130 years of expertise in metal decorating
The origins of Koenig & Bauer-MetalPrint lie in the globally renowned companies Mailänder, LTG and Bauer + Kunzi. These three companies have been setting the standards throughout the history of metal decorating:
Founding of Druckmaschinenfabrik Mailänder, an instrumental step in the development of a metal decorating industry.
Mailänder presents the first printing press designed specifically to handle metal sheets. The world-famous Mailänder press, which has seen constant further development through to the present day, stands for reliability, a robust construction and repeatable printing results.
Founding of “Cärrier Lufttechnische Gesellschaft”, later renamed LTG Lufttechnische GmbH, as a manufacturer of air conditioning systems for various branches of industry in Stuttgart.
Mailänder develops the first coating machine for metal sheets.
LTG enters the metal decorating market with the first drying oven for metal sheets, used to produce the famous blue Nivea Creme tin for the skin care company Beiersdorf from Hamburg. The photo shows a Mailänder metal decorating press with the LTG drying oven.
Founding of Bauer + Kunzi as a supplier of metal decorating presses in Ditzingen near Stuttgart.
LTG Lufttechnische GmbH and Mailänder merge to form LTG Mailänder, the first system supplier for complete, cost-effective and environment-friendly metal decorating lines with integrated air purification, a technology which LTG has supplied since 1965.
Bauer + Kunzi launches the MetalStar 1, the first metal decorating press in modular unit design. It is the outcome of cooperation with KBA-Planeta, the market leader for large-format sheetfed offset printing presses, and heralded a new era of high-speed multi-colour printing with production outputs up to 10,000 sheets per hour.
Launching of the MetalStar 2, also known as the MetalStar PR. It is sold around the world in numerous configurations, including an eight-colour version with integrated dryer tower for UV coatings.
Bauer + Kunzi is taken over by Würzburg-based KBA, a leading manufacturer of paper printing presses. This enables KBA to enter the metal decorating market and to expand its product portfolio accordingly.
LTG Mailänder is taken over by KBA subsidiary Bauer + Kunzi, which is subsequently renamed KBA MetalPrint.
Launching of the Mailänder 222. It continues the success of the Mailänder 122 series and offers not only a larger print format, but also many automation features such as semi-automatic plate changing.
With development of the Mailänder 280, KBA-MetalPrint brings together the best of two worlds – proven Mailänder technology combined with the high-performance printing units of the MetalStar series.
KBA-MetalPrint launches the energy-saving HighEcon drying oven, the first drying oven in the world which can handle sheets down to a thickness of just 0.100 mm. At the same time, cutting-edge technologies enable gas consumption to be reduced by up to 70%. This innovative development earns KBA-MetalPrint a Silver Metpack Innovation Award.
The triumphal march of the MetalStar series continues with the launching of the new MetalStar 3. This press offers the highest-ever level of automation and stands for absolute state-of-the-art technology. It is the fastest metal decorating press on the market.
Koenig & Bauer-MetalPrint enters the digital printing market with the MetalDecojet, the first digital press developed specifically to serve the metal packaging industry.
With development of the CS MetalCan, the first 10-colour printing system for beverage cans, Koenig & Bauer-MetalPrint enters the growing market of beverage can decoration. Koenig & Bauer-MetalPrint is thus now also a system supplier to the 2-piece can industry.