Koenig & Bauer News Feed http://www.koenig-bauer.com/ en Koenig & Bauer AG Thu, 12 Dec 2019 06:26:11 +0100 Thu, 12 Dec 2019 06:26:11 +0100 news-1568 Wed, 11 Dec 2019 08:30:45 +0100 Koenig & Bauer captivates printers in China https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-captivates-printers-in-china/
  • 12th Koenig & Bauer roadshow since 2007
  • Five stops in different parts of the country
  • Presentation of modern technologies from half to large formats
  • The roadshow which took place in mid-November was already the 12th in a series of tours visiting print professionals all over China. More than 800 experts took the opportunity to attend events in Xian, Kunming, Shanghai, Shijiazhuang and Fuzhou, where they were able to pick up the latest information on all aspects of modern print production, with a focus on sheetfed offset technologies and full-process solutions for packaging production, as well as innovative special applications and digitalisation. The five venues were chosen to cover as much of the country as possible.

    The print demonstrations attracted great interest among the Chinese print professionals, as to be seen here at the Fuzhou Xinkai print centre in Fuzhou (1)

    Rapidas for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and cigarette packaging

    Yin Kunxiong, general manager of Yunnan Qiaotong: “With the Rapida 106, we have achieved a significant enhancement of our efficiency and print quality.” (6)
    Alongside practice-oriented lectures and presentations, enthusiastic discussion and intensive exchanges of experience, live print demonstrations at users in the individual regions are traditionally highlights of the events. At Shanxi Yusheng, for example, the roadshow participants were able to watch the production of pharmaceuticals packaging on medium-format presses of the Rapida 105 series. The company operates a six-colour version and a brand-new seven-colour model – both with inline coating facilities.

    Yunnan Qiaotong is the most important supplier of packaging for cosmetics, cigarettes and many other products in Kunming. Since its investment in a Rapida 106 with seven printing units, perfecting and a coater, the company has attracted several new customers from the cigarette industry. General manager Yin Kunxiong: “The press has helped us to move up to a new technological level. At the same time, we have achieved significant enhancement of our efficiency and print quality.”

    Arrival of one party of visitors in Kuming (2)

    The centre of attraction in Shanghai was the first Rapida 75 PRO supplied to a user in China. This eight-colour coater press was installed by Shanghai Zhilin, one of the most important packaging providers in the country. Alongside a Rapida 106 with nine printing units and coating facilities, the company operates also a brand-new Rapida 106 with eight printing units, twin coaters and an additional printing unit ahead of the extended delivery. DriveTronic SPC is just one option on a long list of automation features.

    Finished print samples from Europe were subjected to precise scrutiny (3)

    Kong Jiandong, president of Hebei Xindong, explained his company’s ambitious Goals (5)
    From medium to large formats

    Hebei Xindong is the leading packaging printer in its region, and is especially active in the fields of  pharmaceuticals, foods, alcoholic beverages and high-quality board packaging. The declared goal of president Kong Jiandong is to become the number-one provider for pharmaceuticals packaging in Northern China. The recently installed Rapida 105, a seven-colour press with UV coating capabilities, is the company’s second investment after the purchase of a Rapida 164 for six colours and coating in 2014. The visitors were treated to a show of high-quality print production on both presses – including changeovers to special applications using gold. silver and film substrates.

    Fuzhou Xingkai has also invested in a seven-colour Rapida 105, in this case with inline coating and an extended delivery, in order to keep pace with the growing demand for high-quality packaging. This press, too, could be witnessed in live action during the roadshow. It boasts the largest number of printing units, the highest level of automation (for example FAPC plate changers) and the most modern technology of any press in the metropolitan area of Fuzhou.

    Large-format sheetfed offset at Hebei Xindong: Here alone, more than 150 visitors gathered to witness high-quality packaging printing (4)

    This year’s Koenig & Bauer roadshow demonstrated once more how print companies in China are operating successfully on the world market thanks to modern equipment and technologies. The companies can point to numerous unique selling points and a correspondingly high product diversity. In this way, they distinguish themselves from competitors and are ideally prepared to handle whatever market changes the future may bring.

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    news-1565 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 10:30:03 +0100 Edelmann Group delighted with the Rapida RDC 106 https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/edelmann-group-delighted-with-the-rapida-rdc-106/
  • Configuration with three process units
  • Production speeds up to 15,000 sph and extremely fast makeready
  • Intuitive operation
  • The Edelmann Group in Heidenheim has been operating a Rapida RDC 106 rotary die-cutter for the past two years. The company is known for its commitment to innovative processes and technologies and was proud to serve as a pilot user of the die-cutter in packaging production, accompanying developments from the first tentative steps, through intensive field testing to final series maturity. In the meantime, the new machine is being used in daily production.

    The Rapida RDC 106 is configured with three process units and handles folding cartons destined for international brands in the health care, beauty and consumer goods sectors. In most cases, the products are cut, embossed and stripped in an inline process.

    Edelmann operates a Rapida RDC 106 with three process units, which are used primarily for cutting, embossing and stripping (1)

    The specialists at Edelmann are delighted with the high production performance of the rotary die-cutter. It runs at speeds up to 15,000 sheets per hour, and also impresses with very fast makeready. “That makes the Rapida RDC 106 so interesting for us,” says technical director Oliver Sattel. “Our competitiveness is based on a combination of quality and speed. For that reason, it is important for us to be involved in the development of new machines from the very beginning – and the Rapida RDC 106 is a perfect example for successful participation in the development process from the drawing board through to series maturity. We view this as genuine partnership – and we have maintained such a relationship with Koenig & Bauer for many years.”

    Oliver Sattel, technical director at Edelmann, is proud to have accompanied the development of the Rapida RDC 106 from the very beginning, and delighted that the machine is now ready for daily use in folding carton production (2)

    Rotary process has many benefits

    Alongside the sheer speed, the high-quality cutting and creasing results achieved with standardised tools are an important strength of the Rapida RDC 106. The excellent embossing results at a previously unknown production speed are a further bonus. The facility to assign individual processes to separate towers permits a significantly wider range of product options compared to traditional die-cutting systems. Flexibility regarding the length of cutting and creasing lines is one example.

    Before the Rapida RDC 106 could be fully integrated into production, it was necessary to adapt a few aspects of the company’s workflows for a rotary process, for example tool procurement and sheet layouts. The employees, too, had to rethink the approach to die-cutting jobs. Once everything was sorted, the quality of the products was spot on. Rotary die-cutting is fundamentally different from a flat-bed process. Only the final result – a folding carton – is identical.

    Working together with Koenig & Bauer, Edelmann has now reached a level which meets the company’s expectations to the full. And that provides a sound basis for future business. Oliver Sattel explains: “We are proud to have been part of this development process. Cutting-edge technology and employees who know exactly what they are doing: Those are our guarantees for an efficient production process leading not only to high-quality products, but also – and above all – to satisfied customers.”

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    news-1559 Wed, 27 Nov 2019 07:26:31 +0100 Continuity and partnership pay dividends https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/translate-to-english-kontinuitaet-und-zusammenarbeit-zahlt-sich-aus/
  • Major retrofit for Cortina press
  • 70 million magazines and newspapers printed last year
  • Continuity pays dividends
  • Member of the exclusive International Newspaper Color Quality Club  
  • The partnership with Koenig & Bauer continues to pay dividends for the Finnish printing company Botnia Print Oy Ab. Through progressive retrofit measures on its Cortina press, it has secured planning and production certainty for the coming years. “We are known for the very good quality of our newspapers and magazines and for our reliability towards our customers. In this context, it’s not just desirable, but actually imperative to maintain our current high level. We thus needed to rely on absolute experts to perform the retrofits on our Cortina – and so the only logical decision was to continue the already excellent partnership with Koenig & Bauer,” says Toni Klemola, Factory Manager at Botnia Print. The process began with a comprehensive overhaul of the press control system in 2017. Last year saw two printing towers brought into line with the latest state of the art, alongside various software updates, and the retrofit programme for this year has included work on further towers and control elements. Martin Schoeps, Senior Service Manager at Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed: “More and more companies are choosing to realise their retrofits step by step. And for this, they naturally need to know that they have a strong, reliable and a solid partner for the next few years at their side.”

    During a visit to Botnia Print Oy Ab (left to right): Martin Schoeps, Senior Service Manager Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Michael Holzapfel, Service Manager Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Toni Klemola, Factory Manager Botnia Print Oy Ab; Marcus Juselius, Managing Director AKETA Finland Oy

    Member of the exclusive International Newspaper Color Quality Club

    Botnia Print is one of the largest printing companies in Finland, and also the first in the country to adopt Koenig & Bauer's waterless process with the installation of a Cortina press. The company has established an outstanding quality reputation and is a member of the exclusive International Newspaper Color Quality Club. Alongside newspapers and magazines, Botnia Print offers its customers a broad diversity of further products. More than 100,000 newspapers are printed every day. Last year, this daily production was supplemented with more than 70 million magazines.

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    news-1556 Thu, 14 Nov 2019 10:08:35 +0100 Into a second century with a finishing speedster https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/into-a-second-century-with-a-finishing-speedster/
  • Special press for innovative finishing
  • Automated production processes for print, post-press and logistics
  • Expanded capacity
  • Ralf Sammeck, CEO Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed (right), and Dirk Winkler, head of print technology (left), congratulated Bretschneider managing director Wolfram Zehnle on the company centenary and the installation of a new Rapida 106 (1)

    Packaging and finishing specialist Richard Bretschneider in Braunschweig in Northern Germany recently celebrated the company’s 100th anniversary together with customers and suppliers. The occasion also heralded the transition to an even more successful second century in the company’s history – with future-oriented technology, a new development centre, and innovations in automation and robot systems.

    Bretschneider’s vision has for a long time been to seek recognition as a premium supplier of complex and highly refined packaging, but that nevertheless on the basis of industrial production. The company has thus deliberately positioned itself between the major packaging groups on the one side and smaller craft-oriented businesses on the other. Already today, Bretschneider is a source of exceptional packaging solutions – folding cartons and mailings with special constructions, gift sets, advent calendars and displays – for beauty, food and non-food products, as well as for the automotive segment

    Stefan Schulz and his printer colleagues were involved in the decision to purchase a Rapida 106 with extensive finishing Options (2)

    Innovative finishing options

    Managing director Wolfram Zehnle shows one of the complex and highly refined products which are everyday routine for the company (4)

    Punctually for the jubilee, a Rapida 106 was installed and taken into service. With six printing units, coater, intermediate drying ahead of a further printing unit and coater, extended delivery and pile logistics, it is very different to the presses used by other packaging printers. Managing director Wolfram Zehnle explains: “We wanted to be even more variable in our finishing options.” Classic double coating applications can be complemented with innovative methods which set Bretschneider apart from its competitors.

    The decision to invest extensively in new technologies was also driven by increasing customer demands and needs. A team of nine in-house staff works solely on product development. They design the most varied packaging solutions for subsequent realisation in the production centre. On the basis of 3D PDFs, 3D renderings or ultimately a white sample, customers can then reach a final decision on the packaging to be produced.

    Only one press but nevertheless expanded capacity

    Pile logistics at the feeder of the Rapida 106 (3)

    It is immediately evident that the printers really enjoy work on the new press with all its automation features. Despite now having just a single press, the company is reckoning with significant additional capacity. The halving of makeready times and the higher production speed mean that the jobs printed on both previous presses can now be completed in just two shifts. The third shift is thus available for new projects. That will also be necessary, because customers are increasingly looking for pure board alternatives to their currently mixed production. Experience in Braunschweig even shows that this is given priority over a lower price in many cases.

    Comprehensive process automation

    Enormous capital: More than 4,500 die-cutting tools can be called up from the automated stores at any time (5)

    Bretschneider is also implementing comprehensive process automation far beyond just the print production stage. An automated packer optimises the boxing of folding cartons and mailings. Subsequently, a palletiser robot takes care of closing, labelling, palletising and removal of the full boxes. A further fully automated production line with state-of-the-art robot equipment raises co‑packing performance to new levels. Up to 30,000 articles can be packed every hour with parallel optical inline quality control.

    A palletiser robot takes care of closing, labelling, palletising and removal of the packed boxes (6)

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    news-1554 Wed, 13 Nov 2019 13:18:10 +0100 100 participants from 15 countries https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/100-participants-from-15-countries/
  • Practices and solutions in the spotlight
  • Intensive discussions between users and suppliers
  • 16th Cortina User Workshop to be held in the Netherlands
  • This year’s meeting was already the 15th time that users of the Cortina waterless newspaper press had come together to gather information on technical developments, to discuss practical experiences and to elaborate joint strategies for the future. The event initiated by Koenig & Bauer is held at the location of a different user or supplier industry partner each year. The driving force behind the annual workshop is Peter Benz, project manager Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed, who once again took care of the central organisation and also assumed his now traditional role as moderator of the two-day event. The value attached to the get-together was underlined in his opening words: “We are proud that the Cortina User Workshop has proved so successful over so many years, and that it continues to meet with such positive response.” The host for this year’s workshop was Cortina user Coldset Printing Partners from Paal-Beringen in Belgium.

    100 participants from 15 countries: Successful 15th Cortina User Workshop hosted by Belgian user Coldset Printing Partners in Paal-Beringen/Hasselt (1)

    As always, a particular spotlight was placed on daily production practices and the various questions which occupy users and all those involved with the waterless process. It was also in this vein that Paul Huybrechts, general director and CEO of Coldset Printing Partners, presented his own practical experience: “An important key to the success of a Cortina press is the possibility to use significantly less paper and thus to produce much more cost-effectively.” One year on from the commissioning of the first Cortina section at CPP, he confirmed that he was more than satisfied. Experience to date had already shown that the Cortina has reduced energy consumption compared to the Commander press line with which it shares the production hall in Paal-Beringen. Moreover, it delivers an outstanding quality comparable to that of commercial production, while meeting all expectations relating to an ecological printing process.

    For Peter Benz, Cortina project manager at Koenig & Bauer, waterless web offset printing still remains a concept with positive future prospects, fifteen years after the original market launch (2)

    Intensive discussions

    Almost 100 participants from 15 countries – both Cortina users and supplier industry specialists – attended the workshop in Belgium. Probably the most important benefit of such a meeting is and remains the opportunity to gather detailed first-hand technical information and to discuss arising questions with a broad spectrum of colleagues, especially with regard to the topics of inks and other consumables. Accordingly, the workshop agenda was extremely diverse, and the Cortina users and representatives of the supplier industry were unanimous in their decision to continue the workshop series in its present form.

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    news-1551 Mon, 11 Nov 2019 11:27:55 +0100 Successful HP PageWide T1190 Press commissioning in Japan https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/successful-hp-pagewide-t1190-press-commissioning-in-japan/
  • Widest digital printing press in the world
  • Successful HP PageWide T1190 Press commissioning
  • New possibilities for the packaging market
  • First press supplied with six colours 
  • Successful commissioning of the first HP PageWide T1190 Press to be installed in Asia. Rengo Co., Ltd, one of the leading Japanese packaging suppliers, celebrated the start of production with a grand ceremony in August. This was also the first time that the widest digital printing press in the world had been supplied in a six-colour version. “We are very satisfied with our press. The cooperation with HP and Koenig & Bauer was absolutely flawless. And since the commissioning, the press has been fulfilling all our prior expectations in terms of performance,” says Junjiro Watanabe, general manager for technical development at Rengo. More and more customers are demanding individualised and personalised packaging. This means that producers must accommodate faster throughput times and shorter runs, while at the same time meeting high quality demands. By bringing together the pre-printing and digital print processes, the press places Rengo in a position to combine short, medium and long runs of different jobs on one or more paper reels.

    Successful commissioning of the HP PageWide T1190 Press in Japan

    Largest packaging company in Asia

    Rengo Co., Ltd was founded in 1909. In the meantime, it employs almost 17,000 people at 100 different companies and 170 production facilities all over the world. Rengo produces a diversity of different packaging for its customers. The current portfolio includes not only high-quality corrugated packaging, but also flexible packaging for the food sector and others (e.g. confectionery, beverages, pharmaceuticals, etc.).

    Widest digital printing press

    The six-colour HP PageWide T1190 Press, which was designed within the framework of cooperation between HP and Koenig & Bauer, boasts a web width of 2.8 metres and a production speed of 305 m/min. It uses water-based inks which were developed specifically for liner pre-printing in connection with corrugated packaging and comply with global legal requirements. Furthermore, a broad spectrum of health-related and environmental aspects over the full lifecycle of a printed product – from production through to disposal – are taken into account. The press was supplied with a Pastomat reelstand, Patras A reel handling, a pre-coating unit and a rewinder with automatic removal.

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    news-1545 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 14:18:00 +0100 KBA-NotaSys becomes Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/kba-notasys-becomes-koenig-bauer-banknote-solutions/ A new name for the world market leader in high-security printing solutions. KBA-NotaSys announces the change of its corporate name to Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions as of 1 June 2020. The name change will harmonize brands within the Koenig & Bauer Group and has no influence on the organization and structure of KBA-NotaSys. A global overhaul of the logo, the website and related visuals will be presented during the first half of 2020.

    KBA-NotaSys was founded in 1952 as Organisation Giori, and became De La Rue Giori in 1964. Since 2001, the company is part of the German industrial group Koenig & Bauer, and initially adopted the company name KBA-GIORI. It was rebranded as KBA-NotaSys in 2011.

    Eric Boissonnas, CEO of KBA-NotaSys, explains: "The renaming of KBA-NotaSys to Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions reflects the operational and structural situation that has existed for many years, and ensures consistency across the entire group. It does not impact the current or future activities of our company. It's all about fully integrating the Koenig & Bauer brand, both in the complementarity of the technical solutions we offer and in our visual identity. In this way, we want to ensure the continuity of our brand and offer our unique know-how under a single global name."

    KBA-NotaSys is the last entity of the group to be renamed as Koenig & Bauer. The "Banknote Solutions" addition reflects the company’s core competence: providing banknote printing technology solutions.

    World leader in the field of printing for 200 years, the Koenig & Bauer Group is historically the oldest manufacturer of printing presses in the world. With nearly 5,700 employees worldwide and a turnover of EUR 1.2 billion at the end of 2018, the Group enjoys a strong reputation, and a recognized and well-established image in the printing industry.

    The Koenig & Bauer Group has four distinct and specialized product segments: Sheetfed, Digital & Webfed, Flexo and Special. KBA-NotaSys is part of the Special segment, focusing on security printing, especially banknotes. Each company in this industrial line is a leader in its field and offers highly technological solutions.

    Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO of Koenig & Bauer, concludes: "We are very proud that KBA-NotaSys is joining our brand. Since 2001, we offer different, but complementary technologies. The new name Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions reflects the unique competence of the company in the world. As of now, our combined know-how will become even clearer for our customers. "

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    news-1543 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 07:25:00 +0100 More demanding market environment makes achievement of group targets 2019 significantly more challenging for Koenig & Bauer https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/more-demanding-market-environment-makes-achievement-of-group-targets-2019-significantly-more-challenging-for-koenig-bauer/
  • Strict price discipline in a challenging market environment adversely affects order intake in Q3
  • Revenue slightly above prior year
  • Earnings impacted by growth expenses and product mix with higher costs
  • Cash flow temporarily burdened by special items
  • 33.2% equity ratio
  • As a result of significantly increased economic risks and greater price pressure from competitors, the market environment for Koenig & Bauer has become much more demanding. Due to strict price discipline, the sometimes massive concessions from the competition led to weaker order intake in the third quarter of 2019, particularly in the Sheetfed segment.

    In the first three quarters of 2019, the Koenig & Bauer group achieved an order intake of €843m. The prior-year figure of €943.2m benefited from a major order in security printing which is not usual in this scope. With good proceeds of €292.2m in the third quarter, group revenue increased slightly as compared to the prior year (€788.8m) to €798.2m. Group EBIT of €5.2m (2018: €28.6m) was primarily impacted by expenses for the growth offensive 2023 which, cumulatively for 2019 until 2021 are about €50m with a heavier load in the first year. President and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann described further details: “In addition to a declining services business in newspaper printing, unexpected project expenses for a major order in security printing, unplanned quality costs and negative mixed effects burdened earnings. Also in view of the considerable increase in economic risks, we have been working intensively in recent months on specific cost reduction programs. The optimisation of the group-wide production and assembly footprint is a focus in this regard.” CFO Mathias Dähn added: “In addition to the active and fast cost structuring, we are pushing our work on innovative products which enable customers to realise tangible added value. Reduction of working capital is also a particular focus.”

    At the prestigious pilot customer Klingele in Delmenhorst near Bremen, the production start of the CorruCUT for corrugated board printing and processing is in mid-November (1)

    6.7% rise in orders in Sheetfed

    In addition to the strong services business, more orders for medium-format presses led to growth in order intake in the Sheetfed segment of 6.7% to €460m (2018: €431.3m). Revenue of €407.4m was at the level of the prior year (€409.4m). The good order backlog of €242.5m (2018: €253.6m) ensures continued high capacity utilisation. Due to the product mix and temporarily higher associated quality costs, EBIT of –€2.2m was below the figure from the prior year (€14m).

    Slight revenue increase in Digital & Web

    At Digital & Web, order intake of €108m was 3.9% below the prior-year figure of €112.4m. More press sales in newspaper and digital decor printing could not compensate for declining services business in newspaper printing and lower press orders in flexible packaging printing. While revenue increased slightly from €102.8m to €105.4m, order backlog was up significantly from €72.1m to €88.4m. EBIT, burdened by high market-entry and growth-related expenses, was –€15.7m as compared to –€10.8m in the prior year.

    For its growth offensive 2023, Koenig & Bauer is relying on innovative products such as the CI flexo printing press Evo XC which provides the customer with a measurable added value (2)

    3.9% higher revenue in Special

    In the Special segment, order intake of €305.3m was below the prior-year figure of €428.3m, which was impacted by a major order in security printing. In a highly-competitive environment, we were not able to succeed in all security printing tender awards. Nevertheless, press orders were in line with planning. Following strong metal decorating orders for large-scale machine lines for 3-piece can decorating in recent years, the dynamic demand has calmed recently. By contrast, we were able to achieve significant order growth in glass and hollow container decorating. Revenue was up from €299m to €310.7m. EBIT was at €13.1m after €25.3m in the prior year as a result of the product mix and the unexpected project expenses for the major order in security printing. At €339.1m, order backlog and capacity utilisation are at a high level (2018: €460.3m).

    Equity ratio of 33.2%

    With the future-oriented APL-Robotman technology from group subsidiary Koenig & Bauer Coding, labels can be printed and, with a collaborative robot arm, applied to places not previously reachable in an automated process (3)
    Despite lower trade receivables as well as increased customer payments, higher inventories and contract assets plus high investments for construction and IT projects significantly burdened cash flow. CFO Mathias Dähn adds: “There was also a substantial one-off effect in addition to high investment payments. Following completion of the self-disclosure proceedings in connection with shortcomings in corruption prevention at the Swiss subsidiary KBA-NotaSys SA, there was an additional burden on cash flow in the first nine months of 2019 due to the CHF30m payment made to the Swiss Office of the Attorney General for the agreed skimming of profits. An additional significant capital lockup resulted from the major Egypt order in banknote printing through the contract assets realised less prepayments. At the end of September 2019, the resulting cash burden amounted to €31.7m. We anticipate a liquidity relief following completion of the project in the third quarter of 2020.“

    2019 group targets

    President and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “The achievement of our annual targets 2019 – organic revenue growth in the Group of around 4% and an EBIT margin of around 6% – has become significantly more challenging in this demanding market environment with weaker order intake in the third quarter. With the currently high capacity utilisation, target achievement is subject to the scheduled order processing, the booking of expected orders and the timely effect of the cost reduction measures that have been initiated.“

    Figures at a glance

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



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    news-1541 Wed, 06 Nov 2019 10:57:39 +0100 New Rapida 106 at Siepmann in Hamburg https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/new-rapida-106-at-siepmann-in-hamburg/
  • Features geared to fast makeready and ecological production
  • Special capabilities for the pharmaceuticals branch
  • High level of value creation
  • The new Rapida 106 is Siepmann’s dependable means of production for short and medium runs, much to the delight of printer Dirk Beckmann (left), managing director Mark Siepmann (centre) and Ralf Engelhardt from Koenig & Bauer (DE) (1)

    Last year, the Hamburg printing company founded and run by the Siepmann family implemented a generation change in more than one sense. Firstly, Mark Siepmann took over responsibility for day-to-day management from his father Thomas. And at the same time, the company replaced a Rapida 106 dating from 2008 with a similarly configured press of the current series. Thanks to its higher automation, the new press promises even greater productivity and is contributing to an expansion of the company’s capacities.

    Like its predecessor, the new Rapida 106 is a six-colour coater press with comprehensive automation features to enable fast job changeovers. After all, it is to be used primarily for the production of short and medium runs. Run lengths start at just 250 sheets, and there are many jobs which require no more than 500 sheets. Frequent job changeovers are thus a routine element in daily practice. “In this respect, the Rapida 106 is unbeatable,” says Mark Siepmann. Accordingly, it is hardly necessary to mention that DriveTronic SPC with Plate Ident headed the feature wish-list. The company is equally committed to sustainable resource use and environmental protection. VariDryBlue dryers, CleanTronic cloth-based washing systems and provisions for low-alcohol printing all contribute to this aim.

    Dirk Beckmann and his fellow printers enjoy working on the Rapida 106 (2)

    Special capabilities extend into packaging printing

    Siepmann terms itself a commercial printing company. It is not a typical representative of this market segment, however, having built up special capabilities to serve the pharmaceuticals branch. Specifically tailored press and workflow features, in combination with all the necessary certification, qualify the company to produce several million patient information leaflets every year. These jobs ensure continuity and lay a solid foundation in terms of capacity utilisation. Further valuable business is derived from packaging production. Here, the typical numbers and volumes are just the opposite: Short runs of fine packaging for premium consumer goods, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics have become Siepmann trademarks.

    Special folding expertise has also given rise to interesting solutions for other commercial products (4)

    The Rapida 106 must naturally offer a flexibility to match this broad product spectrum. The substrates handled by the press range from 40 g/m2 paper for the information leaflets to solid bleached sulphate board and G-flute corrugated up to 1 mm in thickness.

    In digital print, all products are supplied from a run length of one. Alongside, the company has established a series of closed B2B webshops for its customers. Their staff are able to order the required products directly and can be certain that they will comply with the applicable corporate design in every detail. There is even a large-scale partner which hosts multiple webshops among their number. It is perfectly normal for the working week to commence with up to 500 print jobs received via the Internet.

    left: With its sophisticated folding capabilities, Siepmann has established itself as a specialist supplier of patient Information leaflets

    right: Mark Siepmann recently took over day-to-day management responsibilities from his father Thomas (6)

    High level of value creation

    A broad scope of in-house post-press capabilities is imperative if such a diversity of print products is to be handled internally. Folding is one area where particular attention has been paid. The entire production of brochures and leaflets, as well as a whole range of packaging products, can be realised within the company. The die-cutting capacities have also been geared to the full spectrum of substrates up to G-flute corrugated board. That guarantees a high level of internal value creation. All that is missing is a bookbinding line and a perfect binding machine. Where these steps are required, Siepmann works with reliable partner companies, though it must be said that this applies only to a very small proportion of the jobs printed.

    The company founded by Heinrich Siepmann 70 years ago set up its first workshop in one of the massive concrete blockhouses which had previously been part of Hamburg’s anti-aircraft defences.  Today, the 63 employees are accommodated at more generous premises with around 4,500 m2 of production space on the edge of the city. Annual turnover lies between nine and ten million euros. Alongside various pharmaceuticals companies, the mainly regional customers are above all advertising and production agencies, consumer goods manufacturers and photographers. In addition, Siepmann offers its capacities to smaller media companies which are looking for a strong cooperation partner.

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    news-1536 Tue, 29 Oct 2019 11:13:10 +0100 Koenig & Bauer performs retrofit in Iceland https://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-performs-retrofit-in-iceland/
  • Step by step to the state of the art
  • Technical and electrical retrofit of Commander press
  • Overhauled reelstand now right up to date
  • Towers and folders to follow in the coming years  
  • One of the largest newspaper printing houses in Iceland, Landsprent ehf, has decided to bring its Commander press from Koenig & Bauer into line with the latest state of the art. Landsprent General Manager Gudbrandur Magnússon: “We have already enjoyed a close and trustful relationship with Koenig & Bauer for a very long time. And it was together that we developed the project of a step-by-step retrofit for our press.”

    The process began with successive overhauls of the reelstands. This stage of the project was completed successfully earlier in the year, and attention has now turned to an electrical retrofit for the folders. Technical measures to modernise the printing towers are set to follow in the coming years. “The customers appreciate our longstanding experience and our professional team. The retrofit enhances production reliability for the company, and the quality of its newspapers will also move up another notch,” says Michael Holzapfel, service manager at Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed.

    The next steps were discussed at the World Publishing Expo in Berlin (left to right): Michael Holzapfel, Service Manager, Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Gudbrandur Magnússon, General Manager, Landsprent ehf; Håkan Runden, Sales & Service Director for Web and Corrugated Presses, Koenig & Bauer DK A/S

    One of the largest printing houses in Iceland

    Landsprent ehf, with offices in Reykjavik, can be counted among the country’s largest printing houses and is responsible for production of the Morgunblaðið, the most popular subscription newspaper on the island with a circulation of 30,000 copies. The overall product portfolio includes another 14 daily and weekly newspapers and magazines, and the company also prints various advertising supplements.  

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