1951 - 2000
Dr. Hans-Bernhard Schünemann joins the firm.
At the first Drupa in Düsseldorf Koenig & Bauer exhibits a sheetfed letterpress press with an output of 6,000 s/h, the Pax.
Agreement with the Giori Organisation in Lausanne, Switzerland, on the joint production of security presses.
Construction of the first multicolour intaglio press for printing banknotes.
Shipment of the first Condor press - the fastest two-revolution press of its day.
Planeta causes a sensation at the Leipzig Autumn Fair with its PVO 6, a four-colour press with an output of 9,000 s/h.
Shipment of the first letterpress newspaper press, the Courier.
A branch factory is built in Trennfeld and the Rotafolio put into serial production.
Launch of the world's first unit-type litho press, the Variant 4 -- a press design has since become the accepted norm.
Drupa premiere of the Rapida 0 sheetfed offset press.
Koenig & Bauer's 150th jubilee. the company's workforce of 1,960 generates a turnover of DM64 million.
Koenig & Bauer endows a cultural fund.
Planeta registers a patent for a convertible perfecting facility for unit-built presses. Merger with two other press manufacturers, Ramasch and Cocima.
Koenig & Bauer ships the first Commander web offset press to Gérard in Verviers, Belgium.
Dr. Hans Bolza-Schünemann is appointed president.
Construction of the first Compacta commercial web offset press.
Completion of a new 42,000m2 assembly hall in Radebeul.
Shipment of the world's biggest newspaper web press, the Jumbo-Courier, to Gazet van Antwerpen.
With an output of 15,000 s/h the Rapida SR III becomes the fastest 40-inch sheetfed offset press in the world.
Planeta launches another world first: a sheetfed offset press with eight printing units.
Inauguration of a high assembly hall for giant presses.
The first Express newspaper presses go into production.
Production of the first Colortronic electronic system for the remote adjustment of inking and dampening units and plate register.
Factory II in Grombühl, a suburb of Würzburg, is closed down; a 5,000m² assembly hall is erected on the main factory site.
The Varicontrol remote ink control system and the Varidamp film dampening unit are introduced for all Planeta presses.
Koenig & Bauer goes public. Capital resources exceed DM100 million for the first time.
The Guardian in London orders three Anilox-Courier keyless letterpress machines.
The Frankenthal factory ships the TR 7B, the first publication rotogravure press for a web width of more than 3m.
Koenig & Bauer launches the first Rapida 104 sheetfed offset press with a unit-type design. Output: 15,000 s/h.
It also raises its stake in Maschinenfabrik Koenig & Bauer AG Mödling to 97%.
Planeta ships a ten-unit version sheetfed offset press line to the USA.
The Daily Mail in London takes delivery of eight Flexo-Courier presses, the largest flexo newspaper installation in the world.
The minority interest in Albert-Frankenthal is increased to 74.99%.
The biggest order to date - for six Commander web offset presses worth over DM150 million - is placed by a customer in England.
Koenig & Bauer posts a turnover of more than DM500 million and publishes a group balance sheet for the first time, showing a consolidated external turnover of more than DM800 million.
The world's first anilox offset press for full-colour newspaper printing - Albert-Frankenthal's Alfra- goes into operation.
A customer showroom, complete with training and demonstration facilities, is inaugurated in Radebeul.
At Drupa in Düsseldorf Koenig & Bauer and Albert-Frankenthal exhibit jointly for the first time as the Koenig & Bauer-Albert group (KBA).
Acquisition of a majority interest in the Motter Printing Press Company in York, Pennsylvania, and its change of name to KBA-Motter Corp. A collaborative agreement is signed with Planeta Druckmaschinenwerke, Radebeul. Koenig & Bauer acquires the remaining shares in Albert-Frankenthal, making it a full subsidiary.
Planeta takes over Royal Zenith Corp. in the USA and renames it Planeta North America Inc.
Planeta is reconverted from a state enterprise to a pubic limited company.
Koenig & Bauer increases its stake in Planeta to 75.2% and renames it KBA-Planeta AG.
Two new newspaper presses - the KBA Journal and the KBA Colora - are launched on the market.
The company posts a turnover of DM686 million. Group turnover (excluding KBA-Planeta) tops one billion Deutschmarks for the first time.
Transfer of the entire Rapida division to KBA-Planeta.
Market launch of the Rapida 72.
Sale of the first anilox offset press to a US customer.
175th jubilee celebrations.
Koenig & Bauer acquires the remaining 24.8% interest in KBA-Planeta
Shipment of the first eight-colour Rapida press for 4-over-4.
Koenig & Bauer merges with Albert-Frankenthal to create Koenig & Bauer-Albert AG (KBA).
Dr. Hans B. Bolza-Schünemann retires as company president and is appointed deputy chairman of the supervisory board.
Shipment of the first shaftless newspaper press.
KBA demonstrates an all-digital printshop workflow at Drupa. Market launch of the Rapida large-format series.
Shipment of the first ten-colour Rapida for 5-over-5.
Shipment of the world's first publication rotogravure press for a web width of 3.6m, a TR 10B.
KBA and Israeli pre-press specialist Scitex enter a joint venture to develop the 74 Karat, a digital offset press for short-run colour which is previewed at Imprinta in Düsseldorf. A jv enterprise, Karat Digital Press GmbH, is established in Radebeul.
Frankenthal launches the world's first totally shaftless commercial web offset press, the Compacta 215.
Koenig & Bauer-Albert merges with KBA-Planeta and reverts to the name Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft (KBA). The Radebeul facility remains the group profit centre for sheetfed offset.
Group turnover exceeds DM1.6 billion.
Planeta celebrates its centenary with guests from throughout the world. 20,000 locals pack the halls on the open day. A new press is unveiled: the KBA Rapida 105, a high-performance B1 press.
The sheetfed division in Radebeul generates sales worth DM578 million, more than twice the total for 1992.
At Ifra99 in Amsterdam Koenig & Bauer previews the KBA Cortina, a revolutionary new press for newspaper production in the 21st century.
A new, high-speed double-width, single-circumference press, KBA Prisma, is added to the KBA press range.
The 74 Karat digital offset press goes into serial production.
At Drupa, KBA demonstrates new advances in every product line, including a new B2 sheetfed offset press, the Rapida 74, and the biggest web press at the show, the 64pp Compacta 818 for high-quality commercial offset. It also unveils a working prototype of the KBA Cortina.
Group turnover in 2000: DM2.1bn.