Koenig & Bauer News Feed https://www.koenig-bauer.com/ en Koenig & Bauer AG Wed, 18 May 2022 18:01:22 +0200 Wed, 18 May 2022 18:01:22 +0200 news-2279 Wed, 18 May 2022 10:54:16 +0200 Mondi Grünburg inaugurates cutting-edge sheetfed offset technology from Koenig & Bauer http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/mondi-gruenburg-inaugurates-cutting-edge-sheetfed-offset-technology-from-koenig-bauer/
  • Around 60 per cent increase in offset capacities
  • 40 per cent more printing area per sheet
  • Production output raised by 35 per cent
  • Makeready times halved
  • During the official commissioning of the Rapida 164 (left to right): Reinhard Marschall, managing director of Koenig & Bauer DACH, Markus Gärtner, CEO Corrugated Packaging for the Mondi Group, and Florian Döbl, managing director of the Mondi Grünburg plant, in front of the new press

    Last year, the Mondi Group, one of the world’s leading producers of packaging and paper, announced an investment in new press equipment for its plant in Grünburg near Linz, Austria. Its aim is to further strengthen the company’s standing on the Austrian market as a fully integrated supplier of both flexo and offset corrugated packaging solutions. The new sheetfed offset press, a six-colour Rapida 164 with inline coater (max. sheet format 1,205 x 1,640 mm, production speeds up to 16,000 sheets) represents the latest state of the art.

    The official inauguration of the new press was in April. The investment not only covers the Rapida 164 itself, but also the associated internal logistics and infrastructure. The incorporation of QualiTronic ColorControl for inline colour control, alongside many other automation modules, means the press is expected to boost offset production capacities by around 60 per cent.

    Capacities for additional print jobs

    The corrugated board sheets can now be printed in a larger format than before (approx. 40 per cent greater area). The significantly higher production speed of the Rapida 164 also enables an increase in hourly output of around 35 per cent. Makeready times have also been halved compared to the predecessor press dating from 2007.

    Thanks to the new press, Mondi is optimally prepared to cater to even the most complex service and quality demands of its customers. Packaging printed in offset and then finished in a high-quality inline process is, above all, made to order for the food industry and consumer goods manufacturers. A multitude of coating variants, including high and matt-gloss finishes as well as haptic and olfactory effects, aim to influence purchase decisions at the point of sale and communicate the quality of the packaged products to potential customers.

    Innovator in the packaging industry

    Recycling of the corrugated board packaging remains possible using existing collection systems. Mondi Grünburg has enjoyed a reputation as a driver of innovation in the Austrian packaging industry for many years, and has earned numerous innovation awards along the way. At the beginning of the year, for example, it received two prestigious World Star Awards. Florian Döbl, managing director of the Mondi plant in Grünburg, explains: “We work together with our customers on a daily basis to optimise existing packaging solutions and to develop even more cost-efficient, sophisticated and sustainable products.”

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    news-2277 Tue, 17 May 2022 12:47:12 +0200 Koenig & Bauer Durst expands portfolio with Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Eco+ industrial production press http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-durst-expands-portfolio-with-delta-spc-130-flexline-eco-industrial-production-press/
  • Based on market-proven technology, the new press can be upgradeable to Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Automatic
  • Compact drying system 
  • New Dynamic Nozzle Management tool will significantly reduce printhead maintenance
  • Guests at the SPC Open House in Lienz in May (1)

    Koenig & Bauer Durst has used its latest SPC Open House to announce a new addition to its product portfolio with the unveiling of the Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Eco+ industrial production press for run lengths from one to millions of square metres. The entry-level, compact model will offer corrugated converters a new route into digital packaging or will enhance their current capabilities. 

    The Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Eco+ press, using water-based, food-safe, sustainable inks, will offer an impressive price performance ratio for converters with media sizes up to 1.3 metres by 2.8 metres. This new press will be fully upgradeable to the Delta SPC FlexLine Automatic press. Sales start now. Based on its established, market-proven Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Automatic press, the new machine will be addressing converters with volumes of between 4 million and 8 million square metres  a year. It also includes a compact drying system.

    With more than 60 guests at the SPC Open House at the Durst Innovation Center East in Lienz, Austria, in May, Koenig & Bauer Durst also announced the introduction of Dynamic Nozzle Management (DNM). This tool will significantly reduce the printhead maintenance across its Delta SPC 130 product portfolio, which will be another boost for customers’ productivity.

    Delta SPC FlexLine 130 Eco+ (2)

    DNM will become part of the standard package for the Delta SPC 130 portfolio, including the new Eco+ model, and will further reduce the maintenance cycles of the Koenig & Bauer Durst’s industry acclaimed, long-lasting printheads. The tool identifies nozzle clogging and can then be programmed to manage the level of ink being jetted from the head. It ensures that high-quality production is always maintained.

    Matthias Krautgasser, Koenig & Bauer Durst’s Delta SPC 130 Product Manager, said: “We have already implemented our automated non-contact cleaning system – DNM will further increase uptime and productivity of our Delta SPC 130 product lineup.  DNM is another tool in our parcel of advanced technologies which will give our customers even more confidence in these challenging times. The DNM will be fitted to all new products, including the Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Eco+ model that will be available from next year. It can also be upgraded to existing customer machines.

    “Many of the corrugated converters we are in discussion with have run lengths of between 4-8 million sq/m per year, so the new Koenig & Bauer Durst Delta SPC 130 Eco+ will be perfect for them, with the capability to upgrade to the SPC 130 FlexLine Automatic press later.”

    Robert Stabler, Managing Director, Koenig & Bauer Durst, said: “Raw material shortages, cost pressures and mitigation strategies continue to be high on the agenda for customers. Coupled with brand owners demanding that new production methods are reliable, compliant and cost effective, we are confident that our complete product portfolio, including the new Eco+ press from Koenig & Bauer Durst, will meet the rapidly changing requirements. It was clear from discussions at our SPC Open House that converters increasingly need to have the capabilities and competencies to mass customize without any compromise on quality, and all at an effective total cost of ownership, which we provide.”

    More information on www.koenig-bauer-durst.com

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    news-2274 Tue, 17 May 2022 10:19:01 +0200 Italian-German team work http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/italian-german-team-work/
  • Customers very satisfied with factory acceptance 
  • Passion for CI flexo presses
  • Clear commitment to printing on flexible substrates
  • Another step forward in the P24x efficiency programme
  • The teams from Hovat and Koenig & Bauer during factory acceptance testing in Würzburg (1)

    The new organisational structure for the business with CI flexo presses is starting to bear fruit – the first two CI flexo presses assembled in Würzburg have left the factory after successful acceptance testing. Within the framework of the P24x efficiency program, and as part of the plan to establish dedicated competence centres, Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica’s assembly operations were relocated from Tavazzano to Würzburg. The management offices of Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica will remain in Tavazzano, as will the research and development, sales and service, and various administrative units. According to Koenig & Bauer board member Christoph Müller, implementation of the strategic realignment has been a complete success to date: “It really is a perfect example of Italian-German team work. Our Italian colleagues have supported their counterparts here in Würzburg in every possible way. And the same support has been extended in other areas, such as the design, purchasing or project management departments. Here, too, everyone is working hand in hand.”

    And that was all achieved despite the fact that the first two presses, an Evo XC for Hovat Limited in the United Kingdom and an Evo XD for the German company Perga, presented a particular challenge for the entire team: The presses were designed and pre-assembled in Italy before being transferred to Würzburg for final assembly and factory acceptance testing. “Hand-overs like this call for very good communication and the motivation to work together in a team. A passion for engineering and the professional attitude of every single person involved enabled us to complete the presses as planned. I am really proud of the whole team,” Christoph Müller added.

    Successful print tests with Perga in the Customer Technology Centre in Würzburg (2)

    Evo XD 8 for Perga and an Evo XC 8 for Hovat Limited

    The state-of-the-art Evo XD for Perga GmbH with its eight printing units, a new dryer generation and innovative drive and control technologies is tailored to delivering high-quality results on the most diverse substrates. It is suitable for web widths up to 1,320 mm and repeat lengths up to 1,070 mm. The technical highlights include a high-efficiency, energy-saving ventilation system for the intermediate and bridge dryers. The Evo XC for Hovat Limited is a compact, high-performance CI flexo press. With a total of eight printing units and an extremely small footprint, there are two versions available for a maximum repeat length of up to 850 mm and for printing speeds up to 400 m/min. It also incorporates a new dryer concept and an array of digital Industry 4.0 functions. The press concept is ideal for the profitable production of short and medium runs with film, paper and laminated substrates.

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    news-2270 Wed, 11 May 2022 10:39:56 +0200 Turn your vision of Print 4.0 into reality with Performance Analytics http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/turn-your-vision-of-print-40-into-reality-with-performance-analytics/
  • Big data management to identify untapped potential
  • Systematic data visualisation and analysis enables assessments of overall equipment effectiveness (OEE)
  • Greater certainty when making investment decisions
  • Configurable KPIs and trend analyses at a glance (1)

    Fundamental to Print 4.0 is the ability to collect, process, analyse and interpret large amounts of digital data – preferably in real time. Business intelligence (BI) is a fast and straightforward way for print companies to shine light into their data jungle.

    The BI tool Performance Analytics allows even large and complex data sets to be transformed into informative reports and dashboards in a matter of seconds. This provides a way for users to unlock the full content value of their production data and establish agile, data-driven decision-making processes across the entire company.

    Sorting of jobs according to the proportion of waste sheets (2)

    Clever use of production data

    The advance of Industry 4.0 technologies means that companies have more production data at their disposal than ever before. Analysis of this huge pool of information (big data) opens up a whole new range of opportunities for print companies to enhance production efficiency. The data collected each day – which can easily comprise 10,000 or more log files per machine – form the basis for flexible self-service analyses and help secure a decisive competitive advantage.

    Such analyses indicate that so-called micro-stoppages – for example brief production interruptions due to paper travel issues – account for around half of all performance losses in production. With the corresponding consequences, because each issue needs to be rectified, devours resources and leads to non-productive activity.

    Performance Analytics supports Koenig & Bauer users by facilitating comprehensive analyses of the machine and production data that were collected, followed up by clearly structured presentations of the results. Otherwise hidden patterns and information are revealed, preventive decisions can be taken, processes can be optimised, and products satisfy the specific needs of the customer even better.

    Immediate overview of jobs with long makeready times (3)

    Flexible data analysis in real time

    Performance Analytics provides for instant visualisation of the collected data on production times, quantities, resources, etc. in clearly arranged, out-of-the-box dashboards. Extensive, interactive filter functions permit fast data analysis from different user perspectives as a basis for well-informed decision-making processes. The data are stored in the cloud and can be used jointly by all departments (cloud data sharing), allowing for significantly accelerated decision processes in print companies.

    Unlocking untapped potential

    A few clicks is all it takes for print companies to gain valuable insights into where untapped potential can be found within the production process. Performance Analytics is able to identify and evaluate the causes of problems and the emergence of trends in print production in real time as the basis for fast and systematic process optimisation.

    Alongside detailed status, trend and error analyses, continuous benchmarking permits performance comparisons between different machines, customer jobs and production consumables. It provides a way for the user’s own capabilities to be assessed immediately, shortcomings and their causes to be determined sooner, and competitiveness to be increased.

    With big data and Performance Analytics, Koenig & Bauer is helping its users advance digital transformation of the print industry and turn their vision of Print 4.0 into reality.

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    news-2264 Thu, 05 May 2022 07:25:00 +0200 Koenig & Bauer standing its ground in a gloomy economic environment in the first quarter of 2022 http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-standing-its-ground-in-a-gloomy-economic-environment-in-the-first-quarter-of-2022/
  • New orders up 22.1%, rising to €349.1m (previous year: €286m)
  • Revenue of €238.4m down a slight 2.1% on the previous year’s figure – proportion of service business higher in the first quarter of 2022
  • Order intake and revenue substantially better than the industry average
  • Business performance heavily impacted by the pandemic, supply chain bottlenecks and the related increase in the cost of materials and energy
  • Despite challenging underlying conditions and a slight decline in revenues, improvement of €0.4m in EBIT to €-8.5m (previous year: €-8.9m); EBIT margin -3.6% (previous year: -3.7%)
  • Savings of around €10m achieved from the P24x efficiency programme in Q1 2022
  • Free cash flow impacted by changes in net working capital and high order backlog
  • Increase in order backlog to €917.5m (previous year: €674.5m), providing a solid basis for the rest of 2022
  • Full-year forecast for 2022 and medium-term targets confirmed
  • Despite the protracted Covid-19 pandemic, persistent supply chain bottlenecks and the resultant increase in the cost of materials and energy, which have been additionally amplified by the war of aggression in Ukraine, the Koenig & Bauer Group (“Koenig & Bauer”) entered 2022 on an upbeat note. In addition to the P24x efficiency programme and a sourcing and sales strategy adjusted to allow for the current procurement situation, this performance was largely underpinned by Koenig & Bauer’s range of products and solutions which is unique in the industry as it masters all industrial printing processes on almost any substrate – including corrugated board – and provides software, systems and services for end-to-end printing and finishing processes.

    Order intake and revenue substantially better than the industry average

    In the first quarter of 2022, order intake at the Koenig Bauer & Group came to €349.1m, 22.1% up on the already good figure of €286m reported in the previous year. This was significantly better than the industry average, which declined by 5.9%. At €238.4m, Group revenue was slightly down on the previous year by 2.1%. At 20.0%, however, the industry-wide decline in revenue was significantly greater. The proportion of service business, which is becoming increasingly digital, widened from 28.8% in the previous year to 33.9% in the first quarter of 2022. At €917.5m as of 31 March 2022, the order backlog was 36.0% higher than the previous year’s figure of €674.5m, increasing by 13.7% over the end of the previous year.

    “Koenig & Bauer thus stood its ground in a gloomy economic environment in the first quarter of 2022”, says Dr Andreas Pleßke, Chief Executive Officer of Koenig & Bauer. “Our order intake, which rose by around 22%, shows that, contrary to the assessment of our industry association, the German Mechanical and Plant Engineering Association (VDMA), we have not yet experienced any general purchasing restraint on the part of nervous customers. Together with our historically high order backlog, we see ourselves favourably positioned for the rest of 2022.”

    With “un:boxing”, Koenig & Bauer is highlighting a phenomenon of our time that shows like no other the interwovenness of the digital and analogue world: a product ordered online is unpacked while the camera is running – the video is uploaded, consumed, shared and liked (1)

    EBIT improved despite challenging underlying conditions and a slight decline in revenues

    Koenig & Bauer’s earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) reached €-8.5m (previous year: €-8.9m). The improvement of €0.4m over the same period of the previous year is mainly due to the P24x efficiency programme (roughly €10m) despite the lower use of short-time work (roughly €5m), negative volume and mix effects (roughly €1m) and negative other effects that also include impairments of receivables (roughly €4m). The increase in the cost of materials and energy (around €6m) was offset by the announced price increases. Consequently, the EBIT margin improved from -3.7% in the previous year to -3.6% in the first quarter of 2022. Net interest expense of €-2.4m (previous year:
    €-2.4m) remained at the previous year’s level, resulting in earnings before taxes (EBT) of €-10.9m, i.e. an improvement over the figure of €-11.3m recorded in the first quarter of 2021. After income taxes, consolidated net loss shrank from €-11.7m in the same quarter of the previous year to €-10.5m as of 31 March 2022. This translates into earnings per share of €-0.64 (previous year: €-0.72).

    Free cash flow impacted by changes in net working capital and high order backlog

    Free cash flow amounted to €-30m (previous year: €22.1m). The decrease of €52.1m was mainly due to changes in net working capital in addition to heightened investing activities. Net working capital amounted to €308.6m, thus falling short of the previous year’s figure of €324.8m. Compared to the end of 2021, there was a slight increase of €11.5m, mainly due to the increase in inventories and other assets as a result of the good order situation. The net financial position amounted to €-27.8m (previous year: €-26m), compared to €2.9m at the end of 2021. Despite the slightly lower Group equity ratio of 27.9% (end of 2021: 28.7%), the company is financially well positioned thanks to this equity base and the freely available cash and cash equivalents of more than €250m.

    Double-digit increase in order intake in all segments – revenue painting a mixed picture

    In the Sheetfed segment, order intake in particular was very favourable, rising by 25.4% thanks to higher orders for sheetfed offset presses and the post-press range. Order intake climbed to €242.1m. Revenue came to €127.4m (previous year: €145.5m), down 12.4% on the same quarter of the previous year. With a book-to-bill ratio of 1.90 (previous year: 1.33), the order backlog increased to €556.3m at the end of the reporting period. At €-3.6m as of 31 March 2022, the loss at the EBIT level was slightly up on the previous year’s figure of €-3.1m. Accordingly, the EBIT margin reached -2.8% (previous year: -2.1%).

    In the first quarter of 2022, order intake in the Digital & Webfed segment increased by 31.1% to €30.8m (previous year: €23.5m), mainly due to service business and demand for corrugated board presses. At €28m, revenue was 8.2% below the previous year’s figure of €30.5m. Order backlog increased by €30.7m to €91.3m (previous year: €60.6m). In addition to customers’ pandemic-related purchasing restraint, EBIT also came under pressure from start-up costs and spending on product enhancements, reaching €-6.1m (previous year: €-4.3m). Reflecting this, the EBIT margin came to -21.8%, compared with -14.1% in the same quarter of the previous year.

    At €81.7m, order intake in the Special segment as of 31 March 2022 was up 11.3% on the previous year’s figure of €73.4m. Orders for Banknote Solutions (banknote and security printing) and Coding (marking and coding solutions for all industries) were higher. On the other hand, orders received by MetalPrint (metal packaging) and Kammann (direct decoration of hollow bodies made of glass, plastic or metal) declined. Revenue climbed by 24.6% to €91.3m (previous year: €73.3m). Order backlog was also higher, rising to €268m (previous year: €237.5m). EBIT improved from €-3.9m to €-0.7m. The EBIT margin reached -0.8%, compared with -5.3% in the same quarter of the previous year.

    Koenig & Bauer’s sustainability goals are factoring in the current energy concerns

    The sustainability goals already achieved by Koenig & Bauer form a good starting point for intensive work on further projects to address the ongoing increase in energy costs and the prospect of an interruption to gas supplies. From 2024 at the latest, for example, it will be switching to largely carbon-neutral district heating using green energy at its Radebeul site. The supplier GETEC mainly relies on biomass from wood pellets and also on solar thermal energy for the provision of district heating. In addition to the photovoltaic systems installed at the sites in Radebeul and Mödling, Koenig & Bauer is also exploring further projects for expanding its in-house power generation capabilities. At the Lausanne site, there are plans to cover around 20.0% of the base-load electricity requirements via a photovoltaic system installed on the roof by the owner of the land. In Würzburg, the possibility for the site to cover its own electricity requirements by means of photovoltaic systems or other renewable energy sources is being considered. In addition, around 8% of the gas consumption at the company’s headquarters can be replaced by utilising the waste heat given off by the new melting furnace in the foundry.

    The “Exceeding Print” strategy is also reflected in the new reporting approach: the sustainably produced corrugated cardboard folding box provides part of the modular structure of the report, to which the digital quarterly statement for the first quarter of 2022 has now also been added (2)

    Full-year forecast for 2022 and medium-term targets confirmed

    Conditions in the second quarter of 2022 are also subject to uncertainties, such as the protracted global Covid-19 pandemic, which, for example, has resulted in the closure of the port of Shanghai, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, protracted delivery shortfalls and the related increase in the cost of materials, reduced transport capacities and higher energy costs. A reliable full-year forecast for 2022 is not possible on the date on which the quarterly statement was prepared. Accordingly, Koenig & Bauer continues to expect a slight year-on-year increase in Group revenue and the operating EBIT margin in 2022 and confirms its medium-term targets of revenue of €1.3bn, an EBIT margin of at least 7% and a reduction in net working capital to a maximum of 25% of annual revenue, which is to be achieved after the completion of the P24x efficiency programme.

    Dr Stephen Kimmich, CFO of Koenig & Bauer AG: “Although we would all have wished for more forward visibility after the first quarter of 2022 in order to offer reliable details for our 2022 forecast, this should not distract us from we have achieved, given that in the first quarter we succeeded in fully absorbing the partially unpredictable material and energy costs of around €6m. Ongoing orders from our customers and the good progress we are making with our P24x efficiency programme are providing additional support. Consequently, we are firmly convinced that we will achieve our goals for 2022 and beyond.”

    The financial statements can be downloaded as a PDF file from here.

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    news-2260 Mon, 02 May 2022 13:19:31 +0200 The Importance of a Sustainable Future http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/the-importance-of-a-sustainable-future/
  • TICCIT (Trees Into Cartons, Cartons Into Trees) national initiative established 12 years ago
  • Partnering with the Paperboard Packaging Council to empower grade schoolers
  • Teaching children the paper-making process and how recycling works
  • Executives from Koenig & Bauer (US/CA) made a presentation to 26 students at the German International School of Dallas on the abundance of paper-based products in their daily lives and the importance of recycling and sustainability (1)

    This spring, Koenig & Bauer (US/CA) is inspiring students to create a more sustainable future as part of the national initiative, TICCIT (short for Trees Into Cartons, Cartons Into Trees) by visiting the German International School of Dallas, a local private elementary school. The TICCIT program, created by the Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC), a trade association for companies that make paperboard packaging, aims to teach first-through-fifth grade students about the importance of trees, recycling, and the environment. 

    “Koenig & Bauer is thrilled to support this year’s TICCIT program and teach young people about the importance of sustainability and recycling,” said Kilian Renschler, president and CEO of Koenig & Bauer (US/CA). “We know that importance first-hand—our customers create sustainable, recyclable paper packaging every day. Now it’s time to spread the word.”

    The children from the German International School of Dallas were so excited to participate in Koenig & Bauer’s Earth Day program (2)

    To celebrate Earth Day, Koenig & Bauer executives: Kilian Renschler, accompanied by Gerrit Zwergel, senior vice president of finance and chief finance officer; and Eric Frank, senior vice president of marketing and product management; had a fun-filled, educational, and interactive day planned. It began with a presentation to 26 students ranging in age from kindergarten to fourth grade on the abundance of paper-based products in their daily lives and the importance of recycling and sustainability. The students were engaged in an interactive session that allowed them to ask questions and learn more about the paper making process, the world of print, and how it impacts their daily lives. 

    The Koenig & Bauer management team then went outside and joined the students in transferring live saplings into empty breakfast cereal boxes to be brought home with instructions on how to plant them. Each child was very excited to nurture their trees and watch them grow. The teachers at the German International School of Dallas took an active role in coordinating the event and ensuring that the students all actively participated in learning about the importance of recyclability and sustainability.

    Executives from Koenig & Bauer (US/CA) helped the children at the German International School of Dallas plant their saplings to take home and grow new trees (3)

    “This was a very important and exciting program for our students,” says Annegret Richardson, school director at the German International School of Dallas. “We teach about recycling and nature throughout the year. Koenig & Bauer’s program enhanced those lessons. We taught our students about Earth Day throughout the week leading to the Koenig & Bauer event and this was the grand finale. Our students were so excited and couldn’t wait for the program.”

    Created in 2010 by the PPC, the TICCIT program is held at schools across the country around Earth Day. After classroom learning sessions, students pot tree saplings into paperboard cartons filled with soil to take home and plant with their families. The paper cartons will naturally biodegrade once planted, completing the “trees into cartons, cartons into trees” lifecycle. 

    Interesting website: www.paperbox.org

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    news-2258 Fri, 29 Apr 2022 09:45:30 +0200 Compelling trends driving digital transformation in corrugated markets is focus for SPC Open House http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/compelling-trends-driving-digital-transformation-in-corrugated-markets-is-focus-for-spc-open-house/
  • Koenig & Bauer Durst to unveil important announcements at live event
  • Global packaging expert Thomas Reiner will also provide expert corrugated packaging insights
  • Brand owner and retail thinking will also be among topics under discussion
  • Delegates at the SPC Open House can see the Delta SPC 130 close-up (1)

    The challenges facing converters in the corrugated board market will come under the spotlight in Koenig & Bauer’s SPC Open House in Lienz, Austria, on 12 May. The drive where brand owner and retailers are dynamically moving towards a circular economy, digital transformation and sustainability will also be among topics under discussion at the live event. 

    With travel restrictions easing, converters from mainland Europe and further afield will be converging on the Durst Innovation Center East location in the beautiful eastern Tyrol where the keynote address will be given by global packaging expert Thomas Reiner, co-founder and CEO of Berndt & Partner. How brands are thinking and planning for their digital transformation in the current paradigm will be among the insights he will outline to delegates.

    The keynote address will be given by Thomas Reiner, co-founder and CEO of Berndt & Partner


    Koenig & Bauer Durst will also use the SPC Open House for important announcements, including product updates, as the world continues to move towards digital production. The theme will be ‘Compelling trends driving digital transformation in corrugated packaging’ – and the day-long event will be preceded by an evening dinner and networking event. 

    Robert Stabler, Managing Director of Koenig & Bauer Durst, said: “With factors such as intense inflationary pressures and acute product shortages, converters like never before are looking to optimize their production by reducing waste and increasing the value of the goods they supply to their clients.  Reduced lead times and shorter run lengths, coupled with greater forecast unpredictability, are also among the trends driving the surge towards single pass digital printing that helps converters meet evolving demands of brand owners.

    “We are incredibly excited about our SPC Open House on May 12 and look forward to welcoming delegates in person to discuss the new challenges and opportunities for the corrugated packaging market. Please reach out to your local Koenig & Bauer Durst local partners for more details.” 

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    news-2251 Thu, 21 Apr 2022 10:09:40 +0200 Koenig & Bauer’s sustainability objectives remain on course http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauers-sustainability-objectives-remain-on-course/
  • Carbon-neutral production expected to be operating by 2030
  • Complete transition of power purchases to renewable energy sources
  • Analysis of Scope 3 emissions
  • Photovoltaic arrays like the one here on the roof of Koenig & Bauer’s new Customer Experience Centre in Radebeul will allow a number of locations to produce their own power

    Koenig & Bauer has made significant progress towards its sustainability objectives in 2021. The press manufacturer intends to implement carbon-neutral operations in all its production plants by 2030. Now that all its power is now being purchased from renewable energy sources, its Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2 emissions in 2021 have already been reduced by 58.5% at the Group’s major production sites in Würzburg and Radebeul in comparison to the base year 2019. After recording 20,561.5 tonnes in CO2 emissions over the reference period, including fuel consumption by the vehicle fleet – the majority of which is leased – this figure fell to 8,530.7 tonnes of CO2 in the last financial year. 

    At the same time, the Group is also focussing on pursuing other projects to improve its carbon footprint. In 2024 at the latest, the transition to virtually carbon-neutral district heating generated using green energy at the Radebeul location will have been completed. The supplier, GETEC, predominantly uses biomass produced using wood pellets and solar thermal technology to generate heat for district heating. Along with the photovoltaic arrays that have already been installed on the facilities in Radebeul and Mödling, there are plans for further expansion of the company’s own power generation capacity. The Group’s location in Lausanne currently plans to cater to around 20% of its base load power requirements using a photovoltaic array that the property owner has installed on the roof. At the Würzburg location, the potential for in-house power generation using photovoltaic arrays and other green sources of energy is being examined. Furthermore, around 8% of natural gas consumption at Group headquarters could be substituted by using waste heat from the new furnace in the foundry.

    An initial analysis was conducted with support from an external provider to estimate the Scope 3 CO2 emissions. This analysis arrived at a figure of 1.755 kt of Scope 3 CO2 emissions for 2021 – and at 99%, they account for the overwhelming majority of Koenig & Bauer’s carbon footprint. The downstream side, where the products are used, is the most significant driver of Scope 3 emissions, at 90%. The priority that has been given to reducing energy consumption by the products is correspondingly high, and has resulted in an increase in energy efficiency, the expansion of digital services such as artificial intelligence for optimal press capacity utilisation, and the Group’s ‘Climate-neutral Print Production’ service. Additional leverage to reduce Scope 3 CO2 emissions even further is being exploited on the upstream side, with purchasing activities directing a strategic focus on materials with the smallest possible carbon footprint and making increased use of climate-friendly transport for materials, finished products and service components. A number of measures are incentivising employees to reduce CO2 emissions on their daily commute to work. The planned upgrade of the electric charging infrastructure in employee car parks is one such activity. Another direct contribution to climate protection can be made by means of sustainable travel management.

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    news-2249 Wed, 20 Apr 2022 11:02:30 +0200 Raff & Wurzel invests in high-performance printing technology http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/raff-wurzel-invests-in-high-performance-printing-technology/
  • Up to 20,000 sheets/hr in 4-over-4 production as well
  • Fast makeready and high process automation
  • Extensive inline quality control
  • Equally cost-effective for long and short runs
  • Photo call in front of a similarly configured press (left to right): Reinhard Marschall, managing director of Koenig & Bauer Germany; Peter Dankesreiter and Christopher Sommer from P2 MedienInvest Holding; Thomas Grübner, managing director of Elbe-Leasing; Markus von der Grinten, Koenig & Bauer Germany; Katja Lorenz, Elbe-Leasing; Thomas Uehling, managing director of Raff & Wurzel (1)

    At the beginning of the month, Raff & Wurzel Druck from Riederich in the south-west of Germany ordered a new high-performance press from the Rapida 106 X series made by Koenig & Bauer. It is scheduled to enter production in the late summer. The company has celebrated a very successful first business year since its relaunch in February 2021, and views the investment as vital preparation for further growth and future market challenges.

    The eight-colour perfector press with additional inline coater is replacing a six-year-old sheetfed offset press in a similar configuration for the 3b medium format. It also defines new benchmarks in terms of performance – with production speeds up to 20,000 sheets per hour, and this in perfecting mode as well, with significantly more automation, and with extensive inline quality control features. The resulting benefits will give Raff & Wurzel the major technological advance it desires.

    Raff & Wurzel belongs to P2 MedienInvest Holding, established by Peter Dankesreiter and Christopher Sommer. Their declared aim is to realise synergy effects along the entire value chain within the print and media industry. This objective also guides all activities by Raff & Wurzel. In its role as a print service provider, it implements lean and essentially automated ordering, production and logistics processes, and manages the decentralised marketing activities of its customers if they so wish. Customers who require only one particular service from the comprehensive portfolio can nevertheless expect a similar welcome. Networking with Wurzel Digital and others enables expansion of the portfolio to include document creation and image processing, as well as CGI visualisations, animations and interactive applications as well.

    Increased print capacity

    Managing director Thomas Uehling is already looking forward to the arrival of the new press: “Our production has been running at its limits over the past months. The new press will give us capacity reserves – including ones for additional jobs.” Uehling’s priorities are maximum availability, significant advances in process optimisation, the highest possible quality and a similarly high level of production reliability.

    Accordingly, QualiTronic PDFCheck with its functions for colour control, sheet inspection and comparison of the printed image with a pre-press PDF, DriveTronic SPC and CleanTronic Synchro for fast job changes, and the LogoTronic performance package with PressProduction and OEE reports, are among the most important items on a long list of press features. On this basis, offset printing becomes profitable for run lengths involving as few as 300 sheets.

    Even short runs are expected to be produced at high speed in perfecting mode. Thomas Uehling: “If this allows us to handle three extra projects every day, that will be a great help.” Christopher Sommer adds: “At the same time, the press will close a few gaps and enable us and our customers to address new market segments.” Peter Dankesreiter is equally pragmatic in his assessment: “The Rapida will even allow a number of smaller jobs to be handled profitably which would otherwise be assigned to a web press. But it is also ideally positioned between digital and offset printing.”

    A highly automated Rapida 106 X with eight printing units, a perfecting unit for 4-over-4 production and an additional inline coater will be arriving at Raff & Wurzel in the late summer (2)

    Focus on ecology

    Alongside the quality control systems, which serve to reduce waste and potential customer complaints, further equipment details contribute to environment protection and resource efficiency in the print process. They include the VariDryBlue dryer systems, which recirculate the only partially saturated hot air from the first dryer modules in order to minimise overall energy consumption. Thanks to water cooling, waste heat from the press can be used to heat offices and production spaces. Low-alcohol printing, on the other hand, has meantime practically become the standard in the print industry.

    Successful cooperation on the commercial side

    One particular success story is the cooperation between Raff & Wurzel, P2 MedienInvest Holding and Elbe-Leasing as their financing partner. Where larger financing companies tend to view business with SMEs solely from the perspective of opportunity and risk assessment and follow what are essentially standardised procedures, a specialist with a background in the graphic arts is often able to offer print companies a more compelling master plan. Despite the fact that Raff & Wurzel and P2 previously only knew Elbe-Leasing from social media, the three partners quickly established a basis for trustful cooperation.

    The relationship with Koenig & Bauer grew in much the same way: “We simply got on well with each other,” Peter Dankesreiter recalls. “Our meetings were open and transparent from the very beginning.” Christopher Sommer points out that the technologies and features of the Rapida 106 X are a perfect fit for the business concept pursued by Raff & Wurzel. Thomas Uehling has only praise for his team, to which the company owes the success it has enjoyed over the past year: “I can sense a similar level of commitment at Koenig & Bauer.” Reinhard Marschall, managing director of Koenig & Bauer Germany, thanked his counterparts for the confidence they had shown in his company’s abilities. “Our companies can both point to long traditions and are quite similar in their approach. I am looking forward to our continued cooperation.”

    Interesting website: www.rwdruck.de

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    news-2246 Wed, 13 Apr 2022 10:47:15 +0200 Agility in detailed planning with the Job Optimiser from Koenig & Bauer http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/agility-in-detailed-planning-with-the-job-optimiser-from-koenig-bauer/
  • Advanced planning software for Print 4.0
  • Optimisation of costs, makeready and throughput times, delivery scheduling and capacity utilisation based on intelligent job sequence planning
  • Maximum planning certainty and transparency
  • Straightforward and intuitive use
  • Fast MIS/MES integration thanks to cutting-edge interfaces
  • Cutting-edge and intuitive UX/UI design for maximum ease of operation (1)

    Intelligent production planning is indispensable for modern print companies, given that today’s customers are demanding ever greater product diversity, instant deliveries and lower prices. Agile planning and flexible processes are imperative for implementation of the Printshop 4.0, as they allow companies to react to changing customer demands at short notice and secure a competitive advantage on the market.

    With the Job Optimiser, Koenig & Bauer is offering a powerful APS (Advanced Planning Software) tool for the detailed planning of production processes. Intelligent planning and optimisation algorithms automate all planning tasks for maximum planning efficiency. The seamless integration with MIS and MES systems enables print companies to optimise their planning process in the areas of production and logistics, which provides the basis for targeted control over material flows and resource capacities.

    Efficient production planning in five steps

    Create a perfect production plan faster using automatic detailed planning – the Job Optimiser unlocks efficiency potential in everyday production with the following planning functions:

    • The automated importing of pre-planned production jobs from the MIS allows fast and reliable access to all job-relevant information. A job list with a traffic-light assistant provides an immediate overview of the current production status, alongside other information such as material and tool availability, proofs and customer approval. Quick-filter functions allow all jobs that are ready for production to be selected for detailed planning.
    • The machine scheduling function defines the machine resources and time windows that are necessary for the individual production steps of the planned jobs. All possible restrictions and dependencies are taken into account in order to ensure that production can be completed on time. Dynamic adjustments to accommodate subsequent changes achieve a high degree of flexibility in detailed resource planning.
    • The intelligent control algorithms of the “Load balancing” function enable optimum distribution of the required production steps across suitable presses and post-press machines, providing for uniform capacity utilisation and greater efficiency.
    • Job sequence planning determines the order in which outstanding production jobs are handled on the individual machines. The job sequence is optimised according to process- and machine-specific parameters, such as finishing requirements, coating types or the automation features available, in order to minimise makeready times. In the event of changes to the planned jobs, the current sequence and calculated makeready times are adapted accordingly.
    • The optimised job list is transferred automatically to the MES software LogoTronic. This ensures both a faster overall process and perfect synchronisation of the individual process steps.

    Makeready-optimised job sequence planning unlocks enormous savings potential (2)

    Production planning on an entirely new level

    The Job Optimiser is the ideal solution for automated detailed planning in print production. The production sequence is optimised in accordance with process-specific parameters, such as the substrates to be used, the colours involved and finishing requirements, and the significant reductions in makeready time translate to additional production capacities for further jobs. Printing plates, substrates, inks and other consumables are supplied to the relevant machines at exactly the right moment and in precise order.

    The Job Optimiser raises production planning to an entirely new. Whether for web-to-print jobs with ultra-short delivery times or folding carton production with a multitude of spot colours and product variants, the Job Optimiser demonstrates its unrivalled performance in every situation: automated job sequence planning, dynamic planning adjustments, and uninterrupted production thanks to reliable resource availability. The Job Optimiser is a powerful and simple-to-use production planning software tool for print companies, and as such an integral element of Print 4.0 for increased efficiency along the entire production chain.

    You can find more information here

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