Every year Koenig & Bauer recognises one of its customers for outstanding production performance. Such are the advances in production control that for 2019 the company recognised two winners plus a highly commended. These prizes acknowledge real progress in the industry for enhanced competitiveness and tangible contribution to the bottom line of a business.
Koenig & Bauer has been pushing technological boundaries in printing since 1814, which is why the award is called the 1814 Award. In that year Koenig & Bauer commissioned the first ever steam driven cylinder press at the Times newspaper in London. The invention, which ran at 1100 sheets per hour, ran five times faster than its predecessor and broke Gutenberg’s 360 year monopoly on printing press innovation. Via engineers involved in the Koenig & Bauer development, steam powered cylinder press technology spread rapidly as people involved in the invention set up shop in major cities throughout Germany, including Heidelberg.