The company's roots are found in the renowned Louis Leitz Group of companies. And it was here that, in 1996, the electronic Leitz folder, or ELO for short, the first product for electronic document management and archiving, was born. The acronym ELO became the brand name. In 1998, the business unit became a standalone company, ELO Digital Office, which has since been headed by Karl Heinz Mosbach and Matthias Thiele. ELO quickly advanced into an international player and enjoys success on the global stage with locations in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Australia.
Corporate responsibility is important to ELO Digital Office. The company supports local initiatives as a way of giving something back to society. These range from providing funding for projects to promote education, such as one that provides children local schools with free daily newspapers as well as a scheme that provides a local non-profit organization with free software licenses.