Company Story

chef_start 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. In autumn 1984 the idea was born to develop a covering film that met our special requirements as manufacturers of ARFs, in order to be able to make top quality model aircraft. 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.

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.
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 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.

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.
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, ORATEX 3000 and ORATEX 6000 for general aviation. With this we stroke an absolutely innovative path.

Siegfried Lanitz is the sole proprietor, managing director and patent-holder of ORACOVER. He discovered his love of the modelling hobby at the age of fourteen. Today he still looks at the development of a new product with a modeller's eyes; and only if a new development fully convinces him as a private modeller, it will reach the stage of regular production. His philosophy: Only the very best is good enough for my customers' model aircraft. He also tests our products in the range of general aviation regarding their suitability in daily use.

By the way, in case you have any questions concerning the covering of aircraft: We are always at your service! Do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail or fax or simply call us.


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