Saxon close-up on the superior flexibility of the KBA Rapidas

Open House in Radebeul for sheetfed offset printers from the USA and UK

Some 280 print pundits from Great Britain, Ireland and the USA joined guests from Poland, South Africa and Australia at the KBA works in Radebeul from 21 to 23 May to take a look at the latest trends and new technologies for modern sheetfed offset print.

The main attraction of the presentations was a KBA Rapida 105 with ten printing units and perfector, which is now earmarked for delivery to Turner Print in Longford/Ireland. Sheetfed marketing head Jürgen Veil demonstrated four different print jobs on the press. The show kicked off with a demanding 5/5-colour brochure on light art paper, to be followed by the corresponding cover on 300 gsm card. After a further changeover, including automatic conversion of the perfector back to straight printing, the visitors were able to experience the unrivalled substrate flexibility of this high-performance medium-format press in the form of high-quality wine packaging produced on G-flute corrugated. The final job was an art print on paper once more. A reproduction of a work by Hundertwasser pupil Horst Kordes was printed in sheer excellent quality to illustrate the expanded colour space of the Aniva system. The artist himself was present at the open house and took the opportunity not only to exhibit a number of originals, but also to sign prints exclusively for the international guests.

As part of a second demonstration, the sheet offset experts from KBA took the so-called hybrid technology as the basis to show their guests attractive and at the same time cost-effective possibilities for high-gloss and matt-effect finishes and for the printing of metallised stocks with opaque white on a six-colour Rapida 105 with coating tower and extended delivery. Large-format interest was tended with a Rapida 142 with five printing units and coating facilities printing a brochure and a packaging forme with FM screening (20 µm Staccato from CREO). The round of presentations was concluded with a four-page work-and-turn job on the digital offset 74 Karat with integrated coater, and a variety of posters using the Aniva ink system on the 46 Karat for the smaller A3+ format.

The British and American specialists were greatly impressed by the technological diversity of the print demonstrations on a broad range of substrates, as well as by the sophisticated finishing solutions and the equally fast makeready times of the presses in all format classes. KBA was thus once more able to give proof of its recognised position as a trendsetter for the modern sheetfed offset market. An accompanying social event with a city tour and an evening river-boat cruise brought the KBA slogan "People & Print" well and truly to life, and that deep into the night...

Photo 1: Jürgen Veil

Photo 2: printing samples (1)

Photo 3: printing samples (2)

Photo 4: Horst Kordes

Photo 5: Anne-Kathrin Gerlach