Koenig & Bauer

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Koenig & Bauer
Traded as FWBSKB
Industry Printing press
Founded 1817
Founder Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer
Headquarters Würzburg, Germany
Area served
Key people
Claus Bolza-Schünemann (CEO and chairman of the executive board)
Products Printing press
Number of employees
6,515 (2010)
Website www.kba.com
history of KBA

Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA; FWBSKB) is a German company that makes printing presses based in Würzburg. It was founded by Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer in Würzburg in 1817, making it the oldest printing press manufacturer in the world still in service.

95% of the banknotes used in the world are printed on printers made by KBA-NotaSys SA, a division of KBA.


Printing capacity[edit]

The table lists the maximum number of pages which the various early 19th century press designs of Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Bauer could print per hour, compared to earlier hand-operated screw presses. The table includes those designs which were constructed by the pair in England before the establishment of their company upon their return to Germany.

Hand-operated presses Steam-powered presses
ca. 1600
ca. 1800
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Impressions per hour 240 [1] 480 [2] 800 [3] 1100 [4] 2000 [5] 2400 [5]


  1. ^ Wolf 1974, pp. 67f.
  2. ^ Bolza 1967, p. 80
  3. ^ Bolza 1967, p. 83
  4. ^ Bolza 1967, p. 87
  5. ^ a b Bolza 1967, p. 88


  • Bolza, Hans (1967), "Friedrich Koenig und die Erfindung der Druckmaschine", Technikgeschichte, 34 (1): 79–89 
  • Wolf, Hans-Jürgen (1974), Geschichte der Druckpressen (1st ed.), Frankfurt/Main: Interprint 

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