Dauir was founded back in 1932, then under the name Printing House No. 2. During the Soviet era, the company printed more than 3,000 different newspaper titles and books in high-volume runs. The sheetfed department was already then a domain of “vista blue” presses from Saxony.
After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the company was privatized. Dauir – whose name translates as “our times” – was acquired by a group of investors headed by Svetlana Nazarbayeva, sister-in-law of the president of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The building was renovated from the ground up, and the machinery base was modernized. A new printing press or downstream finishing machine was purchased almost every year.
Today, Dauir counts a workforce of almost 600 employees, many of whom have studied at the Moscow Institute of Printing. The product portfolio centers around illustrated books, encyclopedias and popular literature. For the past 12 years, textbooks for all levels of education – from pre-school to university – have also become standard products.