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Wolters Kluwer’s deep understanding of customer needs and the market trends that influence them is rooted in our long and rich history of producing high-quality information and tools across regions and different professional markets.

Wolters Kluwer was founded in the Netherlands more than ​175 years ago. Two founding fathers of 18th century Dutch publishing houses, Æbele Kluwer and Jan-Berend Wolters, launched their business to improve the quality of educational materials. As a result of their work, they educated new generations of professionals.

To this day, Wolters Kluwer continues this strong tradition, always focused on delivering value-adding, next-generation information and solutions to our customers, which has been the hallmark of our company since its very beginning.

Key milestones:

  • 1792: Lippincott opens office in Philadelphia 
  • 1815: Carl Heymanns Verlag founded
  • 1836: Wolters founded
  • 1889: Kluwer starts business
  • 1895: Lamy enters publishing market with Bulletin des Transport
  • 1913: CCH publishes first Income Tax Reporter
  • 1985: Operations start in China
  • 1989: Launch of the legal information system LEX in Poland 
  • 1991: Italian IPSOA joins Wolters Kluwer
  • 1996: Major step into the U.S. market with acquisition of CCH Inc.
  • 2003: Wolters Kluwer presents first ‘Three-Year Strategy’ to deliver sustained value to customers and shareholders
  • 2006: Wolters Kluwer Health office opens in New Delhi
  • 2009: Wolters Kluwer chosen as best place to work for in Spain
  • 2010: Wolters Kluwer Financial Services acquires FRSGlobal​
  • 2011: Twinfield joins Wolters Kluwer
  • 2012: Approximately three quarters of the company's revenue are coming from online, software, and services
  • 2013: Three-Year Strategy 'Realizing Our Growth Potential' kicks off​​
  • 175+ Years Lead the Way

    This interactive timeline shows how our history stretches across many geographies and areas of expertise.