Authentic Belgian craftsmanship since 1796
Brepols has a long history which goes all the way back to 1796. In order to escape the French occupying forces, the Leuven-based printer Pieter Corbeels and his assistant, Philippus Jacobus Brepols, moved to the city of Turnhout in the Kempen area at this time. Their move would change the history of printing.
In Turnhout, Corbeels was immediately given the privilege of becoming the city printer. Two years later, he left his printing business and took up arms against the French as the leader of the Peasants' War. He did not survive the battle.
With great commitment, his assistant PJ Brepols continued his master's mission. Under his leadership, Brepols grew into the driving force behind the development of the printing industry in Belgium. The company soon started exporting to other countries, reaching a high point in the 19th century when Brepols was exporting printed matter to over 100 countries.
Our printing past is now far behind us. Nonetheless, our special bond with paper and authentic Belgian craftsmanship is still evident in the products we produce today. We still produce our products in Belgium and paper is in our DNA.