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“We’re very proud of our newest technicians,” says Jens Haensch, a senior technician at Koenig & Bauer who has been mentoring the graduates. “They’re bringing all of their new knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm for the industry and working directly with our customers to solve challenges and present solutions. They’re young and ambitious, they learn very quickly, and they soak everything up. Our customers have fully embraced them, and they’ve integrated very well with our team.”

Sullivan, who earned an A.S. Degree in Wind Energy Technology (WET), and Tello-Saenz, who earned an A.S. Degree in Mechatronics, began their internships in mid-Janaury 2019. In Germany, they received a mix of working in the press assembly hall, specialized training in the training center at the factory, and classes at the German Apprenticeship School located at the Radebeul factory near Dresden while at night taking German lessons at the Goethe Institut. Since their return, they’ve been supporting German electricians with machine installations and will soon be working on their own. 

Kaitlin Sullivan is a trained electrician who graduated from the unique 18-month Koenig & Bauer apprenticeship program

“There are many different aspects of the job that I value,” says Sullivan. “When there’s a problem on the machine, and you’re able to place/repair this problem, there’s no greater feeling. You’re able to meet people from all different walks of life. I’m currently at a customer where it feels more like a family than a job.”

“Working here in the U.S. has been great,” says Flavio Tello-Saenz. “My favorite part of the job is the troubleshooting process. I enjoy analyzing how to make these technologically advanced presses operate at their best. Every week there is something different and I’m always learning.”

Ericka L.Luneau, director of human resources at Koenig & Bauer (US), spearheaded the apprenticeship effort. “We see great value in the next generation of employees who are being trained,” she says. “The goal of our program is to fulfill the growing need for trained operators to meet the future demand of current and potential customers. Our 203-year-old company depends on highly skilled technicians to maintain our reputation for a high level of service.”

Luneau is grateful to Haensch, who has mentored the two students through the program. His involvement with them has helped tremendously with their success, she says, not just from a technical sense; but also preparing them for a life on the road, instilling strong work ethics, building loyalty with the company, and keeping them excited and motivated. Additionally, Florian Spiekermann, director of analytics and special projects, was a key member who worked with Koenig & Bauer’s German team to develop the learning path for the program and assisted with the recruitment.  

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news-1989 Tue, 11 May 2021 11:25:42 +0200 Shareholders approve all items of the agenda with a clear majority http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/shareholders-approve-all-items-of-the-agenda-with-a-clear-majority/
  • Company still on a recovery trajectory – strategic stability underpinned by the diversity of the product portfolio
  • Focus on P24x performance programme resulting in improved operating earnings and financial strength
  • Dipl.-Ing. Matthias Hatschek re-elected to the Supervisory Board as a shareholder representative
  • New remuneration system for members of the Management Board (“say on pay”) adopted 
  • Around 57,4 per cent of Koenig & Bauer AG’s share capital was represented at its 96th annual general meeting for the 2020 financial year. Held in virtual form for the second time for the protection of all participants due to the ongoing pandemic, the annual general meeting was declared open at 11 a.m. by the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Professor Dr.-Ing. Raimund Klinkner. He presided over the meeting and outlined in the Supervisory Board’s report the main aspects of its activities, stating that, in a business environment dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Supervisory Board’s activities had particularly focused on stabilising and improving the Group’s operating earnings and financial strength and dealing with Management Board matters, strategic issues and, above all, the Management Board’s response to the coronavirus crisis. “The Supervisory Board would like to thank all employees, the Management Board, all managers and the employee representatives for their great commitment to our Group in 2020, which was an extraordinarily difficult year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our thanks also go out to our shareholders for their confidence in our company,” Klinkner emphasised.

    The Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Professor Dr. Ing. Raimund Klinkner, announcing the results of the proposed resolutions, which the shareholders adopted with a large majority (2)

    In the live steam, the Management Board reported to the shareholders on the company’s strategy and business performance in 2020 and the first quarter of 2021. Following the successful implementation of the P24x efficiency programme, Koenig & Bauer is aiming to increase Group sales to around €1.3bn by 2024 with its excellent and innovative products and services. This will also be aided by the diversity of the printing products created using Koenig & Bauer presses and equipment. There is hardly any substrate that cannot be printed on: from cardboard, corrugated board, foil, sheet metal and glass packaging to banknote, book, display, marking and coding, magazine, advertising and newspaper printing. As Chief Executive Officer Dr Andreas Pleßke explained: “This diversity ensures us of strategic stability. We are well positioned for the future as the end markets that we address and particularly also the structurally growing packaging printing segment, e.g. for food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, are fundamentally intact. Despite all due caution in view of the still uncertain economic conditions, we take this as a sign that we are focusing on the right end and future markets with our range of presses and services. For example, corrugated-board printing could experience a significant boost in the coming years given the growth in e-commerce. In banknote printing, current market indicators such as the project pipeline and production figures point to a continuation of the robust business environment. Accordingly, we still see our proven broad product range as appropriate for achieving our goals.”

    In the three-part speech held by the members of the Management Board, COO Michael Ulverich went into detail about the numerous projects including those in connection with the P24x efficiency programme in the areas of production, purchasing and logistics, for which he is responsible, and also presented the new plans for standardisation across the business units in the interests of sustainable and effective reductions in production costs. “We view the establishment of a modular and platform strategy across all new press types in the Group as a decisive prerequisite for our long-term future orientation,” says Michael Ulverich.

    Dr Stephen Kimmich, CFO, summed up the savings effects achieved from the P24x efficiency programme and added: “Our efforts are beginning to pay off, as can be seen from the improvement in operating earnings and financial strength. With our active net working capital management, we were able to significantly increase free cash flow to around €22m in the first quarter of 2021. We have thus succeeded in returning to our pre-pandemic net financial position thanks also to the reduction in net working capital. With an equity ratio of 26% and freely available funds of more than €250m, we are financially well positioned. This is also reflected in the gratifying performance of Koenig & Bauer shares, which have gained over 26% since the last annual general meeting in 2020.”

    The speakers at a glance: Koenig & Bauer AG’s annual general meeting was held in virtual form for the second time due to the Covid-19 pandemic (1)

    High approval by the shareholders

    The company’s shareholders were asked to vote on eight of the nine items on the agenda at the annual general meeting, including the re-election of Dipl.-Ing. Matthias Hatschek as a shareholder representative. They accepted management’s proposal with a large majority, also approving item two of the agenda, providing for the holding company Koenig & Bauer AG to carry forward the unappropriated surplus. In addition to ratifying the actions of the Management Board and the Supervisory Board, the shareholders elected PricewaterhouseCoopers, Frankfurt am Main, as the external auditor of the annual financial statements and the consolidated financial statements for 2021. As well as this, the shareholders approved the proposed amendment of the remuneration systems (“say on pay”) for the Management Board and the Supervisory Board. Under item nine of the agenda, they approved two profit transfer agreements, likewise with a large majority.

    The individual voting results can be found at www.koenig-bauer.com/investor-relations/hauptversammlung/

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    news-1986 Mon, 10 May 2021 13:27:12 +0200 Direct Edge Media Captures New Opportunities With Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 41-Inch Capital Investment http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/direct-edge-media-captures-new-opportunities-with-koenig-bauer-rapida-105-41-inch-capital-investment/
  • Recently expanded facility merges its sheetfed digital, sheetfed offset, and bindery under one roof
  • New inline UV capabilities expand important innovative finishing techniques
  • The new Rapida 105 will provide a competitive advantage and meet the growing demands of its high-end clientele
  • Enter the brand new 26,000 sq ft facility of Direct Edge, an industry-leading print communications company with locations in both Southern California and Colorado, and visitors are sure to see some of the most innovative and unique print work being produced for its well-known national portfolio of customers. Its team of employees might be creating innovative packaging for an exciting movie premiere or producing a new boxed kit to encourage shoppers to try a new skincare line. Promotional items for the Nascar season opener at Daytona are being printed alongside window displays to attract attention at the Downtown Disney complex in Anaheim.

    Celebrating its 20th year in business, Direct Edge has earned its stellar reputation for being technology driven, visually inspired, and offering progressive solutions through its mix of both digital and conventional offset printing. This spring, the firm added firepower to its pressroom with a new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 41-inch fully automated press.

    (Left to right) From left to right: Jay Sheffield, director of operations of Direct Edge; Ryan Clark, co-founder of Direct Edge; Marcus Schoen, Koenig & Bauer regional sales manager; Toby Johnson, director of sales at Direct Edge; and Ryan Brueckner, CEO and co-founder of Direct Edge

    “We have been able to produce amazingly creative work for our clients because of our deeply rooted core value of ‘Say Yes’ and a commitment to exhaust all options to deliver results,” says Ryan Brueckner, CEO and co-founder of Direct Edge. “Over the past 20 years, Direct Edge has built its success on providing our customers with industry leading customer service, while investing in superior technology and innovation to deliver powerful print and visual marketing solutions. This focus allows us to continuously evolve and expand our capabilities without limiting what we can offer our clients.”

    That was the impetus when the firm decided to retire an older offset press and seek an upgraded machine with the latest automation that also included inline UV coating. After thoroughly vetting all of the top press manufacturers, Direct Edge chose the Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 for its quality, high speed, superior automation, and UV capabilities as well as its press efficiency and real time production tracking. Partnering with Koenig & Bauer’s more than 200 years of experience also gave Direct Edge peace of mind as it reinforced the confidence in ensuring that the firm exceeds its strategic goals, added Brueckner.

    Currently the firm’s litho department produces 60% of its work digitally and 40% using conventional offset. “We plan to grow our high quality litho clients with the new Rapida,” says Jay Sheffield, director of operations. “Its high production will help accelerate faster turn times. While lower costs, higher quality and quicker turn time have remained a constant trend, we have also noticed that clients are looking for impactful finishing techniques that are cost effective. The Rapida’s UV capability will increase our capabilities by offering additional specialty coatings to our clients.”

    Toby Johnson, director of sales at Direct Edge, sees potential in expanding the firm’s finishing techniques through the new UV capabilities. “We’ll be able to offer flood gloss and dull UV, spot gloss and spot dull UV, strike thru UV, reticulating UV, and textures such as sandpaper,” he remarks. “We believe the Rapida will help give us a unique advantage over our competitors and meet the growing demands of our clients in order to ensure the highest value and ultimate customer satisfaction.”

    About Direct Edge Media, Inc.

    Direct Edge Media Inc. was established in 2001 and is one of the fastest growing print companies. Co-founded by Ryan Brueckner and Ryan Clark, the company started as a large-format photo printer and quickly evolved into a full-service print communications company, providing a variety of capabilities ranging from its proprietary Print-on-Demand program to print production to warehousing and logistics. With its main office located in Anaheim, California, Direct Edge also has a second production site in Anaheim and a third located in Denver, Colorado. For more information about Direct Edge Media.

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    news-1980 Tue, 04 May 2021 06:43:00 +0200 Koenig & Bauer continuing on its recovery trajectory with its figures for the first quarter of 2021 – strong order intake with double-digit growth in Sheetfed segment and improved earnings despite lower revenue http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-continuing-on-its-recovery-trajectory-with-its-figures-for-the-first-quarter-of-2021-strong-order-intake-with-double-digit-growth-in-sheetfed-segment-and-improved-earnings-despite-lower-revenue/
  • 5.3% increase in order intake, particularly underpinned by double-digit growth in the Sheetfed segment
  • Covid-19-induced decline of 7.8% in Group revenue – but better than the industry average of a 13.5% drop according to VDMA
  • P24x efficiency programme spurring earnings, €8.1m improvement in EBIT despite lower revenue
  • With a positive free cash flow of €22.1m, return to pre-Covid-19 net financial position
  • The Koenig & Bauer Group (“Koenig & Bauer”) entered 2021 on a strong note, posting a 5.3% increase in order intake over the previous year to €286.0m. This was particularly due to a double-digit increase in orders in the Sheetfed segment, of which around 60% can be attributed to the sharp growth in the more pandemic-resistant packaging printing market. This enabled Koenig & Bauer to additionally expand its position in the market for sheetfed offset presses for packaging printing.

    As Dr Andreas Pleßke, the CEO of Koenig & Bauer AG, explains: This favourable order intake shows us that our customers’ spending reticence is beginning to dissipate in many areas. Nevertheless, some new investments are being postponed due to the uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. This mainly concerns digital decor and corrugated board printing as well as metal decorating, although we are still seeing noticeable interest on the part of our customers, and corrugated board printing, for example, is likely to experience a considerable boost over the next few years given the growth in e-commerce business. The end markets that we address and particularly also the structurally growing packaging printing segment, e.g. for food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, are fundamentally intact. In banknote printing, current market indicators such as the project pipeline and production figures point to a continuation of the robust business environment. Accordingly, we still see our proven broad product range as appropriate for achieving our goals and are convinced that we will strengthen and further expand our market position not only in the area of packaging printing.”

    At €243m, Group revenue was 7.8% down on the previous year’s figure due to the impact of Covid-19. However, the decline in revenue was less pronounced than the 13.5% drop in industry-wide revenue from sales of printing presses registered by industry association VDMA. Service business accounted for about 29% of the Group’s revenue in the first quarter of 2021 against the backdrop of the pandemic. This means that the target of 30% for Group service business was almost reached, albeit on the basis of lower new press business than in the previous year.

    Despite the lower Group revenue, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) reached -€8.9m, compared with -€170m in the same quarter of the previous year. The improvement of around €8.1m despite the negative volume and margin effects is mainly due to the P24x efficiency programme and reduced functional costs as well as the use of short-time work. As a result, the EBIT margin improved from -6.4% to -3.7% in the first quarter of 2021. Group net loss shrank from -€19.1m in the previous year to -€11.7m, translating into earning per share for the period of -€0.72 (previous year: -€1.16).

    With machines from Koenig & Bauer, the full diversity of printed products becomes visible - not just in packaging

    Segments painting a mixed picture – Sheetfed with double-digit increase in order intake

    The individual segments were affected to differing degrees by the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic in the first quarter of 2021.

    In the Sheetfed segment, order intake in particular was very favourable in the first quarter of 2021 thanks to growth in the orders for large-format sheetfed offset presses and parts of the post-press range for example, rising by 20.6% to €193.1m. More than 60% of the orders were attributable to the packaging printing market, which is also growing during the Covid 19 pandemic and, for example, includes folding cartons and labels. At €145.5m, revenue remained at the previous year’s level. The order backlog grew by 23.6% to €379.7m. EBIT climbed to -€3.1m (previous year: -€4.3m), translating into an EBIT margin of -2.1% (previous year: -2.9%).

    Order intake in the Digital & Webfed segment was heavily impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic in the first quarter of 2021. Growth in flexo presses for flexible packaging was unable to make up for lower orders for web offset presses. Customers’ pandemic-related reluctance to invest in digital decor and corrugated board printing was also reflected in a 46.1% decline in order intake to €23.5m. The order backlog contracted from €99m to €60.6m. At €30.5m, revenue remained almost at the previous year’s low level and had a material impact on EBIT, which came to -€4.3m (previous year: -€5.6m). The EBIT margin improved to -14.1%, compared with -17.4% in the previous year.

    At €73.4m, order intake in the Special segment was virtually unchanged over the previous year. Orders registered by Banknote Solutions (banknote and security printing) and Kammann (direct decoration of hollow bodies made of glass, plastic and metal) were higher. On the other hand, there was a decline in order intake at MetalPrint (metal packaging). With respect to Coding (coding solutions for all industries), new business remained stable compared with the same quarter of the previous year. The order backlog dropped to €237.5m in the quarter under review. Despite the €18.2m decline in revenue, EBIT improved from -€4.5m to -€3.9m, with the EBIT margin reaching -5.3%, compared with -4.9% in the previous year.

    Significant improvement in cash flow due  reduction also in net working capital and lower net financial position against the backdrop of Covid-19

    Both the cash flow from operating activities and free cash flow increased significantly over the same quarter of the previous year and also compared with the end of 2020. The cash flow from operating activities came to €27.8m, while free cash flow improved to €22.1m also due to the reduction in net working capital. Moreover, net financial debt was lowered significantly to €-26.0m (31 March 2020: €-40.7m; 31 December 2020: €-47.1m) despite the protracted global Covid-19 pandemic. With freely available funds of more than €250m and a slightly higher equity ratio of 26.0% as of 31 March 2021, the Group is financially well positioned.    

    Dr Stephen Kimmich, CFO of Koenig & Bauer AG: “The order backlog, which has again risen by around 7% compared with the end of the year to more than €670m, provides a solid basis for the growth that we are planning for the Koenig & Bauer Group in 2021. With the efficiency measures under P24x, we have also laid important foundations for improving our profitability. In the first quarter of 2021, we were again able to successfully implement further measures, and this should already allow us to break even at the EBIT level in 2021. After the completion of the four-year efficiency programme, we hope to achieve revenue of €1.3bn and an EBIT margin of at least 7% and to reduce net working capital to a maximum of 25% of annual revenue. In the first quarter of 2021, we came a further step closer to achieving this goal through active net working capital management.”

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

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    news-1971 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:28:00 +0200 Rapida 106 X with fully automatic plate logistics at Krüger Druck+Verlag http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/rapida-106-x-with-fully-automatic-plate-logistics-at-krueger-druck-verlag/
  • Perfecting at speeds of up to 20,000 sheets per hour
  • Plate transport from the platesetter to the plate changers on the printing units
  • Significant enhancement of print quality and value creatio
  • Company owner Markus Weisgerber: “In combination with fully automatic plate logistics, the 20,000 sph Rapida perfector has enabled us to take a giant leap forward.” (1)

    Krüger Druck+Verlag, a full-service print provider based in the small town of Merzig in Germany’s Saarland, has been an active pilot user of the Rapida 106 X for several months now. Its eight-colour press in 3b format is configured for 4-over-4 perfecting, incorporates an additional inline coater, and is integrated into a fully automatic plate logistics system. With operating speeds of up to 20,000 sheets per hour – which also extends to perfecting – the Rapida 106 X now represents the backbone of the company’s production facilities.

    Markus Weisgerber, owner of the family-run business, explains the decision to invest in such a highly automated press: “The comprehensive automation features enable us to significantly increase our productivity and efficiency.” Faster makeready, reduced start-up waste, high production speeds and a fully digital workflow from the MIS through to the control console of the Rapida 106 X have allowed us to make major optimisations to the individual process steps. Other benefits are provided by inline colour control and sheet inspection with QualiTronic PDF. “The inline comparison of each printed sheet with the customer PDF has allowed us to measure the actual print quality for the very first time, instead of just the colour values,” as Weisgerber reports.

    The eight-colour Rapida 106 X with perfecting unit for 4-over-4 production and an additional inline coater is the new centrepiece of the printshop at Krüger Druck+Verlag (2)

    Automation also extends to peripheral production processes

    Krüger Druck+Verlag prints a large range of different flyers, folders, magazines, books and many other commercial products with either wire stitching or adhesive bindings. The run lengths for many of these products are on the decline, while, in contrast, page counts are simultaneously increasing and the demand for multiple versions and variants is continuing to grow, thereby making fast makeready a decisive advantage. The simultaneous makeready processes, however, make the Rapida 106 X virtually unparalleled in this regard. The modular PlateTronic plate logistics system, which links the platesetter directly to the plate changers on the individual printing units by means of a plate magazine with a capacity for 256 plates, represents another invaluable contribution to production automation.

    A code to identify each plate is added, which is then used to store each plate in the plate magazine as soon as it leaves the platesetter (3)

    A tried-and-tested method of identifying the plates is the use of a 2D code, which is automatically added to each plate as part of the platesetting workflow, and facilitates subsequent navigation to the respective printing unit. Interfaces to the MIS and to the console of the Rapida 106 X ensure reliable, correct and just-in-time delivery to the press by means of a conveyor system. The plate magazine makes a new plate available for transport to the Rapida approximately every 20 seconds. While one set of plates is waiting for an upcoming job changeover, another set can already be loaded using the press console. This allows the printer to see the actual plates for the next job, along with the console job list. Once a plate change has been completed, the old plates are removed to a central collection point – fully automatically and without manual invention.

    The PlateTronic plate logistics system features a fully modular in design, and can be adapted to the specific requirements of the respective print company using it. The system version installed at Krüger Druck+Verlag enables the printing of up to 20 jobs per hour with run lengths of around 300 sheets each. A job changeover occurs after approximately one minute of production. The press can continue alternating between printing and makeready for as long as necessary.

    The plate magazine holds up to 256 plates, which are subsequently transferred to the Rapida 106 X in accordance with the planned job sequence (4)

    Improved processes, higher print quality and more value creation

    Krüger Druck+Verlag has experienced a significant increase in its real net output ratio over the past years. Alongside the recent investments in the printshop, a new 3,000 m2 production building has been erected for the post-press department. It provides the space necessary for innovative systems and process upgrades. The company already works to PSO specifications, but is now taking its commitment one step further: the tolerances are up to 50 per cent lower than the ones defined in the standard. This gives customers additional assurance that they will receive absolutely flawless print products.

    Set of plates ready for changing (5)

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    news-1972 Thu, 29 Apr 2021 13:21:26 +0200 Jurgen Gruber Adds Responsibilities as Koenig & Bauer’s West Coast District Sales Territory http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/jurgen-gruber-adds-responsibilities-as-koenig-bauers-west-coast-district-sales-territory/ Jurgen Gruber, Koenig & Bauer (US) director of sales and service for digital and web, will be adding to his responsibilities in mid-May by managing the firm’s West Coast district sales territory for sheetfed sales. He will be replacing Marcus Schoen, who will be returning to Germany in a new position as the Koenig & Bauer key account manager for packaging sales.

    “Both Jurgen and Marcus have displayed exceptional leadership and expertise in helping Koenig & Bauer grow its status within the printing industry,” says Kilian Renschler, Koenig & Bauer (US/CA) president and CEO. “We believe that Jurgen will work closely with our established and prospective customers on the West Coast, helping them grow their businesses. We also appreciate the committed sales, service, and accomplishments that Marcus has provided for nearly 25 years here in the U.S. and wish him all the best as he undertakes his new position.”

    (Left to right) Jurgen Gruber will be taking over the West Coast sheetfed sales territory of Marcus Schoen, who will be returning to Germany as the Koenig & Bauer key account manager for packaging headquartered at the sheetfed offices in Radebeul

    Gruber has proven to be a strong sales and customer service advocate in North America. He joined Koenig & Bauer three years ago in which he oversees the sales of the CorruCUT high board line rotary die cutter and RotaJET digital printing press as well as the web service group. In his new position, he will be overseeing key sheetfed accounts in California, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.

    “I look forward to working closely with Koenig & Bauer’s customers on the West Coast,” says Gruber, who has more than 30 years experience in the industry. “I enjoy consulting with customers on the best possible press or post-press configuration for their market. Marcus has introduced me to his customers and I look forward to sharing my deep knowledge of printing to help our customers gain efficiencies, increase their productivity, and grow their businesses. At the same time, I’ll still be able to continue to work closely with our corrugated, digital, and web customers.”

    Schoen has been a life-long employee of Koenig & Bauer. He was born and raised in Germany where he took his first job in 1992 with Koenig & Bauer in the factory learning the intricacies of the firm’s press line. He moved to Southern California in 1997 with Koenig & Bauer to work as its nationwide service technician and product manager inspecting recently installed presses. In 2005, he was named as the new Koenig & Bauer West Coast district sales manager.

    “We believe that Jurgen is the best person to consult with our existing and potential customers in this region and demonstrate our entire broad line of highly-technological printing presses and post-press equipment,” says Renschler. “In his current position, he has shown an innate ability to work closely with customers and work as a consultant to help them build their businesses as a partner with Koenig & Bauer.”

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    news-1965 Thu, 22 Apr 2021 07:14:00 +0200 Omega Allpro 145 in production at Tianjin Haishun Printing & Packaging http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/omega-allpro-145-in-production-at-tianjin-haishun-printing-packaging/
  • High level of production automation
  • Productivity increases by 300 per cent
  • Opportunities for continued strategic business growth
  • Certified and award-winning production
  • Last year, Tianjin Haishun Printing & Packaging Co., Ltd., which is based in the Chinese city of Tianjin, started up its first fully automatic folder-gluer for cartons featuring special forms. The Omega Allpro 145 supplied by Koenig & Bauer Duran produces straight-line, crash-lock and double-walled cartons, as well as six-corner cartons and special packaging for fruit and for clothing. The machine reduces the intensity of work, and has given the level of production automation a significant boost.

    The Omega Allpro 145 has allowed daily output from the folder-gluer to increase to up to 50,000 folding cartons. In the past, production generally totalled anything from 12,000 to 15,000 cartons per day. In other words, production volumes have increased by around 300 per cent, even though staffing levels remain unchanged. The company has also become more flexible, as the machine has opened the door to new markets, has shortened turnaround times, saves storage costs, and offers opportunities for new strategic growth in the business.

    The Omega Allpro 145 has boosted the production capacity for folding cartons by more than 300 per cent (1)

    Higher level of sheetfed offset automation as well

    Now that Tianjin Haishun is using the Omega Allpro 145 for production, it is now also using post-press equipment from Koenig & Bauer for the first time. The company has been using sheetfed offset printing presses from Radebeul ever since the company was founded 18 years ago. The current line-up encompasses nine presses from the Rapida 105, Rapida 106 and Rapida 145 series – the majority of them feature coating facilities and pile logistics, and a number also boast special features such as a reel-to-sheet feeder, perfecting unit, UV accessories, and highly automated FAPC or SPC plate changers.

    Tianjin Haishun has grown into a highly advanced, fully integrated print company. Its employees, who number almost 1,000, work on a production floor extending across 50,000 m2. The company generates a turnover of more than RMB 700 million (approx. €90 million). Alongside packaging for foods, pharmaceuticals, beauty products, FMCGs, clothing and electronics, the company portfolio also includes hardcover and paperback books, calendars, stickers and many other commercial products.

    Modern production facilities and state-of-the-art equipment enable Tianjin Haishun Printing & Packaging to attract customers both at home and abroad (2)

    Export markets as far afield as Europe and America

    Tianjin Haishun is now able to deliver its products and services to customers all over China from the Tianjin Binhai New Area, which has the largest port in North China and is in close proximity to the Beijing metropolitan area. At the same time, exports are regularly shipped to overseas markets, for example South Korea, Europe and the United States. Tianjin Haishun is widely respected as a reliable and solid industrial partner.

    The company has been awarded all the usual certifications, including certifications to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, and has received multiple awards for its work, including the China Print Awards, the Package Star Award and the Green Printing Special Award.

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    news-1963 Tue, 20 Apr 2021 08:35:49 +0200 Predictive maintenance successfully introduced in the newspaper and commercial market http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/predictive-maintenance-successfully-introduced-in-the-newspaper-and-commercial-market/
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Thorough testing with 20 pilot users
  • Enhanced availability and transparency
  • Predictive maintenance adds a further layer to the service concept
  • Koenig & Bauer has successfully launched its predictive maintenance services for printing press owners in the newspaper and commercial web market.Various workflows have been elaborated and implemented in close cooperation with more than 20 pilot users from the newspaper and commercial segments. The objective of predictive maintenance is clearly defined. “We use the information contained in already existing press data for automated analyses. This makes it possible to identify and rectify potential problems before they occur,” says Thomas Potzkai, head of service at Koenig & Bauer.

    Service managers are provided with full details of the situation on a given press. On this basis, arrangements can be made for remote maintenance interventions or service calls, as necessary. A technician subsequently rectifies the fault within the framework of a scheduled assignment, averting the risk of unplanned stoppages. Any necessary downtime is scheduled for an already production-free period. The customer benefits from greater production reliability and increased press availability.

    Koenig & Bauer has successfully launched its predictive maintenance services for printing press owners (1)

    It is possible to assess a wide range of press components, for example the plate changers, the reel stands, or the hydraulic clamping and lubrication systems. Predictive maintenance applies artificial intelligence methods, such as rule mining or machine learning, to enable precise and automated real-time analysis of the press data. Even otherwise hidden processes and interactions of components or internal networks on the press line are subjected to systematic evaluation.

    One of the first new customers was WE-Druck from Oldenburg in the north of Germany. Three years ago, the company invested in a new Commander CL from Koenig & Bauer. Margit Schweizer, senior manager at WE-Druck: “Predictive maintenance gives us peace of mind. We cannot afford sudden stoppages and unscheduled downtimes. Our customers expect us to deliver top quality within the agreed deadlines.”

    Predictive maintenance adds a further dimension to the Koenig & Bauer service concept (2)

    Predictive maintenance as part of the overall concept

    Predictive maintenance adds a further dimension to the Koenig & Bauer service concept. Together with spare parts, Visual PressSupport, ad-hoc service calls and a whole program of remote and preventive services (periodic maintenance and inspection), Koenig & Bauer is able to offer its press customers the best possible support. In addition to Koenig & Bauer’s newspaper and commercial web offset presses, the single-pass digital press RotaJET and presses of the CorruJET, CorruCUT and CorruFLEX series also benefit from predictive maintenance. Similar services are also available for presses supplied by the other business units of Koenig & Bauer. 

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    news-1961 Mon, 19 Apr 2021 11:50:37 +0200 We print your world http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/we-print-your-world-1/
  • Participation in the first virtual edition of the industry's leading trade fair
  • Live stream on packaging workflow from a single source
  • Digitisation as added value for the print world
  • VariJET106 for digital folding carton printing demonstration
  • Koenig & Bauer will be taking part in virtual.drupa with several live sessions. The press manufacturer will be presenting its packaging workflow and intelligent digitisation solutions, among other highlights. Together with joint venture partner Durst, the VariJET106 press for digital folding carton printing will also be seen in action for the first time. The completely virtual edition of the industry's leading trade fair will take place from 20 to 23 April 2021.

    The focus of the virtual trade fair appearance is packaging production. Folding cartons, corrugated board or films - Koenig & Bauer has suitable press solutions for various applications in its portfolio. The workflow for folding carton production can be seen live at virtual.drupa. The entire workflow, from printing and die-cutting to gluing, is carried out on Koenig & Bauer presses: the Rapida 106 X, the CutPRO X 106 and the Omega Allpro 110.

    Live in action at virtual.drupa: The new Rapida 106 X

    Visitors will also be able to gain an insight into packaging and decorative printing with the RotaJET single-pass digital press and flexo printing for short and medium runs with the Evo XC. In the segment of corrugated printing and converting, Koenig & Bauer will be presenting the CorruJET, CorruCUT and CorruFLEX at virtual.drupa.

    Koenig & Bauer will be giving a presentation on how networked machines, the use of artificial intelligence and other data-based services can help printers make their processes even more efficient.

    The new VariJET 106 for digital folding carton printing will be printing live for the first time. The hybrid press from the Koenig & Bauer Durst joint venture integrates the proven Durst inkjet technology into the platform of the Rapida medium-format presses.

    "We would have loved to meet our customers in person," emphasises Dagmar Ringel, head of corporate communications and marketing at Koenig & Bauer. “But after the postponement of drupa last year, the coronavirus pandemic in 2021 still calls for alternative ways of product presentations, discussions and sharing knowledge in the industry. "With our live demo, a lecture and a panel discussion, our experts will bring a bit of the atmosphere of the real trade fair to the screen."

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    news-1953 Fri, 09 Apr 2021 09:44:00 +0200 Gruppo Fanti Goes Green http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/gruppo-fanti-goes-green/
  • Most environmentally friendly technology available today
  • 90% less electric power in comparison with classic UV
  • Increasing number of UV-LED metal decorating lines
  • An increasing number of metal decorators are deciding for green UV-LED curing on their new MetalStar 3 and Mailänder 280 metal decorating lines. Starting some 5 years ago at Litoprint in South Italy, Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint meanwhile has installed seven lines of this kind in Italy alone, giving a share of almost 50% of all 15 new printing lines supplied to this regional market since 2016.

    One fantastic example is the state-of-the-art six-color MetalStar 3 with trailing inline MetalCoat 480 Anilox coater with complete UV-LED curing for both the printing and the overvarnishing process, which was commissioned last year at Gruppo Fanti in Bologna. After a thorough evaluation Gruppo Fanti opted for the UV-LED curing system to be supplied by Italian PrintabLED s.r.l

    UV-LED and inline coater MetalCoat 480 at Gruppo Fanti (1)

    Luca Fanti, Technical Manager at Gruppo Fanti, explains: “For our new production lines to be installed in our brand new factory building in Bologna we were looking for the most efficient and reliable technology available today. Being a loyal customer to Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint since decades, it became clear rather quickly that our new metal decoration lines will consist of a MetalStar 3 printing press and a MetalCoat 480 inline coater for printing and overvarnishing and a separate coating line with a MetalCoat 483 and a famous LTG thermal curing oven with fully integrated EcoTNV air purification system for lowest possible gas consumption and CO2 emissions. For the 6-colour metal decoration line we were in parallel looking for a modern, energy efficient and green production process. The UV-LED curing system attracted our attention due to their economic and ecological benefits. Beside a drastically reduced demand of electric power – 90% less in comparison to the classic UV mercury system on our older MetalStar 2 line – and the unnecessity of a high voltage installation, we became convinced by the avoidance of any expensive heat and ozone extraction from the printing press and the elimination of mercury UV-lamps which are a hazard to our environment.”

    MetalStar 3 six-color metal decoration press at Gruppo Fanti (2)

    The six-color MetalStar 3 metal decoration line at Gruppo Fanti is equipped with all available and unique features such as DriveTronic SIS sidelay-free infeed for gentle sheet positioning at highest possible accuracy without any need for operator intervention, DriveTronic SRW and CleanTronic Synchro for parallel washing of rollers, blankets and impression cylinders, FAPC fully automatic plate change, and many more. On top, there are the latest automation features installed such as DecoStar inline camera inspection and DensiTronic Professional color and density control. As all MetalStar 3 presses, the line at Fanti also is equipped with LogoTronic Professional for comprehensive job data management and integration of the printing press into the central MIS including CIPlink data exchange to the prepress workplace. All these features finally bring “Industry 4.0” to metal decoration and guarantee unrivaled stability and reliability to the printing process at the highest quality level together with incredibly short change over and set-up processes for the most flexible operation in times where print volumes per design become shorter and shorter.

    MetalStar 3 ErgoTronic operation console (3)

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