1901 - 1950

1901 Würzburg

Koenig & Bauer moves to a new site which is still the company headquarters.   

1902 Radebeul

Dresdner Schnellpressenfabrik registers the first patent for its planet drive. This new, reliable drive lays the foundation for the company's worldwide reputation. 

1910 Würzburg

Development of the Iris - the first four-colour sheetfed press - and the Rollrenner, a cranked-movement press.  

1911 Würzburg

The Hexe (witch), a high-speed letterpress press, goes into production in Würzburg.  

1911 Radebeul

Dresdner Schnellpressenfabrik moves to Naundorf (Radebeul), to the site now occupied by Koenig & Bauer´s sheetfed facility. 

1911 Frankenthal

Albert & Cie. starts building sheetfed offset presses. 

L. Kaisers Söhne, Wien, KBA-Mödling AG

1912 Würzburg

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. 

1913 Würzburg

Acquisition of Schnellpressenfabrik L. Kaiser's Söhne, Vienna, now called KBA-Mödling AG. 

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1913 Frankenthal

The first webfed rotogravure press off the Frankenthal production line.

1919 Würzburg

Dr. Hans Bolza (1889 - 1986), Friedrich-Koenig's great-grandson, joins the firm. 

1922 Radebeul

The first Planeta sheetfed offset press leaves the Radebeul factory. 

1922 Frankenthal

Frankenthal starts manufacturing web offset presses. 

1923 Würzburg

Construction of the first collect press for coloured banknotes. 

1924 Radebeul

The company merges with Leipziger Schnellpressenfabrik and brings out the world's first convertible perfecting press, the Dresden. 

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1928 Würzburg

Production starts on the Egli, a three-colour sheetfed gravure press. 

1928 Frankenthal

The Europa, a new cylinder press available in 15 different formats, goes into production. 

1931 Würzburg

Dr. Hans Bolza becomes managing director of Koenig & Bauer.

1932 Würzburg

The company adds two sheetfed gravure presses, the Frankonia and Tiepolo, plus a high-speed letterpress machine, the Rex, to its product range.  . 

1932 Radebeul

The Radebeul company launches the world's first four-colour sheetfed offset press, the Planeta-Deca. 

Lieferung der ersten 32-Seiten-Zeitungsrotation, Berliner Verlagshaus Ullstein

1932 Frankenthal

Shipment of the first 32-page newspaper press, to Ullstein, a Berlin publishing house. 

1935 Radebeul

The Planeta Super Quinta is upgraded to 6,000 s/h. 


Zerstörung Werk Würzburg

1945 Würzburg/Frankenthal/Radebeul

The factories in Würzburg, Frankenthal and Radebeul are completed destroyed.

1945 Radebeul

The manufacturing equipment is dismantled and Planeta Druckmaschinenwerk virtually ceases to exist.  

1948 Radebeul

On July 1 Planeta makes a fresh start under a new name, VEB Druckmaschinenwerk Planeta.