First Rapida 164 perfectors in Russia installed at JSC First Model Printing House in Chekhov KBA coordinates major Russian investment in modern book production

A major investment in print production capacities at JSC First Model Printing House in Chekhov has been brought to a successful conclusion with installation of a complete pre-press, print and finishing set-up. On the supplier side, the project was coordinated by KBA-Digital & Web in Würzburg, in conjunction with Austrian partner OD Systeme Handels- und Vertriebs GmbH from Vienna.  

One of the two large-format KBA Rapida 164 perfector presses for 4/4 production in format 120 x 164 cm (1)

Equipment from five countries

The low ceilings in the old, partially restored halls posed quite a challenge when bringing in the large-format KBA Rapidas (2)
The investment package comprised two eight-colour Rapida 164 perfector presses for large-format 4-over-4 production and a five-colour medium-format Rapida 105 with coater from KBA-Sheetfed, an HP Indigo 10000 digital press, a large-format Magnus VLF Q2400 platesetter line from Kodak, cutting machines from Perfecta, automatic embossing and casemaking machines from Kolbus, large-format folding machines from Herzog + Heymann, pile turners from Baumann, a gilding machine from Ochsner, a sewing line from Meccanotecnica and other auxiliary equipment. The various machines from suppliers in five different countries were installed and commissioned over a period of two years up to the end of 2016, in accordance with a timetable and implementation plan coordinated by KBA project manager Peter Benz.  

Project manager Peter Benz (r) from KBA-Digital & Web in Würzburg with plant manager Nina Butrina at one of the two large-format Rapidas (3)

Books in excellent quality

View of just one small part of the enormous printing house complex in Chekhov (4)
Twenty-five years ago, the plant in Chekhov was the largest in the country, with over 5,000 employees producing mainly magazines and other high-volume products. After comprehensive restructuring, the Chekhov branch of JSC First Model Printing House today counts around 400 employees and produces approx. 22 million case-bound and paperback books each year. First Model Printing House attaches great importance to comprehensive quality management and efficient production. In addition to books in various styles and formats, a broad product portfolio includes also brochures, photobooks, calendars, cards and photo wallpapers.


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