The WEKA Corporate Group

B2B Business- and B2C Special-Interest-Information since 1973

The WEKA Corporate Group

On 1 October 1973, Werner and Karin Mützel founded the WEKA specialist publishing company for administration and industry, thereby laying the cornerstone for the establishment of one of Germany’s most successful internationally oriented group of specialist publishing companies.

Within the past decades, WEKA has grown into a corporate group which today includes 24 companies in Europe.

The sole shareholders are company founder Werner Mützel and his family.

WEKA Group in Numbers

  • 1.500 Employees
  • 24 Media Companies
  • in 5 Countries
  • Turnover 235 M€
  • ~60% equity

Business-to-business

Business-to-Consumer

The management of the WEKA Corporate Group

The managing directors of the individual media companies within the WEKA Corporate Group manage their businesses with a great deal of independence and individual responsibility. Decentralisation is a fundamental part of the WEKA culture. The Group is steered by a holding company based in Kissing near Augsburg. The managing directors of the holding company are company founder Werner Mützel and Wolfgang Materna.


Werner Mützel

Owner and managing director of WEKA Holding GmbH & Co. KG


Wolfgang Materna

Managing director with sole power of representation of WEKA Holding GmbH & Co. KG

Geschichte

1973
  • 01.10.1973: Foundation of the WEKA specialist publishing company for administration and industry by Werner and Karin Mützel. Products: clearly structured specialist books, easy-to-understand forms and information brochures for new residents in cities and towns.
1975
  • Move to the first company building in Kissing
  • Market leader: over 800 cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland purchase information brochures for new residents from WEKA. The information brochures are financed through adverts by local companies
1976
  • Delivery of the first up-to-date reference book via direct sales and book shops
1978
  • The 100th book title is published
  • WEKA Switzerland based in Zurich is founded as the first foreign subsidiary
1979
  • Over 100 employees and 200 specialist authors now work for the company
  • Foundation of WEKA France in Paris
1980
  • Foundation of WEKA Italy in Milan
1982
  • Move into the expanded company building
  • Over 1,000 authors write specialist books and reference works for WEKA
1983
  • Foundation of WEKA Netherlands in Amsterdam
1985
  • Takeover of Spitta Verlag (Balingen)
  • Foundation of WEKA Austria in Vienna
1986
  • Turnover exceeds 50 million euros
  • Construction of a new company building for 300 additional workplaces
1988
  • Foundation of WEKA Publishing Inc. (New York)
  • Entry into the German computer magazine market with the takeover of a 48 percent stake in Daten- und Medienverlagsgesellschaft DMV
1989
  • WEKA purchase a 49 percent stake in WAGO Softwarehaus
  • Foundation of Editions WEKA Belgium
  • Restructuring into five divisions with a seven-person executive management team
  • 27 percent growth in turnover – with over 100 million euros, WEKA is Germany's third-largest specialist publishing company
1990
  • Purchase of ECPA (Paris), a specialist publisher of psychology literature
  • Move to a new company building at Römerstraße 16 in Kissing
  • 24 percent increase in turnover
1991
  • 60 percent stake in the DentSo software developer
  • Awarding of the first WEKA Environment Prize by the specialist publishing company for technical managers
  • Takeover of Franzis-Verlag (Munich)
  • 38 percent increase in turnover
1992
  • Purchase of Frech-Verlag (Stuttgart)
  • Creation of the first Architecture Prize by the WEKA specialist construction publishing company
  • Continuous support for the "Bunter Kreis", a society helping severely ill children, through active collaboration and financial assistance
  • 34 percent growth, over 250 million euros in turnover
1993
  • 2,500 employees celebrate the 20-year anniversary
  • The Competence Center for Electronic Publishing starts working on establishing online databases
  • The WEKA publishing companies begin to offer the first supplementary electronic products
  • 10th anniversary of the international WEKA Tennis Cup
1995
  • Formation of the Software Division with the aim of linking professional information with application software.
  • Purchase of Editions Techniques de l'Ingenieur (Paris)
  • WEKA becomes the market leader in complete in-house solutions through the merger of WAGO and Curadata to form WAGO-CURADATA
  • 314 million euros in turnover, 2,550 employees
  • Purchase of debis Systemhaus Curadata (Hamburg)
1996
  • The takeover of Magna Media (Haar) makes WEKA the biggest provider of specialist journals for IT, electronics and telecommunications in Germany
  • Purchase of Dr. Peter Deubner Verlag (Cologne), a publishing company for the legal and accountancy professions
  • Purchase of the French specialist legal publishing company Tissot (Annecy)
  • Foundation of Alfa WEKA (Warsaw)
1997
  • Foundation of the joint venture CMP-WEKA with CMP, America's largest publisher of computer magazines
  • Closure of WEKA USA
  • Takeover of REWI Verlags- und Buchhandels-GmbH (Waltenhofen)
  • Takeover of Renoflex Computer- und Software GmbH
  • Takeover of the Spanish legal publishing company Civitas Ediciones (Madrid)
  • With over 401 million euros in turnover, WEKA is the number one German specialist and scientific publishing company for the first time
1998
  • 25 years of WEKA: 36 specialist publishing companies and software developers in 11 European countries, employing more than 3,000 people
  • Purchase of Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftsinformationen (GWI) (Munich)
  • Sale of DentSo-Spitta
  • Foundation of Fun Creativ (Kiel)
1999
  • WEKA Italy (publisher of information materials) ceases operations
  • Sale of WEKA Consumer Media (games magazines)
  • Sale of WAGO-CURADATA (accounting software)
  • Sale of ReNoFlex (software for lawyers)
  • Sale of PCAS (software for the building trade)
2000
  • CONWAVE (intranet-based solution for specialist information) and i-ConneXX (portal/search engine for specialist legal information) are developed in the course of the general internet boom
  • Closure of WEKA's specialist publishing company in Hungary (Budapest)
2001
  • Formation of WEKA MEDIA GmbH & Co. KG (Kissing) by merging the WEKA specialist construction publishing companies, WEKA specialist management publishing companies, WEKA specialist publishing company for technical managers, and the WEKA Logistics Center, Augsburg
  • Sale of the WEKA Magazine Group to Süddeutscher Verlag Hüthig Fachinformationen GmbH (subject to approval by the antitrust authorities)
  • Sale of Civitas Ediciones (Madrid)
  • Reorganisation of the WEKA Corporate Group: Structuring into four independent divisions: "WEKA Business Information", "Information Brochures and Cartography", "WEKA Media Group Munich" and "Creative Design"
  • Discontinuation of CONWAVE and i-ConneXX
  • Foundation of WEKA Business Information GmbH & Co. KG (Kissing) as the umbrella company for the 16 domestic and foreign publishing companies of the former "Specialist Information" division
2002
  • The sale of the WEKA Magazine Group to Süddeutscher Verlag Hüthig Fachinformationen GmbH fails; the WEKA Magazine Group remains an independent division within the WEKA Group
  • Merger of Kissing-based publishing company Recht und Praxis with Deubner Verlag (Cologne)
  • Sale of Les Editions du Centre de Psychologie Apliquée (ECPA) (Paris)
2003
  • Sale of the Polish sister publishing company WEKA Sp. z.o.o, (Warsaw) to the Forum Group (Mering)
  • Sale of the 50% stakes in the publishing companies Lupus (Poland) and Computer Panoráma (Hungary)
2004
  • WEKA MEDIA takes over sirAdos (Dachau)
2005
  • Collaboration with Haufe Media Group in Switzerland through the merger of Haufe BusinessMedia AG (Zurich) and WEKA Verlag AG (Zurich)
  • WEKA MEDIA takes over UB MEDIA (Markt Schwaben)
2006
  • Takeover of the HRM portfolio from Netwerk Pers (Amsterdam) by WEKA Netherlands
  • The online platform Chimie Minitel Teletransmission (Paris) is purchased by Editions WEKA
  • Sale of the 49% stake in BEHR'S Verlag (Hamburg)
2007
  • WEKA Magazine Group is renamed WEKA Media Group Munich
  • Takeover of the imprint "Public Formation" from IFSP (Montrouge) by Editions WEKA
  • Takeover of the imprint "Dental start-up" from pdv (Heidelberg) by Spitta Verlag
2008
  • Sale of Editions WEKA Belgium to mediabooks (Ghent)
  • WEKA MEDIA Publishing takes over Division III of Motor Presse Stuttgart with eight CE and telecommunications magazines; opening of a new office in Stuttgart
  • Spitta takes over Flohr-Verlag (Heidelberg) with four specialist dental medicine magazines
  • WEKA MEDIA purchases Dachbau-Magazin from Kleffmann Verlag (Bochum)
  • Sale of the info/Cartography Division (Mering/Munich) to the mediaprint Group in Paderborn
  • Sale of frech druck (Stuttgart), the last print works of the WEKA Group; the frechverlag publishing company remains in the Group's possession
  • WEKA Verlag Vienna takes over Springer Business Media Austria (Vienna) with 17 specialist B2B magazines
2009
  • WEKA Netherlands takes over Arko-Verlag (Amsterdam) with its three specialist construction magazines
  • WEKA Verlag AG (Zurich) is renamed WEKA Business Media AG
2010
  • Takeover of Busse Seewald (Bielefeld) by frechverlag
  • Takeover of 100% of the shares of the joint venture CMP-WEKA (Poing) from UBM by WEKA Holding
2011
  • Acquisition of ZfU (Thalwil) by WEKA Holding
  • Acquisition of foerderland (Mannheim) by WEKA MEDIA
  • Acquisition of dent.kom (Berlin) by Spitta
2012
  • Acquisition of Agricommand (Gémenos) by C.M.T.
  • Acquisition of INFO-TECHNO Baudatenbank (Mondsee) by WEKA Holding
  • Acquisition of Blogwerk (Zurich) by WEKA Holding
  • Acquisition of TQM Training & Consulting (Heilbronn) by WEKA MEDIA
  • Acquisition of fotocommunity (Cologne) by WEKA Holding
  • Acquisition of Hoppenstedt Publishing (Darmstadt) by WEKA Holding
  • Acquisition of facility-info.com (Amsterdam) by WEKA Netherlands
2013
  • 40-year company anniversary of WEKA
  • Acquisition of MB Formation (Paris) by Editions WEKA
  • Takeover of screenguide (Düsseldorf) by WEKA MEDIA PUBLISHING
2014
  • Takeover of Comundi (Paris) by WEKA FORMATION
  • Takeover of WIADOK Wirtschaftsarchiv (Minden) by Deubner Verlag
2015
  • Closure of Blogwerk (Zurich)
  • Takeover of Pro Lernen (Unterschleissheim) by WEKA MEDIA
  • Takeover of the training business of LexisNexis France (Paris) by Comundi
  • Acquisition of 80% of DIOS (Reken) by WEKA Holding
  • The Paris-based companies of the WEKA Group (Editions WEKA, Editions Techniques de l’Ingenieur, Comundi, CMT, WEKA Service) move from Paris to the suburb of Saint Denis
  • Acquisition of 80% of Lernwerkstatt Olten (Olten) by WEKA Business Media
2016
  • Acquisition of 75% of Forum Group (Wiesbaden) by WEKA Holding
  • Takeover of Formhygiène (Montpellier) by CMT

Contact

WEKA Holding GmbH & Co.KG

WEKA Holding
GmbH & Co. KG
Postfach 13 31
Römerstr. 4
D-86438 Kissing

T. +49 (0)8233 23-0
F. +49 (0)8233 23-195
E-Mail: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Authors, contributors, publishers, applicants, …

please contact the Group’s individual media companies directly. You can find links to all the companies towards the top of the website.