KBA News Feed http://www.kba.com/ en Koenig & Bauer AG Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:04:05 +0200 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:04:05 +0200 news-697 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:13:49 +0200 Training for specialists from 15 countries https://www.kba.com/en/news/details/article/training-for-specialists-from-15-countries/
  • Four-week further training seminar at AZP Chemnitz at the invitation of PrintPromotion
  • Intensive knowledge transfer on automation features
  • Information on trends in sheetfed offset
  • A special practical training session for print industry lecturers and teachers was held at KBA-Sheetfed in Radebeul on 15th June. It was attended by 15 specialist teachers from 15 countries on four different continents, who had been invited to join a four-week seminar at the AZP training centre for the graphic arts in Chemnitz by the PrintPromotion organisation. The key focus was placed on solutions for unbroken printshop workflows, and one day of this seminar agenda was devoted to KBA-Sheetfed. Further visits to industry manufacturers and suppliers rounded off the programme.  

    The printing teachers from 15 countries soaked up the details of sheetfed offset technologies from KBA-Sheetfed

    After a brief introduction to the KBA Group and its wide-ranging product portfolio, KBA trainer Stefan Splett presented some of the components and automation features of the modern Rapida sheetfed offset presses. Particular mention was made of the DriveTronic dedicated drive components such as SIS (sidelay-free infeed), SPC (simultaneous plate changing) and SFC (simultaneous coating forme changing), as well as further automation solutions for fast, parallel makeready such as the job changeover program or CleanTronic washing systems. A second training block addressed inline and online variants to measure and control print quality. The participants gained interesting insights into KBA's modern sheetfed offset production facility and had ample opportunity to obtain competent answers to all their questions about KBA and about sheetfed offset technologies in general.  

    The whole day was characterised by intensive knowledge transfer and everyone agreed that they would be taking home valuable information on the latest trends and developments in sheetfed offset. Armed with this knowledge, they are now ideally prepared to act multipliers for print professionals back in their own countries.

    Sheetfed offset Market References & Showcases
    news-693 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:36:56 +0200 Autonomous printing – Made by KBA https://www.kba.com/en/news/details/article/autonomous-printing-made-by-kba/
  • Standard for industrial print production
  • Fully automatic production process without manual intervention
  • Significant productivity increase in commercial and packaging printing
  • Decentralised process monitoring via mobile devices and Rapida LiveApp
  • Automation of the individual process steps in print production is today more important than ever before. It is in many respects the only way to achieve further significant increases in productivity and competitiveness, by helping to exploit the performance capabilities of pressroom technologies to the full. A great deal has already happened in this direction – job changeover times are today dramatically shorter, workflows are supported by closed-loop processes, and the first users are enjoying the benefits of data-driven services such as performance reports and benchmarking.  

    The Rapida presses from KBA-Sheetfed already incorporate extensive automation: For top production speeds up to 20,000 sheets/hour, for lightning-fast makeready and even flying job changes, for precise inline quality control, and for increased economic efficiency through reduced non-productive times and minimised waste. With ErgoTronic AutoRun, KBA-Sheetfed is now able to present the next level of process automation for industrial print production.  

    Two clicks are all it takes to activate autonomous printing at the ErgoTronic console

    1) Job change starts at the end of production

    2) Production starts at the end of a job change (1)

    Intelligent systems relieve operators

    ErgoTronic AutoRun starts a job change fully automatically as soon as the production of the previous print job is completed – and then resumes production automatically once the necessary makeready steps are completed. This cycle is then repeated over and over until either the operator cancels the auto-run function or else all the jobs on the prepared job list have been printed. For section changes and web-to-print jobs, it is not even necessary to configure a new makeready process. Start of makeready, job changeover, start of production, colour and register control – all the individual steps are fully integrated and everything is triggered automatically at the appropriate moment. Press crews simply monitor the process sequence and are thus relieved of further routine tasks. They must only place the new plates in the corresponding channels of the plate changers, ensure that the necessary substrates and consumables are available when needed, and then take care of pile changes – insofar as pile changing is not also automated.  

    The principal field of application for ErgoTronic AutoRun is autonomous printing for the commercial sector – for example short-run jobs or multiple sections for products with high page counts. Language variants are a further possibility. Autonomous printing also benefits online printers with their highly standardised and automated processes. And in packaging, too, it can be useful to be able to start makeready automatically when the predefined run length is reached, or to return to production without further intervention upon completion of a complex job change.  

    With ErgoTronic AutoRun, Rapida sheetfed offset presses configure themselves, change jobs fully automatically and then return to production without manual intervention (2)

    KBA-Sheetfed laid the foundations for ErgoTronic AutoRun as far back as 2013 with the launch of its award-winning TouchTronic operating concept. The job changeover program on the ErgoTronic console possesses a very clear and logical structure. The printer sees all the relevant settings at a glance and can initiate a job change with just a single tap on the screen (One-Button Job Change). An interactive job list presents all the currently planned jobs to the operator, who can then re‑arrange the order at any time, for example to group together products which are to be printed on the same substrate or in the same format. Already at this stage, it is possible to enter and configure all the necessary makeready functions for each job.  

    ErgoTronic AutoRun coordinates the existing automation modules and in this way automates the print process as a whole. At the end of a shift or after processing of the complete job list, the press can be stopped manually in the usual manner.  

    The console goes mobile with the Rapida LiveApp (3)

    The console goes mobile with the Rapida LiveApp

    Operators are similarly more flexible than ever before when it comes to monitoring of the production process. They can now carry a mobile control console in their pocket. With a smartphone and the Rapida LiveApp, they are always in touch with their press – even while taking a coffee break in the canteen. A glance at the display provides details of the job which is currently in production and how much longer it will take to complete. The press crew can then decide at leisure when they need to be back at the press to load up the plates for the next job, for example.  

    In addition to the press status, the app provides a raft of live information from the running production, including even energy consumption and the equivalent carbon emissions per 1,000 sheets. With the batch data function, consumables such as paper and ink can be tracked either manually or by way of QR codes and assigned to the relevant job. The place of consumption, for example a certain inking unit, is determined automatically and saved in the data record. Whether inks, substrates, blankets or plates: All data are made available for tracing purposes or inventory management – immediately and without further intervention. The data are sent from the mobile device to the console, and automatically passed on via LogoTronic Professional and JMF to the company management information software.  

    Info panel with details on the current production, energy consumption and CO2 emissions (4)
    The integrated maintenance manager draws attention to the press care required on the current day, as well as tasks which are scheduled for the coming days. The additional specification of the time needed for each task enables maintenance work to be planned such that it does not disturb production. Illustrated, step-by-step instructions explain the individual tasks to the operator. This further simplifies the maintenance process and avoids all misunderstandings. Each maintenance step can be marked as “done” after completion and the operator can also add individual remarks and comments, where appropriate.  

    Standards for automation in print

    It is the continued intention of KBA-Sheetfed to define new standards for sheetfed offset with innovative solutions and proactive services. ErgoTronic AutoRun and the Rapida LiveApp are examples of such standards. They further enhance the capabilities of the presses, take workload off the operators and generally brighten up the work environment with modern operating sequences. In a nutshell: They boost the competitiveness of those print companies who are able to make use of them.

    Sheetfed offset Market Ideas & Innovation
    news-689 Fri, 09 Jun 2017 10:51:21 +0200 Grup Maculart expands capacity with Rapida 105 PRO https://www.kba.com/en/news/details/article/grup-maculart-expands-capacity-with-rapida-105-pro/
  • Specialist for pharmaceuticals packaging
  • Customer event on the future of pharma printing
  • QualiTronic PDF for inline sheet inspection
  • The Rapida 105 PRO showed off its best attributes during a presentation for pharmaceuticals suppliers (1)

    Grup Maculart in Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona) is one of Spain's leading producers of folding boxes and patient information leaflets for the pharmaceuticals industry. In August 2016, the company invested in a five-colour KBA Rapida 105 PRO with coater and extended delivery in order to further enhance its productivity and capacity. The new press was unveiled to customers from the pharmaceuticals branch within the framework of a forum-style event on the future of pharmaceuticals printing, which also focussed on current trends and challenges in this highly specialised market.  

    The expected boost in productivity has been realised thanks to the high level of automation of the Rapida 105 PRO. The list of automation modules is sheer endless: LogoTronic Professional for data exchange between the MIS and pre-press, FAPC automatic plate changers, EasyClean ink ducts for fast ink changes, CleanTronic washing systems, DriveTronic SRW and fast roller exchange with AniloxLoader, inline quality assurance with QualiTronic ColorControl and QualiTronic PDF, an inspection tool which automatically detects even the tiniest printing errors through comparison to a reference sheet and is thus especially valuable in the sensitive pharmaceuticals segment.  

    Carlos Vilaplana (left), sales director of KBA-Lauvic, and Albert Majos, owner of Grup Maculart and Akewuele, after exchanging contracts for the Rapida 105 PRO (2)

    At the same time, the ErgoTronic console with wallscreen simplifies handling of the press, which is equipped for mixed UV and conventional production. EES extraction and provisions for low-alcohol printing ensure a healthy working environment. The Rapida 105 PRO even takes on a rather futuristic appearance with its individual “KBArt design”.  

    Thanks to the Rapida 105 PRO, Grup Maculart is in a position to offer its customers both the best possible quality and the best possible price. That is especially important for the further growth of the company, which last year produced 69 million folding boxes and 77 million patient information leaflets. The more than 4,000 m2 of production space is shared with departments for large-format digital print and print advertising – and with Akewuele even a company which is specialised in the use of scents and fragrances in marketing.  

    Sheetfed offset Market References & Showcases
    news-685 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 10:09:10 +0200 Sun Chemical and KBA-MetalPrint treading new paths together https://www.kba.com/en/news/details/article/sun-chemical-and-kba-metalprint-treading-new-paths-together/ Within the framework of the METPACK trade fair in Essen from 2nd to 6th May 2017, Sun Chemical and KBA-MetalPrint announced the commencement of cooperation in the field of printing inks for metal decorating. The partnership relates above all to the three piece can segment. The metal sheets for such cans are printed on presses of the MetalStar and Mailänder series. Sun Chemical is a member of the DIC Group and one of the world's leading producers of printing inks. Over 21,500 employees serve customers through 176 subsidiaries and affiliated companies in 63 countries.

    KBA-MetalPrint, with headquarters in Stuttgart, is a member of the Koenig & Bauer Group (KBA) and the market and technology leader in metal decorating. As a global systems provider to the metal packaging industry, KBA-MetalPrint offers versatile solutions for the decoration of two- and three-piece cans. The portfolio for the three-piece market includes printing presses and coating machines, as well as drying ovens and exhaust air purification systems.

    The cooperation agreement with Sun Chemical was announced at METPACK 2017 in Essen (left to right): Carlo Musso, Corporate Vice President & Group Managing Director Southern Europe; Rudi Lenz, President and CEO Sun Chemical; Ralf Gumbel, Managing Director KBA-MetalPrint; Klaus Schmidt, Marketing Director KBA; Yoshiyuki Nakanishi, President DIC Corporation; Hideo Ishii, Director DIC Corporation; Felipe Mellado, Chief Marketing Officer and Board Member, Inaki Llona – Global Business Leader, Metal Deco Inks (1)

    The common objective of the partnership between Sun Chemical and KBA-MetalPrint on the three-piece market is close cooperation in all matters relating to printing inks. The refers not only to the future inclusion of inks from Sun Chemical into the starter kits supplied with MetalStar 3 and Mailänder 280 metal decorating presses, but also professional support in respect of all technical questions arising in the field.

    The starter kits for MetalStar 3 and Mailänder presses include either the high-performance UV ink series DAICURE 5LM, the conventional ink series SunTrio DAIMETAL  or the highly flexible SunTrio TOBA series, depending on the particular needs.

    The starter kit for the MetalStar 3 now includes inks from Sun Chemical (2)

    Sun Chemical and KBA-MetalPrint have recognised that there is significant demand for close and long-term process technology support among users who have purchased a new, high-tech printing press and are now setting out to utilise their expanded production capacities. Together, they will be working on further optimisation of the customer's installations from both the technical and application-related perspectives. The combination of a press from KBA-MetalPrint and inks from Sun Chemical is in this way to guarantee the customer the maximum attainable metal decorating performance.

    A further objective of the new cooperation is to drive specific developments in printing inks tailored to the special needs of the metal decorating market. The strategic global partnership covers also joint marketing activities in connection with trade fairs and customer events, such as the KBA-MetalPrint Symposiums with subsequent presentation of a new 6-colour UV MetalStar 3, which were held at metal packaging specialist Pirlo in Kufstein/Austria between 5th and 10th May 2017.

    Both sides expect to draw great benefit from the partnership and are convinced that it will also generate professional added value for the customer. The declared goal is to be able to offer the customer even better service on the market. 

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    news-683 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 10:18:17 +0200 Innovation-lined road from the first cylinder press to digital print https://www.kba.com/en/news/details/article/innovation-lined-road-from-the-first-cylinder-press-to-digital-print/ In August 2017, Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) in Würzburg will be celebrating its 200th anniversary. The world's first press-building workshop of 1817 has since blossomed into a globally successful manufacturing group with a unique portfolio of solutions for the printing industry. Anniversary festivities are planned from 21st to 23rd September – an ideal occasion to review past achievements and to present the visions which will determine the company's strategy and market position in the third century of its history. Breakthrough in London

    Company founders Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Bauer (1)

    The times have certainly changed. In the early 19th century, Germany still lacked venturesome investors and a fertile industrial environment. It was not least for this reason that trained printer and untiring inventor Friedrich Koenig travelled to London in 1807 to realise his idea of a steam-driven printing press. While there, he met precision engineer Andreas Bauer, and in November 1814, The Times became the first newspaper to be printed on their double-cylinder press. This laid the foundations for printing on an industrial scale and for access to print media for a much broader section of the population.

    29th November 1814: The London “Times” was the first newspaper to be printed on the double-cylinder press designed by Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Bauer (2)

    Production in a former monastery

    On 9th August 1817, Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Bauer signed a contract establishing Schnellpressenfabrik Koenig & Bauer in a secularised monastery in Oberzell near Würzburg, and in 1823, the Haude und Spenersche Zeitung in Berlin was the first newspaper on the European continent to be printed on presses from Oberzell.

    Early social achievements in the mid-19th century (4)

    Friedrich Koenig died in 1833. His widow Fanny Koenig and his former business partner Andreas Bauer continued his work. New presses were developed and the one-hundredth press was already delivered in 1838. A number of ambitious young workers moved away to found their own businesses. In this sense, Oberzell can be considered the cradle of German printing press manufacture. The company's foundation period came to an end with the death of Andreas Bauer in 1860.

    Early social achievements

    The founder's two sons, Wilhelm Koenig and Friedrich Koenig Jr., developed new presses, modernised factory routines and introduced a series of social reforms. The sickness benefit fund founded in 1855 was followed by a factory savings bank in 1865 and by a factory training school, the precursor of today's vocational training centre in Würzburg, in 1868. The factory statute of 1873 defined the rights and duties of workers and managers and established a factory council ‒ employee participation already 140 years ago.

    Rotary press designed by Wilhelm Koenig (1876) (3)
    1876: The era of web printing begins

    The first webfed press was supplied to a newspaper in Magdeburg in 1876. Wilhelm Koenig invented the variable web press in 1886, designed the first four-colour press in 1888, and began building special machines for the printing of luxury products. At the same time, he became very interested in securities printing, a field in which Koenig & Bauer was later to become technology leader. In 1895, the 5000th cylinder press left the factory.

    A new factory was built on the site of today's headquarters in 1901 (5)

    From 1895 and through into the 1920s, the course of the company was shaped by Constantin Koenig and the founder's grandson Albrecht Bolza. In 1901, a new factory was built at the site today occupied by the company headquarters. The 225 metre long production hall was one of the largest in Germany at that time. Webfed publication and rotogravure presses were manufactured, and the development of sheetfed machines was stepped up. Alongside printing presses, various matrix-moulding presses and plate-casting machines were delivered to customers all over the world.

    Cylinder assembly in the new factory in the 1920s (6)

    Four-colour Iris press for colour banknotes (1923) (7)
    Destruction and rebuilding

    After the First World War, Dr. Hans Bolza, a great-grandson of Friedrich Koenig, made a notable contribution to the mending of severed foreign business links. He was appointed to the executive board of the company when it was transformed into a limited company in 1920 and served as chairman of the board from 1931 to 1971.  

    Koenig & Bauer survived the period of hyperinflation in the 1920s thanks to the newly developed Iris collect press for coloured banknotes. In March 1945, bombs and artillery shells destroyed the Würzburg factories. Reconstruction began in 1946. After the post-war currency reform, Koenig & Bauer resumed business in 1949 with nominal capital amounting to DM 4.1 million.

    Dr. Hans Bolza † (CEO from 1931 to 1971) and Dr. Hans-Bernhard Bolza-Schünemann † (CEO from 1971 to 1995) (8 and 9)

    1952: Success story of security printing

    Cooperation with securities printing expert Gualtiero Giori began in 1952. A further important milestone was the arrival of a talented young design engineer named Dr. Hans-Bernhard Schünemann, the son of a Bremen publishing family, in 1951. His first of over 250 patents was granted for a modification of the so called Maltese cross drive mechanism, which was subsequently used in another of his inventions, the sheetfed gravure press Rembrandt MT III. In 1959, Dr. Hans Bolza formally adopted Dr. Schünemann.

    Dr. Bolza-Schünemann was himself president of Koenig & Bauer AG for almost 25 years from 1971 to 1995, and initiated the formation of the KBA Group from 1990. Executive responsibility was subsequently placed in the hands of his close partner and long-serving financial director Reinhart Siewert. After the turn of the century, he was succeeded by Albrecht (2003 - 2009) and Claus Bolza-Schünemann (since 2011), who thus represent the sixth generation of the founding family at the helm of the company. 

    64-page commercial web press Compacta 818 at drupa 2000 (10)

    Successful presses Condor and Rotafolio

    Despite the growing offset competition in the 1960s and 70s, Koenig & Bauer retained the proven letterpress technology for its sheetfed and webfed presses for a relatively long time. Alongside the Rembrandt sheetfed gravure press and banknote presses developed together with De La Rue Giori, the two-revolution Condor and the Rotafolio sheetfed press for wrap-around plates were extremely successful all over the world. 

    High-performance in sheetfed offset since 1974

    The first sheetfed offset press, the half-format Koebau-Rapida 0, was presented at drupa in 1967. The medium-format Koebau-Rapida III followed in 1969. Both ran at speeds up to 8,000 sheets per hour. The Koebau-Rapida SR III launched in 1974 was almost twice as fast at 15,000 sheets per hour. The presses of other major manufacturers did not achieve such performance until much later.

    In 1986, Koenig & Bauer launched the Rapida 104, a unit-type press designed for high flexibility and printing speeds up 15,000 sheets per hour. Production was transferred to the new subsidiary KBA-Planeta AG in 1992, sowing the seed for today’s high-performance sheetfed offset presses from Radebeul. The current Rapida 106, for example, has defined the benchmarks in medium format with speeds up to 20,000 sheets per hour, extremely fast job changeovers and configurations comprising up to 19 printing and finishing units.

    Today’s large-format series Rapida 145 and 164 are the successors to the Rapida 142 and 162 presses which were developed jointly by the Radebeul design engineers and their colleagues from Würzburg in the 1990s. In printshops around the world, these high-performance large-format presses took the place of presses from other manufacturers and paved the way for KBA-Sheetfed’s leading position in large formats. This standing was confirmed yet again in 2003 with the unveiling of the Rapida 205, the world's largest sheetfed offset press.

    The revolutionary KBA Cortina heralded the trend towards compact newspaper presses after 2000 (11)

    Pioneer of new technologies

    In the same way that the Würzburg engineers ventured new approaches to webfed printing, the Saxon designers have repeatedly struck out on their own in search of simpler and more efficient sheetfed solutions. Two examples are the DI offset press 74 Karat with direct on-press plate imaging, which was developed together with Scitex from Israel in 1997, and its sister press Rapida 74 G from 2000. Both were equipped with short-train inking units for waterless printing. KBA remains strongly committed to this technology, which is especially interesting from the perspectives of print quality and environmental protection.

    When it comes to innovative processes for inline finishing, ecological printing, direct printing on corrugated board or – most recently – LED-UV drying, KBA Sheetfed has regularly acted as a pioneer. The entry into the post-press market in 2016 and the announcement of the digital sheetfed press VariJET 106 at drupa open up further prospects.

    drupa 2012: New dimensions of performance in large format with the Rapida 145 (12)

    World first in webfed printing

    The era of web offset presses from Würzburg began with the Commander in 1969. Over time, the still dominant satellite design principle was becoming increasingly complex. At the beginning of the 1990s, this trend was answered with the four-high tower presses Journal and Colora. Later, they were joined by the single-width series Comet and Continent. The less expensive four-high tower design appealed to many new international customers, and helped to establish the company as the number one in newspaper printing.

    In this field, too, the Würzburg engineers have never shied the pursuit of new ideas. Already at drupa 1995, for example, visitors could admire an Anilox-Express with automatic plate changing and an imprinter with Scitex inkjet heads in the superstructure. It was shown adding a variable digital caricature to each offset copy. It was then almost 18 years, however, before the inkjet technology was actually used in practice in webfed offset presses.

    At drupa 2000, a new trend towards compact highly automated newspaper presses was heralded by the KBA Cortina, which stood less than 4 metres high. Further features new to newspaper offset were the elimination of dampening units, four-high towers which glided apart for easy access, dedicated drives for each cylinder and the ease of operation with lifts to the upper couples of the tower. The same concept was implemented by the wet offset counterpart Commander CT in 2007. Both presses have remained unique on the market to this day.

    Koenig & Bauer builds the largest inkjet web presses in the world at its Würzburg factory (13)
    Media upheavals and realignment

    Already in the early 1990s, the World Wide Web was taking its first tentative steps and new digital competitors entered the print arena. Faced with growing online competition, and especially due to the world financial crisis, the market for new webfed offset presses collapsed dramatically in 2008. Koenig & Bauer responded by turning attention to the digital process from 2011, and presented its first inkjet web press, the RotaJET 76, at drupa 2012. Today, with the RotaJET VL series for decor printing and the T1100 S manufactured on behalf of the American HP Corporation for the production of corrugated packaging, the largest digital web presses in the world are produced in Würzburg.

    In sheetfed offset, the Rapida 106 defines the benchmarks in medium format (14)

    Early diversification

    The company Koenig & Bauer went public in 1985. The acquisition of Albert-Frankenthal AG and of a majority stake in Planeta Druckmaschinenwerke in the early 1990s established a company group with a turnover of more than DM 1.1 billion. From the turn of the century onwards, the group management started a programme of diversification into market segments less affected by changes in the media landscape.

    The acquisition of Swiss partner De La Rue Giori SA in Lausanne in 2001 secured KBA’s pole position in banknote printing. The purchase of Metronic GmbH in 2004 opened the door to the important market for industrial coding systems. The acquisitions of Bauer + Kunzi and LTG Print Systems, and the subsequent merger into KBA-MetalPrint GmbH in 2006, established KBA as the number one in metal decorating. And with KBA-Kammann GmbH as a global leader for the decoration of glass containers, alongside flexible packaging specialist KBA-Flexotecnica S.p.A, KBA has since 2013 further expanded its portfolio for the diverse packaging segment. A similar purpose was served by the takeover of Spanish die-cutter manufacturer Iberica in 2016.

    This early diversification has helped KBA to master the structural upheavals which have rocked the branch much better than other press manufacturers. At the turn of the century, 60 per cent of the turnover from new press sales was still generated in market segments under pressure from the online media. Today, 90 per cent is accounted for by the growth markets digital and packaging printing and by securities printing.

    “Print technologies for every eventuality” neatly sums up KBA's uniquely broad product portfolio (15)

    Print technologies for every eventuality

    Through market-oriented capacity realignment, the introduction of a new group structure and a clear focus on future-oriented markets, structural changes implemented in 2014 and 2015 have prepared the oldest press manufacturer in the world to meet the challenges of advancing digitisation and globalisation.

    Today, analogue and digital KBA technologies are used to print, finish and process products such as banknotes, metal cans, books, brochures, displays, decor, labels, glass and plastic containers, board and film packaging, catalogues, laminates, magazines, tyres, cables, smart cards, advertising flyers, newspapers and many more besides. Practically all common printing and finishing technologies are involved. This diversity creates unique know-how, and continues to drive innovations, new applications and new partnerships.

    Web offset Digital printing Flexo printing Sheetfed offset Market Company / IR
    news-681 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 11:05:28 +0200 Success story continues between B&K Offsetdruck and KBA https://www.kba.com/en/news/details/article/success-story-continues-between-bk-offsetdruck-and-kba/ “The quality of the products which come off our brand-new C16 from KBA is outstanding. Both teams have worked together fantastically yet again. Teamwork, cooperation and perfect coordination were the keys to success,” says Jörn Kalbhenn, managing director of B&K Offsetdruck in Ottersweier.
    Photo call at the new KBA C16 (left to right): Hans Geideck, technical manager B&K Offsetdruck; Werner Stimmler, commercial manager B&K Offsetdruck; Stefan Segger, sales director KBA-Digital & Web; Jörn Kalbhenn, managing director B&K Offsetdruck (1)

    The highly automated KBA C16 came on stream right on schedule on 1st June. The new press runs with a maximum production speed of 65,000 cylinder revolutions per hour. B&K Offsetdruck now operates three commercial web presses from KBA (a Compacta 217 and two KBA C16 presses).  

    B&K uses the cutter mainly in the production of magazine covers (2)
    Stefan Segger, sales director for KBA-Digital & Web: “Our press was once more able to convince B&K with reliability, quality and cutting-edge technologies. The cooperation between our two companies is excellent. Another new chapter has now been added to the success story of longstanding partnership between B&K and KBA.”  

    High automation and newly developed technology

    Jörn Kalbhenn is proud manager of the family business founded by his father and can count on the support of more than 200 employees. Over the past years, B&K Offsetdruck has recorded steady and healthy growth. The latest five-unit KBA C16 was configured with a raft of innovations, including a new superstructure concept with novel ribbon leads. Automation functions such as KBA EasyTronic, in conjunction with the ErgoTronic console technology, serve to enhance productivity while at the same time minimising makeready and waste. At the request of the customer, the C16 has again been equipped with a cutter. In this way, investment and production costs are reduced, and production output is increased.

    Web offset References & Showcases Market
    news-676 Tue, 30 May 2017 15:08:12 +0200 KBA Rapida 105 PRO for Century Packages https://www.kba.com/en/news/details/article/kba-rapida-105-pro-for-century-packages/
  • KBA Rapida 105 PRO joins three half-format Rapidas
  • Outstanding substrate flexibility from paper to board
  • Alternating use of conventional and UV inks/coatings
  • Aslam Sulaiman, owner of Century Packages in Karachi/Pakistan, has been investing regularly in sheetfed offset technology from KBA for a number of years. His company already operates three half-format Rapidas: Two Rapida 72 presses and a five-colour Rapida 75 with coater and extended delivery. In a few weeks, they are to be joined by a Rapida 105 PRO with six printing units and facilities for high-quality inline finishing, which also heralds the company’s entry into the medium-format sheetfed offset market.  

    Aslam Sulaiman (left), owner of Century Packages, and Bhupinder Sethi of KBA-Sheetfed sales, at the Rapida 105 PRO in the KBA training centre (1)

    Aslam Sulaiman explains: “This step was well overdue. We need the larger format for both our packaging and commercial jobs.” Accordingly, the Rapida 105 PRO is equipped for maximum flexibility, accommodating commercial and packaging printing on substrates up to a thickness of 1.2 mm. It is furthermore able to alternate between a conventional process and UV inks and coatings. That guarantees the company full planning and design freedoms, serving the interests of both the food packaging sector and high-quality cosmetics packaging. Further important features are the 450 mm raised foundations, CleanTronic Multi washing systems (including CleanTronic UV), non-stop pile changing in the delivery, and a wide range of automation modules.  

    Staying one step ahead: Aslam Sulaiman (left) and Bhupinder Sethi discuss the practical realisation of high-quality finishing solutions (2)

    Century Packages was founded in 2006 and in the meantime counts approx. 100 employees. From the very beginning, it has relied on press equipment from KBA-Sheetfed. Significant reasons lie in the advanced technology of the Rapida series and the support offered by both the KBA factory in Radebeul and local sales and service partner Imprint Packaging Solutions. With certification to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and HACCP, Century Packages can today furnish proof of compliance with all the relevant demands of high-quality packaging for the food sector and sustainable work safety management. 

    Sheetfed offset References & Showcases Market
    news-674 Wed, 24 May 2017 13:41:12 +0200 Long Rapida 106 followed by a modern MIS from KBA-Sheetfed https://www.kba.com/en/news/details/article/long-rapida-106-followed-by-a-modern-mis-from-kba-sheetfed/
  • Complete Optimus Dash MIS for use at three locations 
  • Investment decision clinched by multi-language capabilities, intuitive handling and flexible templates
  • Implementation by the end of the year  
  • The Saint-Paul printing facility in Fribourg/Switzerland already shared the trade news headlines with KBA back in 2012, when it took delivery of a twelve-colour Rapida 106 in a new trend-setting configuration. At that time, the eight-colour perfector press with additional coaters and intermediate drying towers was the only one of its kind in Switzerland. It is used to print high-quality commercial products with inline finishing, and enables four colours and a coating to be applied to both sides of the sheet in a single pass.  

    Left to right: Thomas Burri (director, Saint-Paul), Dany Gaberthüel (Print Assist AG) and Markus Bauknecht (project manager) (1)

    Recently, St. Paul Holding followed this up with an investment in a modern management information system. After intensive evaluation together with KBA and its Swiss subsidiary Print Assist, the decision team opted for the Complete Optimus Dash MIS sold by KBA. Alongside the inherent benefits of the system, it was the excellent service offered by Print Assist/KBA and absolute satisfaction with the Rapida 106 which sealed the choice for the Saint-Paul group, which not only operates its own printing plant, but also holds interests in various other companies in the print and media branch.  

    The fully-featured Complete Optimus Dash MIS comprises the basic system, JDF functionality, a planning chart, the Cloud Mobile module for mobile access to all data, an interface to financial accounting, and a CRM module. The MIS is to be used by 55 staff members at three locations in Switzerland. The three business units of the Saint-Paul group in Fribourg, Bulle (Glasson Print Bulle) and Estavayer-le-Lac (Centre d’Impression de la Broye) will thus be able to work integrally with their central customer base.  

    With its high flexibility, the Optimus Dash MIS from KBA-Sheetfed was an ideal choice for the printing operations of the Saint-Paul group (2)

    One important point in favour of the Optimus Dash system offered by KBA-Sheetfed was the philosophy based on lean management processes. It supports multiple languages, which is an absolute prerequisite in Switzerland, and provides highly flexible templates for calculations and order processing. Intuitive handling was another factor which underpinned the investment decision. The administrators can also adapt the Optimus system to any corporate changes or to future production challenges, without Saint-Paul being dependent on a single supplier.

    After the kick-off in spring 2017, the MIS is expected to be fully implemented by the end of the year and can then go live on 1st January 2018.

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    news-671 Tue, 23 May 2017 12:44:53 +0200 Shareholder representatives praise favourable business performance https://www.kba.com/en/news/details/article/shareholder-representatives-praise-favourable-business-performance/
  • Shareholders approve dividend proposal of €0.50
  • Carsten Dentler elected to the Supervisory Board to replace Carl Ferdinand Oetker
  • New products for the growing packaging market
  • Organic growth target of 4% p.a. through 2021
  • EBIT margin of 4 - 9% reconfirmed as medium-term goal  
  • In addition to a presentation by president and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann outlining the company’s favourable performance in 2016 and the first quarter of 2017 (see press releases of 22 March 2017 and 9 May 2017), details of the growth strategy being pursued by the broadly positioned printing press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) played a key role at the company’s 92nd annual general meeting, which was presided over by supervisory board chairman Dr Martin Hoyos. Further items on the agenda of the annual general meeting held at the Vogel Convention Center (VCC) in Würzburg included resolutions on the discharge of duties with regard to the members of the management and supervisory board, the election of a new member to the supervisory board and the creation of new authorised capital.

    Koenig & Bauer AG’s 92nd annual general meeting was held at the Vogel Convention Center (VCC) in Würzburg once again. The former press hall will also be providing the backdrop for the ceremony for the company’s 200th anniversary in September 2017 (1)

    Shares moving sharply upwards since 2015

    Koenig & Bauer shares have been posting strong gains since the successful completion of the Fit@All restructuring programme. In 2015, the share price climbed from just under €10 to almost €33 and in 2016 by a further 30% to €42.75. In the current year to date, the share has hit a high of €64. Says Bolza-Schünemann: “Our upbeat business performance, the sharp rise in earnings, the swift achievement of our medium-term goals and the clear orientation to growth markets have bolstered investors’ confidence.” In addition to the good business figures and the above-average gains of the share, shareholders were pleased with the dividend proposal of €0.50 per share, which reflected the group’s strong earnings performance, approving it almost unanimously. The dividend is based on Koenig & Bauer AG’s retained profit of €8.3m. This translates into a dividend ratio of 14% of the Group net profit adjusted for special items.  

    Koenig & Bauer targeting profitable growth

    The successful activities in growing print markets and the upbeat outlook for the company’s third century were highlighted in the speech held by president and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann in the anniversary year of 2017 (2)
    In the first quarter of 2017, the KBA group’s main performance indicators such as order intake, order backlog and EBIT were up on the previous year. Given this strong position and following the China Print fair, which was held in May 2017 in Beijing and proved very successful for the KBA group, the management board considers the increase in group revenue up to €1.25bn targeted for 2017 in conjunction with an operating margin of around 6% to be achievable.  

    In the medium term, Koenig & Bauer wants to continue growing profitably. Says Bolza-Schünemann: “We are targeting a group-wide EBIT margin of between 4% and 9% and annual organic revenue growth of around 4% for the period until 2021 depending on trends in the global economy, end markets and the necessary spending on growth.” The planned increase of around €70 million in profit is particularly to be underpinned by the optimisation of the security printing business, growth in services, integrated production network and strategic purchasing.  

    New demonstration centre to spur growth

    Active in many markets, Koenig & Bauer sees good opportunities for operating growth in digital printing, industrial functional printing (e.g. decors) and packaging printing. At the packaging fairs MetPack and InterPack in May 2017, KBA companies presented newly developed presses for previously unaddressed fields, such as beverage cans, to address this growing core market. Currently under construction in Würzburg, the demonstration centre for flexo and digital printing presses will additionally spur growth in flexible packaging and corrugated board.  

    Change in the Supervisory Board

    Carl Ferdinand Oetker, the managing partner of FO Holding GmbH and managing director of WINK Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH, Bielefeld, stepped down from the supervisory board as a shareholder representative effective 31 December 2016. Corporate consultant Carsten Dentler from Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe was elected to the supervisory board as his successor. With four of the 12 shareholder and employee representatives on the supervisory board being female, Koenig & Bauer AG meets the stipulated 30% proportion of women.  

    The shareholders approved with a large majority all the other motions on the agenda including the creation of new authorised capital of up to €8.58m for the issue of up to 3.3 million shares including the right to exclude shareholders’ pre-emptive subscription rights.  

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    news-662 Wed, 17 May 2017 15:04:06 +0200 Successful China Print for KBA https://www.kba.com/en/news/details/article/successful-china-print-for-kba/ • Orders received far exceed expectations

    • Positive development of business in China

    • Exhibited Rapida 106 goes to Liuyang Shuangfu Packaging Printing

    • Looking forward to brisk post-show business

    The KBA stand at China Print 2017 was extremely well visited (1)

    Koenig & Bauer (KBA) is able to report on an extremely successful China Print in Beijing. This year’s show was placed under the motto “Origin & Future – 200 Years Koenig & Bauer”, and visitors to the 1,000 m2 stand from China and numerous other countries in the region were treated to a raft of offset, flexo, screen printing and digital solutions for the commercial, publication and packaging markets. Practice-oriented press demonstrations and vivid presentations of products which could not be exhibited directly were undisputed crowd-pullers.  

    Crowd-puller: Print demonstrations on the Rapida 106 (2)

    Walter Zehner, CEO of KBA Greater China, summed up: “It was a very successful show. The interest and sales results far exceeded our expectations.” Dietmar Heyduck, sales director at KBA-Sheetfed, was equally enthusiastic: “KBA-Sheetfed already recorded a very positive business result on the Chinese market in 2016. Our revenue increased by 10 per cent, not least because we placed a clear focus on the growing packaging segment. The aim must now be to maintain the upward momentum of last year, and this successful China Print is definitely an important step in that direction.”

    Ralf Sammeck, CEO of KBA-Sheetfed: “Over the past years, KBA has established a firm reputation as a specialist catering for individual printing needs. Our customers are looking for special or complete solutions – for example for high-quality finishing. The sheetfed offset presses supplied by KBA are becoming longer and longer, and incorporate more and more practice-oriented automation. That is the technology which the market demands. The key to our success is that we concentrate on making our customers successful.”

    Fast job changes were shown on the five-colour press with KBA DriveTronic SPC (3)

    Rapida 106 handed over to packaging printer

    The half-format Rapida 75 PRO was also a centre of attraction for the exhibition visitors (4)
    The official hand-over of the Rapida 75 PRO on the stand to its future owner, the Hucai Group, already on the first day of the show was followed up by a similar ceremony for the Rapida 106 on 10th May. The five-colour press which was to be seen in Beijing is now on its way to Liuyang Shuangfu Packaging Printing in Hunan Province. General manager Zhao Bang: “We will certainly benefit from simultaneous plate changing with DriveTronic SPC. Job changeover times will be shortened dramatically, and the pre-registration facility will also help to reduce waste. Everyone is really excited about the high production speeds and print quality of the Rapida 106. We are pursuing automation to enhance our production efficiency and to reduce labour costs. With this high-performance press, we are continuing the restructuring of our company and will be increasing our production capacity by more than 100 per cent.”  

    Official hand-over of the Rapida 106 to Zhao Bang, general manager of Liuyang Shuangfu Packaging Printing Co. Ltd (centre), here to be seen with Walter Zehner, CEO KBA Greater China, Ralf Sammeck, CEO KBA-Sheetfed, Dietmar Heyduck, sales director KBA-Sheetfed, and Lianbiao Wang, general manager KBA Greater China (left to right) (5)

    Print samples illustrated the capabilities of presses for the printing of flexible packaging from KBA-Flexotecnica (photo) and possible applications of the digital web presses KBA RotaJET L and VL (6)
    The products in greatest demand at the show were medium- and large-format sheetfed presses. Alongside the Rapida 106 for Liuyang Shuangfu Packaging Printing, a further press of this high-end series was sold with seven printing units, inline coater and extended delivery. Several buyers opted for the Rapida 105, including two eight-colour coater presses, one of which was also configured with the cold foil module Vinfoil Optima. In large format, KBA lived up to its role as market leader with several new orders, and a number of sales contracts for the Rapida 75 PRO are also close to completion. In total, the orders received matched the figures achieved at Print China two years ago.

    Group photo with the trade show team from KBA Greater China (7)

    KBA-Kammann demonstrated current possibilities for the direct decoration of hollow glass and plastic containers in digital and conventional processes (8)

    200 years Koenig & Bauer – 200 years of innovation

    “We are all very proud of the 200-year history of our company,” says Ralf Sammeck. “Over the whole course of those two centuries, KBA has always been a pioneer of new trends and solutions for the print industry. This innovative strength, the continuous development of new technologies and close customer orientation are the foundations for our success and have also helped us to master difficult situations along the way.”  

    Cutting formes for the rotary die-cutter Rapida RDC 106 underlined KBA-Sheetfed’s successful entry into the field of post-press (9)
    And Dietmar Heyduck adds: “We have always been a reliable partner for our customers, and we can work from a sound financial basis. This trustful cooperation is to be continued. KBA is not only about history, KBA also has its eye on the future. We will continue to set trends, recognise and respond to emerging developments, and serve our users as an innovative partner.”

    KBA is looking forward to brisk post-show business and increased demand from the Chinese market over the coming months.

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