35 years of ppi Media: north German publishing solutions distributed around the world

Graphic of an Apollo-Workstation for 35 years of ppi

The Hamburg-based software company ppi Media is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Founded in 1984, ppi Media has become the leading provider of software solutions for automated newspaper production on the German market. The company now provides its services to media groups and publishers around the world.

April 30, 2019. ppi Media has branches in Kiel, Hamburg and Chicago, and serves around 100 publishers in numerous countries. The services provided by the company cover the entire publishing workflow of newspapers and magazines, from planning to production. Some of the best-known publications produced with ppi Media solutions include the New York Times, F.A.Z., Süddeutsche Zeitung, BILD and the Indian daily Dainik Jagran, one of the most widely read publications in the world. In addition, around 80 % of the German newspaper circulation and 2/3 of the top 10 Indian titles are reliably produced with ppi.

And yet it all started very small: “Way back in 1984, Peter Pape probably couldn’t tell his company would become one of the world’s leading providers of publishing software”, explains Hauke Berndt, Managing Partner and CEO of ppi Media. “But his Hanseatic virtues have left a lasting impression on the company: Our clients have always valued our reliability, service-oriented approach and the fact that we listen to them. Many of our solutions have been developed and optimized with our clients”.

The joint editorial system of ppi Media and its partner Digital Collections has also established itself as an important software solution for the international publishing world in recent years. In 2018, the system attracted more clients than ever before. Content-X is being used more and more – even by major magazine publishers. Egmont Publishing in Norway started using the system last year and other publishers are about to follow suit. After the change of shareholders at ppi Media and Digital Collections, the two companys will continue to develop Content-X together.