In the year of its 150th anniversary, Frankfurter Societät has decided to invest in a new 48-page Compacta 618 commercial web press from Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) as part of its modernisation, thus continuing the long-standing business relationship between the two companies in the area of commercial printing as well.
- FSD sets international standards with the Mörfelden printing centre near Frankfurt (1)
This investment by FSD reflects the ongoing trend towards double-circumference presses for commercial print production. Its share of new installations in Europe has increased to more than 40% over the last few years. KBA is well represented with its Compacta web presses in size categories from 32 to 80 pages. Since 2000, nearly 70 Compacta presses in series 408, 418, 618 and 818 have been sold to satisfied customers throughout the world. In addition to innovative, user-oriented technology and an ergonomic design, the Compacta-Jumbos, recently optimised in terms of accessibility and user orientation, stand out for their short makeready times, high net output and good print quality.Effective with EasyTronic
FSD ordered the new KBA Compacta 618 for delivery in September 2007 with a cylinder circumference of 1,260 mm, a maximum web width of 1,450 mm and a print speed of around 15 m/s. The press is fitted in right-left assembly with the Patras A automatic reel feed, a Pastomat RC reel changer, infeed unit, four printing units with semi-automatic plate changes, a hot-air dryer with a heat recovery system, chill-roller stand, a superstructure with three pairs of parallel turner bars and the P5G pin folder. The KBA LogoTronic professional production management system takes care of the digital flow of job and preset data and of monitoring and evaluating production. The EasyTronic automatic press-presetting system increases the net production of the web press and makes a significant contribution to the reduction of wastage.Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as an international figurehead
On 21 July 1856, Leopold Sonnemann started a small business paper, the Frankfurter Geschäftsbericht (the precursor to the Frankfurter Zeitung), together with A. B. Rosenthal. In 1860 the company assumed the name of Frankfurter Societäts-Druckerei. Six years later, the Frankfurter Zeitung was published for the first time and became one of the most influential papers of the Weimar Republic. In 1955 Frankfurter Societäts-Druckerei acquired a stake in the Frankfurter Neue Presse. Since 1962, this company of national and international renown has been running the technical production of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Frankfurter Societät is now under the majority ownership of the non-profit-making Fazit-Stiftung and successfully operates as a media company in three fields. Societäts-Druck enjoys a leading position in the market. Societäts-Verlag is a leading communications service provider which focuses on newspapers, books and the internet. Finally, the Frankfurter Neue Presse is one of the highest-volume subscription daily papers between Frankfurt and Limburg. A workforce of nearly 1,000 generates annual sales of just under EUR 150 million.Standards in printing
- 16 metres high and 157 metres long, the KBA Commander at FSD is impressive for its sheer size (3)
The Mörfelden printing centre near Frankfurt is setting international standards. Opened in 1993, the second generation of presses has already been installed and set to work in the newspaper printshop. The KBA Commander press, a massive 157 metres long and 16 metres high, offers optimum performance. Some 80 highly skilled printers ensure excellent print quality for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Frankfurter Neue Presse and its regional editions, Die Zeit and VDI Nachrichten on 27 cutting-edge control consoles.
The Maisach printing centre in the south of Germany started operations at the beginning of 2001. The Münchner Abendzeitung with a circulation of 240,000 copies is printed on two 64-page Commander web presses in the Rhine format. Part editions of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the Bild München are produced in Nordic format on two further 64-page Commander web presses. Just under 40 technicians print over 400,000 daily papers every day.
The commercial printshop in the Mörfelden printing centre has been operating under the name of Westdeutsche Verlags- und Druckerei GmbH since 1 January 2006. This full subsidiary of FSD with its extensive range of services is one of the leading suppliers in the Rhine-Main area. It provides individual solutions for challenging customer requirements, from data management and printing through to delivery. A 32-page Compacta 408 commercial web press and an 8-colour, 6-colour and 2-colour sheetfed offset press meet the highest quality requirements, from stock exchange brochures to annual reports, from high-volume specialist journals through to supplements and posters. The new Compacta 618 will replace the existing C408 and at the same time significantly increase capacity in Mörfelden.
- FSD has got on well with the Compacta 408, a 32-page landscape press. It will be replaced by the new 48-page Compacta 618 portrait web press (4)