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  • Newest Rapida 106 X press offers fastest 20,000 sph, exceptional productivity, and excellent print quality for label production
  • Outstanding 50% productivity gains are derived from the complete label workflow production--from printing and die-cutting—paired with the exceptional new Koenig & Bauer CutPRO X 106 rotary die cutter 
  • In-mold label printers rely on Koenig & Bauer presses as demand increases
  • As brand manufacturers increasingly demand all types of highly-creative and informative offset printed labels, label printers are turning to Koenig & Bauer for the fastest press speeds, excellent print quality, and proven substrate packages to deliver eye-catching, brand consistent labels for their customers. 

    “With the growing demand for labels, we’re accelerating our leading role in this very important market,” says Chris Travis, Koenig & Bauer director of technology. “This market is one of our main pillars along with commercial and packaging and we’re deeply committed to developing the latest innovations specifically for each market segment.”

    While the U.S. demand for labels is forecast to rise 3.3% per year to $20.6 billion in 2025, Koenig & Bauer is seeing “significant growth”, especially here in North America as well as worldwide. What is drawing leading label printers to invest in Koenig & Bauer? Travis says that overwhelmingly it has been due to the firm’s superior technology that has convinced label printers to transition to Koenig & Bauer. “Our presses are producing labels at 20,000 sph unlike any other press on the market,” he says. “We have label customers breaking production records all of the time on our presses.”

    The newest Rapida 106 X press offers the fastest 20,000 sph, exceptional productivity, and excellent print quality for label production

    What sets Koenig & Bauer apart is its unique complete process from substrate-in to label-out. This starts with the launch of the newly designed Rapida 106 X, a high speed 20,000 sph. The press, which bears an eye-catching black and grey body with illuminated glass side panels, offers the highest productivity and optimized production and efficiency for label producers. Its popular Koenig & Bauer innovations, such as DriveTronic SIS, a unique side lay free system that allows for accurate registration of the thinnest substrates at max speed which is part of the important label sheet travel package, QualiTronic PDFCheck, an inline image inspection system that compares every printed sheet with the PDF data from prepress, and QualiTronic ColorControl, an inline color control system measuring every sheet, are extremely important for label production, in which each label must be consistent and include specific pertinent information.

    “All of our label printers have their Rapida presses equipped with our superior quality and color control systems,” says Travis. “Brands are very aware that their labels must look the same on the store shelf. Consistency is key and our Rapida presses deliver.”

    Travis says that Koenig & Bauer equipment is significantly more productive due to the label’s path through the press and delivered to the rotary die cutter. Its engineers have developed a more productive system to produce more labels due to this swift system. Unlike commercial or packaging printers, label manufacturers require specific substrates and Koenig & Bauer has developed an array of substrate packages developed for sophisticated label production. These include lightweight, plastic, and paper, depending on the type of label to be produced.

    The dynamic growth of in-mold labels is another important segment for Koenig & Bauer. “In-mold label printing is produced on thin plastic, down to 50 microns, and presents its own set of challenges. Due to our unique concept of sheet travel, from roll to sheet to delivery, which is unique to Koenig & Bauer, we’re able to efficiently and successfully print in-mold labels at the highest production speeds,” says Travis. “We’re also a leader in the LED-UV drying market, which significantly impacts the IML label market, if the label allows for energy curing. Since this type of label is printed on such thin substrates, it can be prone to distortion when subjected to the drying process. LED-UV emits no heat so it provides better control over the production process, allows improved registration, and provides higher quality while addressing the need for faster drying times and the ability to run a full pile in the delivery.”

    Koenig & Bauer has placed so much emphasis on the label market that it has dedicated an individual area known as the Label Center in addition to its new Customer Experience Center in Germany. Visitors can witness the entire label production process on the new Rapida 106 X seven color with coater through to the new CutPRO X rotary die cutter. This new machine is equipped with the DriveTronic feeder, SIS (Sensoric Infeed System), label sheet guiding system, and AirTronic delivery and provides fast automation for job changeovers and an intuitive operating concept.

    “Our North American Koenig & Bauer in-mold label customers are reaping the rewards and enjoying the huge benefits of their complete label workflow being carried out on the Rapida 106 X and CutPRO X 106 with up to a 50% improvement in production from roll to sheet, to print, to cut, to stripe, and blanking,” says Travis

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    news-2040 Tue, 20 Jul 2021 11:26:44 +0200 Koenig & Bauer is the first press manufacturer to join the Healthy Printing Initiative http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-is-the-first-press-manufacturer-to-join-the-healthy-printing-initiative/ Koenig & Bauer has underlined its commitment to sustainable and eco-friendly print products and packaging by joining the Healthy Printing Initiative. This decision also helps to strengthen the network with its own ‘preferred suppliers’, a number of whom are already active members. The target of the Healthy Printing Initiative is to promote the use of eco-friendly substrates, inks, coatings and other consumables for the printing of paper, carton, corrugated board, plastics and other products, and finally to enable efficient recycling systems. High levels of contaminants and foreign residues can render the recycled materials unsuitable for use in new products such as food packaging. Accordingly, holistic and environmentally compatible print processes are seen as a means of raising resource productivity by improving recoverability and maximising the (re-)use of recycled raw materials.

    CEO Dr Andreas Pleßke: “We are the first press manufacturer to actively participate in this network of paper, packaging material, ink and print chemistry manufacturers, printing companies, recyclers, designers, end customers and other industry stakeholders. Substrates, additives, inks and print processes must be combined in a way that promotes sustainable, future-oriented print production. More effective climate and environment protection measures in print production depend on intact recycling chains and a functioning circular economy, which in turn demands the close cooperation of everyone concerned. Involving the end customers is especially relevant, as they do, of course, have a particular interest in the sustainability of print production and material sources, and therefore the ecological quality of their products.”

    Koenig & Bauer is the first press manufacturer to join the Healthy Printing Initiative, reaffirming its commitment to sustainable and environmentally friendly printed matter and packaging

    About the Healthy Printing Initiative

    The Healthy Printing Initiative was set up by the international environmental research and consultancy institute EPEA (Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency) with the support of the DOEN Foundation. The pivotal idea of the initiative is to advance implementation of the cradle-to-cradle design concept (C2C) in the print industry. Preference is given to those substrates, inks, coatings and other consumables that are manufactured in a zero-waste process. Following use, the print products must then be collected and be consistently recycled. At the end of the recycling process, any residual material should ultimately be reabsorbed into the natural ecosystem as biological nutrients, without placing a burden on the environment. Further information on the Healthy Printing Initiative can be found at https://www.healthyprinting.eu.

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    news-2038 Fri, 16 Jul 2021 09:53:00 +0200 Permanent product marking with iCON 3 http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/permanent-product-marking-with-icon-3/
  • Economic product coding with laser
  • Comfortable and simple operation
  • Eco-friendly marking and saving money
  • Koenig & Bauer Coding launches the iCON 3 marking laser in the entry-level class.

    The iCON 3 is the latest product in the iCON range, specifically designed for permanent marking and coding in the consumer goods and industrial product sectors. It offers users an economical alternative to inkjet printing, but has the advantages of laser technology: laser marking works cleanly and there are no solvent emissions. By eliminating consumables, the iCON also greatly reduces operating costs.

    iCON 3: Ecologically and economically friendly
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    Thanks to a new touch-screen controller with updated software, the iCON 3 is easy to install, operate and maintain. easy installation, operation and maintenance. An integrated wizard assists with simple configurations and provides templates for reporting.  On-site technicians receive instant support through the on-demand online video tutorials.

    In addition, the operation of the iCON 3 takes into account the increasing importance of climate impact. With very low power consumption and the absence of volatile solvents, the laser contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions. High-tech optics are used in the iCON 3. The powerful hardware and innovative, cost-effective software mean that the iCON 3 laser can reach the high line speeds of most production lines.

    Benedikt Berberich, product manager for lasers at Koenig & Bauer Coding, confirms: "The market launch of the first iCON series set the standard for the entry class of laser coding years ago. With subsequent product launches, we have raised the bar ever higher. The iCON 3 is the first choice in its class in terms of economy, user-friendliness and environmental compatibility.

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    news-2036 Thu, 15 Jul 2021 13:08:53 +0200 Koenig & Bauer joins the VDMA’s Blue Competence Sustainability Initiative http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-wird-partner-der-nachhaltigkeitsinitiative-blue-competence-des-vdma/ With its decision to join the VDMA’s Blue Competence initiative, Koenig & Bauer has reaffirmed its commitments to sustainability and social responsibility which are anchored in its corporate philosophy and have characterised the company ever since it was founded more than 200 years ago. At the trade fair Drupa 2000 the Rapida 105 was the first sheetfed offset press worldwide to be awarded an “Emission tested” environmental certificate by the Professional Association for Printing and Paper Processing (Berufsgenossenschaft Druck und Papierverarbeitung). As the voice of the mechanical and plant engineering industry, the VDMA has here formulated common standards for ecological product and production design, as well as responsible corporate management.

    “It is a declared target of the Koenig & Bauer Group to offer solutions which combine climate and environment protection with strong practical and economic benefits for our customers,” says CEO Dr Andreas Pleßke. “By becoming a partner in the Blue Competence initiative, we would now like to underline this intention by contributing to the advancement of sustainable technologies and services. Alongside resource-efficient and low-emission products and manufacturing processes, a focus is placed on the development of energy-saving technologies to reduce CO2 emissions in print production. And as one of the pioneers in corporate social policy, we have always been committed to our responsibility for employees and society.”

    VDMA Blue Competence Sustainability Initiative

    Blue Competence is an initiative by the VDMA aimed at promoting sustainability in the mechanical and plant engineering sector, while at the same time informing the sector about relevant sustainable solutions. Each of the partner companies undertakes to comply with twelve sustainability guidelines defined for the mechanical and plant engineering industry: see www.vdma.org/viewer/-/v2article/render/439338

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    news-2034 Wed, 14 Jul 2021 14:37:25 +0200 Record sales for Koenig & Bauer at China Print in Beijing http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/auftragsrekord-fuer-koenig-bauer-auf-der-china-print-in-beijing/
  • Successful world première of the new Rapida 105 generation
  • Numerous orders received for the Rapida 105
  • One of the best trade show results ever in China
  • More than 150 print professionals were present on the trade show stand to witness the official unveiling of the new Rapida 105 series. Another 2,000 followed the event via a live online stream (1)

    From 23 to 27 June, Koenig & Bauer showcased its comprehensive product and service portfolio on a stand measuring more than 1,000 m2 at the China Print exhibition in Beijing. The spotlight was directed at the world première of the new Rapida 105 generation, which took centre stage. Its unveiling was one of the absolute highlights of the technology exhibition, and also caused a stir among the wider trade public. Most of the printing industry professionals who visited the Koenig & Bauer stand were visibly impressed by the print demonstrations performed on the new medium-format press (max. sheet format 720/740 × 1,050 mm), with its high production output and fast job changeovers.

    The première of the new Rapida 105 delighted the Chinese print professionals (2)

    Crowd favourite Rapida 105

    The dynamic design of the new Rapida 105 and the long list of features adopted from other medium-format series, such as the feed table with a single suction belt, extensive preset capabilities and comprehensive measuring and control systems, helped to make the Rapida 105 the undisputed crowd favourite. The fact that the press has been developed and manufactured entirely in Germany is another major plus point. Walter Zehner, CEO of Koenig & Bauer Greater China, explains: “The Rapida 105 has been very popular with our Chinese customers for several decades. The new generation was developed in accordance with their particular needs, and is geared specifically to the challenges that arise in everyday print production operations.”

    Print samples from the Koenig & Bauer stand were in great demand among trade show visitors (3)

    Thanks to extensive configuration options and its exceptional substrate flexibility, the new Rapida 105 is an ideal choice for packaging, commercial and even label printing. It thereby allows users to expand their product range and help exploit new potential for commercial success. The first two days of the exhibition already saw several companies sign purchase contracts for the new Rapida 105.

    Following the live demonstrations, the trade show visitors were able to take a closer look at the press (4)

    Contracts with print companies from all over China

    By the end of China Print, more orders had been received from print companies all over China. Along with the medium-format models, considerable interest was shown in large-format sheetfed offset presses from the Rapida 145 and Rapida 164 series. This can be attributed to a particular demand for high-quality packaging, especially for mobile telephones and other electronic products.

    The Koenig & Bauer trade show stand, once again, provided the backdrop for film and photo shoots during China Print (5)

    Walter Zehner was very pleased with the results of the trade show: “The success far exceeded our expectations. In terms of the number of orders received, we were able to post a new record for China Print.” Zehner thanked his team in China for their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic, and was more than happy with the outcome their efforts brought: “Despite the serious situation, our trade show presentation was an unqualified success and attracted attention from far beyond China itself.” And he is confident that Chinese printers' demand for new press technologies will continue to grow in future. Dietmar Heyduck, senior vice-president for sales at Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, is equally delighted: “My sincere thanks go to our customers for continuing to place their trust in our products, and to the Koenig & Bauer teams in both China and Germany for a fantastic trade show. We are now looking forward to brisk post-exhibition business.”

    The Koenig & Bauer trade show team was more than satisfied with its success at China Print 2021 (6)

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    news-2032 Tue, 13 Jul 2021 14:57:25 +0200 No need for compulsory redundancies at Koenig & Bauer in Stuttgart http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/no-need-for-compulsory-redundancies-at-koenig-bauer-in-stuttgart/
  • Pragmatic and constructive agreement
  • Socially cushioned personnel adjustments without compulsory redundancies
  • Improved order situation in the second half of the year
  • Through constructive cooperation with employee representatives, Koenig & Bauer has been able to implement economically unavoidable cost optimisation measures at Stuttgart-based subsidiary Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint without resorting to compulsory redundancies. Global economic changes and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic had led to a slump in turnover for the particularly export-oriented company in 2020.  

    Job reductions were kept to a minimum through a series of measures designed to enable a socially cushioned transition. Most importantly, the introduction of a flexible system to reduce working hours (employment based on collective agreements with appropriate individual adjustments) avoided a situation in which key employees with priceless know-how would have left the company. The agreement gives the company the reassuring certainty that it can react flexibly to short-term turnover fluctuations, while at the same time safeguarding the customary high quality of customer support.

    The fully automatic high-performance metal decorating press MetalStar 3 is in use all over the world. Metal packaging is considered to be especially sustainable.

    This arrangement was the outcome of countless constructive discussions between management representatives, the trade union IG Metall and the works council. Everyone involved contributed to this result on the basis of respectful, appreciative and open-minded negotiation. Managing director Ralf Hipp says: “By working together and not against each other, we have laid the foundations for a successful and promising future.” Board management spokesman Dr. Andreas Pleßke adds: “COVID-19 is a purely external factor, and so flexibility, common sense and a readiness to compromise were important guidelines for us going into the talks.”

    A further indicator for the maximum commitment to jobs is the announcement that all trainees who complete their training this year will receive regular employment contracts.  In this way, Koenig & Bauer continues to offer young people interesting career prospects even in economically turbulent times.

    “After a difficult first half of the year, we are seeing improvement in the order situation and the global economy is coming back to life. In June, we recorded one of the best figures for incoming orders in the company’s history. This enables us to approach the future with confidence and optimism,” says managing director Pekka Hobbeling.

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    news-2029 Mon, 12 Jul 2021 14:20:27 +0200 Conimar Group Invests in New Koenig & Bauer Ipress 106 K PRO Die Cutter with Blanker http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/conimar-group-invests-in-new-koenig-bauer-ipress-106-k-pro-die-cutter-with-blanker/
  • Newest generation of high-tech die cutter will spur productivity and efficiency by 25%
  • The Ipress 106 K PRO is part of Conimar’s two-million-dollar investment of new equipment
  • Ocala, FL headquarters and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will take delivery of the new die cutter in early fall
  • When the Conimar Group LLC, was formed in 1976, its forward-thinking owner and CEO, Terry Crawford, could see the need for a U.S.-based manufacturer and marketer of quality tabletop, gift and housewares products. Today, the family-owned business is the leader in its field with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities located in Ocala, Florida--its corporate headquarters--and Springfield, Tennessee. To maintain its fast growth and production, the firm chose to update its operation with a new Koenig & Bauer Ipress 106 K PRO die cutter with blanker arriving in early fall.

    “We were seeking a machine that could keep up with our high levels of production,” says Crawford. “The Ipress 106 K PRO die cutter has high speed production perfectly combined with exceptional registration, high quality standards, and easy handling and fast preparation—everything that we required. Its blanker is one of the few that we found to seamlessly and efficiently remove scrap from the cutter. As we retire older equipment, we’ll be gaining extremely high speeds of 8,500 sph production output on our new Ipress 106 K PRO.”

    (Left to right) Conimar Group LLC, founder and CEO Terry Crawford; Conimar president Eric Robinson; and Conimar vice president of manufacturing Jim Mager; are surrounded by the firm’s high quality placemats at the Ocala, FL facility where the new Koenig & Bauer Ipress 106 K PRO die cutter with blanker will arrive in early fall

    Koenig & Bauer designed the new Ipress 106 K PRO with a combination between the high production quality of its die-cutters and the robust and innovative design of its award-winning Rapida sheetfed press technology. Conimar’s Ipress 106 K PRO offers two types of sheet monitoring: either conventional or with the optional OPMR system (Optical Printed Mark Register), which uses sensors and cameras to detect a printed mark. Conimar’s operators can easily switch between the two systems using an intuitive touch screen monitor. If Conimar’s team needs to reach Koenig & Bauer’s service department, the new Ipress 106 K PRO is equipped with an IP remote connection system to allow remote maintenance with its Florida-based crew and the installation of updates and upgrades at any time.

    One of its most dynamic features is its fully automatic, shaftless DriveTronic feeder, which ensures optimum sheet travel and short makeready times. Four servo motors control all movement functions. The machine’s other key features include a continuous, infinitely-adjustable pile lift; automatic skew sheet correction at the feeder head during production; automatic pile-edge control for exact alignment at the feeder; and ability to produce repeat jobs at the touch of a button.

    At its facility north of Orlando, the manufacturing floor buzzes with activity as popular tabletop and houseware products are being printed on two Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 presses--five- and six-color models--and ultimately shipped to leading retailers around the country.

    Crawford foresees the new Ipress 106 K PRO making a substantial impact on Conimar’s production floor. He estimates a 25% increase in production due to the installation. As the most technologically advanced die cutter on the market, it offers enough versatility to die-cut several types of substrates from 64-lbs to 0.11-inches thick corrugated board and solid board up to 0.59-inches thick.

    “We’re always investing in new equipment to make our facility more efficient to benefit our customers,” says Crawford. “The new Ipress 106 K PRO is part of a two-million-dollar purchase of new leading-edge technology to better position the company to meet future needs.”

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    news-2025 Wed, 30 Jun 2021 13:09:23 +0200 Initiative for a sustainable future http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/initiative-for-a-sustainable-future/
  • Focus on sustainable development of packaging
  • Digital technology for efficient and high-quality recycling management
  • Trial run successfully completed
  • For Koenig & Bauer, sustainable corporate development is a key issue for the future. As a further piece in the puzzle, the company was confirmed as a member of the Holy Grail 2.0 project in June 2021. The aim is to speed up the development of an efficient circular management system.

    Logo Holy Grail (2)

    Under the auspices of the European brand association AIM (Association des Industries de Marque), more than 120 companies and organisations from across the packaging value chain are pooling their expertise to achieve an ambitious goal: to see if digital technology can contribute to better sorting and higher quality recycling for packaging in the EU to develop a truly efficient recycling economy.

    Packaging materials are recyclable materials that should be kept in the loop. The aim of this pioneering project is to mark packaging using digital watermarks, thus simplifying machine sorting of waste for recycling and recovering high-quality recyclate. For plastics, this is even a must, because the European Union has stipulated that by 2030 only plastic packaging that can be reused or recycled may be brought onto the market.

    Digital watermarks in stamp size on the packaging (1)

    Digital watermarks in the EU

    From the previous research, digital watermarks have emerged as the most promising technology and received majority support from stakeholders. Digital watermarks are unobtrusive, stamp-sized codes printed on the surface of packaging. They can contain a wide range of identifiers, such as information on manufacturers, stock keeping units (SKUs), processed plastics and the composition of multi-layer items, food and non-food products.

    The new technology passed the trial run on a test sortation line flawlessly. Now the branded goods industry is committed to implementing the next phase as a value chain initiative called "Holy Grail 2.0". This includes the commissioning of an industrial trial facility to test the viability of the watermarking technology for the purpose of accurate sorting of packaging waste and higher quality recycling, as well as conducting a large-scale business assessment scenario.

    Apart from their function as a "digital recycling passport", digital watermarks are also applicable in other areas, such as customer loyalty, supply chain visibility and retail.

    With its subsidiary Coding, Koenig & Bauer has many years of expertise in the field of coding solutions in its own portfolio. As an official member of the sustainable initiative, the group is now working together to find a joint solution for smart packaging recycling.

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    news-2020 Tue, 29 Jun 2021 14:20:48 +0200 Ultimate Paper Box Boosts Bindery Output by 100% With New Koenig & Bauer AllPro 110 Folder Gluer http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/ultimate-paper-box-boosts-bindery-output-by-100-with-new-koenig-bauer-allpro-110-folder-gluer/
  • Automation, speed, and quality control fuels increase in bindery output
  • Continual investment in new technology helps Ultimate on its successful record-setting growth path
  • Operates at highest speed and increases production for cardboard to corrugated
  • As a leading paper box manufacturing company, Ultimate Paper Box prides itself on its commitment to quality by continually re-investing in the newest equipment to satisfy its customers’ needs. Its City of Industry facility and its 130 employees are achieving high water marks for the most efficient, premium quality, and environmentally friendly production. Armed with an extraordinary array of sheetfed offset presses including a stable of powerful large format Koenig & Bauer Rapidas, Ultimate has the ability to consistently deliver extraordinary output at 18,000 sph. To keep work flowing from pressroom to post-press and out to the customer, the firm, under the leadership of Janak Patel, has boosted its folding and gluing department with a new Koenig & Bauer AllPro 110 folder gluer.

    “We were seeking more automation, speed, and quality control,” recalls Patel. “I found that the AllPro 110 folder gluer has it all.” Patel counts the semi-automatic feeder and E-pack auto packer as providing amazingly fast speed. Quality control is performed automatically with the machine’s barcode reader and glue detection features, he says.

    (Left to right) Jurgen Gruber, Koenig & Bauer sales manager; and Janak Patel, president of Ultimate Paper Box, are pleased with the tremendous results and productivity of the new AllPro 110 folder gluer at Ultimate’s facility in City of Industry, CA.

    “Since it was installed, we’ve seen tremendous results,” says Patel. “Our production has increased, especially since we’ve added several high-end cosmetic accounts, along with our current loyal customers in the food industry, pharmaceutical, and electronic markets. It was necessary to invest in our bindery to remain a leader in our field. The AllPro 110 has been the answer for us. It has given us the production speed of two of our other machines due to its full automation and quick makeready. It has boosted our productivity by 100%, reduced our makeready times, and has contributed to our high efficiency rates to produce our high-quality packaging.”

    Patel believes that this impressive machine demonstrates his strong commitment to providing his customers with the highest satisfaction. The goal, he says, is to address the needs of his customers with faster turnaround.

    “Due to the wide range of substrates that we encounter on customer jobs, we needed a folder gluer that could easily handle everything from carton board to corrugated,” says Patel. “Our AllPro folder gluer has demonstrated that it can produce a variety of complex packaging at a maximum belt speed of 400 m/min. Its touch screen control panels are user friendly for our operators.”

    “We have developed a solid, long-standing partnership with Koenig & Bauer,” says Patel. “Since our very first press installation in 2008, they have provided us with the most amazing technology and highest productivity. We’re proud to be one of the printers with this AllPro machine. We believe that our record-setting growth and success can be attributed in part to our Koenig & Bauer equipment.”

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    news-2017 Fri, 25 Jun 2021 10:53:41 +0200 A successful start for Koenig & Bauer at China Print http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/a-successful-start-for-koenig-bauer-at-china-print/
  • Rapida 105 generates keen interest
  • Press designed and manufactured entirely in Germany
  • Shared technology platform with the Rapida 106/Rapida 106 X makeready world champions
  • Orders for large-format Rapida technology placed on the very first day of the exhibition
  • An impressive show accompanied the launch of the new Rapida 105 (1)

    The China Print trade show kicked off with a bang in Beijing on 23 June, marking the worldwide launch of the new Rapida 105 at the Koenig & Bauer stand. More than 150 visitors were in attendance to witness the unveiling of the new press. And over 1,000 more followed the launch via a live stream. The trade show is open until 27 June, and is giving Koenig & Bauer a perfect opportunity to showcase some of the very latest printing equipment and technologies on a revamped stand extending over more than 1,000 m2. A steady stream of visitors was welcomed on the first days of the show.

    The curtain has been lifted: the new Rapida 105 is distinguished by its enhanced automation and many technical details adopted from the makeready world champion Rapida 106 – all developed and manufactured entirely in Germany (2)

    In a recorded message, Koenig & Bauer management board spokesman Dr Andreas Pleßke greeted the visitors, underlining the fact that “Koenig & Bauer views China as one of the most important global markets, and one with a promising future.” Ralf Sammeck, director for the Sheetfed segment and CDO of Koenig & Bauer, and Dietmar Heyduck, senior vice president for sales, introduced the new Rapida 105 generation in a series of video clips. Ralf Sammeck explained that “users of the new sheetfed press generation would not only be investing in the very latest printing technologies, developed and manufactured entirely in Germany, but also be securing a competitive advantage that will raise their business success to new levels.”

    Latest technologies for users in China and worldwide

    Walter Zehner, CEO of Koenig & Bauer Greater China, extended his own warm welcome to the visitors and thanked Chinese print customers for the confidence they have placed in Koenig & Bauer over the past decades. He was particularly pleased to point out that “our Chinese market is of such great importance for Koenig & Bauer that Beijing was chosen for the worldwide market launch of the Rapida 105.”

    Lianbiao Wang, general manager of sales at Koenig & Bauer China, unveiled the new press at its première (3)

    The first live presentation of the new generation of Rapida 105 presses was hosted by Lianbiao Wang, general manager of sales at Koenig & Bauer China. The new press is not only more flexible than ever before, but is also distinguished by a multitude of innovative technical and design solutions. In fact, it shares the same technology platform as its two sister presses in medium format, the Rapida 106 and the makeready world champion, the Rapida 106 X.

    Other highlights in digital print

    The exhibition area at the stand devoted to digital print was another drawcard, also attracting lively interest among visitors. This is where Koenig & Bauer is presenting a scale model of its forthcoming VariJET 106 digital press for folding carton production with optional inline finishing modules. A variety of print samples from the first operational press of this type were shown to potential customers, who were unanimous in their praise of both the machine concept and the print quality attained.

    Hands on: Chinese industry professionals exhibited great interest in the press from the very first moment (4)

    The extensive range of digitalisation and service concepts that contribute to giving users a whole new experience of Koenig & Bauer's technology also made a positive impression on visitors to the exhibition.

    Several Chinese print companies already signed contracts with Koenig & Bauer on the first day of the exhibition. Dongguan Siyu Packaging purchased a Rapida 145 in a five-colour configuration. Shenyang Jixing United Packaging invested in a five-colour Rapida 164 with coater and extended delivery to boost its production capacity for multicoloured folding cartons. And Dongguan Dongyi Printing Company ordered a six-colour Rapida 164 with coating facilities. Koenig & Bauer expects that more orders for presses in all format classes will follow during the remaining days of the trade show, as well as in the weeks to come.

    Print samples from the Rapida 105 were in high demand during the exhibition (5)

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