- Six-colour Rapida 164 in a double coating configuration
- Delivery to a new, ultramodern plant in Gaziantep
- Further investments planned
A few days ago, Recep Tasyanar, owner of the print company Barem Ambalaj with headquarters in Tire/Izmir, visited Koenig & Bauer to check how work is progressing on his new Rapida 164. The six-colour double-coater press with triple-length extended delivery is scheduled to arrive in Gaziantep in May. It is to be installed in the new production plant there, and will join a five-colour Rapida 142 with inline coater and 630 mm raised foundations which is already up and running at the location. Following commissioning of the new press, the official inauguration of the new production plant is planned for November.
The Rapida 164 has been configured with a high-speed package and can print sheets up to a maximum format of 1205 x 1640 mm at speeds up to 15,000 sheets per hour. It also incorporates accessories for mixed UV/conventional operation and will stand on 630 mm raised foundations just like its sister press in Gaziantep. The sidelay-free infeed DriveTronic SIS, FAPC fully automatic plate changers, CleanTronic Multi washing systems and lowerable non-stop rollers in the delivery are just some of the automation features. Further highlights are VariDryBlue IR/hot-air/UV dryers, which significantly reduce the energy consumption for drying, the Emission Extraction System (EES) to extract unpleasant odours and other emissions from around the printer’s workplace at the delivery, and reduced-height colour bars to permit optimum utilisation of the sheet area. Inline ink density control is handled with QualiTronic ColorControl, and the Rapida 164 possesses a LogoTronic CIPLinkX interface to pre-press to enable the conversion of CIP3 PPF data into press presetting values.
After installation of the Rapida 164, modernisation and expansion of the company’s capacities in Tire is next on the agenda. There, too, a new large-format Rapida is to be installed alongside the existing six-colour Rapida 142 coater press. In Karaman, a further production location of Barem Ambalaj, the replacement of a large-format press from another manufacturer is also being discussed. After all, Recep Tasyanar and his team are very pleased with their sheetfed offset presses from Koenig & Bauer. The brand name Koenig & Bauer is seen to represent the newest and most advanced technologies for packaging printing. In addition, they are highly satisfied with the advice and service provided by the team of local Koenig & Bauer sales partner Dereli Graphic.
Barem Ambalaj is today the largest Turkish packaging printer in terms of turnover, number of sheets printed and number of employees. There are presently 670 employees working at the three locations of the company, which was only founded in 1999.