Would you have known? – Offset printing, as we know it today, goes back to a walk on a rainy day in 1796. At that time, the German Alois Senefelder noticed a stone on the roadside on which a sheet of paper had appeared, and he had the idea of a completely new, particularly sharp printing process: lithography (Greek lithos = stone, graphein = drawing, writing).
Alois Senefelder made use of the physico-chemical principle of the mutual repulsion of fat and water: a musician by birth, he wrote notes on a flat stone plate with greasy ink, which became water-repellent at these points. He treated the "printing plate" illustrated in this way with a diluted acid, which made the unlabeled areas water-absorbent.
Since printing and non-printing areas of the printing plate lie in the same plane, this printing process is also called planographic printing. And the transfer of the printing ink to an intermediate carrier – usually a rubber blanket – turns flatbed printing into offset printing.
1840 – Foundation of Sander'sche Maschinenfabrik
1844 – Carl Buz and his brother-in-law Carl August Reichenbach take over the management of Sander'sche Maschinenfabrik, which is renamed in C.Reichenbach'sche Maschinenfabrik.
1845 – Carl August Reichenbach designs his latest printing machine: a high-speed press with rail movement.
1857 – Renamed in Maschinenfabrik Augsburg.
1872 – A complete printing set-up with pressure vessel and steam engine is delivered.
1873 – The first rotary press for newspaper printing in Germany is built in Augsburg.
1879 – The first commercial web press in Europe is built in Augsburg.
1908 – Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg AG (M.A.N)
1920 – Web offset press New miniature: compact, space-saving press // New on offer: sheetfed-offset presses
1921 – First web offset printing press at the plant in Augsburg
1925 – The largest German rotary press with 15 printing units is designed and built.
1931 – First high-performance rotary press
1947 – Calendar block rotation machine
1951 – Sheet-fed offset press ULTRA-MAN ist built.
1960 – 75 % of the total circulation of all daily newspapers in Germany is produced on presses from Augsburg.
1962 – "The next generation": A new generation of web offset presses is developed – the LITHOMAN series.
1972 – The 16-page ROTOMAN commercial web offset press is produced.
1974 – The first 17-page COLORMAN web offset press with 62 printing units is built, making it the largest web offset press in Europe at the time.
1977 – Market launch of the UNIMAN – the first two-plate wide rotary offset press for newspaper printing on the market.
1979 – M.A.N.-Roland Druckmaschinen AG: Printing press manufacturing is spun off from M.A.N.
1980 – Largest web offset press is delivered to Eastern Europe.
1988 – The largest order in the history of the printing industry, worth over DM 1 billion, is received from News International in February 1988.
1990 – Introduction of the new control station electronics concept PECOM
1992 – UNISET series // Integration of grapho metronics as a subsidiary
1994 – LITHOMAN with new performance standards
1996 – The 250 meter long GEOMAN is installed in Brazil – the longest newspaper printing press in the world.
1998 – REGIOMAN
1999 – LITHOMAN with web width up to 1980 mm // Start of the global 24/7 TeleSupportCenter
2001 – The COLORMAN XXL, which can process paper webs of up to 2100 millimeters, is introduced.
2004 – The DICOweb, the world's only offset press with integrated imaging and deletion of the printing plate on printing plate sleeves, starts production.
2003 – Quebecor World places the biggest commercial web offset order to date: 16 LITHOMAN and ROTOMAN presses
2006 – MAN Roland becomes independent.
2007 – Starting the first B2B online shop in the printing industry
2008 – MAN Roland becomes manroland.
2012 – The first COLORMAN e:line is put into operation at Allgäuer Zeitungsverlag in Kempten. With 100,000 copies per hour, it is the fastest newspaper press in its class. // Presentation at DRUPA: new One Touch operating concept (mobile use of touch pads)
2017 – Expansion of the online shop into a B2B online marketplace for the printing press industry
2018 – manroland Goss web systems: merger of manroland web systems and Goss international // Acquisition of GWS Printing Systems // MARKET-X: Expansion of the online platform into a brand-neutral B2B marketplace for mechanical and plant engineering