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We are a fifth-generation family business
with over 130 years experience

How it all began


Our roots go back to 1891, when Carl Ostermann, a trained stereotypist, founded a one-man business in Bremen - with the idea of revolutionising the lead casting industry of the time.
More than 130 years later, we are now successfully in our fifth generation, have developed further business areas, established a second location and are one of the leading German companies for full service in prepress.

How we do it


Stagnation is a step backwards. At coe, we continue to live this wisdom to this day. This is also underlined by our latest developments: Our goal is to make our customers even more competitive through technical evolution. We achieve this by constantly developing new products and improving existing ones.

Where we want to go


In parallel to our core product – the printing form – we will develop into a partner for our customers by reducing or taking over the complexity between their processes with solutions in data handling and organisation of order processing.


Our values

At Carl Ostermann Erben, we are convinced that the core values of sincerity, personal responsibility and professionalism, which we all actively live by, form the foundation on which all pillars of our business stand. They are our guidelines for future internal and external behaviour that we want to exemplify, live and experience together. Each one of us takes responsibility for our thinking, speaking and acting. In this way, we create ideal framework conditions to be able to contribute and develop in the best possible way at the workplace, both professionally and personally.


Personal responsibility

We understand customer relationships as valuable partnerships that are based on trusting cooperation and openness and are the reason for our many years of success as a family business.

Individual responsibility

Through challenging tasks, in which our employees surpass themselves every day, and a high level of personal responsibility, we give them sufficient room for development, which, in turn, contributes to the increased competitiveness of our customers.


We ensure our customers’ long-term quality reliability, which we guarantee through the professional as well as personal development of our employees, regular investment and a passion for technology.


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