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View as HTML version PSI Journal 6/2016 g tal p t g s ca ed out acco d g to t e latest sta da ds. introduced. This brought a higher turnover for the young company and an expanded business activity. From 1880 a total of fifteen warrants of appointment were acquired, which further enhanced the reputation of the company. The founder Josef Meyer died in 1884. His 22-year-old son Rudolf Meyer took over company management together with his brother Cäsar. In 1906 a second extension was built to house other machines, in particular bleaching runners, dyeing machines, washing drums, centrifuges and the like. Two years later, the company added its own joinery and metalworking shop. After the death of his brother (1909), Dr. Rudolf Meyer became the sole owner of the company. A significant technological advancement followed in 1911 with the beginning of flag printing using the chemical vapour pressure method with hand printing moulds. After the First World War, at the peak of inflation (1923), the company was granted off ficial approval to issue its own factory money, so-called pay cheques. When the cur- rency stabilized in 1924, the company built its own flag cloth weaving mill with 100 looms in Bonn-Beuel. In November 1928, the factory premises had become too small and the main plant was relocated to an extended building at Rheindorferstraße 224. Other modernisation measures in the following year included the introduction of the film printing method. DEVELOPMENT AFTER 1945 After the interruption due to the Second World War, the main plant was rebuilt in 1946. This year also saw the start of flag production. Things were looking up again. In 1955 an enlarged operation required modern saw-tooth factory buildings for bleaching, dyeing and laundry facilities to relieve other rooms. The early 1960s saw the automation of screen-printing. As Bonner Fahnenfabrik, the company developed a great reputation as a manufacturing specialist in the following decades. 1998 saw a next remarkable step: the automation of screen production with a facility from Lüscher, a manufacturer of precision machinery. Ex- Jean-Bernard Doublet has managed the company since 2012. posure of the screens using special machines from CST GmbH since 2006 refined the production even further. Prior to this (2002), however, digital printing was added to the production to complement screen printing. The next big turning point took place in November 2011 when Bonner Fahnenfabrik became insolvent. In April 2012, however, the tradition-steeped company was taken over by Doublet. Since then the company has been called BOFA – Doublet GmbH and is headed by Jean-Bernard Doublet. NEW IMPETUS WITH DOUBLET After having been restricted to banners and flags and, in recent years, to slightly modified products such as beach flags, tablecloths, interior deco banners and roll-ups, the product range of the former company Bonner Fahnenfabrik changed rapidly once it became a member of the Doublet group of companies. Headquartered in Avelin, France, Doublet not only has a large digital printing section, but also has its own metal and aluminium processing facility. 61

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