History of a web offset printing press manufacturer
The second oldest web offset printing press manufacturer of the world
in 1819, the firm J.F. Schelter & Giesecke was founded
in Leipzig; initially known as a type foundry, since 1827
as manufacturer of letterpress machines, cylinder proof
presses and platen presses, after World War I also of
web-fed, letterpress and flexo printing presses.
In 1952, VEB Druckereimaschinenwerk
Universal Leipzig was the first to market the small offset
press RZO, a machine modeled on the example of the flexo
printing press. This machine was a pioneering
feat in this area at the time. Two years later, the machine
conquered the West European and North American markets.
At the “4th
Salon International des Techniques Papetières et
Graphiques” in 1954, the first RZO I with four printing
units caused a little sensation. Only four years later,
totally 135 machines type ROZ II were giving reliable
service in the U.S.A. Configurations of the machine with
up to nine printing units printed periodicals, magazines,
packaging material and other products.
1968 the factory, which had meanwhile become a company within the East German Polygraph printing machine combine,
marketed the first recto & verso printing machine,
«zirkon 66», the first-ever zirkon machine.
The first machine of this type was sold to New York.
1990, the factory was re-founded and renamed zirkon Druckmaschinen
GmbH, built a new production and administration complex
in the eastern part of Leipzig and established its name again as a web offset printing press manufacturer. Privatization came in
After successful privatization, the web offset
printing press manufacturer zirkon entered the market
with new and revised products meeting the requirements
of the market.
This traditional printing machine company is consistently
steering the course into the future.
& Giesecke punch cutter, type founder and maker
of foundry machines
platen press and “Windsbraut” single-revolution
of the company Polygraph Druckmaschinenwerke Leipzig
Two-revolution high-speed presses
offset press type RZO with two printing units
offset press types RZO I and RZO II with four printing
135 small offset presses type RZO II sold to the