Koenig & Bauer News Feed http://www.koenig-bauer.com/ en Koenig & Bauer AG Tue, 19 Feb 2019 21:52:13 +0100 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 21:52:13 +0100 news-1310 Mon, 18 Feb 2019 11:16:53 +0100 Further RotaJET from Koenig & Bauer for decor printer https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/further-rotajet-from-koenig-bauer-for-decor-printer/
  • Further RotaJET for decor printer
  • More individual decors
  • Interprint invests again in digital print
  • Sights set on portfolio expansion    
  • Interprint GmbH from Arnsberg, Germany, has confirmed the success of its 2014 investment decision with the purchase of a second RotaJET from Koenig & Bauer. The new digital press will be entering production at the end of 2019. “Back in 2014, we were the first decor printer to invest in wide-format single-pass inkjet technology. That was an expression of our unbridled pioneering spirit, and we have continued to contribute to further improvements together with Koenig & Bauer over the past years. For us, it was clear that we would eventually purchase another RotaJET,” says Robert Bierfreund, managing director of Interprint GmbH. The RotaJET 4/0 for decor printing enables significant expansion of the company’s product portfolio and will help to open up new markets. The new press is to be installed directly alongside the existing RotaJET 168 at the headquarters facility in Arnsberg. Koenig & Bauer board member Christoph Müller: “Digital technologies are becoming increasingly important for our customers, both in decor printing and in the packaging sector. Shorter runs, individualised products and fast time-to-market scenarios are playing an ever greater role.”  

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    Interprint Group is one of the leading decor printers

    With around 1,300 employees worldwide, of whom 390 are based at the headquarters in Arnsberg, the Interprint Group is one of the leading decor printers. The company was founded in Arnsberg exactly 50 years ago and in the meantime counts eight production locations around the world. Every year, Interprint develops more than 100 new decors.


    The RotaJET series pairs high productivity and efficiency with outstanding quality. The central cylinder and superior print array design deliver optimum colour accuracy and job-to-job repeatability. The combination of precision engineering, latest-generation inkjet technology and carefully matched consumables guarantees constant print quality. The paper supply for 4/0-colour inkjet production is realised by a Pastomat reelstand with Patras M reel handling. An intelligent web lead and optimally matched high-performance NIR dryers safeguard a high print quality even at the fastest printing speeds.    

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    news-1307 Thu, 14 Feb 2019 10:02:42 +0100 German Design Award for RotaJET from Koenig & Bauer https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/german-design-award-for-rotajet-from-koenig-bauer/
  • Important prize for the RotaJET press from Koenig & Bauer
  • Prize celebrates innovative developments in product and communications design
  • Award ceremony within the framework of the consumer goods fair “Ambiente”
  • Koenig & Bauer is among the proud winners of the German Design Award 2019, earning a “Winner” commendation from the German Design Council for the RotaJET digital web press. The RotaJET convinced the jury in the category “Industry” with its ultra-modern, high-class feel and clearly structured look. It already implements our new press design.

    The RotaJET digital web press in the Koenig & Bauer demo centre in Würzburg

    A silver and grey colour scheme characterises the outward appearance of the RotaJET, accentuated by a distinctive blue segment with an illuminated company logo and function panel. Every detail of the uncluttered operating concept is tailored to the needs of the user. “With the German Design Award, we have received a further important prize for our RotaJET,” says a delighted Dagmar Ringel, head of corporate communications and marketing at Koenig & Bauer. “That is clear indication that we are on the right track with our modern press design.” The award jury praised the coherent design language, the clear structuring of the press sections, and the easy accessibility of all operating elements of the RotaJET.

    The German Design Award is bestowed by the German Design Council, a foundation which was established on the initiative of the Federal Parliament in 1953 to sharpen awareness for the importance of design questions in industry. The message: High-tech made in Germany must be paired with an equally outstanding external appearance in order to be successful worldwide. Through its annual German Design Award, the council spotlights projects which are deemed ground-breaking for the German and international design landscape.

    The most innovative design developments are celebrated in over 50 award categories in the three areas “Excellent Communications Design”, “Excellent Product Design” and “Universal Design”. All the prize-winners have previously received nominations from the technical and expert committees of the German Design Council. The complex nomination procedure ensures that the competition entries represent the very best achievements in product and communications design. The winners of the German Design Award are then chosen by an independent jury of experts from industry, the universities and the design branch. This year’s award ceremony was held on 8th February 2019 within the framework of the leading international consumer goods fair “Ambiente” in Frankfurt am Main.

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    news-1305 Thu, 07 Feb 2019 10:01:20 +0100 26th Koenig & Bauer Commander CL goes to Münster https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/26th-koenig-bauer-commander-cl-goes-to-muenster/
  • Member of the world’s best newspaper printers’ club
  • Premium print quality for high-quality print products
  • 26 of these presses sold worldwide since market launch
  • Commitment to the printed newspaper  
  • The Aschendorff Group is the leading media supplier in Münster, Germany, and the surrounding region. With another investment in a Commander CL newspaper press from Koenig & Bauer, the company is continuing its successful growth course, having already fired up its first Commander CL two years ago. “We are truly satisfied with our press, especially as it can print up to 100,000 copies per hour. We are also particularly impressed with how little waste it produces. This is incredibly important as we print 28 different local editions,” says Thilo Grickschat, managing director of the printing centre. The company’s technical director Thomas Wenge adds: “We carried out a comprehensive selection process before our first investment three years ago. For the current investment, everything went much faster – we are delighted with Koenig & Bauer.” The new press is scheduled to come on stream in spring 2020 and it will be very highly automated. Since its market launch a number of years ago, Koenig & Bauer has now sold 26 presses of this type to Germany, France, China and the USA, and it is currently the most frequently ordered Koenig & Bauer newspaper press. “Our high-end newspaper presses are still very much in demand on the market. Our customers are very satisfied with the quality, productivity, cost-effectiveness and new features of our presses,” says Stefan Segger, sales director at Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed.

    The new Commander CL is scheduled to come on stream at Druckzentrum Aschendorff in spring 2020 (1)

    Company leads WAN-IFRA Star Club with 15 stars

    Print media has been the core business of the Aschendorff Group for more than 250 years. The company publishes nearly 30 different local editions and is known for its outstanding print quality. It is a member of the exclusive International Newspaper Color Quality Club and leads the WAN-IFRA Star Club with 15 stars. With the Westfälische Nachrichten and the Münstersche Zeitung – the daily titles belonging to the Münster newspaper group – Aschendorff prints the region’s highest-circulation dailies. Together with frees and the supplements distributed by Anzeigenblattgruppe Münsterland, Aschendorff’s daily newspapers serve a large proportion of the Münsterland region. Since the beginning of 2019, the company has pooled its media activities in a joint holding with the Westfalen-Blatt Group from Bielefeld. The business with daily newspapers, radio, advertising supplements and printing facilities is now managed under the umbrella of Westfälische Medien Holding AG.

    The project team from Aschendorff and Koenig & Bauer (left to right): Mustafa Ugan, project manager Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Thomas Wenge, technical director Druckzentrum Aschendorff; Thilo Grickschat, managing director Druckzentrum Aschendorff; Stefan Segger, sales director Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Markus Schrubba, production processes coordinator Druckzentrum Aschendorff; Herbert Kaiser, head of project management Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Georg Fleder, sales manager Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed (2)

    Premium print quality for high-quality products

    The Commander CL ordered comprises two four-high towers, a KF 5 jaw folder and two Pastomat reelstands with stripping station and Patras A reel-transport system. Just like the existing press line, the new Commander CL will feature an extensive package of automation modules. RollerTronic roller locks, inking unit and cylinder washing systems, fan-out compensation, colour measuring and control systems, colour and cut-off register controls, and automatic plate changing maximise operating convenience and keep makeready times, waste and maintenance efforts to a minimum. The Commander CL will be controlled from an ErgoTronic console featuring EasyTronic software for optimised start-up. 

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    news-1302 Wed, 06 Feb 2019 10:04:24 +0100 Rapida 75 PRO soon on its way to IPC on Mauritius https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/rapida-75-pro-soon-on-its-way-to-ipc-on-mauritius/
  • Seminar with new sales partner DSI as catalyst for the order
  • Delivery at the end of the first quarter
  • Customer convinced by space-saving design and low energy consumption  
  • In June last year, DSI invited local printers to a seminar introducing the latest print technology from Koenig & Bauer. A group photo shows the participants together with Koenig & Bauer sales director Sven Strzelczyk (1)

    It is set to commence its journey at the end of March – the first Rapida 75 PRO for a printing company on the island of Mauritius. IPC Imprimerie & Papeterie in Cassis, a suburb of the capital Port Louis, has opted for a four-colour model. The production start is scheduled for the middle of the year.

    Engineered for sheet formats up to 605 x 750 mm and configured with a package of board-handling accessories, the press is ideally prepared for the processing of substrates between 80 and 450 gsm. The feature list includes switchable differential-speed drives for the dampening units, roller coatings for low-alcohol and alcohol-free printing, and CleanTronic Synchro for parallel washing processes. ErgoTronic ACR takes care of register measurements, while ErgoTronic ColorDrive measures and controls the ink densities. CIP3 PPF data from pre-press can be converted into press presetting data via LogoTronic CIPLinkX.

    IPC will soon be taking delivery of a four-colour Rapida 75 PRO (2)

    Compact, space-saving design clinches the deal

    The compact, space-saving design of the Rapida 75 PRO, its low energy consumption and the availability of a local service partner convinced the IPC management and sealed the purchase decision.

    Printing company under tropical skies: A Rapida 75 PRO is set to enter production at IPC in Cassis by the middle of this year (3)
    The process was kicked off at a seminar last June. DSI, the Koenig & Bauer sales partner for Mauritius, the Seychelles and Madagascar, presented the products of the oldest press manufacturer in the world to an audience of representatives from practically all print companies on the island. The company had taken over sales and service activities for Koenig & Bauer only shortly before. As a distributor of numerous other products for the print industry, DSI can point to excellent networking contacts. Not least for this reason, the seminar attracted considerable attention, and the contract with IPC was already signed before the end of the year.

    IPC comprises a graphic design studio, printshop and finishing department, and is active in both commercial and packaging printing. In addition, the company runs a shop in Port Louis selling stationery and a diversity of trendy, mainly printed souvenirs.    

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    news-1294 Tue, 29 Jan 2019 08:22:00 +0100 A service partnership with great potential https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/a-service-partnership-with-great-potential/
  • Successful inspection at Badisches Druckhaus
  • Alliance between S.E.M and Koenig & Bauer
  • Assessment of all technical equipment
  • DGUV regulation to be enforced  
  • Shortly after signing the contract (l-r): Thomas Bergmann, head of service management Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Michael Grieswald, assistant vice-president S.E.M Servicegesellschaft; Paul Haas, managing director Badisches Druckhaus Baden-Baden; Achim Trenkner, managing director S.E.M Servicegesellschaft; Thomas Potzkai, head of service and project management Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed (1)

    Equipment inspection at Badisches Druckhaus (2)

    Source: Gerd Bergmann, Deutscher Drucker

    Badisches Druckhaus Baden-Baden is one of the first printing companies to benefit from the successful cooperation between S.E.M. and Koenig & Bauer. Within the framework of implementing the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) regulations, in particular regulation 3, the cooperation between the two companies went smoothly. “The entire process from the initial inquiry to the completion of the inspection went smoothly. I had my permanent contact person and everything went well,” says Paul Haas, managing director of Badisches Druckhaus.

    In 2014 a Koenig & Bauer Commander CT for printing up to 48-page newspapers in Berlin format was installed at Badisches Druckhaus. In addition to the daily title “Badisches Tagblatt”, the company also produces a number of advertising journals as well as contract jobs for publishers, retailers and industrial companies.

    DGUV regulation 3 must be carried out

    §5 of DGUV 3 states: “The contractor shall ensure that electrical installations and equipment are checked regarding their proper condition”. Companies can check their own office printers or PCs for example. Nevertheless, the experts from S.E.M. and Koenig & Bauer were commissioned by Badisches Druckhaus to inspect the Commander CT. Koenig & Bauer now not only offers the latest press technology, but also the know-how to carry out DGUV inspections without interrupting production. “This order is a good example of how our customers can benefit from this partnership,” says Thomas Potzkai, head of service at Koenig & Bauer. The exchange of knowledge and the use of individual data from our own systems offers customers the greatest possible degree of security and advice.

    Koenig & Bauer’s alliance with S.E.M. Servicegesellschaft

    Koenig & Bauer expanded its product portfolio in 2018 in response to the expanding service business and strong customer demand. In cooperation with S.E.M. Servicegesellschaft, Koenig & Bauer can now offer almost all services relating to printing presses.

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    news-1290 Wed, 23 Jan 2019 14:38:20 +0100 Rapida 106 for Frischmann Druck und Medien https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/rapida-106-for-frischmann-druck-und-medien/
  • Delivery of a five-colour Rapida 106 with coater in March
  • More performance and print stability
  • QualiTronic PrintCheck monitors print quality  
  • Jürgen Frischmann, managing director of Frischmann Druck und Medien, views his Rapida 106 in the assembly hall in Radebeul with Christofer Hugel (r) sales at Koenig & Bauer (DE). It is scheduled for delivery in March (1)
    “Enhanced performance and more stability in the printing process” were the reasons behind Jürgen Frischmann‘s, managing director of Frischmann Druck und Medien, decision to purchase a Rapida 106. At the beginning of January he visited Koenig & Bauer in Radebeul to learn more about the assembly status of his five-colour press with coater. It will be delivered to the family-run business in Amberg/Germany in March and will also be the company’s first Koenig & Bauer sheetfed offset press in its 50-year history.

    With state-of-the-art automation solutions, printing speeds of up to 18,000 sheets per hour and short makeready times, the medium-format system replaces an aging predecessor. The new press is expected to enhance productivity at Frischmann, especially seeing as the pressroom is already running at maximum capacity in three shifts. “The Rapida 106 will make us more flexible during peak production periods and streamline our processes,” explains Jürgen Frischmann. It will process substrates between 90 and 400 g/m² (57 - 257lbs), including solid bleached sulphate board and other high-quality substrates.

    Quality down to the last detail

    A host of automation modules ensure maximum performance. QualiTronic ColorControl with PrintCheck for monitoring print quality is one of Jürgen Frischmann’s most valued features. The log functions provide complete proof of the print quality. “We can easily show our customers how production went,” says the managing director.

    Cutting-edge measuring technology from Koenig & Bauer offers several functions at the same time: The Rapida 106 for Frischmann Druck und Medien is equipped with systems allowing colour densities to be controlled and production monitored with just one camera system. The press crew is notified when deviations from the reference parameters occur. At the same time, a tape inserter marks the waste produced in the pile. The operators sort out faulty sheets before the sheets are finished.

    DriveTronic SPC changes the printing plates in all five units simultaneously. Plate Ident precisely adjusts the register before the first print by means of measuring marks on the printing plates. In addition, the system checks the correct alignment of the printing plates to the units and to the print job produced. The press interrupts the makeready process if the alignment is incorrect. All this shortens makeready times and saves waste.

    What is more, a nonstop roller ensures interruption-free production. VariDryBlue contributes to environmental protection through energy-saving drying in the delivery and extended delivery.

    The signs for further growth are set: Jürgen Frischmann is looking forward to when the cutting-edge high-performance sheetfed offset technology is delivered (2)

    Continual growth

    Jürgen Frischmann’s father founded the company in a disused mine building in 1968. The two-man business gradually developed into a print service provider with 6,000 square meters of production space and 80 employees. In 2016 Jürgen Frischmann took over sole management of the company. Five years before that, his son Uli joined the company as general manager. Frischmann Druck und Medien celebrated its 50th jubilee in 2018. 300 guests were invited to the anniversary celebration to see the company’s potential for themselves. In addition to printing, Frischmann’s product portfolio includes additional services such as advertising technology, direct mail and dialogue marketing, software solutions and fulfilment offerings.

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    news-1280 Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0100 Tetra Pak to offer new levels of customisation and flexibility with digital printing technology https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/tetra-pak-to-offer-new-levels-of-customisation-and-flexibility-with-digital-printing-technology/
    A first for the beverage carton industry, this investment taps the power of digital on-package printing to offer new possibilities for beverage brands  

    Tetra Pak is to become the first company in the food and beverage carton industry to offer full-colour digital printing on its carton packages, working in collaboration with Koenig & Bauer AG, a global leader in the field.

    The digital printing technology will simplify the complexity of design handling, reducing time from design to print and opening up new opportunities for flexibility in order placement and product customisation. Beverage brands can take advantage of added benefits like dynamic on-package printing and the ability to include a variety of designs within the same order.

    Charles Brand, Executive Vice President, Product Management & Commercial Operations at Tetra Pak said, “We are committed to helping our customers explore new avenues with a truly ‘smart’ package, supporting their need for product customisation, smaller batch sizes, shorter delivery times, greater traceability and the ability to interact with the consumer. Our investment in this digital printer demonstrates our commitment to support customers with future-proof technologies as the digital revolution transforms the way we all do business.”

    The full-width Koenig & Bauer RotaJET 168 digital printer is currently being built by Koenig & Bauer and will be installed at Tetra Pak’s converting plant at Denton, Texas. Field testing of the new, digitally-printed carton packages is expected to begin in early 2020 with North American customers.

    Carmen Becker, President and CEO of Tetra Pak U.S. and Canada, said, “Brands continue to look for opportunities to deliver greater customisation and personalisation of their products. We’re thrilled to offer our customers new and innovative ways to engage with consumers, all while increasing flexibility in the design and order process.”

    Christoph Müller, Member of the Board of Koenig & Bauer said, “We are absolutely delighted that Tetra Pak has decided in favour of our digital printer. Collaboration between our companies is on an extremely constructive and trusting basis. I am sure that, together, we will significantly change the market for the benefit of Tetra Pak customers.”

    A sample 3D representation of the RotaJET 168 from Koenig & Bauer

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    news-1277 Thu, 10 Jan 2019 08:08:29 +0100 Eight-colour Rapida 106 in operation in Marktheidenfeld since spring https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/eight-colour-rapida-106-in-operation-in-marktheidenfeld-since-spring/
  • High production output and minimal job changeover times
  • Focus on set-up times, availability and performance
  • LED-UV for ultra-short throughput times
  • Low waste thanks to intelligent job sequencing
  • Eight locations in Mainfranken and Saxony  
  • A Rapida 106 with eight printing units and perfecting for 4-over-4 production has been in operation at FLYERALARM at Druckhaus Mainfranken in Marktheidenfeld, near Wurzburg, since April 2018 .

    After extensive market evaluation, the high-speed press for printing speeds of up to 18,000 sheets per hour was ordered at the end of 2017. It is raised by 225mm and tailored exactly to the needs of the online printing service provider in terms of print spectrum and plate formats. All eight printing plates on the Rapida 106 are changed simultaneously in less than 40 seconds. DriveTronic SPC not only ensures fast plate changes but, together with CleanTronic Syncro, also the simultaneous washing of impression cylinders, blankets and rollers. It is also equipped with PlateIdent for extremely short job changeover times including register setting. The press not only offers high production outputs, but is also the perfect production tool for frequent and fast job changes, which are commonplace in the web-to-print business, a business driven by shorter runs, high quality and very short delivery times.

    December 2017: (l-r) Rolf Possekel, Koenig & Bauer (DE), Ulrich Stetter, managing director Druckhaus Mainfranken, Reinhard Marschall, managing director Koenig & Bauer (DE), and Christofer Hugel, Koenig & Bauer (DE), jointly sign the purchase contract for the eight-colour Rapida 106 (1)

    For print jobs ranging from 100 to approx. 5,000 sheets, the number of sheets printed in the first months of operation was relatively unspectacular. Nevertheless, FLYERALARM Industrial Print's management was impressed by how quickly the press achieved good performance figures after installation and how quickly the staff, a few of whom only had limited previous Rapida knowledge, got used to working with the new press. 9-10,000 plate changes per month, on the other hand, clearly show the market segment in which the Rapida 106 is at home and shows off its strengths. Job changes account for 60 to 70 percent of production time. “Makeready, makeready, makeready,” is how Ulrich Stetter, managing director of Druckhaus Mainfranken, describes his demands placed on the press. “Availability and performance,” adds Michael Deml, managing director of FLYERALARM Industrial Print.

    A year later: The Rapida 106 has been in operation at Druckhaus Mainfranken for more than half a year now. Ulrich Stetter (l), managing director of Druckhaus Mainfranken, and Michael Deml, managing director of FLYERALARM Industrial Print, here with Christofer Hugel (r), Koenig & Bauer (DE), are very satisfied with the new press (2)

    LED-UV printing for minimal production times

    What is more, the new press is equipped with the latest generation of LED UV dryers. The 4/4-colour printed sheets can be processed immediately when they come out of the machine. The need for storage space is eliminated, throughput times are slashed and customers receive their products faster. The significantly reduced use of powder in printing also reduces cleaning cycles on the finishing machines. FLYERALARM’s production specialists have many years of experience with UV printing in all its forms: from classic processes to HR and LED UV. They ensure that dry products are processed and delivered - without the need for any coating. There is no abrasion or set-off during transport.

    50 percent of production on the Rapida 106 is on uncoated and recycled paper. Other products include matt image papers, critical substrates and uncoated board. These are all demanding substrates that are in high demand on the market. Depending on the job and delivery time, production planning decides whether production is to be carried out using conventional or LED UV processes. Thanks to coordinated colour profiles, the company achieves almost identical print products regardless of process, press operator and weekday - even with repeat jobs using different processes.

    Despite all the automation: Press operator Karl-Josef Christ checks the register before starting the new job (3)

    Highly automated production

    Fast measurement and control technology monitors production. QualiTronic ColorControl measures and controls the ink densities on the front and back of the sheet. Intelligent job sequencing, depending on substrate and colour, also helps to shorten makeready times and reduce waste. The particularly small measuring strips (only 3mm high) allow the substrate area to be optimally used for marketable products. There is hardly any cutting waste. In addition, there are functions such as LiveView and inline register control. The Rapida 106 also features LogoTronic Professional production planning and control software with an integrated JDF interface for data exchange with MIS and prepress.

    Automatic ink supply frees up the operator from further routine tasks. Coated ink duct change plates (EasyClean) simplify the cleaning of the ink ducts should ink changes be necessary.

    Makeready, makeready, makeready: Karl-Josef Christ and Sofie Hetzer load the eight plate-loading cartridges with the printing plates for the next job (4)

    Printing in medium and large format

    Reduced workloads: fully automatic ink supply to the printing units (5)
    Medium-format systems are rather an exception in FLYERALARM’s production fleet. “Paper can be printed most efficiently with large-format eight-colour presses,” explains Ulrich Stetter.

    However: “If you look at the entire process, medium format offers clear advantages for some products.“ That’s why the Rapida 106 came into the company. Druckhaus Mainfranken now has the right technology for every product and can decide in the context of the overall process which format is most economical for production. For example, it can make sense to switch to B3 for complex finishing processes.

    Ulrich Stetter and Michael Deml are certain that Web-to-Print will continue to grow in the coming years. FLYERALARM, too, is showing signs of growth. This is achieved primarily through the expansion of its product portfolio to include cross-media products, new digital services and offerings in the field of advertising technology and promotional items. In addition, the online printing service provider invests in solid support during the purchasing process. FLYERALARM is one of the first to take on a product whenever it is necessary to produce small runs efficiently and particularly quickly.

    The eight-colour Rapida 106 is in operation day and night. Pile logistics can be added at a later date as the press is raised (6)

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    news-1265 Thu, 20 Dec 2018 11:28:26 +0100 Koenig & Bauer and Durst Phototechnik agree a 50/50 joint venture in digital printing https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-and-durst-phototechnik-agree-a-5050-joint-venture-in-digital-printing/
    The modular concept of the VariJET combines the opportunities of digital inkjet with the acknowledged printing and inline finishing capabilities of the offset process for folding carton printing

    To further advance the development of future-oriented digital printing solutions with added value for customers in the folding carton and corrugated printing markets, Koenig & Bauer AG and Durst Phototechnik AG from Brixen/Italy have agreed to pool their know-how and strengths in a 50/50 joint venture. A corresponding letter of intent has been signed by both companies. The planned joint venture is to be based in Germany and – subject to merger control approval – will assume responsibility for the development, integration, manufacturing and worldwide distribution of water-based, single-pass digital printing presses for folding carton and corrugated board. Ink and service business relating to the presses sold jointly through the global networks of the two parent companies is also to be handled by the joint venture. As a first milestone for the joint venture, manufacturing of the VariJET press for digital folding carton printing is to be commenced in time for drupa 2020.

    Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO of Koenig & Bauer AG: “We are looking forward to joint innovations and further developments in future-oriented digital printing technology for folding carton and corrugated board, and not least to the added value this will offer to our customers. With its wealth of existing know-how, extensive inkjet experience and high-quality solutions, Durst Phototechnik AG is the ideal partner with whom to pursue the defined objectives. As digital printing pioneers, the company has been developing inkjet applications for 25 years and is very successful in digital printing on ceramics, textiles and corrugated board.”

    Christoph Gamper, CEO of Durst Phototechnik AG: “Durst is a technology leader in the field of inkjet printing and has already contributed to the digital transformation of production processes in various branches. In the printing industry and in surface decoration, in particular, Durst printing systems are deemed to set the standards with regard to print quality and productivity. The partnership with Koenig & Bauer now opens up new prospects, as Koenig & Bauer commands not only engineering expertise, but also very good access to the market. By combining our know-how, we are in an ideal position to develop and offer fully automatic production lines and will thus also be able to contribute to digital transformation in the folding carton and corrugated industry.”

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    news-1263 Wed, 19 Dec 2018 12:37:59 +0100 Chinese packaging company orders sixth Rapida https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/chinese-packaging-company-orders-sixth-rapida/
  • Delivery in January 2019
  • Company has operated Koenig & Bauer sheetfed offset technology since 1997
  • Extensive process Automation
  • Hubei Guangcai Printing recently ordered a nine-colour Rapida 106 with coater and kit for UV mixed operation from Koenig & Bauer. It will be delivered to the company in Guangshui in the central Chinese province of Hubei in January and will go into operation in April. The press will mainly be used for the production of folding carton and cigarette packaging.

    L-r: Lianbao Wang, sales and marketing director at Koenig & Bauer in China, Xing Haifeng, general manager of Hubei Guangcai Printing Co., Ltd., and Dietmar Heyduck, senior vice-president sales Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, after signing the contract for the delivery of a nine-colour Rapida 106

    Hubei Guangcai has been using Koenig & Bauer technology since 1997. Haifeng Xing, general manager of Hubei Guangcai explains: “In 1997 we actively expanded our operations in the field of cigarette packaging production. At that time it was imperative to import a state-of-the-art sheetfed offset press. We decided in favour of Koenig & Bauer after comparing and testing the various models on the market and conducting rigorous negotiations with the manufacturers. Koenig & Bauer‘s dynamic team and excellent service won us over. We opted for a five-colour Rapida 104 with coater. The Rapida 104 was the most popular press in Central China at the time.”

    Two sites, six Rapida presses

    Hubei Huawen is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hubei Guangcai and the two companies have jointly purchased six Rapida sheetfed offset presses since the start of their cooperation with Koenig & Bauer. Hubei Guangcai has developed rapidly with its new technology. General manager Haifeng Xing remembers: “Our investment in Koenig & Bauer presses not only has increased production capacity, but has also driven technological innovation within our company. In line with market requirements, we have developed and introduced new technologies to protect our packaging against counterfeiting, e.g. by using special inks that react thermally or effect coatings that are difficult to copy. Our Rapida presses have allowed us to expand our cigarette packaging business.”

    The new Hubei Guangcai plant built in 2014 alone covers an area of more than 120 hectares. A high-end Rapida 106 with UV mixed operation joins two sheetfed offset presses at the site, a seven-colour Rapida 105 coater press and a six-colour Rapida 105 coater press (both with UV curing). The plant generates sales of around 260 million CNY (approx. €33m) annually. Like its predecessors, the nine-colour Rapida 106 is tailored precisely to Hubei Guangcai's needs for sustainable packaging production. Provisions have also been made for the future addition of a cold-foil module.

    High efficiency through comprehensive process automation

    The company intends to implement energy savings and improve its green credentials with more cost-effective cold-foil processes and the development of new finishing technologies. These measures, plus streamlining production, are essential for Hubei Guangcai to counter rising labour costs. Rapida presses offer every opportunity to boost production efficiency through comprehensive process automation.

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