1901 - 1950
Koenig & Bauer moves to a new site which is still the company headquarters.
Dresdner Schnellpressenfabrik registers the first patent for its planet drive. This new, reliable drive lays the foundation for the company's worldwide reputation.
Development of the Iris - the first four-colour sheetfed press - and the Rollrenner, a cranked-movement press.
The Hexe (witch), a high-speed letterpress press, goes into production in Würzburg.
Dresdner Schnellpressenfabrik moves to Naundorf (Radebeul), to the site now occupied by Koenig & Bauer´s sheetfed facility.
Albert & Cie. starts building sheetfed offset presses.
Shipment of the first rotogravure press.
Development of the Sturmvogel two-revolution press.
Establishment of the Benno Bolza fund, forerunner of the company suggestion scheme.
Acquisition of Schnellpressenfabrik L. Kaiser's Söhne, Vienna, now called KBA-Mödling AG.
The first webfed rotogravure press off the Frankenthal production line.
Dr. Hans Bolza (1889 - 1986), Friedrich-Koenig's great-grandson, joins the firm.
The first Planeta sheetfed offset press leaves the Radebeul factory.
Frankenthal starts manufacturing web offset presses.
Construction of the first collect press for coloured banknotes.
The company merges with Leipziger Schnellpressenfabrik and brings out the world's first convertible perfecting press, the Dresden.
Production starts on the Egli, a three-colour sheetfed gravure press.
The Europa, a new cylinder press available in 15 different formats, goes into production.
Dr. Hans Bolza becomes managing director of Koenig & Bauer.
The company adds two sheetfed gravure presses, the Frankonia and Tiepolo, plus a high-speed letterpress machine, the Rex, to its product range. .
The Radebeul company launches the world's first four-colour sheetfed offset press, the Planeta-Deca.
Shipment of the first 32-page newspaper press, to Ullstein, a Berlin publishing house.
The Planeta Super Quinta is upgraded to 6,000 s/h.
The factories in Würzburg, Frankenthal and Radebeul are completed destroyed.
The manufacturing equipment is dismantled and Planeta Druckmaschinenwerk virtually ceases to exist.
On July 1 Planeta makes a fresh start under a new name, VEB Druckmaschinenwerk Planeta.