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SINCE 1802


The entrepreneurial story of the Amonn family began in 1802 when they opened a general grocery store. For over two centuries seven generations have taken over at the helm of this company, their far-sightedness helping it to grow in size and importance, gradually taking on new sectors.

The name Amonn

The name Amonn (originally Aman) appears for the first time in the records of the Municipality of Bolzano.

Johann Michael Amonn

20-year-old Johann Michael Amonn, born 29 September 1734 in Vills near Reutte (Tyrol), comes to Bolzano and, in 1759, acquires the inn called Luna.

Johann Jakob Amonn

His son Johann Jakob Amonn is born in Bolzano.

The firm Amonn is set up

Johann Jakob Amonn opens a general grocery store in this building and the firm Amonn is founded.

Johann Carl Amonn takes over the firm

Johann Carl Amonn, Johann Jakob’s son, succeeds his father at the helm of the firm.

The trading name is changed to J.F. Amonn

Johann Filibert Amonn, Johann Karl’s son, takes over the running of the firm, changing its name to J. F. Amonn.

Division of the store into general grocery and stationery departments

The store is divided into two departments, general grocery and stationery.

Emil Amonn takes over the firm

Emil Amonn, Johann Filibert’s son, takes over the helm. Agricultural products introduced as a main line of goods.

Business extended

The postcard department is opened with extension of the first floor of the building. Printers Riegl & C. acquired and incorporated into the firm.

Acquisition of the Plattnerhof family home in Gries

Emil Amonn acquires the Plattnerhof house in Gries that becomes the family home.

Erich and Walter Amonn take over the reins of the firm

The same year architect Marius Amonn is commissioned by the Municipality to refurbish the town hall and the company offices are upgraded.

Acquisition of the bookbinders "Weigl"

New building constructed in Via Piave.

Retail paint shop opens in Via Bottai.


Construction of the new chemical factory

  • Factory built for the manufacture of Dendrin
  • New chemical factory construction proceeds in 1934

War causes the business to be transferred to Merano, Terlano and Appiano


Company offices destroyed in bombardments

Bombardments continue through 1945, head office completely destroyed.

Head office rebuilt

  • After being completely razed to the ground during the bombardments, the head office is rebuilt to the 1913 design by architect Marius Amonn.
  • Production of paints and varnishes starts.

Increase in share capital

Limited company J. F. Amonn increases its share capital to 100 million lire and celebrates the 150th anniversary of its founding.

Entry into the grocery chain DESPAR Italia

The company J.F.Amonn SpA, operating in the wholesale and retail stationery sector, in the manufacture and sale of paints and varnishes, agricultural and food products, hotel supplies and office furniture, enters the food chain DESPAR ITALIA.

Ander Amonn develops the retail chain

The company SELL Snc is set up for the wholesale and retail food sector within the DESPAR Group. Ander Amonn joins the DESPAR board of directors. The Province of Bolzano branch of DESPAR is set up with its first associated retailers. Subsequently Ander Amonn is elected Chairman of DESPAR ITALIA, remaining in office for 10 years; he was also a member of the board of SPAR Internazionale for 25 years.

Separation of some branches of the business

J.F. Amonn separates the stationery, paint, office furnishings and print businesses which come together in the company J.F. AMONN Carta e Colori S.p.A. J.F. Amonn, which now only includes the agricultural products business, changes its name to Amonn Fitochimica Spa. 50% of the share capital is bought up by the Dutch company Philips, which then raises its stake to 80%. J.F. Amonn Fitochimica Spa continues in the business of the manufacture and sale of agricultural products.

J.F. Amonn Spa merges with SELL s.acc.

J.F. Amonn Spa, operating in the stationery, paint, hotel supplies ad furnishings sectors merges with Sell s.acc. owned by Ander Amonn & C.

SATIB set up for the manufacture and sale of Coca Cola in Italy

The Amonn family found, with a majority shareholding, SATIB Coca Cola for the manufacture and sale of Coca Cola.

Sale of Amonn Fitochimica Spa

After a buy-back of the Philips shareholding, Amonn Fitochimica Spa is sold to the US group DuPont. Following this operation, Amonn Fitochimica becomes a finance company under the name Amonn Agrofinanz Spa, headed by Christoph Amonn.

Acquisition of Lutz AG

Acquisition of the company Lutz (paints and vanishes) in Korneuburg near Vienna, now known as Amonn Coatings s.r.l.

J.F. Amonn Holding set up

J.F.Amonn Holding s.r.l. set up with a stake in all Amonn companies.

Sale of the grocery chain Despar

After the sale of the grocery chain DESPAR to Aspiag, the properties are also incorporated, today representing one of the company’s major assets.

Acquisition of the sparkling wine producer Cesarini Sforza

Fire-proof and intumescent paints - fire-proof and intumescent paint

Acquisition of the company Italvis and the company Protect

The two companies are subsequently merged into the company Italvis Protect s.r.l., based in Milan.

Separation of the furniture and fittings sector, the company DREIKA set up

Separation of the furniture and fittings sector, the company DREIKA set up for the design and supply of turn-key furnishing solutions for banks and hotels, subsequently taking on a majority stake in the firm Tischler.
Amonn now holds a minority shareholding.

Sale of Satib Coca Cola to Coca Cola

Sale of Satib Coca Cola to Coca Cola, with the splitting off of Kaiserwasser s.r.l. which is still owned by the family.
based in Ponte nelle Alpi (Belluno)

Acquisition of Stufex Spa

Manufacture of fire-proof intumescent paints and parquet adhesives and varnishes.

GRAFUS s.r.l. set up

GRAFUS s.r.l. set up together with Athesia (50% shareholding) for paper and stationery sales.

Amonn Cosma Spa set up

Amonn Color is merged with COSMA & ZETAL with the company Amonn Cosma Spa being set up, subsequently called AMONN COLOR Srl, thus strengthening its position in the retailing of paints and varnishes in Alto Adige and Trentino.

Amonn Office set up

J.F. Amonn holds a minority share.

Sale of the sparkling wine producer Cesarini Sforza

7th generation

Arno Amonn takes over the company management

As part of the 200th anniversary celebrations in the Merano Kurhaus, Ander Amonn hands over the management to his son Arno Amonn, while he continues as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Amonn & L’Aquatec – Bangkok set up

A joint venture with a Thai company for the manufacture and sale of fire-proofing systems.

Amonn Fire set up

Merger of Italvis Protect and Stufex – specialists in the fire-protection sector.

Sale of GRAFUS GmbH

Sale of GRAFUS srl


Automobile bodywork repair branch of the company separated from Amonn Color, Color Team Amonn Srl set up with a minority shareholding.

All divisions of the company integrated into J.F. Amonn SpA

Integration of the companies Amonn TecnoIn, Amonn Hotel, Amonn Color, Amonn Fire into J.F. Amonn Spa, registered office in Bolzano.

Separation of the paint wholesaling division and merger with Profi Color

Amonn Profi Color Srl set up with a majority shareholding.

Changeover of J.F. Amonn from stock company to a limited liability company