Koenig & Bauer News Feed https://www.koenig-bauer.com/ en Koenig & Bauer AG Mon, 28 Nov 2022 22:20:35 +0100 Mon, 28 Nov 2022 22:20:35 +0100 news-2396 Mon, 14 Nov 2022 10:31:26 +0100 Accurate Box Continues to Grow with Installation of a Third Koenig & Bauer Rapida 164 Seven-Color Printing Press http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/accurate-box-continues-to-grow-with-installation-of-a-third-koenig-bauer-rapida-164-seven-color-printing-press/
  • Leading litho-laminated corrugated packaging firm in Paterson, NJ are experts in creating high-quality packaging for the club store, e-commerce, and quick service food industries 
  • Koenig & Bauer Rapida 164 features a unique camera system that measures each sheet during print runs allowing shorter makeready times, minimized paper waste, and guaranteed consistently high-quality printing
  • Accurate praises Koenig & Bauer’s holistic training regime that is providing Accurate’s press operators with in-depth on-site and factory training
  • (Left to right) Samara Ronkowitz, director of sales and marketing at Accurate Box; and Lisa Hirsh, president and CEO of Accurate Box; feel that the new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 164 seven-color printing press increases production, throughput, and adds the most advanced printing technology in the industry to their facility in Paterson, NJ

    To maintain its high level of expertise in creating high-quality packaging for the club store, e-commerce, and quick service food industries, Accurate Box Company, a leading manufacturer of litho-laminated corrugated packaging, installed a new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 164 seven-color printing press to increase its production and throughput. This new investment adds the most advanced printing technology in the industry to Accurate Box’s 400,000 square foot facility in Paterson, NJ, that now houses three Koenig & Bauer presses.

    “Our reputation has always been as a world class manufacturer that produces high graphic corrugated boxes,” says Lisa Hirsh, president and CEO of Accurate Box. “As the marketplace continues to rapidly transform, our strategy is to leverage the innovations and advanced technologies available to our market.”

    The new Rapida 164 large-format press runs an impressive 17,000 sheets an hour which is 13% faster than Accurate Box’s previous new press that was installed in 2018. Matching the capability of the previously installed press, cameras measure each sheet while printing and automatically adjust the ink for perfect print consistency throughout the run. This is a significant feature that shortens makeready times, minimizes paper waste and guarantees consistent high-quality printing. It reinforces Accurate Box’s facility as a model for quality output and productivity and continues its path as a one-of-a-kind state-of-the-art manufacturer.

    Installation of the new press started in July and was in production by August. Accurate Box was well prepared for the installation since one of Accurate Box’s printing team members flew to the Koenig & Bauer facility in Germany for two weeks to receive training on its new press. When the press arrived at Accurate Box’s facility, a Koenig & Bauer team was there for five weeks to train Accurate Box’s entire printing crew. This was critical for Accurate Box in order to have the press up and running quickly and to minimize downtime once it was installed. Training will continue into next year with two Accurate Box employees flying to Germany to get more in-depth training and knowledge on the press.

    “One of the key reasons that we have remained extremely successful over nearly 80 years is our investment in our employee base, our equipment, and our customer’s ongoing needs,” says Hirsh. “With a stellar reputation for providing exceptional high quality graphics for corrugated packaging for nationally-recognized brands such as Kellogg’s and Pepsico that line the aisles of big box retailers like Costco and Sam’s Club, we are pleased to continue our strong partnership with Koenig & Bauer and the finest presses on the market.”

    Interesting website: www.accuratebox.com

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    news-2379 Tue, 08 Nov 2022 06:57:00 +0100 Koenig & Bauer on track for profitable growth with a strong third quarter and robust demand in turbulent economic environment http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-on-track-for-profitable-growth-with-a-strong-third-quarter-and-robust-demand-in-turbulent-economic-environment/
  • Increase in revenue in the third quarter compared to the previous year as well as sequentially in the course of the year, underpinned by the Sheetfed and Digital & Webfed segments
  • Strong sequential improvement in earnings with EBIT of around €11m in the third quarter despite negative external factors
  • Solid customer demand in the third quarter boosting order intake cumulatively by around 5% over the previous year’s high level
  • Koenig & Bauer opening up new business areas with digital and sustainable solutions 
  • Full-year forecast for 2022 reaffirmed and rendered more precise, medium-term targets confirmed
  • Driven by a strong third quarter, the Koenig & Bauer Group (“Koenig & Bauer”) is on a growth trajectory despite the turbulent economic environment. Like many manufacturing companies, Koenig & Bauer is still caught between high order backlogs on the one hand and many adverse factors mainly on the supply side on the other. “Our flexibility and creativity – including in conjunction with our suppliers – are having an impact, as we have learned to deal more effectively with the exceptional situation over the past few months,” says Dr Andreas Pleßke, Chief Executive Officer of Koenig & Bauer, commenting on the growth in revenue and earnings, adding that “following the strong order intake in the first half of 2022, customer demand is still very solid and we are pleased to be able to tap new areas of business with the latest digital and sustainable solutions, thus offering our customers added value”.

    With “un:boxing”, Koenig & Bauer is highlighting a phenomenon of our time that shows like no other the interconnectedness 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

    Revenue spurred by growth in the Sheetfed and Digital & Webfed segments

    Group revenue rose by 6.7% year-on-year to €313.9m between July and September 2022. Sequentially, growth was even stronger, with revenue climbing by 31.7% compared to Q1 and by 23.9% compared to Q2. The Sheetfed and Digital & Webfed segments in particular contributed to this performance with their product and solution offerings. At €805.7m, cumulative Group revenue exceeded the previous year’s figure by 2.3%. The share of revenue attributable to service business widened to 32.2% (previous year: 29.9%).

    Strong improvement in earnings in the course of the year despite negative external factors

    In terms of earnings, Koenig & Bauer achieved EBIT of €10.8m in the third quarter (previous year: €10.3m). This improvement is particularly evident in a comparison with the first quarter, in which EBIT stood at €-8.5m, and the second quarter with EBIT of €-5.3m. Cumulatively, this resulted in EBIT of €-3.0m (previous year: €16.7m). The previous year’s figure had on balance been boosted by roughly €21.3m thanks to the more efficient implementation of the personnel measures under P24x. Accordingly, operating earnings rose by €1.6m. The improvement at the operating level over the first nine months of 2021 is mainly due to the P24x efficiency programme (roughly €24m) despite the lower use of short-time work in the previous year, positive volume and mix effects (roughly €5m) and other negative effects (roughly €13m). The effects of higher cost of materials and energy (around €24m) were not fully offset by the announced price increases (roughly €18m). This is primarily due to the time lag between price increases and price peaks in the third quarter, for example in energy costs and electronic components. On a positive note, the proportion of other effects did not increase any further compared to the first half of 2022. In addition to remeasured receivables and currency-translation effects, they also include necessary additional or retro work on systems and presses due to supply chain disruptions and exert strain on productivity at the plants and on site at the customers. After income taxes, the Group posted a net loss of €11.0m as of 30 September 2022 (previous year: net profit of €5.5m). This translates into earnings per share of €-0.70 (previous year: €0.31). Given the Group equity ratio of 28.5% (end of 2021: 28.7%), Koenig & Bauer is financially well-positioned thanks to this equity base and the freely available cash and cash equivalents of more than €250m.

    Solid customer demand in the third quarter boosting order intake cumulatively by around 5% over the previous year’s high level

    In the first nine months of 2022, order intake at the Koenig Bauer & Group came to €1,025.9m, 4.8% up on the already good figure of €978.6m reported in the previous year. At €333.0m, customer demand also remained solid in the third quarter. Accordingly, order backlog increased by 24.8% over the previous year to €1,027.0m as of 30 September 2022, providing a solid basis for the fourth quarter of 2022 and beyond. 

    Koenig & Bauer opening up new business areas with digital and sustainable solutions 

    The new cross-group digital unit, headed by Sandra Wagner, Vice President Digitalisation at Koenig & Bauer, coordinates and supports the development, implementation and market launch of digital products and services – from the seed idea through to market launch. “We are focusing on our customers, supporting them with digital solutions wherever they can become even more profitable,” says Wagner. At the beginning of October, the digital unit launched an industry-specific solution for integrated energy management, a digital product that combines the two “sustainability” and “digital” components of the “Exceeding Print” corporate strategy. Together with its global customers, Koenig & Bauer not only exerts a major influence on the world of printing and packaging, but also has a responsibility for the sustainable structuring of production processes. The three components of the energy management product – the automated collection of measurement data, the visualization of the results and the definition of measures on this basis, combined with professional energy consulting – enable more efficient production to be achieved. As a rule, VisuEnergy X allows sustainable energy savings of an average of 7 to 10 percent to be achieved from the very first year. Koenig & Bauer sells energy management on a subscription basis as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution. The market launch is commencing with immediate effect in Germany, Switzerland and Austria in a preliminary step and will be followed by a global roll-out in early 2023. The system is eligible for funding in Germany by the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA).

    Full-year forecast for 2022 reaffirmed and rendered more precise

    “In a turbulent economic environment, Koenig & Bauer demonstrated in the third quarter that it is on track for profitable growth and can manage all challenges well,” explains Dr Stephen Kimmich, CFO of the company. In view of this and due to the shorter planning horizon compared to the beginning of the year, the full-year forecast for 2022 has been confirmed and rendered more precise as follows.

    Koenig & Bauer now expects to report operating EBIT of between €15m and €20m and an operating EBIT margin of between 1.3% and 1.7% on Group revenue of between €1,160m and €1,190m. Until now, Koenig & Bauer had been anticipating a slight increase over the previous year in Group operating revenue (2021: €1,115.8m) and the operating EBIT margin (2021: 0.5%). EBIT in the previous year had been boosted by the more efficient implementation of the personnel measures under P24x and the resultant adjustments to restructuring provisions (net €23m).

    The Koenig & Bauer Group reaffirms the medium-term targets announced in 2020, to which the “Exceeding Print” strategy is also contributing. With the release of the guidance for 2023 – which marks a further important step towards achieving the medium-term objectives – the medium-term objectives announced in 2020 will also be adjusted to take account of inflation effects. Dr Stephen Kimmich, CFO of Koenig & Bauer adds: “Despite all the external uncertainties, we see ourselves as being well positioned and expect to be able to report satisfactory customer demand and capacity utilisation in the fourth quarter of 2022.

    This forecast assumes that there are no further setbacks or tightened restrictions compared with the current situation as a result of the war in Ukraine, the availability of energy supplies, the disruptions to global supply chains and the efforts to contain the pandemic. The planned delivery of our presses and systems for the fourth quarter of 2022 poses a major challenge for Koenig & Bauer and must be reassessed if the global supply chain situation continues to deteriorate.

    Figures at a glance

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

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    news-2377 Mon, 24 Oct 2022 11:03:45 +0200 Derksen Packaging kicks off with an Omega Allpro 110 from Koenig & Bauer http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/derksen-packaging-kicks-off-with-an-omega-allpro-110-from-koenig-bauer/
  • Company founded despite unsettled times
  • Specialist for smaller and medium series
  • Omega Allpro 110 scores points with flexibility and variability
  • Heinrich Derksen is starting up his own folding carton conversion business at the end of October. An Omega Allpro 110 – seen here in the CEC at Koenig & Bauer – will be key to the machinery base from day one (1)

    It takes quite some courage to set up a new company in unsettled times. Heinrich Derksen has chosen to take the risk, however, and will be opening Derksen Packaging as a folding carton conversion specialist in Ammerbuch near Stuttgart on 28 October.

    For Heinrich Derksen, this is the perfect moment to launch the new business. Many companies are currently bringing their production back to Germany or to elsewhere in Europe. That translates into an increased demand for environment-friendly packaging – and above all for folding cartons. At the same time, skilled employees are at a premium, especially when it comes to the production of complex, out-of-the-ordinary folding carton packaging. This is where Derksen Packaging plans to play its role – with a promise of quality, flexibility and delivery reliability.

    Specialist for small and medium series

    The company offers its services to all packaging producers, irrespective of whether they wish to outsource some of their conversion activities for capacity reasons or require special, complicated types of folding carton. Heinrich Derksen has identified further potential among companies in sectors such as pharmaceuticals and the food industry, which often need packaging in small or medium series. Individualised production, in particular, is subject to ever-increasing demand.

    Heinrich Derksen and Ronny Neugärtner (left) from the post-press sales team at Koenig & Bauer during a meeting held at the Omega Allpro 110 in Radebeul (2)

    Omega Allpro 110 as the perfect means of production

    To be able to offer highly automated support, Heinrich Derksen has chosen the Omega Allpro 110 folder-gluer as the centrepiece and backbone of his production facility. This machine is designed as a modular system and is therefore ideally suited for the automated production of a broad range of folding carton styles. Straight-line, crash-lock and double-wall boxes are all possible, as are four and six corner designs and many individually customised boxes.

    The Omega Allpro 110 scores points with a maximum production speed of up to 400 m/min. Fully automatic processes are combined with memory functions to achieve the shortest possible makeready times. An intuitive, touchscreen-based operating concept provides for exceptional ease of operation. High-precision processes reduce the amount of waste. And last but not least – many innovative solutions position the Omega Allpro 110 as the perfect means of production when dealing with individual product and process requirements.

    Ronny Neugärtner (left) and Heinrich Derksen are looking forward to the forthcoming installation of the Omega Allpro 110 at Derksen Packaging (3)

    Geared to growth

    Derksen Packaging is kicking off production with four permanent employees. Orders are already ready and waiting for them. The details will depend on how demand develops, but Heinrich Derksen is already planning for future growth and expansion. Up to 10 jobs are expected to be created at the company. And investments in additional machinery for the approx. 1,000 m2 production hall will establish the ideal prerequisites for attaining this goal.

    Interesting website: www.derksen-packaging.de 

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    news-2375 Wed, 19 Oct 2022 10:42:54 +0200 Comeback of the Cortina User Workshop http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/comeback-of-the-cortina-user-workshop/
  • A look back at the 16th Cortina User Workshop in St. Gallen
  • Packed agenda discussing challenges in waterless printing
  • Operative benefits of the waterless Cortina still effective today
  • Last Cortina User Workshop with Peter Benz
  • A popular gathering: over 100 participants accepted invitations to this year’s 16th Cortina User Workshop (2)

    After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Cortina users and supplier industry partners from all over the world were at last able to revive their annual get-together this year. At the 16th Cortina User Workshop in St. Gallen, Switzerland, they shared experiences on various aspects of the waterless offset printing process. The workshop was, at the same time, an opportunity to bid farewell to Peter Benz, the ‘father’ of this much-loved conference series.

    The participants had been asked to contribute their thoughts on current issues and developments in the run-up to the actual workshop. Using this as its basis, Koenig & Bauer prepared a comprehensive and diverse agenda of analyses and news for the two-day event, which was attended by over 100 users and partners. The topics ranged from recent developments at Koenig & Bauer to new findings from the supplier industry and challenges posed by the market. Many of the presentations triggered lively discussions, underlining once more the importance of face-to-face conferences like this one. In future, a number of round table working groups will also be added to the workshop.

    Thomas Potzkai, head of service at Koenig & Bauer, explained the key elements of the group strategy Exceeding Print (3)

    Subjects presented and discussed included predictive maintenance, technical innovations for the Cortina press, energy-saving measures and the development of a new pneumatic distributor roller, alongside insights from experiences with plate peeling problems, long-term tests of anilox rollers and further advances in printing plate technologies. The agenda also offered insights into developments in the paper industry, the challenges faced by ink manufacturers and quality-enhancing processes in newspaper printing as they relate to energy and material costs.

    One central understanding to emerge from the two-day workshop was that the benefits of the waterless Cortina press remain as effective as ever today. In cooperation with Q.I. Press Controls, a closed-loop colour control solution was, for example, realised for Cortina user Coldset Printing Partners (CPP) in Paal-Beringen, Belgium. The Cortina press sections at CPP were installed in 2018 and the closed-loop colour control system IDS-3D was commissioned a year later. The conclusion reached in the presentation given by Q.I. Press Controls, namely that no other coldset/heatset press series is better suited for closed-loop control solutions, met with overwhelming approval at the Cortina User Workshop.

    Passing the baton: Peter Benz (middle), former Cortina project manager at Koenig & Bauer, together with his successor Georg Zitterbart (left) and Thomas Potzkai, head of service at Koenig & Bauer (1)

    For Peter Benz, the former project manager responsible for the Cortina press at Koenig & Bauer, this was his last user workshop. Dubbed ‘Mr Cortina’ by his industry colleagues, the Swiss national took his well-earned retirement at the end of last year after a career devoted to advancing waterless newspaper printing. “The Cortina series is today a highly developed solution which, in my eyes, continues to deliver the optimum combination of economic efficiency, quality and sustainability,” said Peter Benz during a conversation on the fringes of the workshop. Responsibility for the Cortina series will now pass from Peter Benz to Georg Zitterbart. And the Cortina User Workshop will also be back again in 2023, this time with Rodi Media from Diemen in the Netherlands as host and partner.

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    news-2369 Fri, 14 Oct 2022 09:57:44 +0200 Koenig & Bauer takes a significant step towards more sustainability http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-takes-a-significant-step-towards-more-sustainability/
  • Koenig & Bauer assumes responsibility for more climate protection
  • Focus on energy autonomy and an improved eco-balance using electricity from the company’s own green sources
  • First photovoltaic array at the Würzburg location with an annual yield of around 200,000 kWh
  • Further PV and solar thermal installations to be commissioned shortly
  • A new photovoltaic array on the roof of the Koenig & Bauer Customer Technology Centre produces around 200,000 kWh of electricity per year – it is the first of several installations that Koenig & Bauer intends to use to contribute to climate protection, while at the same time boosting its own energy autonomy

    With expansion of its own green energy sources at the company headquarters in Würzburg, Koenig & Bauer is continuing the implementation of its sustainability initiative. The target set within the framework of the corporate strategy ‘Exceeding Print’ is for the group’s production facilities to achieve full carbon neutrality by 2030. The massive investments in photovoltaic arrays will allow Koenig & Bauer to cover a proportion of its power requirements on the basis of sustainable on-site generation. Besides contributing to climate protection, this also aims to boost the level of energy autonomy. The first array is already in use, and more photovoltaic and solar thermal installations are set to follow in the months to come.

    Positive impact on the global carbon footprint

    At the beginning of October 2022, Koenig & Bauer commissioned a photovoltaic array for on-site power generation on the roof of the Customer Technology Centre at group headquarters in Würzburg. An annual yield of around 200,000 kWh of electricity is now available for direct consumption at the Würzburg facility with immediate effect. Based on the specific greenhouse gas emissions for the German power mix overall, the photovoltaic array will benefit the environment by saving more than 80,000 kilograms of CO2 emissions per year.

    Additional investments in solar thermal and PV installations planned

    Already in summer 2022, a new hot water system that uses solar thermal modules was commissioned to supply Koenig & Bauer’s factory vocational school in Würzburg. More solar water heating systems are currently being installed at the canteen in Würzburg and in other common areas used by employees. In addition to two more photovoltaic arrays that are scheduled for completion at the Würzburg facility this year, concrete plans are also being drawn up to expand green power generation by using photovoltaic installations at the other Koenig & Bauer group locations.

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    news-2367 Thu, 13 Oct 2022 13:13:03 +0200 Koenig & Bauer at K2022 http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-at-k2022/
  • Presentation of the mobile hot stamping station K29 S
  • Trade fair première of a new high-speed inkjet unit for glass, plastic and metal decoration
  • Intelligent solutions to optimise resource consumption in flexo printing
  • The KAMMANN K15 Q-SE on show at the stand features a new high-speed inkjet printing unit

    Koenig & Bauer will be presenting tailored and future-oriented solutions for its customers at K2022 in Düsseldorf – the world’s leading trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry. The press manufacturer is thereby underlining its role as technology leader in all different segments of the print market. Group subsidiaries Koenig & Bauer Kammann and Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica have booked a shared 130 m² stand in Hall 4 (B07) to showcase their diverse portfolio of products for decorating hollow containers made of glass, metal and plastic and for printing flexible packaging. Every day, there will be live demonstrations of the KAMMANN K15 Q-SE with its new high-speed inkjet printing unit.        

    Sustainable and intelligent solutions in flexo printing

    The sales and service team at the stand is looking forward to presenting the CI flexo presses Evo XC, XD and XG, and will be explaining intelligent solutions aimed at reducing waste, energy consumption and makeready times. The presses in the Evo series are suitable for printing on all types of substrate used for flexible packaging, including recycled and compostable materials. Visitors attending the trade fair in Düsseldorf will also be able to learn about optimal use of all the digital tools and software modules for raising the efficiency and effectiveness of their flexo printing production. With regard to sustainability, other presentations at the stand highlight solutions developed to promote sustainable packaging, such as water-based and LED-UV inks, or hybrid solutions in which a CI press is combined with a subsequent flexo or gravure unit for varnishes and coatings.

    New technology for glass, plastic and metal decoration

    For Koenig & Bauer subsidiary Kammann, the fair is an opportunity to present its broad range of products for applications in screen printing, digital printing and hot stamping, as well as hybrid solutions for the decoration of plastic articles. The machine on display at the stand, a KAMMANN K15 Q-SE, will offer visitors a first glimpse of the new high-speed inkjet printing unit for increased outputs in the decoration of cylindrical and conical containers made of glass, plastic and metal. With its exceptional performance data, this world’s first rounds off the current portfolio of inkjet printing units. Customers can choose between a standard unit, a parallel unit to realise colour images and applications with ‘digital printed relief’ in one processing station, and a tandem inkjet printing unit for high outputs when decorating cylindrical containers.

    The different models of the mobile hot stamping station K29 S mark the first time that Koenig & Bauer Kammann will be showcasing its application add-ons for the field of hot stamping to the trade public. The exhibit on display is a new mobile hot stamping system for foil transfers to cylindrical and conical containers. A series of videos provides visitors with a comprehensive overview of the equipment features and function details of the different Kammann product families. Production samples in elaborate designs provide a first idea of the machines’ capabilities.

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    news-2364 Thu, 06 Oct 2022 12:44:21 +0200 Independent Can Company Commissions Its New Koenig & Bauer MetalStar 3 Press http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/independent-can-company-commissions-its-new-koenig-bauer-metalstar-3-press/
  • The new press will allow ICC to achieve the goal of doubling output per labour hour and delivering product to customers in four to five weeks from order
  • ICC was named 2021 High Performance Metal Decorator of The Year by Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint
  • ICC’s goal is to be the primary source for highly decorated, specialty cans in the United States
  • At the inauguration of the new Koenig & Bauer MetalStar 3, representatives from Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint and Independent Can Company celebrated. (Left to right) Sam Pernice, Koenig & Bauer Director of Sales & Service for the MetalPrint Division; Rick Huether, President and CEO of Independent Can Company; Ryan Huether, Chief Operating Officer of ICC; Doug Huether, Chairman Emeritus of ICC; Cathy Huether McClelland, family member and shareholder; Mac McClelland, shareholder of ICC; and Pekka Hobbeling, Managing Director of Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint

    In late September 2022, Independent Can Company, a leader in the printing and manufacturing of specialty metal packaging, celebrated the official commissioning of its new Koenig & Bauer MetalStar 3 press at an open house at its Belcamp, MD facility. ICC is now the only company operating a nine-colour metal decorating printing line in the Western Hemisphere.

    The new nine-colour line allows one pass work for up to nine colours. This capability will be instrumental in helping ICC to achieve the goal of doubling output per labour hour and delivering product to customers in four – five weeks from order.

    “We have made historic investments to solidify our position in the market and this new press marks the latest,” says Richard Huether, President and CEO of Independent Can Company. “With the goal of being the primary source for highly decorated, specialty cans in the United States, our company has invested heavily in facility maximisation and the latest technology in can making and lithography.”

    ICC is the largest user of MetalStar technology in North America. In addition to the new nine-colour line, the organisation also operates two six-colour MetalStar 2 lines and a four-colour MetalStar 2, in use at their plants in Maryland and Ohio.

    For more than twenty years, ICC has been recognised for excellence in print quality by Can Maker Magazine, the International Metal Decorators & Packaging Association and most recently by Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint with the High Performance Metal Decorator of the Year 2021. This award was established to honour Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint customers who achieve outstanding, out-of-the ordinary performance in metal decorating using Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint products.

    Sam Pernice, Director of Sales & Service for Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint (US) commented on the historic nature of the order. “Independent Can Company is a true American success story which dates back to 1929,” he says. “Under the leadership of the Huether family, the company has grown and flourished for decades. This success has been achieved for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is their meticulous and professional approach when it comes to choosing their business partners.  Their decision to purchase a nine-colour MetalStar 3 is truly historic, as there is no other machine of this size anywhere in the Western Hemisphere, giving them unmatched single pass capabilities.” Pernice concluded: “Their selection of the MetalStar 3 is the culmination of very careful planning and due diligence. We are honoured that they have chosen to place their confidence and trust in our hands once again.”

    ICC is driven to remain competitive in a global market and being a domestic solution to the supply chain challenges for major brands. The company is more committed than ever to printing and manufacturing in the United States. With the largest portfolio of specialty can options, serving a wide range of markets, ICC is also keeping more than four hundred jobs in North America. Continuous improvement and reinvestment in technology benefits all of its customers and employees.

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    news-2359 Tue, 04 Oct 2022 11:09:21 +0200 Energy efficiency in print and packaging production http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/energy-efficiency-in-print-and-packaging-production/
  • Digital solution to collect and visualise data from all energy consumers in a company
  • Utilisation of all product elements enables sustainable savings and thereby reduces business and production costs
  • System available with immediate effect in Germany, Austria and Switzerland; global roll-out from 2023
  • Corporate responsibility for sustainable production processes
  • Energy management aligns with the focus of the group strategy Exceeding Print
  • The VisuEnergy X software can record and visualise the energy requirements of individual consumers


    Global climate change, resource scarcity and high energy prices are sending a clear message: sustainable action is not only a question of social responsibility, but also a highly relevant economic factor. Accordingly, Koenig & Bauer is placing a scalable digital tool in the hands of its worldwide customers to help them save energy and thereby reduce costs in future: an optimised energy management system developed specifically for the print and packaging industry.

    Sustainability as a social challenge

    Together with the active print industry, Koenig & Bauer has significant leverage when it comes to shaping sustainable print production. “Sustainability is the greatest challenge of our time,” says Koenig & Bauer CEO Dr Andreas Pleßke. “And as a company whose history extends back more than 200 years, we do, of course, also bear responsibility for future generations.” Alongside the development of energy-efficient machines, Koenig & Bauer has been championing the use of ecological process consumables and biodegradable print substrates for many years. When seeking to reduce carbon footprints, however, it is expedient to view the energy requirements of the entire production facility – from the shop-floor equipment to the building services and installations.

    Koenig & Bauer’s energy management solution comprises three elements: automated data recording, analysis visualisation and the derivation of appropriate measures (2)

    Energy savings using digital solutions

    Today’s digital technologies facilitate the recording and visualisation of energy consumption data, and subsequently the realisation of savings potential. Koenig & Bauer’s new energy management solution optimises these functions to address the specific requirements of the print and packaging industry, but is equally suitable for use in many other fields. The core element is the energy management system VisuEnergy X, which automatically processes incoming meter data for presentation in clearly structured and individually customisable dashboards. VisuEnergy X records the consumption of all equipment connected to the machine, analyses this consumption in relation to the production output, and can then calculate job-specific parameters such as the energy consumption per 1,000 sheets. It is possible to upgrade the system beyond energy data to include production-relevant parameters such as temperature and humidity.

    The three elements of the Koenig & Bauer energy management solution – the automated recording of meter data, visualisation of the analysis results and the derivation of appropriate measures in response, accompanied by professional energy consulting – enable production to be made more efficient. “VisuEnergy X allows our customers to achieve sustainable energy savings of 7 to 10 per cent on average – and that usually from the very first year,” says Michael Billa, product owner for digitalisation at Koenig & Bauer.

    Michael Billa, product owner for digitalisation, is responsible for the launch of the new energy management system. “With VisuEnergy X allows our customers to achieve sustainable energy savings of 7 to 10 per cent on average.” (3)

    Product launch with immediate effect

    Koenig & Bauer offers the energy management system on a subscription basis as an SaaS solution (software as a service). It is available with immediate effect, initially for customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The global roll-out is to follow at the beginning of 2023. The system is certified in accordance with DIN ISO 50001 and is eligible for energy efficiency grants from the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) in Germany.

    The energy management system is the first product to be developed and brought to the market by a new digital unit at Koenig & Bauer. This underlines the press manufacturer’s commitment to providing digital solutions that support customers on the road to more sustainability and efficiency. Everything follows a clear plan: sustainability and digitalisation are two of the three key goals that Koenig & Bauer has placed at the focus of corporate activities under the group-wide ‘Exceeding Print’ strategy – thereby bringing together the greatest challenge and the prime mover of our times.

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    news-2355 Fri, 30 Sep 2022 11:27:06 +0200 Koenig & Bauer presents Green Dot Award 2022 http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-presents-green-dot-award-2022/
  • Sustainability is one of the greatest challenges
  • Koenig & Bauer honors innovative contributions to sustainable printing with the Green Dot Award
  • Award winner Andres Kull, CEO Kroonpress, is delighted about the award and a total of 20,000 euros in prize money, of which 10,000 euros will be donated to a sustainability project of his choice
  • The winners of the first Green Dot Award from Koenig & Bauer were congratulated by Dr Andreas Pleßke (CEO Koenig & Bauer): Andres Kull (CEO Kroonpress), Frauke Oeding-Blumenberg (Managing Director oeding print), Fabrice Peltier (expert for packaging eco-design)

    For the first time Koenig & Bauer presented the Green Dot Award 2022, which was specially created by the company, at a festive event during an Executive Summit on 30 September in Würzburg. Andres Kull, CEO of Kroonpress in Tartu/Estonia, is this year's winner. Frauke Oeding-Blumenberg, Managing Director of oeding print from Braunschweig, and Fabrice Peltier, an expert in packaging eco-design from Combloux/France, are pleased to be among the top three winners. Dr Andreas Pleßke, CEO of Koenig & Bauer: "From our global sales and service network we received many best-practice proposals with innovative sustainability projects from visionary leaders, which show that our industry is very committed and determined in handling this challenging future topic. It was not easy for our global leadership team to select the "Best of the Best" from these outstanding proposals."

    Koenig & Bauer with comprehensive sustainability roadmap

    As one of the three pillars of the corporate strategy “Exceeding Print”, Koenig & Bauer drives sustainability as a special challenge of our time. One of the goals of the comprehensive roadmap is to support customers in their sustainability activities. With the Green Dot Award, Koenig & Bauer wants to honor a visionary leader with outstanding ideas who has already made innovative contributions to sustainable printing in a special way. The Green Dot winner receives 10,000 euros in prize money and a further 10,000 euros that are donated to a sustainability project of their choice.

    Multi-stage selection process for the Green Dot Award

    Over 1,000 people from the Koenig & Bauer sales and service network worldwide were asked to submit best-practice examples with innovative sustainability visionary leaders. A nomination committee with team members from Corporate Strategy & Development and Corporate Responsibility evaluated the submitted proposals according to the criteria of degree of innovation, degree of sustainability and multiplier effect. The final price was determined based on the top 3 via an anonymous online vote by Koenig & Bauer executives worldwide.

    Andres Kull, CEO of Kroonpress in Tartu, Estonia

    As the leading offset printer in the Baltics, Kroonpress has developed Greenline Print, a CO2 label to calculate and classify the greenhouse gas emissions of printed products over their life cycle. As a pioneer in sustainability reporting, the company, which has been certified in a variety of ways, sets annual sustainability goals and obtains 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.

    Frauke Oeding-Blumenberg, Managing Director oeding print, Braunschweig

    oeding print is one of the most sustainable print service providers in Germany and uses 100 percent green electricity and up to 25 percent production directly on site to proactively protect the environment and climate. The print shop has extensive certifications and bundles technology, know-how and environmentally friendly materials for green printed products. The proportion of certified papers increased from 30 percent in 2011 to over 80 percent. During the same period, the energy consumption per tonne of printed paper was reduced by 63 percent.

    Fabrice Peltier, packaging ecodesign expert, Combloux, France

    The renowned packaging designer and pioneer in eco-design has been committed to more responsible, more environmentally friendly packaging. As an expert in packaging design, he is a participant in ONUDI (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and an advisor to packaging manufacturers in developing countries.

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    news-2353 Tue, 27 Sep 2022 11:16:10 +0200 Intelligent solutions for added value http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/intelligent-solutions-for-added-value/
  • New unit established to accelerate the digital transformation
  • Transition from manufacturing company to technology provider
  • Kyana as the first market-ready AI application in the industry
  • Integration of existing digital solutions and systematic development of new services
  • As a component of the group strategy EXCEEDING PRINT, a new digital unit coordinates and supports the development, implementation and market launch of digital products and services at Koenig & Bauer (1)

    Koenig & Bauer has already transformed the world of print on any number of occasions. It has long since transitioned from a classic manufacturing company into an agile technology provider, and numerous digital products and offers complement its printing machinery. With a new group-wide unit focussed on the digital transformation, Koenig & Bauer is now intensifying its development of new business models and digital solutions covering the full lifecycle of print products.

    Koenig & Bauer’s group strategy EXCEEDING PRINT adopts global megatrends as a basis to further advance the company’s digital transformation and to continue its development of digital business models. New digital products associated with the company’s core product – printing presses for practically all substrates and technologies – are being added to the portfolio, and ensure that customers can continue to rely on maximum productivity and availability in the future. “The digital transformation is ‘people business’. The realignments in corporate and innovation culture, combined with the development of modern software products for our customers, are driving the company’s transition from a machine manufacturer to a technology provider,” says Ralf Sammeck, member of the Executive Board and CDO at Koenig & Bauer. “We are becoming ‘digital trusted advisors’ to our customers and can use data to derive recommendations for action, for example to make production more efficient.”

    Sandra Wagner, Vice President Digitalisation at Koenig & Bauer: “We provide our customers with support wherever they can make their businesses even more profitable with digital solutions.” (2)

    The new digital unit has been operating at group level since 2022, coordinating and supporting the development, implementation and market launch of digital products and services – from the initial idea through to commercial viability. “We direct our focus at our customers and provide them with support wherever they can make their businesses even more profitable with digital solutions,” says Sandra Wagner, Vice President Digitalisation and head of the interdisciplinary team. As the former Head of Sales and Marketing at group subsidiary Koenig & Bauer Coding, she helped to give a face to artificial intelligence: The digital assistant Kyana offers every option for smart production support, from remote service to predictive maintenance. Wagner and her team are planning to further expand this service and intend to integrate Koenig & Bauer’s already existing capabilities for recording, analysing and interpreting machine data using artificial intelligence into a central, AI-assisted platform for customers.

    Furthermore, the market launch of a digital product that unites two key components of the group strategy EXCEEDING PRINT, namely sustainability and digitalisation, is imminent. After all, Koenig & Bauer and its global customers not only exert a decisive influence over the world of print and packaging, but also share responsibility for structuring production processes sustainably.

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