1975 - Company was founded
The predecessor of LANITZ-PRENA FOLIEN FACTORY GmbH, LANITZ-MODELLBAU in Berlin, was founded in 1975. Initially LANITZ-MODELLBAU produced and marketed model aircraft kits and accessories.
Already in the late 1970s we distributed the first mass-produced ready-to-cover model airplanes, to be followed by the first ARFs. With the mass production of these ARF ranges the weak points of conventional covering films became obvious.
1985 - Production launched under the name of ORACOVER®
In 1985 the production of these covering films was launched under the name of ORACOVER®. Due to the world-wide growing demand for this product we decided to stop the production and distribution of model airplanes and accessories altogether and to concentrate on the production of ORACOVER®.
1992 - Enlarge our product range
In 1992 the decision was made to considerably enlarge our product range, and Leipzig in East Germany was chosen as new location for the production. For this purpose LANITZ-MODELLBAU bought and privatized PRENA-Werk Leipzig GmbH, the former state-owned VEB ISOFOL factory and converted it into the new production centre.
1993 - three shifts daily
Since 1993 our products have been manufactured in three shifts daily. At the same time the production of ORACOVER® films has been completely reworked and brought up to the latest state of the art. The production technology newly developed in Leipzig by Mr. Lanitz has been patented world-wide.
1995 - Fusion of the sites Berlin and Leipzig
1995 the decision was made in favour of a merger between LANITZ-MODELLBAU BERLIN and PRENA-WERK LEIPZIG GmbH, with the new company name LANITZ-PRENA FOLIEN FACTORY GmbH reflecting the new facts.
1998 - Aviation authorization issued
In 1998 our EASYPLOT polyester films were tested and approved for the use in military aviation by the AIR ACADAMY ZHUKHOVSKY. In the same year we got the permission for the use in civil aviation by the FEDERAL AVIATION SERVICE OF RUSSIA. This was a first step towards the use of our products in general aviation.
2001 - First use of ORATEX® fabric covering
The second step followed in 2001: Our ORATEX® fabric covering was successfully used by the Zurich University in Switzerland on a full-sized light aircraft. We took up this project and developed ORATEX® UL 600 and ORATEX® 6000 for general aviation. With this we stroke an absolutely innovative path.
2006 - Specialized partner of Solar Impulse
Solar Impulse chose us as a specialized partner for the covering of the Si1 and Si2, as only our company was able to achieve a safe covering for these aircraft according to the given weight and performance parameters. Our quality products ORATEX® and ORALIGHT® are used.
With our technical know-how and innovative ideas, we have supported this future-oriented project since 2006. The aim of the project was to develop an aircraft that can fly by day and by night without fuel and the associated pollutants around the immense Potential of renewable energies.
From March 2015 to July 2016, Solar Impulse successfully completed the flight around the tour.
2007 - Covering the first Motor aircraft
In 2007 we've covered an motor aicraft for the first time with ORATEX® UL600. It was a Mistral.
2008 - first Airborne One Kiebitz covered
This year we could celebrate the first covering of an Airborne One Kiebitz.
2012 - first ever approval on an Antonow AN2
The ORATEX® 6000 fabric received the world's first approval for an Antonow AN2
2013 - First certification by EASA/LBA
In 2013 the first EASA/LBA certification were issued. Since then we have received further certifications.
2017 - Non-shrinking 2-component PU-based spatula
In 2017, we developed a non-shrinking, two-component PU-based spatula.
2017 - Website-Relaunch
The new Lanitz-Website comes with many new technical features and a modern Design. For you we made our Onlineshop faster, clearer, more comfortable and more informative. Most important feature: You can filter by item characteristics and find exactly the product what you're searching for.
In addition to that we made two Websites out of one: on www.oracover.de you still find everything which relates to model making, handicraft work and creative need and on www.lanitz-aviation.com you find from now on all our products and information which relate to General Aviation.