KBA News Feed http://www.koenig-bauer.com/ en Koenig & Bauer AG Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:54:25 +0200 Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:54:25 +0200 news-762 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:32:27 +0200 With clear strategy and new market appearance into the 3rd century https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/with-clear-strategy-and-new-market-appearance-into-the-3rd-century/
  • Anniversary celebration with guests from all over the world
  • KBA becomes Koenig & Bauer again
  • Spectacular jubilee book "People ‒ Machines ‒ Ideas"
  • Focus on new products and growth markets
  • Through numerous acquisitions, Koenig & Bauer has enormously extended its portfolio for packaging and special printing since the turn of the millennium (1)

    With almost 700 guests from all over the world, Koenig & Bauer celebrated its 200th anniversary in the Vogel Convention Center (VCC) on 21 September. Many of the participants took the opportunity to visit the parent plant in Würzburg. In addition to state-of-the-art production facilities and the new Demo Center for digital and flexo printing presses ‒ soon to be equipped with machines ‒ they experienced historical and current printing presses in production from the broad portfolio of the oldest printing press manufacturer. A circular motion press from the year 1868 printed an engraving of the company's birthplace, the monastery Oberzell, a Super Orloff Intaglio III press printed a specimen banknote, the Genius 52UV from KBA-NotaSys printed a security document, the digital web press RotaJET L printed, among other things, a 2.2m long poster of the Würzburg-born basketball star Dirk Nowitzki, who plays in Dallas, USA, since many years. And the world's largest inkjet press, the HP T1100S, produced for HP by Koenig & Bauer, printed a 2.8 m wide topliner for corrugated board.  

    Companies of the Koenig & Bauer Group are leading in a number of markets (2)

    In a multimedia show, the eventful history of the company was presented from 1817 to the present day. An employee evening in the large marquee and an open day for the visitors, with over 10,000 expected, rounded off the colourful anniversary programme.

    Print products for the whole day In a well-attended international press conference, CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann described several milestones in the last 200 years (see press release of 07 June 2017). He made particular mention of the acquisitions made over the last 25 years, which have turned the company into a leading player in package printing; previously, the company's main focus had been on media-oriented markets such as newspaper, book, magazine and catalogue printing.  

    People - Machines - Ideas: The somewhat different commemorative publication in the anniversary box (3+4)

    Today, the world's second-largest printing press manufacturer offers solutions for almost all print markets. Bolza-Schünemann: "From morning to evening, we meet printed products that were produced on Koenig & Bauer presses: from the directly printed perfume bottle in the bathroom in the morning, the newspaper at the breakfast table, banknotes, credit cards and a wide range of packaging when going shopping, to books or magazines in the evening. The best thing about this is that most of these print products cannot be replaced by online media or computer screens, and the demand is continuing to rise. This makes us optimistic for our future."  

    Look at the literary reader "People" with hand-drawn illustrations (5+6)

    Earnings and share price reflect successful strategy

    With the introduction of a holding structure and a clear focus by the operating companies on their respective market segments, Koenig & Bauer largely completed its comprehensive reorientation in 2015, after the slump in the printing industry, but not the permanent optimisation of organisation and processes. Also thanks to its strong position in growth and special markets such as the packaging and security printing sectors, Koenig & Bauer achieved the best result in the company's long history in 2016, with an EBIT of 87.1 million euros. The increase in the share price from 10 euro at the beginning of 2015 to significantly over 60 euro now reflects the company's convincing strategy and development.  

    13 posters folded in the anniversary box: striking wall decoration for technology and print fans (7+8)

    Growth in packaging and industrial printing

    Chief Financial Officer Dr Mathias Dähn presented the corporate goals and strategies for the years to come. Dähn: "After a decade of declining sales, growth has become the central pillar of our corporate strategy. All business units should contribute to this and work profitably." In view of the growth of the world economy, the world population, online commerce and the number of single-person households, he sees particular opportunities in the packaging sector. The company is already the market leader in the printing of cardboard, metal and glass bodies.  

    Koenig & Bauer wants to improve its market share further in flexible packaging printing, corrugated board printing and the marking & coding sector. New products such as the VariJet 106 digital hybrid press featured at Drupa 2016 as well as digital, flexo and offset presses for corrugated board, metal sheets and beverage cans are intended to contribute to this. In the course of the official jubilee ceremony, Mr Bolza-Schünemann announced the order of the first digital CorruJET sheetfed press for corrugated board from a German customer. A further example of the expansion strategy on the packaging market is the purchase of the Spanish die-cutter manufacturer Iberica in July 2016. Mathias Dähn described the cooperation with HP in digital inkjet printing for the corrugated board segment as successful and future-oriented.  

    Back to the roots with a view forwards: the new word mark of the Koenig & Bauer Group (11)

    A young but expanding business area is that of industrial applications such as decorative printing, which Koenig & Bauer successfully addresses with the RotaJET VL, which is up to 2.25 m wide. On account of the drop in demand for new presses in the business with web offset presses for newspaper and commercial printing, the Würzburg company now plans to expand its services to cover older presses. New services have also been offered within the framework of digital transformation (KBA 4.0). The service turnover for sheetfed and web presses has grown significantly and is expected to rise to 30 % of group turnover.  

    According to Mathias Dähn, the Koenig & Bauer Group has set itself a goal for the anniversary year of 2017, with a group turnover of approximately 1.25 billion euro and an EBIT margin of around 6 %. The planning for the period up to 2021 provides for a growth in sales of 4 % p.a. and - depending on the development of the world economy - an annual EBIT margin between 4 % and 9 %.  

    Spectacular commemorative publication in the jubilee box

    For the company's birthday, Koenig & Bauer has presented a spectacular commemorative publication with the title "People ‒ Machines ‒ Ideas". As Marketing Director Klaus Schmidt emphasised, the almost 2 kg heavy tome with three "books" that differ greatly in terms of content and design in an elaborate jubilee box is not a chronological enumeration of the events and achievements of the last 200 years. Mr Schmidt: "Our unusual commemorative publication is a printed declaration of love for the past, present and future of print." 

    The magazine "Ideas" is a workshop for print scenarios full of facts, figures and thoughts (9+10)

    The small-format hardcover book "People" is a fictional reading book with hand-drawn illustrations. In twelve entertaining chapters, it tells the history of outstanding people at Koenig & Bauer, from the founders until today ‒ embedded in the historical events of the respective time. "Machines" is a collection of 13 richly illustrated posters printed on both sides showing printing presses from Koenig & Bauer from 1814 until today. The posters will appeal to technology and print fans and explain some interrelationships. Mr Schmidt: "A striking wall decoration for everyone who understands or wants to understand printing technology."  

    The magazine "Ideas" presents countless facts, figures and thoughts as a future-oriented workshop with a highly modern layout. Mr Schmidt: "This is worth reading by all those who deal with the future of the print sector."  

    The ampersand from the original brand name puts the mission and values of Koenig & Bauer in a nutshell (12)

    Relaunch of the ageless brand Koenig & Bauer

    The printing press manufacturer is starting off the company's 3rd century with a new market appearance. As the CEO explained, the brand KBA, which was introduced in 1990 after the takeover of Albert-Frankenthal AG, will revert to the original brand of Koenig & Bauer, albeit with a completely new look for the logo, means of communication, business equipment and product design. Mr Bolza-Schünemann: "Koenig & Bauer AG today has 33 subsidiaries. 12 of them produce their own products for their own customers. We see the company anniversary as an ideal time to place all activities of the Group, from classic printing to digital printing - including prepress and post-press and top service - under a strong common roof again. "According to him, the relaunch is intended to strengthen the employee’s pride in the history of the company and the pride of new employees, who have joined the Group through acquisitions, in the common brand Koenig & Bauer, and to allow old and new customers to feel the strength of this traditional brand even more, with a modern appearance and product design."  

    Long-term trends from the point of view of Koenig & Bauer (14)

    New claim "we're on it" …

    The ampersand between the surnames of the founders of the company was chosen as the short form of the brand name Koenig & Bauer, designed in the new company font, for promotional activities, stickers, drawings, spare parts etc. It now also stands as a 3 m high cast column beside the new Demo Center.  

    The new market presence also includes the new claim we're on it. Mr Bolza-Schünemann: "Our mission: to bring together what moves our customers forward." The ampersand symbolises the brand core of Koenig & Bauer and combines the values of the company, which are "Tradition & Innovation", "Requirements & Technologies", "Approachability & Professionalism."  

    "Consistent design" (13)

    ... and our new product design

    The new product design is intended to make the extraordinary quality, performance and user orientation of the presses and systems supplied by the companies in the Koenig & Bauer Group even more visible. The forms of the machine design are based on basic geometric structures that demonstrate clarity and self-confidence. The traditional company colour blue becomes warmer and more accentuated, while its use is reduced. It harmonises perfectly with the new dark and light shades of grey. Added to this is a contemporary interface design that is also attractive for "digital natives". The new design is to be implemented immediately for new products, and successively up until Drupa 2020 for all other product families of the Koenig & Bauer Group. The objective is a harmonious symbiosis of corporate design and product design.    

    * For the brand relaunch and the new product design, Koenig & Bauer is creatively supported by the Hamburg agencies MUTABOR and Design3. Besides the design by MUTABOR, the Berlin agency Grauel Publishing contributed to the unusual commemorative publication with great editorial professionalism.

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    news-759 Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:41:14 +0200 TCPL again puts Rapida 106 into operation https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/tcpl-again-puts-rapida-106-into-operation/
  • Six Rapida sheetfed offset presses at three locations in production
  • Second long special press
  • High level of satisfaction with automation and productivity  
  • On the occasion of the commissioning of the most recent Rapida 106, Dietmar Heyduck, Sales Director of KBA-Sheetfed, handed a model of the press to Saket Kanoria, Managing Director of TCPL (2nd from left) and Akshay Kanoria, Director of TCPL (right). Aditya Surana, Managing Director of the KBA sales partner Indo Polygraph Machinery, is also in the picture (1)

    At the drupa, TCPL Packaging, one of the largest packaging printing companies in India, ordered three Rapida 106 presses from KBA-Sheetfed. One of them already started its journey to the TCPL Silvassa plant in autumn 2016. The second started production in the Guwahati plant at the end of August. This is a special press with six inking units, coating tower, two intermediate drying units, each with a further inking unit and coating tower, and a three-fold delivery extension. It has a UV function, pile logistics and has been set 450 mm higher for packaging production.  

    Now a total of six Rapida 106 high-performance presses are in operation at TCPL – two at each of the locations Haridwar, Silvassa and Guwahati. A seventh and thus the third from the drupa package is expected to arrive shortly.  

    The management of TCPL and Dietmar Heyduck (centre) present the first print on the new Rapida 106 (2)

    Complex configurations

    The new Rapida 106 is already the company's second with a very special configuration. In Haridwar, a long Rapida 106 with eight inking units, coating tower and extended delivery, as well as a cold foil module, has been in production for two years. It has additional packages for printing cardboard and foils, is equipped for UV/mixed operation and, among other things, is automated with pile logistics, a non-stop automatic function and FAPC plate changing.  

    The six Rapida 106 presses at TCPL have a total of 50 printing and finishing units, including seven coating towers for conventional and UV production, a corona unit and many further details for high-quality inline finishing. They were all installed between 2012 and 2017. With this very modern and automated pool of presses, TCPL produces economically and offers top quality.  

    The long Rapida 106 with six inking units, coating tower, two intermediate drying towers, a further inking and coating unit as well as a delivery extension at the official commissioning with Saket Kanoria, Managing Director of TCPL (left) and Dietmar Heyduck, Sales Director KBA-Sheetfed (3)

    High level of customer satisfaction

    The most recent installations show that the management of TCPL is very satisfied with the automation and productivity of the Rapida presses as well as the service provided by the KBA sales partner Indo Polygraph Machinery. For medium-format sheetfed offset presses, TCPL invested exclusively in Rapida technology in the last few years.  

    The company was only established in 1990, and today employs a workforce of 1,200 employees. It has all of the standard certifications for quality management and the production of food packaging. In addition, TCPL produces a whole range of other packaging – through to cigarettes and premium packaging. Many of the products of TCPL have won international awards.  

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    news-757 Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:17:59 +0200 Third season of B2 events by KBA-Sheetfed starts https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/third-season-of-b2-events-by-kba-sheetfed-starts/
  • Four new event days
  • Information about the Rapida 75 PRO and Rapida 76 in a relaxed atmosphere
  • More events planned in 2018
  • Visual for the current B2 campaign "Built for your needs. The KBA B2 Presses.“ (1)

    The third season of the series of events " Built for Your Needs. The KBA B2 Presses " will be taking place from 14 to 19 September. On four days, half-format printers and prospective customers will be able to obtain useful information on the B2 presses Rapida 75 PRO and Rapida 76. Up to now, far more than 100 users from 14 countries have found out more about the two presses in a relaxed atmosphere, and have discovered the solutions they can produce even more successfully with in future. They were all enthusiastic about the workshop concept of the series of events, with a maximum of 15 participants per day and plenty of time for informal exchanges of ideas.  

    The most important highlights of the two B2 presses by Koenig & Bauer can be summarised as follows:  

    Rapida 75 PRO – the all-rounder

    • Innovative sheet guide for maximum substrate flexibility
    • Inking units can be disengaged for reduced setup costs
    • High level of automation for fast job changes
    • Compact press design for low space costs
    • ErgoTronic control console for ergonomic operation of the press functions

    In a relaxed atmosphere, a maximum of 15 interested parties can put the B2 presses Rapida 75 PRO and Rapida 76 through their paces (2)


    Rapida 76 – the flagship

    • DriveTronic feeder for very short setup times
    • DriveTronic SIS for high performance and reliable sheet feeding
    • Fully automatic plate changing (FAPC) for easy operation and parallel processes
    • AirTronic delivery for maximum performance in all print services
    • ErgoTronic control console for top automation comfort

    If you are interested, you can still register at short notice for one of the coming events, at sheetfed-marketing(at)kba.com. We plan to continue the campaign in January 2018. Those who are interested can also reserve a place for this event.

    Sheetfed offset Market
    news-755 Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:30:39 +0200 Koenig & Bauer gathers a diversity of packaging print solutions https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-gathers-a-diversity-of-packaging-print-solutions/ The trade show Pack Print International, which is organised by Messe Düsseldorf Asia, will be returning to the Bangkok Trade & Exhibition Centre for the sixth time from 20th to 23rd September. Koenig & Bauer AG can be found in Hall 100 (booth E01), where KBA-Sheetfed Solutions from Radebeul, subsidiary KBA Asia-Pacific from Singapore and the regional sales agencies will be providing information on their comprehensive product portfolio for packaging printers. The Italian subsidiary KBA-Flexotecnica, the group's specialist for the printing of flexible packaging, will also be presenting its solutions for this growth market.
    Highly automated presses like the Rapida 106 are being installed in increasing numbers in Southeast Asia (1)

    A growth rate of 6.2 to 6.5 per cent is evidence that the print industry in Southeast Asia is developing very dynamically, though there are still considerable differences between the individual countries. Alongside the enormous Chinese market, Thailand is one of the strongest buyers of printing presses in the region. Thanks to buoyant exports and increasing domestic demand, there is significant interest in Rapida sheetfed offset presses, especially among the country's packaging printers. Many global brand manufacturers have their packaging printed in Thailand. This trend is set to continue into 2018, and print providers are investing with a particular awareness for cutting-edge technology and brand-name quality.  

    Highly automated offset technology for major packaging printers

    Packaging companies such as T.C.P. Industry and VNT Interprint (both based in Bangkok) are focussing increasingly on highly automated presses such as the Rapida 106. At T.C.P. Industry, for example, a plinth-mounted Rapida 106 with six printing units, inline coater and extended delivery, as well as the QualiTronic Professional system for inline colour density control and sheet inspection, has been in production since last year. Another six-colour Rapida 106 coater press was installed at VNT Interprint just a few months ago, while Continental Packaging, similarly in Bangkok, operates a Rapida 105 PRO in an eight-colour version with additional coater and extended delivery for both conventional and UV inks and coatings.  

    The modern EVO XD from KBA-Flexotecnica is also gaining popularity in Asia (2)

    The Vietnamese print market is also expanding. There are around 1,500 industrial packaging and print companies in the country. Goldsun Packaging & Printing, one of the leading packaging companies in Vietnam, received its first Rapida 105 coater press in 2015. A second press followed last year, and the delivery of a third press, a six-colour Rapida 105 with coater and extended delivery, is scheduled for the end of 2017. Further KBA presses will be installed in the Philippines and Indonesia, including a six-colour Rapida 105 with coater at CPS in Jakarta.  

    Growth market flexo

    With an annual growth rate of 4 to 5 per cent, flexible packaging is the fastest growing segment. More and more such products are today being printed in Asia, and various companies in Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines are displaying an increased interest in the presses offered by KBA-Flexotecnica.  

    Sheetfed offset Flexo printing Digital printing Market
    news-734 Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:42:12 +0200 EVO XD for the leading ink manufacturer from Japan https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/evo-xd-for-the-leading-ink-manufacturer-from-japan/ Dainichiseika Color & Chemicals Mfg. Co., Ltd. is one of Japan's leading ink manufacturers. To further advance the development of new inks for the printing of flexible packaging, the company recently decided to invest in an ultra-modern flexo press system from KBA-Flexotecnica, a subsidiary of Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA). “With the EVO XD, we have found exactly the press we were looking for. The technology and quality of the press meet all our high demands,” says Naoki Tanimoto, technical division manager for Dainichiseika.
    The EVO XD for Dainichiseika in Japan is prepared for the flexible use of water-based inks

    The EVO XD is to be used to test new water-based inks, specifically for printing on plastic films. At the same time, packaging printers will be able to run trials of innovative materials without interrupting their own production. “We are moving forward nicely with KBA-Flexotecnica. The good cooperation with KBA-Digital & Web in the areas of design and development, production and service is bearing fruit. Together, we can implement new ideas and customer-specific solutions even better and faster,” adds Christoph Müller, member of the executive board of Koenig & Bauer AG and CEO of KBA-Flexotecnica. The EVO XD is set for commissioning at the production facility in Tokyo by September 2017.  

    Dainichiseika on the market since 1931

    Dainichiseika Color & Chemicals was founded in 1931 and has grown constantly ever since. More than 4,000 employees work for the company around the world. Dainichiseika is well established in numerous fields of ink manufacture, and today develops, manufactures and sells a wide range of both functional printing inks and offset inks for flyers, books and packaging materials, as well as inorganic, organic and prepared pigments for printing, paints and other applications.  

    EVO XD for flexible use of water-based inks

    The eight-colour CI flexo press chosen by Dainichiseika is a version engineered for a web width of 1320 mm and cut-off lengths between 370 and 850 mm from the successful EVO XD series for printing with water-based inks on a broad diversity of substrates such as films, very thin and sensitive “breathable” LDPE, laminated materials and paper. It offers maximum flexibility for the most varied packaging applications and incorporates very energy-efficient dryer systems. The EVO XD uses modules of the current X series and was designed to meet demands for fast job changes, low makeready waste and high productivity even with short runs. The automatic impression system AIF, the highly efficient washing system “Speedy Clean” and the integrated print error detection system enable production to commence without delay.

    Flexo printing Market References & Showcases
    news-732 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:10:00 +0200 Exciting puzzles and games – all produced on Rapida presses https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/exciting-puzzles-and-games-all-produced-on-rapida-presses/
  • New Rapida 145 and retrofit for an existing Rapida 105
  • 50 million sheets, but ever shorter runs
  • Up to 50 makeready cycles per day
  • Puzzles with up to 40,000 pieces
  • Light-flooded: The press room at Ravensburger with a Rapida 105 (right) and the new Rapida 145 (1)

    Ravensburger is a leading European provider of puzzles, games and activity products, and a leading publisher of children's and youth books in the German-speaking region. The blue triangle is one of the most renowned trademarks in Germany. Founded by Otto Meier in 1883, the company today counts 2,100 employees, who together generate annual sales of almost €500 million. Two Rapida offset presses stand in the competence centre for print production, one each in medium and large format.

    Both presses are usually to be found running at full speed (2)
    The large-format Rapida 145, with five printing units and inline coater, was commissioned just last year to replace an old large-format press. The medium-format Rapida 105 had also been in production for over a decade, but has now been given a new lease of life. Within the framework of extensive restructuring measures in the print centre, it has been turned by 180° and treated to a comprehensive retrofit. The total investment, including renovation of the hall, amounted to almost €4 million. Both presses now run in high-speed unison – the Rapida 145 at 15,000 sheets per hour for 98 per cent of the time.

    Team leader Udo Feichtmeier and printer Christian Pischel prepare a new job at the ErgoTronic console (3)
    The recent investments became imperative due to the increasing proportion of short-run production jobs. Print volumes have increased from 39 million sheets in 2010 to 48 million sheets, but the number of individual jobs has risen even more sharply from 7,600 to 11,000. Overall, average run lengths have fallen from 4,950 sheets in 2010 to 3,900 sheets in 2016. Faced with this challenge, there was no alternative but to minimise makeready times and raise production output.

    Faster makeready processes for more print jobs

    That is all child’s play for the Rapida 145. Thanks to the facilities for parallel processes (DriveTronic SPC with PlateIdent, CleanTronic Synchro and a DriveTronic SFC coater with AniSleeve), makeready times have been slashed by a staggering 80 per cent. But even that is only half of the story. As makeready is no longer such a major factor in production costs, classic games such as “Ludo“ can be printed more frequently. Consequently, less space is required for finished and semi-finished products, and less capital is locked up in intermediate storage.

    More than pleased with the new large-format Rapida (left to right): Gavin Elflein, KBA Germany; Günter Märker, head of production, Ravensburger; Udo Feichtmeier and Christian Pischel (both Ravensburger) (4)

    A plate lift raises the plate trolleys up to the press gallery level, and the printers only have to distribute them to the individual printing units (5)
    There are typically up to 18 job changes per shift. The record to date was 50 makeready cycles in 24 hours. Production is generally spread across gang formes for maximum flexibility. Pre-press decides whether a particular product is to be placed on the sheet once or several times, depending on the overall quantities required and the delivery schedules. Between four and sixteen different products are printed together on one sheet. CtP is also the stage at which it is decided whether to assign the job to the medium- or large-format press.

    On the Rapidas, one test sheet is normally sufficient before actual production commences. In the past, three or even four correction steps were necessary. As a result, the amount of makeready waste has been halved. Alongside the direct material savings, the Rapida presses are in this way also contributing to the conservation of natural resources.

    Benefits on unusual substrates

    Günter Märker: “Print quality is extremely important for us. With the Rapida presses, we are ideally equipped for the future.” (6)
    Günter Märker, head of production at Ravensburger: “We can swear by our Rapidas for their advantages in board printing.” Typical board weights lie between 120 and 450 g/m2. “Both must run equally well,” says Märker. Playing cards are printed on virgin pulp stocks.

    Even though production is organised so as to group together common formats and substrates, it is still necessary to perform two to three coating forme changes and one or two anilox roller changes every day. DriveTronic SFC and AniSleeve are here real time-savers. Coating plate changes run parallel to other makeready processes, and an anilox roller sleeve can be changed by a single operator – without physical effort and without the need for a crane or the like.

    All that is missing is the lid on the puzzle boxes … (7)

    One small detail is especially appreciated by the press operators at Ravensburger, namely the plate lift. Whole plate trolleys are lifted up to the press gallery level, and the printers only have to distribute them to the individual printing units. Climbing steps with an unwieldy plate has become a thing of the past.

    Extensive know-how also in post-press

    Before the investment plans could be implemented, there was one important point to be clarified: How to accommodate continued use of the existing die-cutting tools, despite the switch to a new large-format press model. After all, considerable money and know-how had gone into their production. The answer was amazingly simple: The Rapida 145 uses narrower colour bars, and thus the gripper margin required for die-cutting is still available.

    … then they are ready for shipping (8)

    There are 32 employees in Ravensburger’s competence centre for print production. They work three shifts and are also responsible for cutting. The post-press department and the associated store occupy much more floor space than the relatively small printshop with its 250 m2; the total production space amounts to approx. 20,000 m2. The departments for die-cutting and lamination of the puzzles and for box-making are much larger. Most machines here are the product of extensive specialist know-how – for example the lidding machine which places a lid on the finished box sets.

    The Ravensburger headquarters is something of a local landmark (9)

    A company like Ravensburger is naturally a source of many superlatives. The largest Ravensburger jigsaw puzzle, for example, came onto the market in 2016. It comprises 40,320 pieces and weighs around 20 kg. Puzzlers can look forward to some 600 hours of fun to complete the puzzle measuring 6.8 x 1.9 metres. 

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    news-722 Wed, 09 Aug 2017 07:28:00 +0200 Koenig & Bauer growing in the service business and in the packaging and digital printing markets https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-growing-in-the-service-business-and-in-the-packaging-and-digital-printing-markets/
  • Good order intake of €602m
  • Revenue of €539m down slightly on the previous year due to more deliveries in H2
  • High order backlog of €621m
  • EBIT of €16.3m
  • Favourable customer response to new and enhanced solutions
  • Guidance for 2017 confirmed: revenue of up to €1.25bn and an EBIT margin of around 6%   
  • After a good start to the year in which Koenig & Bauer celebrates its 200th anniversary, the group is able to report favourable business performance in the second quarter of 2017. “The successful trade shows Print China in Beijing, interpack in Düsseldorf and METPACK in Essen contributed to a substantial year-on-year increase in order intake in packaging solutions for cardboard, metal decorating, marking and coding and glass and hollow container printing. Despite this growth and the expansion of service business, the order intake of €601.9m was slightly down on the previous year’s figure of €618.8m, which had been spurred by major security press orders,” explained CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann. With group revenue dropping slightly to €538.9m compared with the previous year due to more deliveries in H2, the order backlog remained high at €620.5m.  

    EBIT came to €16.3m. “The previous year’s figure of €20.7m had been influenced by a strong catch-up effect in Q2 (€4.9m) from the execution of a large security press project and higher revenue,” said CFO Dr Mathias Dähn. The group net profit of €15.2m (2016: €17.2m) is equivalent to proportionate earnings per share of €0.93 (2016: €1.05).  

    “In addition to the continued expansion of service business, profitable growth will be particularly driven by our existing and new solutions for printing, finishing and postpress processing of packaging as well as our industrial digital printing applications,” explained Dr Mathias Dähn. Claus Bolza-Schünemann mentioned the strong customer interest in the newly developed CS MetalCan solution for printing two-piece beverage cans. Sales launch is to commence in 2018 following the completion of intensive field testing.  

    Autonomous printing – made by Koenig & Bauer: KBA-Sheetfed is setting new benchmarks in sheetfed printing with AutoRun and the Rapida LiveApp (1)

    Group earnings boosted by the substantial increase in Sheetfed profit

    Order intake in the Sheetfed segment grew by 12.2% to €326.3m thanks to increased service business and more orders for medium-format presses. The flatbed die-cutters for postprint processing of cardboard and corrugated also made a gratifying contribution to growth. Revenue rose by 5.5% from €291.7m in the previous year to €307.8m. The additional revenue with better margins and lower costs resulted in a substantial increase in segment profit to €12.1m (2016: €8.6m).  

    Solid order intake of €85.7m was achieved in the Digital & Web segment. With revenue declining to €68.3m (2016: €75.5m), the order backlog rose from €92.3m to €93.6m. The EBIT of –€ 2.8m (2016: –€2.7m) came under pressure from KBA-Flexotecnica, which contributed a figure of –€3.1m. Optimisation efforts at the Italian subsidiary target to speed up the growth course in the future market of flexible packaging. Without the flexo activities, Digital & Web posted a clear improvement in earnings.  

    Despite the growth in orders for packaging printing solutions, new business in the Special segment dropped to €216.3m, down from €269.5m in the previous year, in which major security press contracts had been received. At €189.2m, segment revenue fell short of the previous year (€222.9m) due to more deliveries in H2. EBIT came to €14.6m, translating into a gratifying margin of 7.7%. The previous year’s figure of €22.1m had been influenced by a high catch-up effect of €4.9m from a large security press project.  

    The innovative CS MetalCan metal decorating press is revolutionising the printing of 2-piece beverage cans with unrivalled makeready times and ten inking units (2)

    Increase in equity ratio to 32.6%

    Despite the higher customer prepayments, cash flows from operating activities came to –€20m compared with the previous year’s figure of –€10.6m. In addition to higher inventories for the planned revenue growth in the second half of the year this was due to the increased receivables resulting from an accumulation of deliveries shortly before the end of the first half. Aside from higher capital spending, the free cash flow of –€65.5m was burdened by the first payment instalments of €32.4m for the external funding of a part of the pension provisions. With its funds of €127.5m, securities of €14.7m that can be liquidated at any time as well as the high cash and guarantee facilities, Koenig & Bauer has a stable funding base. The equity ratio rose relative to the slightly increased balance sheet total to 32.6% (end of 2016: 31.1%).  

    The group workforce increased by 158 over the previous year to 5,359 employees as of 30 June. In addition to targeted recruiting in the service business and for new applications for the packaging and digital printing markets, 71 employees joined the group through the acquisition of KBA-Iberica Die Cutters for the growing die-cutter market.  

    Guidance for 2017 confirmed

    The order backlog of €620.5m at the end of the first half, expanding service business, steady demand in the packaging markets and promising customer projects in security and digital printing, the management board expects revenue growth to accelerate with a positive effect on earnings in the further course of the year. In the absence of any material deterioration in global economic and political conditions impacting its international business, group management expects to achieve organic growth of up to €1.25bn in group revenue and an EBIT margin of around 6% in 2017.

    Figures at a glance 

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


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    news-720 Fri, 04 Aug 2017 13:04:51 +0200 Commercials and packaging on the KBA Rapida 75 PRO https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/commercials-and-packaging-on-the-kba-rapida-75-pro/
  • Compact design and extensive automation clinched the investment decision
  • Significantly improved print quality
  • Additional production capacities  
  • It was 45 years ago that LacherDruck in Memmingen converted a former ballroom restaurant into a printshop. There are still visible signs today – the parquet floor, stucco ceilings and an area which was no doubt once a stage for the dance bands. In the meantime, the only dancing is that of the screen dots on the paper, the pallets which move back and forth between the presses and finishing machines, and the printed sheets as they are folded and gathered.  

    Photo call at the Rapida 75 PRO (left to right): Christian Bittner, managing director LacherDruck; Gavin Elflein, KBA Germany; Reimund Degen, Flint Group; Walter Demartin, managing director LacherDruck, and printers Manfred Steiner and Mario Lodo (1)

    The printshop is bathed in light in the truest sense of the word, and is located conveniently between the local motorway junction and the warehouses of numerous logistics companies. Space is at an absolute premium, however, because LacherDruck continues to expand.  

    The business was founded by Heinrich Lacher in 1963. His son Gerhard handed the baton over to his longstanding staff colleagues Walter Demartin and Christian Bittner four years ago. Today, LacherDruck produces a broad spectrum of commercial and packaging jobs, mainly for the regional B2B market. Alongside, the portfolio includes various own products and a number of specialities such as sheet music.  

    Walter Demartin is delighted: “The Rapida 75 PRO was for us the ideal press at the ideal time.” (2)

    New technology to embrace changed market demands

    LacherDruck used to print on a 12-year-old four-colour half-format press. Two years ago, however, the managing directors decided to invest in new technology in order to preserve their ability to offer customers print products of the highest quality and at the same time to facilitate further business development. Market changes, such as ever shorter run lengths, left no alternative to the purchase of a new sheetfed offset press. 

    Walter Demartin (left) and Mario Lodo discuss a new job at the press console (3)
    The printers checked out the available technologies at the drupa trade fair, and followed up their research with print tests at KBA-Sheetfed and further manufacturers. The final decision at the end of this process: A five-colour Rapida 75 PRO. Walter Demartin has no doubts whatsoever: “The Rapida 75 PRO was for us the ideal press at the ideal time.” Factors which clinched the deal for the half-format Rapida were the compact design, the double-size cylinders and the extensive automation for short makeready times and reduced waste. “The results have been exactly what we were looking for,” says Walter Demartin.  

    The Rapida 75 PRO is the new centrepiece in the printshop. The foundation is evidence of how compact it is compared to the company’s previous press … (5)

    Compact and flexible

    Mario Lodo and his three printer colleagues enjoy working on the Rapida 75 PRO (4)
    There were hardly any changes to be made to the foundations compared to the previous four-colour press. The Rapida 75 PRO incorporates accessory packages which reflect the wide range of substrates handled by the company. Important features include the facility to disengage inking units which are not in use, CleanTronic Synchro washing systems, an ErgoTronic console with ColorDrive and LogoTronic CIPLinkX.  

    Print quality has improved significantly with the new press. The dot is clearer and more stable. Inking unit temperature control provides for constant process conditions and a high degree of stability over the length of a run. Makeready times are considerably shorter and washing results are flawless. Thanks to its CIP3 interface, the Rapida 75 PRO comes into colour – and thus production – much faster. As a result, smaller jobs can be handled much more efficiently. After all, up to 2,500 jobs with average run lengths between 500 and 5,000 sheets are printed every year.  

    The printers really enjoy working with the new press. One example: The disengaging of unused inking unit is really appreciated. “It makes our work so much easier,” says Walter Demartin. On other sheetfed offset presses, the rollers continue to run and have to be protected by applying oil. And when the inking unit is needed again, it first has to be washed down. That is all different with the Rapidas. Here, the unused inking unit is mechanically disconnected from the press drive and simply left standing still for the time being if it is not required for a particular job.  

    For approx. 40 per cent of all jobs, the fifth inking unit is used to apply a protective coating. Otherwise, it is available for the printing of spot colours. That, too, makes the press more flexible than a straightforward four-colour model.  

    … Only in the area of the delivery was a minor enlargement necessary (6)

    Consumables recommendations well received

    The printers were equally happy with the consumables starter kit supplied with the Rapida 75 PRO. Many of the included PressConsum products are still in use – from washing solvents to blankets. The same applies to the inks recommended by KBA. LacherDruck today uses only the Novavit F950 Plus Bio series from Flint Group. The standard scale colours are produced at the K+E works in Stuttgart, which is barely 150 km from the printshop in Memmingen.  

    With its Agfa pre-press systems, further single-colour and digital presses, folding machinery, cylinder die-cutting and a booklet stitching line, LacherDruck is equipped to provide a full range of services. Some 80 per cent of the value creation chain is handled in-house.  

    Now that the Rapida 75 PRO has established additional production capacity, the next step is to strengthen the market position of LacherDruck’s own print products. To this end, the company is planning to invest heavily in training. Sooner or later, an answer must also be found to the location question. After all, the current building is already bursting at the seams. 

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    news-716 Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:23:33 +0200 Eight-colour KBA Rapida 145 for Neografia https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/eight-colour-kba-rapida-145-for-neografia/
  • Almost 10 million A4 pages per day
  • Fast job changes thanks to extensive Automation
  • Books for more than 15 countries
  • Strong position on the European market  
  • The highly automated eight-colour Rapida 145 perfector is the new centrepiece in the production department at Neografia (1)

    Book printer Neografia from Martin/Slovakia recently took delivery of an eight-colour Rapida 145 in a configuration for 4-over-4 perfecting. After comprehensive testing, the newly installed press was officially handed over on 1st June at a ceremony attended by representatives and shareholders of Neografia, as well further professionals from the regional printing industry and representatives of KBA CEE.  

    Modern technologies for the B0 format

    CEO Jan Korenc (left) and sales and service director Hynek Greben (right) from KBA CEE presented a model of the new Rapida press to Neografia managing director Patrick Schwab (3)
    The Rapida 145, with its production speeds of up to 18,000 sph in straight mode and up to 15,000 sph in perfecting, is the most modern sheetfed offset press in its format class. The eight-colour perfector version chosen by Neografia handles sheets up to a size of 1,060 x 1,450 mm – which adds up to 32 A4 pages printed in full colour on both sides on a single pass through the press. When working with very thin papers, the maximum output is 13,000 sph. These figures equate to almost 10 million A4 pages per day.

    Everything under control: Practically all operating functions are managed through the ErgoTronic console (4)
    In times of every shorter production runs and growing publication diversity, however, the high production speed was not the only factor in the investment decision. Even greater importance was attached to the automation of job changeovers and shorter makeready times. With the simultaneous plate changing system DriveTronic SPC – a feature still unique in this format class – all eight plates on the Rapida 145 can be changed in just 1:20 minutes. This even happens parallel to washing of the blankets and impression cylinders with CleanTronic Synchro. PlateIdent reads data matrix codes on the plates to check the correct assignment to the individual printing units and also initiates necessary register adjustments before actual printing begins. At the same time, full presetting of the production parameters on the press (format and sheet thickness, feeder air settings, sheet guiding elements, inking, delivery sheet brake and many more) is accomplished via LogoTronic Professional.  

    Patrick Schwab, managing director of Neografia, is delighted with the print quality of the new press (5)
    When a new job begins, the combination of colour measurement with QualiTronic ColorControl and automatic register control with ErgoTronic ACR ensures that start-up waste is kept to a minimum. The sidelay-free infeed DriveTronic SIS, together with contact-free sheet guiding and the proven KBA perfecting unit, provides for stable production over the whole length of a run.  

    In the print business for 150 years

    Neografia is one of the oldest and largest print companies in Central and Eastern Europe, and can look back over a 150-year history. The focus of its production is placed on books in all variations. Both sheetfed and web presses are in use. Neografia exports a large proportion of its production to more than 15 European countries, and many leading international publishers are to be found on its list of customers.

    The Rapida 145 was already exceeding the targeted performance parameters before the official hand-over (2)

    Performance demands exceeded from the very beginning

    Following up a move to new production facilities in 2013, a further significant investment in efficient printing technology was seen as an imperative response to continued transformation of the book market. The new Rapida 145 has lent a considerable boost to both capacity and flexibility in the production department, and has greatly accelerated throughput times. Neografia has in this way further strengthened its position as a major player on the European print market. During the official inauguration ceremony, the company management reported that the Rapida 145 had already exceeded the targeted performance parameters during the first months of operation. Hynek Greben, director of sales and service at KBA CEE, sees this as confirmation that KBA is not only a technology leader in the packaging segment, but equally a strong partner for all commercial and publication printers.

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    news-714 Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:56:26 +0200 First KBA Rapida 75 PRO with LED-UV in Poland https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/first-kba-rapida-75-pro-with-led-uv-in-poland/
  • High substrate flexibility including uncoated papers and film
  • LED-UV brings tangible economic benefits
  • Comprehensive Automation
  • Sales director Dietmar Heyduck (left) from KBA-Sheetfed Solutions and managing director Jan Korenc (right) from KBA CEE presented a model of the Rapida 75 PRO to Robert Tokarski (1)

    A few months ago, a Rapida 75 PRO with LED-UV drying was commissioned at ColorPressArt in Kielce/Poland. It is the first half-format press incorporating this innovative drying technology in the country. At a recent open house, representatives from other Polish print companies were able to experience the new Rapida 75 PRO in production with a variety of non-absorbent substrates. A series of accompanying presentations provided more information on the LED-UV process and on the inks and other consumables used. 

    ColorPressArt now owns the first KBA Rapida 75 PRO with energy-saving LED-UV technology in Poland (3)
    Robert Tokarski, CEO of ColorPressArt, is delighted with the comprehensive automation, energy efficiency and ecological compatibility of the press. It has been configured with five printing units, a coater and triple-length extended delivery. Besides LED-UV production, it can also print and coat in a conventional process at speeds up to 16,000 sheets per hour.  

    The list of key press features includes FAPC fully automatic plate changers, Plate Ident, CleanTronic Synchro Speed, the disengaging of unused inking units, a console with wallscreen, ErgoTronic ColorDrive, ErgoTronic Lab, QualiTronic ColorControl with LiveView, DotView and QualityPass, ACR, accessories for printing on plastics and VariDryBlue dryers. With 225 mm raised foundations and CX board-handing accessories, the press is equipped to print on substrates up to a thickness of 0.8 mm. From standard and uncoated papers to films and other plastic materials, it delivers high-quality print on practically all substrates. 

    “Apart from the technological advantages, the LED-UV process brings also tangible economic benefits, for example a reduced energy consumption and significant material savings,” as Robert Tokarski confirms. Jan Korenc, managing director of KBA CEE: “We would like to thank ColorPressArt for choosing to install another sheetfed offset press from Koenig & Bauer. With its technical capabilities, it will help ColorPressArt to expand into new market segments.” 

    With speeds up to 16,000 sph and a full raft of automation features, the Rapida 75 PRO at ColorPressArt sets new standards (2)

    ColorPressArt was founded as an owner-managed company in Kielce/Poland in 1996. It offers a full spectrum of print-related services, working with cutting-edge technologies in an exceptionally modern production environment. The portfolio includes high-quality commercial products, books, labels and pharma packaging, as well as advertising photography, visual advertising and promotion articles.

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