State Mint and MTU Friedrichshafen present the "Karl Maybach" commemorative medal series
Posted on October 15, 2009
Karl Maybach, founder of the forerunner of Tognum subsidiary MTU Friedrichshafen, is to be honored with a series of commemorative medals. The State Mint of Baden-Württemberg and MTU Friedrichshafen presented the series for the first time on Wednesday evening, 14 October, at mtu in Friedrichshafen at a gathering attended by personalities from the world of politics and business.
- Official centennial celebration event
Friedrichshafen, 14 October 2009. Karl Maybach, founder of the forerunner of Tognum subsidiary MTU Friedrichshafen, is to be honored with a series of commemorative medals. The State Mint of Baden-Württemberg and MTU Friedrichshafen presented the series for the first time on Wednesday evening, 14 October, at mtu in Friedrichshafen at a gathering attended by personalities from the world of politics and business. Members of the Maybach family were also present at the event which formed part of mtu's centennial celebrations.
The State Mint of Baden-Württemberg issues the "Baden-Württemberg Inventors and Experimenters" medals in honor of outstanding personalities from the region whose inventions and creativity have been instrumental in bringing about technological progress. Following in the steps of Artur Fischer and Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, Karl Maybach (1879-1960) is now the third designer and inventor to be commemorated in this way.
In the words of Christof von Branconi, member of the Executive Board and COO of Tognum AG with responsibility for the Business Unit ‘Onsite Energy and Components’: "The Karl Maybach commemorative series expresses clear recognition of Karl Maybach's work and of his achievements in modern power technology. For MTU Friedrichshafen, the company originally founded by Karl Maybach and now a Tognum Group company, this acknowledgement marks yet another highlight in this year's centennial celebrations".
The medal depicts Maybach himself as well as a selection of his products and their wide-ranging applications. The artistically unique, high-relief medals were designed by the Stuttgart artist, Prof. Ulrich Böhme and were translated to the coining dies in painstaking work by the engraver, Werner Mebert. They are available in fine silver, bronze and in the standard silver-finish copper/bronze version.
Designs show a Maybach aircraft engine and various engine applications. Of special note is the version in fine gold depicting Karl Maybach and the legendary Maybach 12-cylinder automobile. Verification of the high quality of the materials used and the high-relief images is provided in the form of a certificate of authentication. Further information on the commemorative medal series and the individual medals is available at www.staatlichemuenzenbw.de
MTU Friedrichshafen was founded 100 years ago on 23 March 1909, by Karl Maybach under the name ‘Luftfahrzeug-Motorenbau GmbH’. Today, the three letters mtu stand for diesel engines, propulsion systems and energy plants of the highest quality worldwide. Today, yacht owners, fast-ferry operators, mining corporations, hospitals, security services, nuclear power plants, electricity providers, airports and many others who want more than just an off-the-shelf engine look to customized products from mtu and its sister brand, mtu Onsite Energy. These are the two core brands of the Tognum Group. The expertise behind the company’s key technologies of turbo charging, fuel-injection, electronics and exhaust aftertreatment is being continuously developed in-house and underpins the company’s success as a supplier of high-performance diesel engines.
The Internet site, www.100yearsmtu.com, presents some of the highlights from the century of pioneering spirit which has made mtu a world-renowned brand for sophisticated drive and energy solutions.