Former KBA President Dr. Hans-Bernhard Bolza-Schünemann Dies
WÜRZBURG, GERMANY—07/29/20101—Dr. Hans-Bernhard Bolza-Schünemann, former longstanding president of Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA), died on July 23 at the age of 84. With his passing, the KBA group and its employees have lost a popular and highly respected senior executive, the German engineering industry an innovator and internationally esteemed representative, and the city of Würzburg an inexhaustible promoter and patron of the arts.
“The doctor” or “HBS,” as he was affectionately called by his staff, first saw the light of day as Hans-Bernhard Schünemann on 20 May 1926 in Bremen. He was born into a family of merchants who had been engaged in the printing and publishing trade in this Hanseatic city for many generations. Following military service and English captivity in the Second World War he studied physics at the Technical University in Braunschweig, completing his degree in 1949.
In 1951 he gained a PhD in mechanical engineering at the Technical University in Stuttgart. That same year he joined Koenig & Bauer in Würzburg as a design engineer. In 1956 he was made assistant vice-president for sheetfed engineering, in 1957 deputy executive vice-president for engineering and development and in 1964 a full member of the board.
This last appointment followed his legal adoption in 1959 by Dr. Hans Bolza, the great-grandson of company founder Friedrich Koenig, following the premature death of Dr Bolza’s sons. Bernhard Schünemann thus became Hans-Bernhard Bolza-Schünemann.
In 1971, Dr. Bolza-Schünemann was appointed president of KBA, and was to remain in office for 24 years, until 1995. With the persistence he typically demonstrated in pursuit of his goals this farsighted entrepreneur, tireless inventor and inspired engineer positioned the company among the topmost players in the international printing press industry. In the process he initiated some spectacular innovations in press technology and diverse acquisitions of other press manufacturers (Albert-Frankenthal in west Germany, Maschinenfabrik Mödling in Austria, Planeta Druckmaschinenwerke in east Germany) whose roots could also be traced back to the cradle of press engineering in Würzburg.