017

2017

A new era in offset printing

Further investment in sheetfed offset ensured that important product groups such as calendars and brochures were preserved for the future. The purchase of two Heidelberg Speedmaster XL presses made it possible to produce both short and long runs, standardized and non-standardized products, easily and efficiently. This marked a new era in classic sheetfed offset as well. 

January 2017

Alto Adige and Trentino printed in Bolzano

On January 10th 2017 the first copies of the newspapers Alto Adige and Trentino were printed at the Athesia printing house in via del Vigneto in Bolzano. In the same year, the company acquired the weekly Bazar, distributed as a supplement to the two daily newspapers. In 2017, another weekly was launched: the TV program and lifestyle magazine Monitor is also published with the newspapers Alto Adige and Trentino.

October 2017

The founding of AT-touristik

The company AT-touristik Srl was founded in October 2017. It combines the brands Alpina Tourdolomit and aveo tours as well as the shares of the Hotel Terme Merano Srl.

2016

November 2016

Athesia acquires the publishing company SETA

In November 2016 Athesia acquired SETA, the publishing company of the daily newspapers Alto Adige and Trentino, which were founded back in 1945 by the National Liberation Committee and in particular by some partisans. At that time, the newspaper was called Alto Adige both in Bolzano and in Trento (where it opened its first branch in 1946). In 2002, the edition of Trento became an independent newspaper. Since then it has been published under the name Trentino.

2015

2015

Technical adaptations

The newspaper dispatch was adapted to the new technical possibilities. By purchasing a used Ferag system, the production speed could be increased from 20,000 copies per hour to 40,000 copies per hour. In addition, up to eight inserts could now be fed via rollstream and glued to the title page using Triliner cards.

2015

Canins joins the Athesia Group

Athesia acquired a majority stake in Canins – a leading company in the packaging sector that has been serving the trade, industrial and gastronomic sectors since 1963.

2015

The merging of the publishing houses

Since 2015 the publishing houses Heye, Harenberg and Weingarten have been a part of Athesia Kalenderverlag. Heye was founded in 1964, Harenberg in 1973 and Weingarten in 1976. The three publishing houses merged in 2010 to form the KV&H Verlag and are now part of the Athesia Group. Since 2015, the Athesia Kalenderverlag has also distributed the calendars belonging to the Athesia Tappeiner Verlag.

2014

2014

Shareholding in Schnalstaler Gletscherbahnen AG

Together with the entrepreneur family Schröcksnadel from Innsbruck, Athesia took over the majority of shares of the Funivie Ghiacciai Val Senales s.p.a.

2013

2013

The new Colorman XXL

The new Colorman XXL newspaper press went into operation in the printing plants in Bolzano. This major technical investment enabled a previously unknown quality and speed in newspaper printing in South Tyrol. Instead of the previous 25,000 copies per hour, 90,000 copies can now be produced in double production.

2013

The Athesia Tappeiner Verlag publishing house

The Athesia Group acquired the publishing house Tappeiner-Verlag. Today, it develops, produces and distributes books and high-quality cartographic products under the brand Athesia Tappeiner Verlag.

2012

2012

The first Bioenergy Plant

In 2012 Athesia Energy opened its first two bioenergy plants in Budrio (BO). At the same time, the company launched the Pelle Rossa project: The waste heat from the plant's engine is transported to an innovative tomato greenhouse in proximity of the plant, heating the greenhouse without any need for fossil energy sources. The third bioenergy plant in Galliera (BO) followed in 2014. 

May 2012

The newspaper Dolomiten turns 130

In May 2012, the daily Dolomiten celebrated its 130th anniversary. Originally founded as Tiroler Sonntagsbote, the newspaper first became Der Tiroler, then Der Landsmann and finally Dolomiten.

2011

2011

Athesia joins the Hotel Terme Merano

The Athesia Group joined the Hotel Terme Merano company. The only spa hotel in South Tyrol is located in the heart of Merano and is still run by three experienced and successful hotelier families.

April 2011

The first Photovoltaic System

Athesia Energy built its first photovoltaic system in April 2011 in Lequile (LE). In the same year, two further systems were installed in Bolzano and San Vito dei Normanni (BR). These were followed by the one in Isola Rizza (VR) and by those in Castello D'Argile (BO), Cologna Veneta (VR) and Pescantina (VR). Nowadays, Athesia Energy operates photovoltaic systems in eleven different locations.

2010

2010

The founding of Athesia Energy

Athesia Energy was founded in 2010. The initiative was launched at a time when environmental topics were gaining more and more importance. Renewable energies represented an investment opportunity with interesting future prospects. After having examined various projects, the company decided to first invest in the areas of photovoltaics, bioenergy and hydropower.

2010

Loeff System joins the Athesia Group

Athesia acquired the Loeff System company. 18 employees are currently supplying around 5000 customers and manage more than 40,000 deliveries per year.

2009

2009

Expansion on several levels

The Athesia Group acquires shares of the Cierrevecchi company and of the Austrian company BuchMedia Marketing Gesellschaft Wien. During the same year, a new logistics center for the wholesale trade (Grafus Srl) was built in via Toni-Ebner in Bolzano. Today, the sales of the company's own publishing houses are administered in this facility and more than 20,000 articles are stored and managed on an area of around 6,000 m².

2008

2008

Grafus and Fotrans

The Athesia Group took over all company shares of Grafus and Fotrans.

2008

The founding of aveo tours

The brand aveo tours was created specifically for the charter flight service. The direct flights from Bolzano to popular holiday destinations are available from May to early August and can be booked through all travel agencies.

2008

Launch of QuiMedia

QuiBolzano is the first Italian free paper published by Athesia. The project was first launched in 2008 and quickly proved to be a success. In the following years, five more magazines appeared, even beyond the borders of the province: QuiMerano, QuiBassaAtesina, QuiValleIsarco, QuiTrento and QuiRovereto. The editions QuiBolzano, QuiMerano and QuiBassaAtesina are still published every two weeks. With around 76,000 copies, QuiMedia is one of the most widely read newspapers on the Italian market.

2007

2007

Further technical investments

More than eight million euros were invested in the technical equipment of the printing facility. New offset presses were purchased for Innsbruck and Bolzano: a new technical era at both printing locations had begun. The main advantages were in the automatic ink supply and ink control as well as in the fully automatic plate changing, with an integrated washing system.

2006

July 2006

The daily Dolomiten appears in color

After the expansion of the rotary press in July, the daily newspaper Dolomiten appeared in four colors for the first time. The purchase of a used printing tower made it possible to increase the number of pages of the Dolomiten by a further 16 4C pages. In one printing process, 80 pages could now be printed in Berlin format, of which 40 pages in four colors, 24 pages in two colors and 16 pages in one color.

2002

2002

Reconstructions and renovations

Expansions took place in Bressanone and Bolzano: 2002 saw the completion of the newly built printing plant and media center in Bressanone; in 2003, Bolzano celebrated the opening of the renovated printing facility Ferrari-Auer in the city center. The modernization enabled investments in bookbinding and sheet-fed offset printing.

2001

2001

Charter flights from Bolzano

In 2001, charter flights from Bolzano were added to the offer of organized group tours.

2000

2000

So kocht S├╝dtirol

In 2000, the first edition of So kocht Südtirol was published. The illustrated recipe book has now been published in its 17th edition and is South Tyrol's top bestseller with a total of around 150,000 copies sold.

20th century

1999

May 1999

Alpina Tourdolomit branch opens in Trentino

In May 1999, the first Alpina Tourdolomit branch was opened in the province of Trento. From beach holidays, city trips to cruises, customers from Trentino can now book their individual holiday package at Alpina Tourdolomit.

1998

1998

Sales strengthening

Starting from 1998, Athesia strengthened the distribution of books through its own book dispatch.

1996

October 1996

The first online portals

In October 1996 the e-paper Dolomiten Online, www.dolomiten.it, was launched. On 8 November 1997, the news portal Südtirol Online, www.stol.it, went online. 

1995

1995

Alpina Tourdolomit belongs to Athesia

Alpina Tourdolomit belonged entirely to Athesia from 1995 ensuring the travel agency's offer would range from individual tours to all-inclusive and group tours, day trips and congresses.

1995

Toni Ebner Junior becomes editor-in-chief

After the retirement of Josef Rampold, Toni Ebner Jr was appointed editor-in-chief. In 1995, both the title page and the advertising pages of the Dolomiten appeared in color for the first time.

1990

1990

Athesia gains a foothold in the tourism industry

Athesia’s first venture into tourism occurred through the acquisition of Tourdolomit shares. Alpina Tourdolomit is the result of the merger of the company Alpina and the travel agency Tourdolomit.

1988

1988

The paper shop in the center of Bolzano

Athesia opened the largest paper shop of South Tyrol in Bolzano. The shop is still one of the most important stores for school, handicraft and office supplies in the region.

1987

1987

Expansion of the media offering

In 1987 the Dolomiten-Wirtschaftskurier, or WIKU for short, appeared for the first time. The weekly supplement extended the mediatic offer of Athesia with economic articles, job and real estate advertisements. In 1989, the Sunday paper Zett am Sonntag was launched.

1986

1986

Technical improvements

In 1986, the purchase of a 6-color machine enabled the Athesia printing establishment in Bolzano to break new ground in offset printing. In 1987, the department was expanded by the purchase of a 4-color offset machine for the facility in via del vigneto and a 2-color offset machine for the printing facility Ferrari-Auer in the city center of Bolzano.

1986

The beginning of the paper trade activity

In 1986 Athesia started its paper trade activity. Nine years later, in 1997, Athesia merged with Amonn to form the company Grafus – South Tyrol's leading wholesaler for books, paper and stationery.

1983

January 1983

Digital newspaper printing

At the beginning of the 1980s, the printing of the newspaper Dolomiten was digitized. The last metal type edition was published on January 12th.

1982

1982

The new bookbinding building

In 1982, the new bookbinding building in via del vigneto in Bolzano was completed. Thanks to the new production techniques, the product range now included flyers, maps and calendars, the latter of which would become the printing company's flagship product. In the same year, the daily newspaper Dolomiten was produced by computer for the very first time.

1981

1981

Josef Rampold becomes editor-in-chief

Toni Ebner Sr died unexpectedly. Josef Rampold took over as Editor-in-Chief of the Dolomiten.

1967

1967

The new printing and publishing headquarters

Thanks to Toni Ebner Sr’s entrepreneurial skills, the company was able to create a solid economic base during the years of industrial upswing. In 1967, the new printing and publishing headquarters in via del vigneto in Bolzano, which is still the printing and editorial center of the Dolomiten.

1951

1951

The era of Toni Ebner Senior

In 1951 Toni Ebner Sr took over the management of the publishing house Athesia. After Michael Gamper’s death in 1956, Toni Ebner Sr also became editor-in-chief of the Dolomiten.

1945

May 1945

The return to its rightful owners

After all the company's real estate, goods and machinery had been transferred to the Nazis in 1943, the Athesia publishing house returned to its rightful owners in May 1945, after the end of World War II. During this period, the printing was moved to the bishop's town Bressanone, whose branch, in contrast to Bolzano, had not suffered any damage.

May 1945

Republication of the newspaper Dolomiten

In May 1945, immediately after the end of World War II, the Athesia publishing house was returned to its rightful owners. Although the printing house in Bolzano had been destroyed by bombs, the newspaper Dolomiten was republished on May 19th 1945 as the only German newspaper in South Tyrol. Canon Michael Gamper became editor-in-chief of the Dolomiten and the director of Athesia.

1943

1943

Nazi occupation

In 1943, the Athesia publishing house was occupied and requisitioned by Nazi troops. Editor-in-chief Rudolf Posch and editor Friedl Volgger were deported to Dachau concentration camp. Canon Michael Gamper was able to flee to Tuscany.

1926

1926

Publication stop

In 1926 all non-fascist newspapers were banned in Italy. In January 1927 Canon Michael Gamper obtained – with the support of the Vatican – permission to publish the newspapers Volksbote and Dolomiten as Catholic newspapers.

1925

1925

The years of fascism

In 1925 the fascists banned the term “Tyrol” and later all German names. The publishing house Tyrolia became Vogelweider, which eventually became Athesia in 1936.

1918

1918

The Era of Canon Michael Gamper

After the separation of Tyrol, the publishing house opened a branch in Bolzano for projects in South Tyrol in 1920. Canon Michael Gamper then took over the management of the company.

1914

1914

The years of war

During World War I, the publishing house Tyrolia was economically successful despite the war, a struggling economy and censorship. The number of subscribers in South, North and East Tyrol rose to 80,000.

1907

1907

The founding of the Tyrolia publishing house

The press associations of Bressanone and Bolzano merged to form the company Tyrolia.

1900

1900

The newspaper Der Tiroler

The newspaper Der Tiroler was published for the first time.

19th century

1899

1899

The acquisition of a printing facility

The press association of Bolzano – the Bozner Preßverein – acquired a printing facility to print the newspapers Der Tiroler and the Tiroler Bauernzeitung. In 1907 press associations of Bressanone and Bolzano merged to form the Tyrolia society. Tyrolia took over the printing shops and bookstores in Bressanone and Vipiteno and opened a printing facility in Innsbruck.

1889

1889

The founding of the press association

The Catholic-Political Press Association of Bressanone – the Katholisch-Politischer Preßverein Brixen – which published the town’s chronicles, was founded. In the same year, the printing facility in Bressanone was inaugurated; in the former bell foundry, the water wheel was moved by the water of the Isarco river, activating the first printing machine of the soon-to-be-founded publishing house Tyrolia.

1888

1888

The origins of the Athesia book trade

Since the beginnings of the company in 1888, Athesia has been publishing books and distributing them through its own bookstores. At the beginning of the publishing activity, the company produced picture calendars, but in the course of the years the offer was enriched with several books on topics such as hiking, cooking, religion, art, regional culture and geography and novels.

1888

The newspaper Brixener Chronik

In 1888 the Christian social movement of Bressanone founded the local newspaper Brixener Chronik as a reaction to the liberal citizenship. On the initiative of Aemilian Schoepfer, professor of theology, the Catholic-Political Press Association – katholisch-politischer Preßverein – was founded in 1890.