About Coface

Our History

The Coface group has contributed since its establishment to the performance and growth of businesses.

Success in a continually changing business environment means the identification of market shifts at an early point in time and the implementation of appropriate measures in order to remain a decisive step ahead of future developments. This way of thinking made Coface Central Europe to the leading provider of business information in Central and Eastern Europe.
1946
  • Establishement of Coface, a French company specialising in export credit insurance
1954
  • Foundation Coface in Austria (Credit Insurance)
1989
  • Dation Coface Central Europe (Information & Debt Collection)
1990
  • Expansion in Hungary (Information & Debt Collection)
1991
  • Expansion in the Czech Republic and Slovenia (Information & Debt Collection)
1992
  • Creation of "Coface Partner" (former CreditAlliance), a worldwide network of insurance companies, business information agencies, multiline insurance companies and factoring companies
  • Expansion in Poland and Russia (Information & Debt Collection)
1993
  • Expansion in Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia (Estonia) and Ukraine (Information & Debt Collection)
1994
  • Coface privatised
  • Expansion in Bulgaria (Albania and Macedonia) - Information & Debt Collection
1996
  • Expansion in Romania (Moldova) - Information & Debt Collection
1997
  • Coface in Austria becomes part of Coface, one of the three Global Players
1998
  • Expansion in Croatia (Bosnia) - Information & Debt Collection
2002
  • Designation of Vienna as headquarter for Central and Eastern Europe
2003
  • Expansion in Poland - Credit Insurance
2004
  • Expansion in Hungary - Credit Insurance
2005
  • Expansion in Lithuania - Credit Insurance
2006
  • Coface becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of Natixis, the financing, asset management and financial services arm of the BPCE Group, France’s second largest banking group
  • Enlargement Product Range with Factoring Poland
2007
  • Expansion in Romania, Czech Republic and Slovakia (Credit Insurance) and Serbia (Montenegro) - Information & Debt Collection
2008
  • Expansion in Latvia (Estonia) and Bulgaria (Credit Insurance)
2012
  • Cross-Border Merger of Coface Austria Kreditversicherung AG und Coface Austria Holding AG with Coface SA, France - new company name Coface SA Niederlassung Austria
2013
  • New logo, identity and websites for Coface
2014
  • Success of the Coface IPO on the regulated market of Euronext Paris. As of July 2nd 2014, the resulting shareholding is as follows: Public: 58.50%; Natixis: 41.24%; Employees: 0.26%.
  • Direct presence in 67 countries
  • Guarantees delivered in nearly 200 countries
2015
  • Launch of EasyLiner, CofaServe, CofaNet Policy Master, Express Credit Limit and Dashboards
  • Re-Launch of InfoIcon
2017
  • Ukraine serviced by Coface Central European Holding AG
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