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Founded in 1997, Linotype GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Monotype Imaging Inc.. Linotype is the current member of a long line of Linotype corporations. Previous Linotype corporations had purchased or merged with many of their competitors, including D. Stempel AG, Deberny and Peignot, Haas, and the Dr.-Ing Rudolf Hell GmbH.
The first Linotype entity (Mergenthaler Linotype) was founded in New York in 1890 by a German immigrant to the United States, Ottmar Mergenthaler, who had invented the first commercially viable typsetting machine in 1886, the Linotype Machine.
Located today in Bad Homburg, Germany, Linotype's website is Linotype.com. The digital foundry distributes over 6,000 fonts, including most of the typefaces designed by Adrian Frutiger and Hermann Zapf. Other popular typefaces include Helvetica, Syntax, Sabon, Compatil, and Vialog.
From 1997–2006, Linotype GmbH (1997–2005 under the name "Linotype Library GmbH") was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.