Getting back to the article by Hans Zerbel which explains the evolution of Bundesdruckerei printing presses.
Here is a prime example of how offset/litho has taken
over stamp production in the last decade.
The Quantz combination (recess/offset
) press was scrapped end of 2002
press which printed the castles defintives beginning in 1987
(prior to that they were printed via typograhy) and the scenic definitives
was also scrapped in 2002
The recess engraving
press (Giori type, Koebau ?) which printed the Famous Women
bicoloured stamps was scrapped in 2003
press printed it's last stamp in mid 2003 but continued printing
labels for ATMs and it was scrapped in 2005.
Now, all Bundesdruckerei printed stamps come off this super fast
6 colour offset, 1 colour flexography *
press which printed it's first
stamp in January 2001.*