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  • Turnover growth between 20 and 30 per cent
  • Makeready times halved
  • Inline finishing in the spotlight
  • Increased export share
  • Tiskara Zelina began to modernise its entire production set-up in 2018. Important boosts in terms of quality and productivity can be attributed to a Rapida 105 PRO from Koenig & Bauer.

    When Croatia joined the European Union in 2013, this heralded a new wave of economic development in the country, which has in turn contributed to sustainable growth. The national print industry has also benefitted, and has invested massively in the optimisation of its production processes over the past couple of years. This has been especially true for commercial printing company Tiskara Zelina. The centrepiece of an ambitious investment package is a new Rapida 105 PRO from Koenig & Bauer, with which the company has significantly improved its position on the Croatian market.

    Die Geschäftsführerin von Tiskara Zelina Tajana Hasan Lemić mit den Druckern an der Rapida 105 PRO (1)

    Flexible reaction to market demands

    Following the commissioning of the Rapida 105 PRO, the 90 employees at Tiskara Zelina already achieved an increase in turnover of between 20 and 30 per cent in 2019 alone. “We are now planning to maintain this growth in the coming years,” says managing director Tanja Hasan Lemić. “Perhaps not on the same scale as 2019, but we will certainly be continuing along the same path.” The company has identified especially promising opportunities in its export business – the current export share of 10 per cent is to be increased successively in the future. The product portfolio ranges from hard-cover and paperback books to calendars, brochures, catalogues and posters. Thanks to its in-house finishing department, Tiskara Zelina is able to react flexibly to market demands and can even take on last-minute jobs.

    Makeready times cut by half

    As a longstanding customer of Koenig & Bauer, the company was well aware of the benefits to be derived from the technical further development of the Rapida series, and here specifically of the Rapida 105 PRO. The configuration chosen was a four-colour press with inline coater, and the managing director points not least to the excellent price-performance ratio of the latest press generation. “The Rapida 105 PRO has catapulted us into a different league.” This is immediately clear from a comparison of makeready times with a slowly ageing four-colour Rapida 105 perfector dating from 2008. “On the Rapida 105 PRO, the first saleable sheet comes off the press between 25 and 50 per cent faster, irrespective of the format.”

    Die Installation der Rapida 105 PRO hat der Tiskara Zelina einen deutlichen Qualitäts- und Produktivitätsschub beschert (2)

    Complete plate change in two minutes

    The fully automatic FAPC plate changing system, with which all four plates are changed in no more than two minutes, is a decisive factor in this respect. Paper travel settings from the feeder to the delivery are also implemented fully automatically parallel to plate changing. Thanks to the preset capabilities of the feeder, the relevant parameters for sheet format and the air controls can be taken directly from the console – something which greatly simplifies the processing of its broad substrate spectrum for Tiskara Zelina. Optimised inking units are one of the keys to the outstanding print quality achieved by the Rapida 105 PRO. Further time is saved in daily practice through the possibility for simultaneous washing of the blankets and impression cylinders between jobs. “Our printers appreciate not only the high level of automation on the Rapida 105 PRO, but also the modules serving quality control,” says Tajana Hasan Lemić.

    Colour monitoring in inline mode

    The Rapida 105 PRO installed at Tiskara Zelina incorporates an additional anilox coating tower to accelerate the drying process and to bring the printed sheets into corresponding shape for further processing immediately after printing. The coater also supports the general trend towards increased product refinement, an aspect to which Tanja Hasan Lemić will be paying special attention in the future as a means to expand into new market segments. The press is controlled and monitored centrally from the ErgoTronic console. A wallscreen presents all press settings to the operator in a clear overview, and a live image mode even enables evaluation of the current inking results via the QualiTronic ColorControl module. “We are convinced that the Rapida 105 PRO from Koenig & Bauer is the ideal press for us, both technically and from the perspective of maintenance.” A regional service team guarantees fast reaction times and gives the company the necessary peace of mind.

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    news-1606 Tue, 11 Feb 2020 10:30:35 +0100 New Commander CL for Druckhaus Delmenhorst http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/neue-commander-cl-fuer-das-druckhaus-delmenhorst/
  • Capacity expansion to handle new jobs
  • Successful partnership
  • Highly automated newspaper press
  • Investment in newspapers
  • New Commander CL for Druckhaus Delmenhorst. The floor-mounted Commander CL comprises three four-high towers, two KF 5 jaw folders and three Pastomat reelstands with a stripping station and Patras A paper-reel transport system. It is scheduled to come on stream in the fourth quarter of 2020. “Our existing Commander CT is already very well utilised, and so we needed to expand our production capacities ready for a series of new jobs which we will be printing from December 2020 onwards. Given our longstanding partnership and cooperation with Koenig & Bauer over the past decades, it was soon clear that we would once again be choosing a press from Würzburg,” said Gerhard Tapken, the owner of Druckhaus Delmenhorst. Starting at the end of this year, the new press will be responsible for production of the newspapers Weser-Kurier, Bremer Nachrichten and Verdener Nachrichten, among others. Günter Noll, head of sales at Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed: “We at Koenig & Bauer are delighted that Druckhaus Delmenhorst has followed up the installation of its CT 6/2 in 2013 with a renewed expression of confidence in our products. With a total of four state-of-the-art folder deliveries, Delmenhorst will then become one of the major newspaper printing locations in northern Germany.” Since its initial market launch just a few years ago, Koenig & Bauer has now sold 28 presses of this type to clients in Germany, France, China and the USA, and it is currently the most frequently ordered newspaper press.  

    Kurz nach der Vertragsunterzeichnung: Gerhard Tapken (l.), Eigentümer Druckhaus Delmenhorst, und Günter Noll, Vertriebsleiter Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed (1)
    From managing director to owner

    Established as DruckHaus Rieck in 1822, the company was bought out by managing director Gerhard Tapken in 2018 and renamed Druckhaus Delmenhorst. With prudent investments and innovative ideas, Gerhard Tapken has since guided the company out of its financial difficulties and returned it to a solid footing. “Many people thought I was crazy at the time. But when I look back now, I can definitely say that it was the right decision.” Aside from the aforementioned new jobs, the company is already kept busy printing numerous supplements and weekly titles as contract production, amounting to several million copies every week.

    Im vierten Quartal 2020 wird die neue Commander CL ihre Produktion beim Druckhaus Delmenhorst aufnehmen (2)

    Flexible, automated and reliable printing of high-quality products

    Engineered for a maximum web width of 1,400 mm and a cylinder circumference of 1,000 mm, the new Commander CL can print up to 100,000 four-colour newspapers per hour. Like the existing Commander CT, it incorporates a whole host of automation features. RollerTronic roller locks, inking unit and cylinder washing, fan-out control, colour measuring and control systems, colour and cut-off register controls and fully automatic plate changes combine to simplify operation and reduce job makeready times, waste and maintenance requirements to a minimum. The Commander CL is controlled by means of an ErgoTronic console with EasyTronic for optimised press start-up.

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    news-1600 Wed, 05 Feb 2020 15:25:21 +0100 Koenig & Bauer signals commitment to an open-minded and tolerant society http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-engagiert-sich-fuer-ein-weltoffenes-sachsen/ •         Training and employment for refugees

    •         Contacts and business partners on practically all continents

    •         Promotion of open-mindedness and tolerance

    At the beginning of 2020, the Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed business unit in Radebeul joined a growing number of globally active companies and organisations from the region in the association “Businesses for a Cosmopolitan Saxony”. As a member of this association, the company will be supporting a range of concrete measures aimed at promoting the integration of refugees and migrants in local business and industry.

    Already in the past, Koenig & Bauer has placed its weight behind efforts to promote democracy and tolerance and to assist the integration of refugees. In 2015, for example, two young refugees from Pakistan, who had been forced to flee their home country for political and religious reasons, were accepted into vocational training at the company and began an apprenticeship as mechatronics technicians. After passing the final examinations set by the Dresden Chamber of Industry and Commerce last year, they were subsequently offered permanent contracts to work in the press assembly centre.

    Die beiden Facharbeiter Bilal Ahmad (2.v.l.) und Saad Malik (M.) zeigen stolz ihre Ausbildungszeugnisse. Sie erhielten im vergangenen Jahr ihre unbefristeten Arbeitsverträge aus den Händen von Ralf Sammeck, Vorstandsmitglied von Koenig & Bauer und CEO von Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, Ausbildungsleiter Jochen Mann (2.v.r.) sowie Personalleiter Markus Rasche (r.) (1)

    In the meantime, a 32-year-old engineer from Syria has also taken up employment at Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, initially on a time-limited basis. He used to live on the outskirts of Damascus and came to Germany at the beginning of 2016. Since August 2018, he has been working as a draughtsman in the design group responsible for large-format sheetfed offset presses.

    Staff from Koenig & Bauer travel regularly to countries all over the world, whether for sales negotiations, press installations or service assignments, or to participate at international trade fairs and similar events. At the same time, customers and partners from the most diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds are frequent visitors to Radebeul. They come to obtain the latest information at first hand, to finalise agreements or to complete the factory acceptance of a purchased press, for example. Ralf Sammeck, CEO of Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, emphasises the special relationship: “We live an open-minded and cosmopolitan approach and are delighted at every opportunity to share our mindset and experience with others.”

    Ein Maschinenbau-Ingenieur aus Syrien ist in die Konstruktionsabteilung von Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed gut integriert (2)

    This sometimes also happens very publicly. At a number of home games of the local football club Dynamo Dresden last season, Koenig & Bauer used the touchline advertising boards to champion an open-minded and tolerant society. Ralf Sammeck hopes that his call will be heeded not only by his employees, but indeed by all Saxons: “Challenge xenophobia and populism wherever they rear their head. Join the cause to preserve our democratic values.”

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    news-1592 Thu, 23 Jan 2020 10:59:42 +0100 Grafičar secures a competitive edge with Rapida 105 PRO http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/graficar-steigert-mit-rapida-105-pro-seine-wettbewerbsfaehigkeit/
  • Six-colour Rapida 105 PRO with coater and UV capabilities
  • High substrate flexibility and fast job changes
  • Sheet inspection and PDF comparison
  • In July 2019, a new six-colour Rapida 105 PRO with coating and UV capabilities went into production at Grafičar d.d. Ludbreg in Croatia. This installation has secured an important competitive edge for the company on the packaging market, and at the same time opens the door to a whole new realm of quality, facilitating expansion into further market segments and offering interesting export opportunities.

    The Grafičar group counts over 450 employees and is one of the leading packaging companies in Croatia. With an extremely diverse product portfolio, ranging from folding cartons via labels of the most varied types to bags and sacks for fillings from 0.5 to 50 kg, it has established itself as a competent partner in all matters relating to packaging production. Since the incorporation of publishing house Znanje d.o.o. and its printing facility, it has furthermore ventured into book production and is in the meantime also offering its services as a supplier of commercial print products.

    Das Management der Grafičar d.d. Ludbreg v.l.: Ivan Beser, Leiter Forschung & Entwicklung, Franjo Beser, Direktor, Siniša Beser, Verkaufsleiter, und Dalibor Beser, technischer Direktor (1)

    Broad spectrum of substrates

    To cater for this wide range of products and the ensuing diversity of paper, board and film substrates, Grafičar uses both the offset and flexo printing processes. “It is this combination which makes the difference and places us in a unique position on the Croatian market,” says director Franjo Beser, who manages the company together with his sons Siniša as sales director, Dalibor as technical director and Ivan as head of research and development.

    Dalibor Beser explains the background to the investment decision: “Today’s markets place increasing performance demands on offset printers when it comes to speeds, quality and production reliability, and that made it simply necessary to purchase a modern press.” Offset printing technology from Koenig & Bauer has already played an important role in expansion plans at Grafičar in the past. “The Rapida 104 is one of the kingpins of our press room and that naturally gave Koenig & Bauer a certain initial advantage over other manufacturers. But once we had analysed all the features, there was absolutely no doubt in our minds that an investment in the Rapida 105 PRO was the right choice,” says Ivan Beser. The service and support offered by Koenig & Bauer, with local service technicians to ensure smooth commissioning and training and to safeguard the availability of the press in three-shift operation, was an equally decisive factor. Furthermore, any minor issues can already be solved in advance via the remote maintenance module PressSupport24.

    Der Standort der Grafičar-Gruppe in Ludbreg (2)

    FAPC: Plate changes in two minutes

    In response to the growing demand for high-quality finishing, Grafičar configured its six-colour press with an inline coating tower. Thanks to the fully automatic FAPC plate changing systems, moreover, all six plates can be changed within just two minutes, and that across all jobs. Two minutes is also sufficient for simple makeready on the coater. Further important contributions to makeready savings are derived from the DriveTronic technology. All format and air settings for the full spectrum of substrates used by Grafičar are in the meantime stored on the ErgoTronic console. That accelerates job changeover significantly and makes work so much easier for the press operators.

    CleanTronic Multi washing systems, with their separate solvent circuits for use with conventional and UV inks, simplify switching between the two processes and provide for cost-effective hybrid production on the Rapida 105 PRO. “The high level of automation, in combination with an outstanding maximum speed, has boosted our productivity significantly and enables us to compensate the market trend towards ever shorter runs,” says Dalibor Beser. But also in terms of quality, the technical director could not be more satisfied with the results obtained with the coater – results which convince not only the printers, but also the customers.

    Der hohe Automatisierungsgrad und die maximalen Druckleistung von 17.000 Bogen/h hat Grafičar einen deutlichen Produktivitätsschub beschert (3)

    Maximum colour stability from the first sheet to the last

    It is one thing to attain high quality at a given moment, but quite a different matter to maintain this quality over time. Accordingly, Grafičar has deliberately configured the Rapida 105 PRO with a number of cutting-edge quality control modules. Inline colour control is handled by QualiTronic ColorControl. A 4K camera system installed after the coater automatically scans a colour bar to determine the optical densities. If any deviations are detected, countermeasures are initiated to achieve the maximum possible colour stability over the entire length of a run. This quality monitoring and control system has been expanded further with the option QualiTronic PDFCheck, which adds two additional quality functions: Sheet inspection and comparison with a pre-press PDF. “Especially in packaging printing, this form of quality control is enormously important, and that is all the more true when you are working – as we do – in the ultimate discipline of pharmaceuticals packaging. The system spots flaws in even the smallest font sizes,” says a delighted Ivan Beser. Each sheet is numbered by the Sheet Ident inkjet system already before it enters the press. With the error report generated by the quality control system, it is then a simple matter to localise any imperfect sheets in the pile and to remove them before further processing.

    Für die Qualitätskontrolle wurde die Rapida 105 PRO unter anderem mit QualiTronic ColorControl und QualiTronic PDFCheck ausgestattet (4)

    The future can come

    “With the installation of the Rapida 105 PRO, we have taken a giant step forward and can now offer our customers even better service in terms of quality, reliability and availability. At the same time, the Rapida 105 PRO helps us to further develop our product portfolio and opens up additional opportunities in export business,” says director Franjo Beser in summing up the experience gained to date.

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    news-1588 Tue, 14 Jan 2020 07:10:00 +0100 New company built around the RotaJET 225 http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/new-company-built-around-the-rotajet-225/ •         Further RotaJET for a Spanish company
    •         Investment in the future
    •         Individualisation of decors
    •         Newly founded company places trust in Koenig & Bauer

    The newly founded Spanish company Mimmetic was set up to implement a business plan built around use of a new RotaJET 225 press for decor printing. Mimmetic is a subsidiary of the Losán Group, one of the largest manufacturers of wood-based products in Spain. “With our new RotaJET from Koenig & Bauer, we are preparing to enter the market for decor printing. We believe in Digital Printing and we think that in the decor market, a new reality is possible. Given the specific market demands which apply in this segment, for example fast time-to-market production, individualized decors and short runs, we are certain that this press will secure the success of our business,” says Jonathan Caballero, Senior Manager at Mimmetic. The new press is scheduled to commence production in Curtis in the A Coruña province of Northwest Spain in the coming spring. A new hall is currently being erected to accommodate the RotaJET. Christoph Müller, member of the management board of Koenig & Bauer: “We are convinced that digital print will continue to grow in the areas of decor and packaging. And with our RotaJET presses, we can offer every customer a specific solution to match individual requirements.”

    Beispielhaftes 3D-Schema einer RotaJET 225 für den digitalen Dekordruck

    New company is an investment in the future

    It is more than 50 years ago that the brothers Manuel, Luis and Emilio López Sánchez first set up a small carpentry business. In the meantime, Losán is one of the branch leaders in the manufacturing of wood-based products with over 1,500 employees and a presence on three continents. “We have been pursuing a course of growth and expansion for many years, and are constantly exploring the opportunities in new markets. The founding of Mimmetic is thus a logical next step for us. We are attracted to the challenges and we are really proud to be the first company in the world based purely in digital printing” says Luis López Rico, member of the executive board of the Losán Group. The newly founded company Mimmetic will also operate from the group location in Curtis. 

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    news-1585 Mon, 13 Jan 2020 07:09:00 +0100 Vogtland Kartonagen boosts efficiency with end-to-end solutions for packaging production http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/vogtland-kartonagen-boosts-efficiency-with-end-to-end-solutions-for-packaging-production/ •       Die-cutting with Optima 106
    •       Folding carton gluing with Omega Allpro 110
    •       Sheetfed offset printing with Rapida 142

    Schwören auf die Omega Allpro 110: v.r. Denny Polsfuß, Produktionsleiter Vogtland Kartonagen, Hagen Sczepanski, Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter des Unternehmens, sowie Ronny Neugärtner und Oliver Fuchs aus dem Vertrieb von Koenig & Bauer (DE) (1)

    It could be said that Vogtland Kartonagen from Reichenbach in Eastern Germany already foresaw Koenig & Bauer’s recent activities and company acquisitions relating to the packaging market many years ago. The company has been using die-cutting equipment from Iberica since 1998. The original purchase was replaced with a newer model in 2005. One year later, the first folder-gluer from Duran was installed. In the meantime, both suppliers have been integrated into the Koenig & Bauer Group. Alongside these developments, large-format sheetfed offset presses from Koenig & Bauer have been the printing machines of choice since 2002.

    Over the past two years, managing partner Hagen Sczepanski has been investing once more. Given the very good experience with machines from Duran and Iberica, he saw no reason to take his custom elsewhere. An Optima 106 was installed in 2017, and an Omega Allpro 110 went into production just a few weeks ago.

    Janet Vogel arbeitet gerne an „ihrer“ Optima 106 (2)

    High flexibility and performance

    Both machines naturally incorporate significant further developments compared to their predecessors. The Allpro from Koenig & Bauer Duran implements many of the ideas and wishes resulting from 10 years of production with the earlier machine. Hagen Sczepanski: “Many of the things which we had identified as desirable improvements to a folding carton gluer, irrespective of the manufacturer, have already been integrated into the Allpro. The feedback between users and Koenig & Bauer Duran functions perfectly.”

    Meetings ahead of the first investment already left a lasting impression. “I was asked how many reference installations I wanted to visit,” Sczepanski recalls. As many as 20 were offered almost immediately. “We looked at several different folder-gluers, visiting printers who were working for pharmaceutical companies and thus boasted a configuration with all the bells and whistles, as well as simpler businesses where higher-volume production also ran like clockwork day after day.”

    Die Omega Allpro 110 ist dank ihrer Vielseitigkeit für die Produktion bei Vogtland Kartonagen wie geschaffen (6)

    Even though the new Allpro has only been in use for a few weeks, it has already enabled an increase in output of around 20 per cent. This is attributable firstly to the high production speeds, which in some cases can only be maintained by deploying additional personnel to remove the boxes. At the same time, the fast changeovers between different constructions, formats and materials are convincing. If the box construction remains the same, most of the work is done in just 15 to 20 minutes. But even for a more complex changeover, for example between different styles and materials, the make-ready for a brand new job does not take more than two hours.

    Verpackungen für die Brau-Industrie gehören zu einem der Produktionsschwerpunkte bei Vogtland Kartonagen (3)

    Positive experience with the Optima

    With regard to die-cutting technology, too, the specialists in Reichenbach have no doubts that they have backed the right horse. During the 12 years in which they operated the previous machine, there was only one breakdown of any note – and even that was rectified in next to no time. With the purchase of the current Optima, performance parameters could be raised by another 20 per cent. Hagen Sczepanski also describes the cooperation with Koenig & Bauer Iberica as absolutely uncomplicated: “We travelled to Iberica and explained our wishes. The operators from here and the mechanics from Iberica then discussed everything on equal terms. By the time the machine was delivered, all the open points had been dealt with and we received exactly the machine we wanted.”

    Die Omega Allpro 110 ist optisch bereits an die Produktepalette von Koenig & Bauer angepasst (4)

    Economical alternatives to the mainstream

    Like the Allpro, the Optima has fulfilled the company’s expectations in every respect. Hagen Sczepanski views the two machines as genuine alternatives to the standard equipment installed by many other companies. In his opinion, any investment should be preceded by a careful assessment of all the machines available on the market: “From my experience, the price-performance ratio is simply fantastic.”

    Hagen Sczepanski expressly welcomes the integration of the two manufacturers into the Koenig & Bauer Group. Service is easier to coordinate under the single umbrella of the press manufacturer than with separate companies. Furthermore, spare parts deliveries should arrive faster when they are dispatched from Germany. And the investments can also be expected to retain a higher long-term value compared to products from a smaller, independent supplier.

    Leistung, Leistung, Leistung… hohe Produktivität ist mit der Omega Allpro 110 selbstverständlich (5)

    Up to 70 million units of packaging each year

    Vogtland Kartonagen is continuing a century-old tradition of packaging production in Reichenbach. The 40 employees produce between 50 and 70 million units of paper, solid board and corrugated packaging every year. The customers are primarily SMEs from various branches of industry, for example brewing, medical equipment, agricultural and food products or fasteners. Products are supplied throughout the German-speaking regions of Europe.

    As was already the case when the “Green Dot” scheme was introduced, Hagen Sczepanski sees the current ecology debates as a major opportunity for solid and corrugated board packaging. Everyone wants to replace plastics wherever possible. “We promise appropriate solutions for environment-friendly packaging,” he says, “and can respond flexibly to every product and customer requirement.”

    Hagen Sczepanski, Geschäftsführender Gesellschafter von Vogtland Kartonagen, plädiert dafür, bei jeder Investition das Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis exakt zu prüfen (7)

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    news-1574 Tue, 17 Dec 2019 09:57:39 +0100 Third 48-page press for Grafica Veneta http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/third-48-page-press-for-grafica-veneta/
  • Capacity expansion
  • Partnership lasting more than 10 years
  • Innovation and growth
  • C48 from Koenig & Bauer
  • Kurz nach der Vertragsunterzeichnung im Werk von Grafica Veneta (v.l.n.r.): Emanuele Pogliani, Vertrieb Koenig & Bauer IT; Martin Schoeps, Leiter Servicemanagement Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Fabio Franceschi, Inhaber Grafica Veneta; Giorgio Bertan, Geschäftsführer Grafica Veneta; Peter Andrich, Geschäftsführer Koenig & Bauer IT; Jochen Schwab, Leiter Service Projekte und Vertragsmanagement Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed (1)

    The Italian company Grafica Veneta has signed up for yet another investment in offset print technology from Koenig & Bauer. It already operates two 48-page presses, and a third is now scheduled to enter production early 2020. Fabio Franceschi, owner of Grafica Veneta: “We have enjoyed a professional and trustful partnership with Koenig & Bauer for more than 10 years. Our company is following a path of continued growth, and full order books added further urgency to the already mounting desire to invest again.” The C48 from Koenig & Bauer is to be installed directly alongside the two existing Compacta 618 presses at the company’s plant in Trebaseleghe, to the west of Venice.

    The new press has been configured with the Patras A reel-handling system, an automatic reelstand, four printing units with fully automatic plate changers, a high-performance dryer from Contiweb and a variable V5 folder for both long- and short-grain production. An inline colour measuring and control system ensures maximum process stability, while the LogoTronic production management system handles the digital exchange of presetting data, along with production monitoring and evaluation.

    Beispielhaftes 3D-Schema der C48 von Koenig & Bauer (2)

    Family business on growth course

    Fabio Franceschi represents the second generation of his family at the helm of Grafica Veneta and has seen the company develop into a European leader in its branch. Grafica Veneta prints a diversity of books, catalogues and magazines in the most varied run lengths.

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    news-1569 Wed, 11 Dec 2019 08:30:45 +0100 Koenig & Bauer captivates printers in China http://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.

    Wie hier in der Druckerei Fuzhou Xinkai in Fuzhou fanden die Druckdemos bei den chinesischen Fachleuten großes Interesse (1)

    Rapidas for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and cigarette packaging

    Yin Kunxiong, General Manager von Yunnan Qiaotong: „Mit der Rapida 106 erhöhten sich Effizienz und Druckqualität erheblich.“ (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.”

    Eintreffen eines Teils der Gäste 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.

    Die veredelten Druckmuster aus Europa prüften die chinesischen Druckfachleuten intensiv (3)

    Kong Jiandong, President von Hebei Xindong, erläuterte den Veranstaltungsgästen seine ehrgeizigen Unternehmensziele (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.

    Großformatiger Bogenoffset bei Hebei Xindong: Mehr als 150 Gäste informierten sich allein in diesem Unternehmen über den hochwertigen Verpackungsdruck (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-1566 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 10:30:03 +0100 Edelmann Group delighted with the Rapida RDC 106 http://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.

    Bei Edelmann produziert eine Rapida RDC 106 mit drei Prozesswerken, die vorwiegend zum Stanzen, Prägen und Ausbrechen eingesetzt werden (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, Technischer Direktor von Edelmann, ist stolz, die Entwicklung der Rapida RDC 106 von Anfang an begleiten und die Maschine jetzt serienreif in der Faltschachtelproduktion einsetzen zu können (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-1561 Wed, 27 Nov 2019 07:26:31 +0100 Continuity and partnership pay dividends http://www.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/continuity-and-partnership-pay-dividends/
  • 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.”

    Bei einem Besuch bei Botnia Print Oy Ab (v.l.n.r.): Martin Schoeps, Senior Servicemanager Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Michael Holzapfel, Servicemanager 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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