Fabryka Kart Trefl-Kraków: History written on cards
Almost 70-year long tradition of card production, almost 500 million decks produced by three generations of Employees to be used by three generations of Customers – Trefl certainly has reasons to be proud! The card factory was established in 1947 under the name Krakowskie Zakłady Wyrobów Papierowych (Krakow Paper Products Manufacture), and since then we have been delivering the highest quality cards with the most beautiful design to our customers. The products, made by the Manufacture, have always uncompromisingly combined the high technical quality with the highest artistic and aesthetic level. The company worked in close partnership with the Academy of Fine Arts, and the cooperation resulted in developing the first designs for cards made in Krakow, often referring to the Polish national tradition, in the late 1940s.
The company also carefully studied the Players’ preferences, adjusted to them and fulfilled their expectations. Our skat cards (with deck designed by Franciszek Bunsch in 1963) immediately won recognition of the players in Lower and Upper Silesia, and in the 1950s the company started production of “Old Maid” – a card game for children, with participation of Krajowa Agencja Wydawnicza publishing house.
The political changes in Poland and opening of the borders to the West allowed the Krakow factory to gain access to new resources, materials and technologies, brought about with the time of transformation and economic challenges. The company was privatised, and in the autumn of 1997 the Krakowskie Zakłady Wyrobów Papierowych Trefl-Kraków Sp. z o.o. was established. The employees of the factory became shareholders in the company, and Kazimierz Wierzbicki, owner of Trefl from Sopot, became an external shareholder.
Invariably, Trefl remains the largest Polish manufacturer of playing cards. In the process of constant development and improvement, new designs are created and old designs are improved on an ongoing basis. The company’s offer was also expanded with tarot cards, games, commissions and advertising production. The factory is appreciated for the highest quality of its products and its immense experience, as well as for its openness, ability to adapt to new conditions and the use of state-of-the-art technologies.
However, the Trefl company from Krakow would not exist without its most precious capital – the involved and committed employees. The team of approximately 80 workers comprises both long-term, experienced veterans and young employees, bringing in fresh ideas and new approaches. Three generations of employees work together to create one great organism. By taking new investments and actively discovering new markets, the company develops at a very quick pace. The sign and symbol of this dynamic development is the new Niepołomice factory, conforming to the highest European standards, opened in 2014. The new factory is equipped with cutting-edge technological line, new machines, spacious and modern warehouse, and a functional office space. It is time for a new draw.