During the industrial revolution, print became an increasingly high performing and modern industry. For example, the first printing press using an iron frame (instead of wood) was built in 1800 by Charles Stanhope. This press was faster, more durable and could print larger sheets. Not far behind was the invention in 1812 by Friedrich Gottlob Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer of the first cylinder printing press made of iron (the renamed company KBA still exists as a large machinery producer). Then, in 1843, the first lithographic rotary printing press was invented by New Yorker Richard March Hoe. This press placed type on a revolving cylinder instead of a flatbed, which significantly sped up the printing process. In 1890, Bibby, Baron and Sons built the first flexographic press.

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