History / Company

The Bourquin company as it is today started out in the 19th century in the form of straw husk manufacturer J. Bourquin-Rosselet. One generation later, Armand Bourquin founded Switzerland’s first corrugated cardboard factory in Val-de-Travers in 1905. The transformation into its current legal form took place in the 1960s following the name change to the general partnership of Armand Bourquin & Cie, and in 1997 to the current Bourquin SA.

In order to sell the products in the German-speaking region of Switzerland, a branch was founded in Zurich in the 1920s. In the 1980s, the company initiated the construction of a new production plant in Oensingen, which was began operation in 1982.

In 1987, Brieger Verpackungen AG was taken over by the former Armand Bourquin & Cie. After the closure of the plant in Zurich, the production halls were converted into warehouses for Brieger Verpackungen in 1995. In the same year, Bourquin SA initiated as a founding member Alliabox SAS, the European network of family-owned companies in the corrugated cardboard industry for packaging solutions.

Since 2000, Bourquin SA has been majority-owned by Guido Bardelli, who acquired the company through a management buyout from the Bourquin families and integrated Brieger Verpackungen AG into Bourquin SA.

To mark the 100th anniversary, in 2005 the company moved into the Collaboratorium in Oensingen, its new administration building. The following year, 2006, saw the move to the new production hall in Couvet and the purchase of Weber Druck + Kartonage AG in Menziken. This acquisition added solid cardboard to the product range and created synergies for cardboard packaging solutions. Three years later, Weber Verpackungen was integrated into Bourquin SA.

In 2008, the new fully automated high-bay warehouse with a total of 8,000 pallet spaces was inaugurated in Oensingen.

In 2012, Brieger Verpackungen moved into the modern blue, 33-metre-long cube, the “BRIEGER BLUE BOX” in Schlieren.

In 2017, the machines were relocated and all employees from Menziken were integrated into the production site in Oensingen. The brand “Weber Verpackungen” was dissolved and integrated into the brand “Bourquin SA” for solid and corrugated cardboard packaging.

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