09-29-2003

GraphExpo 2003, Chicago

KBA and Air Motion Systems Sign Agreement

Okt. 1, 2003: KBA North America, a leading sheetfed offset press manufacturer based in Williston, VT, has signed a licensing agree-ment with Air Motion Systems Inc., Golden, Colorado, in which KBA is granted worldwide rights for the production, further development, distribution and servicing of dryer systems from Air Motion Systems for installation in KBA’s Rapida sheetfed offset presses. As part of the agreement, Air Motion Systems is granted agency rights for distribution and servicing of the dryer systems from KBA for the North American market. Albrecht Bolza-Schünemann, President of Koenig & Bauer AG, and Daniel Bostrack, President of Air Motions Systems Inc., signed the agreement on September 29th, 2003 during the Graph Expo trade fair in Chicago.

Air Motion Systems has developed an advanced, modular system of UV, IR/hot air and UV/IR/hot air dryers, which KBA will be incorpo-rating into its Rapida sheetfed offset presses for the Rapida 105 40", Rapida 130 51", Rapida 142 54", Rapida 162 64", and Rapida 205 81" on the basis of the new license agreement.

“This agreement allows us to be able to offer our own tailored dryer systems for our Rapida sheetfed offset series and allows us to cater even more directly to the specific needs of the market,” says Ralf Sammeck, KBA North America’s CEO and President. “By being able to help our customers choose appropriate dryer technology at the development stage for sheetfed offset presses permits optimum matching of the dryer system to the press equipment and be even more flexible to our individual customer’s wishes.”

With this in mind, Air Motion Systems has developed a modular system of UV, IR/hot air and UV/IR/hot air dryers, which KBA is now to incorporate into Rapida sheetfed offset presses for the format classes 40" (105 cm), 51" (130 cm), 54" (142 cm), 64" (162 cm) and 81" (205 cm) on the basis of the new license agreement. As a result, KBA will in future be able to offer its own tailored dryer systems for the Rapida sheetfed offset series and can thus cater even more directly to the specific needs of the market. Early consideration of the appropriate dryer technology at the development stage for sheetfed offset presses, moreover, permits optimum matching of the dryer system to the press equipment and even more flexible reaction to individual customer wishes.

“We are excited about this agreement and what it means for the future and for our customers”, says Hans Ulland, VP of Sales and Customer Service at Air Motion Systems. “Our goal is to drive inno-vation, technology and service to new levels in our industry. This agreement brings us closer to our goal as we integrate our drying technology earlier into KBA’s design and manufacturing cycle. The end result for KBA customers will be tighter integration and optimal performance of their dryer-equipped presses.”

In addition to the dryers from Air Motion Systems, KBA will continue to offer dryer systems from other manufacturers in its product range. Air Motion Systems will also continue to manufacture, sell and dis-tribute its dryer systems to other press manufacturers.

KBA North America is a leading supplier of sheetfed offset and digi-tal presses located in Williston, Vermont. It is a member of the KBA Group, a leader in the manufacture of sheetfed, web-fed, and digital presses worldwide. For further information, please visit 

www.kba-print.com

www.karatpress.com.

Air Motion Systems, based in Golden, Colorado, is the leading North American manufacturer of specialized radiation curing and drying technology for the printing industry. The company, which was founded in 1997, manufactures a range of products and systems including the Air Guide, an automated pneumatic sheet guide sys-tem; the Cool Impression system, a patented impression cylinder cooling system; and the Peak UV ultra-violet curing system. For further information, please visit

www.airmotionsystems.com.

Photo: KBA Rapida 

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