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Since its origins in 1917 LIGHTHOUSE has developed into one of the leading companies in the world for collective systems of philatelic and numismatic accessories. More than 5.000 articles carry the symbol which has become word-wide the brand for high-quality standards: LIGHTHOUSE.
The satisfaction of our customer is in the centre of our concern.
LIGHTHOUSE is not only known because of high-quality products but also for its extensive philatelic competence in the elaboration of albums and support to collectors.
"Everything, except for stamps and coins" is the maxim of our company. Collectors receive all information and the necessary accessories from LIGHTHOUSE! Besides, we feel obliged to two principles: the tradition and innovation.
Philately and numismatic are hobbies with long tradition and rules. For that reason, collectors expect from us to stick to proven products and tried aund tested systems. But the collecting of stamps and coins is also always chaingng: new collective objects appear and collective habits change. Of course, LIGHTHOUSE reacts to new trends with products that correspond to the wishes of customers.
In this three areas LIGHTHOUSE has special competencies:
By investing in these core areas we develop the LIGHTHOUSE competence consistently.
The development of the stamp albums, our thematic coin albums and our catalogues for stamps and coins is the task of the LIGHTHOUSE editorial staff. It consists of experienced specialists who have a name in this special field and are higly valued by collectors, postal administrations and other catalogue publishers.
The editorial staff receives daily information from around the world which are sighted and processed. Extensive archives and own technical library are available for research as well as international technical periodicals and correspondence to traders and collectors. The whole material for the more than 140 collective areas is put into archives which are updated continuously.
We produce the largest part of our products on our own premises and therefore have a direct influence on the quality, starting with the purchase of material. Our suppliers guarantee that all stamps and coins which are stored in LIGHTHOUSE products are well-protected!
By flexible planning and production as well as the aimed application of special machines we are in the position to fulfill almost every wish and to react immediately to the market requirements.
The basis of our sales department is the co-operation with our customers. To be close to you, we apply different sales strategies. In the home market, Germany, LIGHTHOUSE maintains direct relations to leading stamp and coin dealers, department stores, as well as stationary shops.
In Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria and Spain more than 3.500 retail dealers are supplied directly from Geesthacht. In the US and Canada LIGHTHOUSE has its own subsidiaries. In the other 80 countries, a close contact exists to customers and the postal administrations.
More than 30 assistants within and beyond the company take care of your order. Their work is important, as it is clear to us that good product quality is only one aspect of our performance. As important is the quality of the customer care, the services and the ability of delivery.
The company was founded in 1917 when the lithographer Paul Koch created the KABE publishing house in Aschersleben. KABE was the abbreviation for Koch & Bein. Bein was the name of his business partner. The KABE publishing house published first stamps and later also coin albums under the brand name "COMET". Paul Koch had to sell this first company in the 30s.
After the war Koch established a new firm in Hamburg in 1948: LIGHTHOUSE, which also produced stamp albums. When the businessman Wolfgang Schön entered into the publishing house in 1959 as an executive partner, LIGHTHOUSE was already a known brand in Germany. Wolfgang Schön had lived in Asia for several years, where he had represented German companies. He saw the future in export trade. In 1962, Kurt Stürken was entrusted with this important task.
Today, LIGHTHOUSE is the biggest exporter of philatelic and coin accessories. For the future it is expected that the demand of the customers for individual problem-solving becomes even more important. For LIGHTHOUSE this means being able to deal with questions of the customer and finding adequate solutions.
Global activities, product innovation and flexibility when fulfilling customer wishes require huge financial and organisational expenses. To strengthen the strategic position of the company, LIGHTHOUSE acquired the rights of the french MOC albums in 1990 and finally in 1997 the KABE publishing house which has reunified both publishing houses established by Paul Koch.
The future aim of the investment is the development of our product range and the extension of our know-how. Both for the good of our customer.
In the management of the company LIGHTHOUSE bets on continuance and stability. The course once adopted by Wolfgang Schön (1914-1996), who made the company known world-wide is continued by the family Stürken. In 1972, Kurt Stürken became the partner of Wolfgang Schön. In 1997and in 2003 his two sons Axel and Max entered into the company as executive partner. Today they are managing the company together with their father.
After the great success in Germany, and the high volume of supply and demand in the United States, Lighthouse Germany expanded its company by giving birth to Lighthouse U.S.A. Lighthouse U.S.A was established in 1967, with the location in New York City. With overwhelming numbers of philatelic clientele Lighthouse move into its own building facility in 1984 located in Hackensack New Jersey.
Since then Lighthouse has been constantly developing new products to amaze stamp collectors. The Lighthouse hinge less album is considered by many collectors as the world's most famous hinge less album. Each album is hand crafted and full of vivid details. This allows the collector to be completely organized and satisfied with there most highly regarded possessions.
With the great success of philatelic supplies, Lighthouse decided to expand to the numismatic collectors. In 2002 Lighthouse introduced supplies for coin collectors. It is understood that eight out of every ten philatelic or numismatic collector owns at least one Lighthouse product. Lighthouse has grown to become a household name in quality philatelic and numismatic supplies.
At Lighthouse we are dedicated to serving the needs of all our customers. Our High quality products are guaranteed to last for many years. Each item has been tested and is safe for all stamps and coins. We have a dedicated staff, which thrives to satisfy our customers. We go to great lengths to support you hobby, with many selections to protect your most cherished belongings.