Westermann Druck (the printing house) completes its first external commission.
The bookseller Ferdinand Schöningh (1815-1883) starts his own book and art dealing business in Paderborn, which bears witness to a strong Catholic influence. Since 2002 the textbook division of the business belongs to the Westermann Gruppe.
The first Schöningh publishing division: a newspapers and periodicals publisher. In 1848 the first issue of the “Westfälischen Kirchenblattes für Katholiken” (Westphalian Church News for Catholics) is produced. The publishing division subsequently becomes known for its theological, scientific, pedagogical and fictional publications.
Schöningh expands its textbook range, predominantly for Gymnasien. Key subject areas include: Classical Languages, History, Geography and German.
Louis Schroedel (1823-1884) becomes a partner in the Kümmelschen publishing house and retail bookshop in Halle / Saale (est. 1792) and by 1863 he is the sole owner. In 2002 the publishing house becomes part of the Westermann Gruppe.
Under the name Wilhelm Schweizer, a factory producing paper, cardboard packaging and filing equipment for schools is founded in Winterthur, Switzerland; this will later become SCHUBI Lernmedien GmbH. By 1900 the company can offer its own published range, which includes learning materials for schools. In 2002 the company joins the Westermann Gruppe.
1901 - 1950
Westermann moves into the newly-built publishing house on the edge of Braunschweig—today number 66 on the Georg-Westermann-Allee.
At the Westermann printing house, offset printing begins with an offset printing press produced by the Frakenthal engineering factory (Format 75x100 cm). The first foray into mechanical typesetting is achieved with a double magazine linotype made by the firm Mergenthaler.
The Jugend & Volk publishing house (based in Vienna) is founded as a result of a joint initiative between the city’s council and the Gerlach and Wiedlich publishing houses in order to implement the period’s great school reforms. Alongside this, a range of youth literature and art books is established. Since 2012 the company belongs to the Westermann Gruppe.
Diesterweg has become a significant player in the market. Areas of focus include Deutschkunde (a German-centred approach to all subjects), Modern Languages with an extensive accompanying reading range, Protestant Religion and textbooks for Prussian secondary schools. Diesterweg takes over some smaller publishing houses from 1912-24.
After the Westermann publishing house is granted a license, there are no more impediments to its plans to develop a broad educational range. The company turns its attention to new periodicals, an expanded range of school subjects and vocational training. First of all, the British zone of occupation will be supplied with school books.
1951 - 2000
The educational division of the J.B. Metzler publishing house is integrated into the Schroedel range, as is the educational division of the Paul List publishing house.
Westermann becomes active in Central Europe and is party to cooperative projects and investments in the educational sector, predominantly in Poland and Hungary. Dinasztia GmbH has been part of the Westermann Gruppe since 2002; it was founded in 1996 in Budapest.
2001 - heute
Westermann takes over the educational division of Schöningh.
The Holtzbrink group network of educational book and media publishers moves to Westermann. In 2004, part of the network forms the Bildungshaus Schulbuchverlage Westermann Schroedel Diesterweg Schöningh Winklers GmbH, based in Braunschweig.
ADVESCO Learning Systems, based in Schaffhausen, now belongs to the Westermann Gruppe. The company, founded in 1990 by the executives of SCHUBI, develops electronic learning media, in particular for the vocational and professional training sector.
The Gruppe’s range of apposite primary education materials matches the growing activity in this area.
The German publishing companies of early learning material in the Westermann group are merging. Westermann Lernspielverlag, LOGO Lern-Spiel-Verlag, Spectra Lehrmittel-Verlag and Schubi Lernmedien-Verlag will now operate from Braunschweig under the name of Westermann Lernspielverlage.
The Westermann Gruppe acquires Audio Media Verlag, a Munich-based firm specialising in audio books for all ages. The company, founded in 2004, retains its headquarters in Munich.
After the revision of the Diercke Weltatlas (Diercke World Atlas), Diercke digital now exists alongside the print edition and online supplementary materials. All maps can now be selected according to (among other options) their theme and level of differentiation. The level of detail is also adjustable.
On 1st June, the Westermann Gruppe established the Westermann Schulverlag Schweiz AG. The new publishing company is based in Schaffhausen. Its objective is to further extend the area of textbook publishing in Switzerland.
On February, Westermann Gruppe takes over the London-based educational software developer Blue Duck Education, a company specialized in digital game-based learning in mathematics. Blue Duck Education has developed the maths learning system Mangahigh.com, which is marketed to primary and secondary schools the world over. With this purchase, the Westermann Gruppe advances their plan for internationalisation a step further.