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  • Most environmentally friendly technology available today
  • 90% less electric power in comparison with classic UV
  • Increasing number of UV-LED metal decorating lines
  • An increasing number of metal decorators are deciding for green UV-LED curing on their new MetalStar 3 and Mailänder 280 metal decorating lines. Starting some 5 years ago at Litoprint in South Italy, Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint meanwhile has installed seven lines of this kind in Italy alone, giving a share of almost 50% of all 15 new printing lines supplied to this regional market since 2016.

    One fantastic example is the state-of-the-art six-color MetalStar 3 with trailing inline MetalCoat 480 Anilox coater with complete UV-LED curing for both the printing and the overvarnishing process, which was commissioned last year at Gruppo Fanti in Bologna. After a thorough evaluation Gruppo Fanti opted for the UV-LED curing system to be supplied by Italian PrintabLED s.r.l

    UV-LED and inline coater MetalCoat 480 at Gruppo Fanti (1)

    Luca Fanti, Technical Manager at Gruppo Fanti, explains: “For our new production lines to be installed in our brand new factory building in Bologna we were looking for the most efficient and reliable technology available today. Being a loyal customer to Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint since decades, it became clear rather quickly that our new metal decoration lines will consist of a MetalStar 3 printing press and a MetalCoat 480 inline coater for printing and overvarnishing and a separate coating line with a MetalCoat 483 and a famous LTG thermal curing oven with fully integrated EcoTNV air purification system for lowest possible gas consumption and CO2 emissions. For the 6-colour metal decoration line we were in parallel looking for a modern, energy efficient and green production process. The UV-LED curing system attracted our attention due to their economic and ecological benefits. Beside a drastically reduced demand of electric power – 90% less in comparison to the classic UV mercury system on our older MetalStar 2 line – and the unnecessity of a high voltage installation, we became convinced by the avoidance of any expensive heat and ozone extraction from the printing press and the elimination of mercury UV-lamps which are a hazard to our environment.”

    MetalStar 3 six-color metal decoration press at Gruppo Fanti (2)

    The six-color MetalStar 3 metal decoration line at Gruppo Fanti is equipped with all available and unique features such as DriveTronic SIS sidelay-free infeed for gentle sheet positioning at highest possible accuracy without any need for operator intervention, DriveTronic SRW and CleanTronic Synchro for parallel washing of rollers, blankets and impression cylinders, FAPC fully automatic plate change, and many more. On top, there are the latest automation features installed such as DecoStar inline camera inspection and DensiTronic Professional color and density control. As all MetalStar 3 presses, the line at Fanti also is equipped with LogoTronic Professional for comprehensive job data management and integration of the printing press into the central MIS including CIPlink data exchange to the prepress workplace. All these features finally bring “Industry 4.0” to metal decoration and guarantee unrivaled stability and reliability to the printing process at the highest quality level together with incredibly short change over and set-up processes for the most flexible operation in times where print volumes per design become shorter and shorter.

    MetalStar 3 ErgoTronic operation console (3)

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    news-1950 Wed, 07 Apr 2021 08:31:18 +0200 Carlson Print Group Makes Major Advancements In Premium Packaging Market With New Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 PRO Six-Color Press http://dk.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/carlson-print-group-makes-major-advancements-in-premium-packaging-market-with-new-koenig-bauer-rapida-105-pro-six-color-press/
  • Opening new doors to even more high-end packaging opportunities
  • Seeing a minimum 25% reduction in make-ready time for increased productivity
  • Meeting its environmental and sustainable goals with the addition of energy saving LED-UV lamps
  • During the past year, consumer brand packaging designers have worked harder than ever to design packaging that is immediately recognizable, impossible to ignore, and engages with their customers. These designers have tapped into the expert knowledge and productivity at the Carlson Print Group, a pioneer of specialty print products, packaging solutions, and finishing technologies headquartered at its 74,000 sq ft facility in Eden Prairie, south of Minneapolis. It is utilizing its new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 PRO press as its centerpiece work-horse machine, providing its exceptional customers with the definitive advantage of high quality, color consistency, embellishments, speed and quick changeovers.

    “For decades, we’ve cemented our reputation as an elite printer for the most recognizable brands,” says Carlson Print Group chief executive officer Darren Carlson. “Now we are taking that experience and moving quickly into the premium packaging market. Equipped with our new Rapida 105 PRO, we’re partnering with the finest brands around the world that have the highest expectations. The press, which is exceeding our requirements and displaying its many unique capabilities, is being specifically used for its efficiency and productivity, allowing our customers to get their high-end packaging jobs completed quickly to market.”

    Internally, Carlson is quite pleased with its press data that quantifies the benefits its customers have received. “We’ve gained 35% more capacity with our Rapida 105 PRO,” says Guinter, “and 30% productivity gains. We’re also seeing a minimum 25% reduction in make-ready time as compared to our prior press.”

    The Rapida 105 PRO press is playing a key role in producing these attention-grabbing and inventive packages. Carlson Print Group is a trusted advisor to these well-known brands, ensuring that their package printing is delivered quickly to market with more customized messaging and solving their unique packaging challenges with expert solutions. “We’re finding that the Rapida 105 PRO is opening doors to even more high-end packaging opportunities and expanding our high value print products for all of our customers’ brand marketing,” says Earl Guinter, Carlson’s sales manager.

    To market its growing services, Carlson designed a Specialty Print Kit to inspire package designers and highlight its numerous capabilities. Its outer box displays Carlson’s Colour Foil treatment with Matte varnish and UV spot gloss coating. Inside are six tools: foil board, MotionCoat, recycled plastic-PE, Cast & Cure, soft touch, and Colour Foil. Each one displays the amazing capabilities offered by Carlson and its Rapida press.

    Vosges Haute-Chocolat, a worldwide luxury brand of chocolate with limited edition collections all packaged in its signature purple boxes, has partnered with Carlson to produce its eye-catching labels and packaging. ​Vosges, like other chocolatiers, premium confectioners, and boutique snack purveyors, needs to stand out in the market using high-quality packaging, unique designs, vibrant colors and specialty print techniques. While its package keeps the premium chocolate bar safe and delicious for its consumers, the box and label serve as the most important advertisement for the firm itself.

    Carlson Print Group is utilizing its new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 PRO to produce its popular new marketing tool: a Specialty Print Kit that will inspire package designers and highlight its numerous capabilities

    Press is a “game-changer”

    Carlson is using its “game-changing” Rapida press to produce true color and brand consistency for customers like Vosges. It has the capability to create and print on a variety of high-end, food-safe boxes, using eight specialty print techniques. These include holographic effects and lenticular graphics, which give an impression of depth and movement, or metallic foils, which add a knockout element to every color on an image. Coatings and varnishes have a universal appeal in print and packaging. Coatings create a tactile experience, and some can convey specific sensations.

    Carlson purposely equipped with the press with a trio of superior color control systems — ErgoTronic Color Control, ErgoTronic LAB, QualiTronic Color Control — to ensure superior color consistency from the beginning of their production run to the end. These systems also give Carlson the ability to measure print quality and execute automatic color correction with QualiTronic ColorControl inline measuring equipment. This new holistic color control is ideal for ensuring perfect customer press checks.

    When iam8bit, a creative production company that works with brands like HBO, Nintendo, PlayStation, and Disney, approached Carlson with an important premium packaging assignment, it sought to replicate the retro trappings and all-important custom dust cover for its legacy cartridge collection for The Lion King.

    Another customer praised Carlson for its “ability to produce everything from ultra-small runs with exceptional quality has been such a benefit since the new press was installed. The detail and consistency gained over large multi versioned runs has been a game changer for us as some of our pieces are quite involved and need the most accurate print application to achieve the look we require.”

    With greater capacity and the need for faster turnaround, the Rapida 105 PRO was able to turn work quickly due to its LED-UV lamps for fast drying speeds. This has allowed Carlson to accept those “I got to have it yesterday” jobs without interrupting the print schedule.

    “Our new Rapida 105 PRO press is playing a key role as we move deeper into the packaging market,” says Carlson. “We’re excited to see what designers and brands will bring us to produce their bold, unique printed packages.”

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    news-1947 Thu, 25 Mar 2021 10:24:38 +0100 Expansion of the Customer Technology Centre http://dk.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/expansion-of-the-customer-technology-centre/
  • Growth market for flexible packaging
  • Increased world market share
  • Evo XD 8 combines versatility and reliability
  • Expansion of the Customer Technology Centre
  • The Customer Technology Centre (CTC) in Würzburg is looking forward to the unveiling of a further showpiece to join its existing RotaJET single-pass digital web press. Starting in April, an Evo XD 8 will be available to present the printing of flexible packaging to visiting customers.

    Koenig & Bauer executive board member Christoph Müller says: “With this new press, we are now able to arrange individual and customer-specific print demos for our customers here in Würzburg – either virtually or in person.”

    The Evo XD 8 which is being installed at the company headquarters is a highly automated and full-featured CI flexo press with internal web turning and an inline cutting system ahead of the rewinder. It provides for a printing width of 1270 mm and reaches production speeds of up to 500 m/min. A variety of plastic films and papers up to 150 g/m² can be printed with water-based inks. Consistent automation paired with a robust and ergonomic design is the key to exceptional performance in terms of both quality and productivity. 

    „With the additional demo machine Evo XD in the heart of Europe, Koenig & Bauer is underlining its ambitions in the constantly growing flexo market", says Luigi Magliocchi, CEO of Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica.

    The Evo XD 8 will be ready and waiting for customer visits from April

    Evo XD for the flexible handling of high-quality print jobs

    The CI flexo press from the successful Evo XD series is suitable for printing with solvent- and/or water-based inks on a broad diversity of substrates such as plastic films, very thin and sensitive “breathable” LDPE or laminated materials, as well as papers. It offers ultimate flexibility for the most varied packaging applications and incorporates particularly efficient drying systems. The press uses modules of the current Evo series and was designed for fast job changes, low makeready waste and high productivity even with short to medium runs. Automatic impression setting with PrintTronic, the highly efficient “Speedy Clean” washing function and an integrated 100% image inspection system, alongside SmartRegister functionality, ensure fast production start-ups and continuous quality control.

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    news-1943 Wed, 24 Mar 2021 07:30:00 +0100 With a solid order backlog of more than €630m Koenig & Bauer expects to achieve organic revenue growth of around 4% and break even at the EBIT level in 2021 http://dk.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/with-a-solid-order-backlog-of-more-than-eur630m-koenig-bauer-expects-to-achieve-organic-revenue-growth-of-around-4-and-break-even-at-the-ebit-level-in-2021/
  • Covid-19-related declines in order intake and revenue in 2020
  • Order intake and revenue significantly better than the industry average
  • Despite the impact of the pandemic, there were clear signs of a recovery in operating profit after the deep traces left in Q1 2020
  • Organic revenue growth of approx. 4% and break-even at the EBIT level projected for 2021
  • Measures under the “P24x” efficiency programme successfully initiated, provisions exerting pressure on EBIT in 2020
  • Medium-term targets confirmed: revenue of €1.3bn with an EBIT margin of at least 7%
  • The Koenig & Bauer Group (“Koenig & Bauer”) achieved revenue of €1.0bn in 2020 (2019: €1.2bn) despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The 17.4% decline in revenue reflects the measures adopted by governments worldwide in 2020 to halt the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. Travel restrictions in particular hampered international sales activities as well as order and project execution. Service business accounted for about 30% of the Group’s revenue in 2020 against the backdrop of the pandemic. This means that the target of 30% was reached, albeit on the basis of lower new press business than in the previous year. The 14.6% decline in order intake to €975m (2019: €1.1bn) is also due to Covid-19-related constraints on global economic activity and customers’ reluctance to invest in view of reduced forward planning visibility. 

    However, the decline in Koenig & Bauer’s revenue and order intake in 2020 was much less pronounced than for the printing press industry as a whole (24.2% decline in revenue; 21.9% decline in order intake) according to figures released by industry association VDMA (German Machinery and Plant Manufacturers’ Association). Koenig & Bauer’s order backlog as of 31 December 2020 was valued at €632m, down 7.9% on the previous year (31 December 2019: €686m).

    Well equipped for the future: the Koenig & Bauer management team with Dr. Andreas Pleßke as the new board spokesman (1)

    Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) amounted to €-68m in 2020, compared to €70m in the previous year. In addition to the Covid 19-related decline in revenue, EBIT was adversely affected by non-recurring expenses of €58m in connection with the expanded “P24x” efficiency programme announced in autumn 2020. However, non-recurring income from the successful outcome of a legal dispute (€4m) and from the sale of a real estate asset in Frankenthal (€5m) had a positive effect on EBIT. Adjusted for these non-recurring effects, EBIT came to €-19m in 2020. Despite the effects of the pandemic, a clear quarterly recovery emerged in EBIT: after €-17m in the first quarter, operating loss before exceptionals was only in the single digits (€-7m) in the second quarter. In the third quarter it came close to reaching the break-even threshold (€-1m), while in the final quarter a slightly positive EBIT before non-recurring effects of €6m was achieved.    

    After net interest expense of around €6m (2019: €6m), Koenig & Bauer achieved earnings before taxes (EBIT) of €-73m in 2020, compared with €64m in the previous year. Tax expense came to €30m in 2020 (previous year: €12m). The higher tax expense in the year under review is primarily due to impairments of deferred tax assets on unused tax losses, which were not considered to be recoverable for the purposes of the preparation of a new integrated five-year plan.  The Group net loss of €103m (2019: Group net profit of €52m) translates into a loss per share of €6.27 (2019: earnings per share of €3.15).

    Dr Andreas Pleßke, Chief Executive Officer of Koenig & Bauer AG, explains: “Looking at order intake, we can see that the Koenig & Bauer Group held up better in the difficult year of 2020 than our industry as a whole. Despite all due caution given the still very uncertain economic conditions, we take this as a sign that we are focusing on the right end and future markets with our range of presses and services. For example, corrugated-board printing could experience a significant boost in the coming years given the growth in e-commerce. Packaging printing for food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products, for example, is also proving to be an intact and growing market. Koenig & Bauer has expanded its Radebeul facility, turning it into a global customer experience centre to demonstrate the performance of our presses to customers in these sectors as effectively as possible. The customer experience centre presents networked solutions for packaging production featuring innovative printing technology, flatbed and rotary die cutters, folding-box gluers and fully automated material flows. We are convinced that we will strengthen and further expand our market position not only in the area of packaging printing.”

    Covid-19 also leaving clear traces on the individual segments

    At the level of the individual segments, the Covid 19-related burdens and the provisions recognised for the measures defined in the “P24x” efficiency programme were also clearly evident in the decline in order intake, revenue and EBIT in 2020. 

    That said, order intake in the Sheetfed segment declined by only a moderate 5.5%. In 2020, this segment achieved growth in medium- and large-format sheetfed offset presses and folding-box gluers, which were primarily ordered by customers in the packaging printing sector. In the fourth quarter, the Sheetfed segment recorded order intake of €178m, thus exceeding the previous year’s figure (Q4 2019: €166m).

    In the final quarter of 2020, the Digital & Webfed segment successfully commissioned the first CorruFLEX system for the production of high-quality printed packaging at corrugated cardboard printing company THIMM’s plant in Romania. This means that all three Corru models for direct corrugated-board printing have now been successfully placed on the market.

    In the Special segment, Banknote Solutions, Kammann and Coding reported lower order intake in 2020 in view of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. MetalPrint, on the other hand, recorded an increase in order intake in 2020. 

    The new performance benchmark in industrial printing - the award-winning Rapida 106 X for packaging, commercial or label printing (2)

    Positive operating cash flow, solid equity base

    The Koenig & Bauer Group’s cash flow from operating activities turned positive in 2020, coming to €12m (2019: €-8m). The decline in inventories was the main reason for this positive performance. Net working capital fell from €349m in the previous year to €344m. Free cash flow improved significantly from €-52m in the previous year to €-24m in 2020.

    With an equity base of €342m (end of 2019: €433m), the Koenig & Bauer Group achieved a solid equity ratio of 25.9% (end of 2019: 30.6%). 

    Slight organic revenue growth and break-even at the EBIT level expected for 2021

    Despite the still limited forward visibility with respect to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Koenig & Bauer Group’s business environment and the travel restrictions currently in place in this connection, the Company anticipates slight growth in business in 2021. This projection assumes that progress made in vaccinations that also provide protection from the Covid-19 virus mutations will allow the restrictions to be lifted. 

    Against this backdrop, Koenig & Bauer projects slight organic revenue growth of around 4% to €1.07bn in 2021. On the earnings side, it expects to break even at the EBIT level in 2021 following the successful launch of the “P24x” efficiency programme and the planned savings effects.

    Implementation of the “P24x” programme will leave traces on free cash flow in 2021, resulting in a negative free cash flow in the mid double-digit millions.

    Dr Stephen Kimmich, CFO of Koenig & Bauer AG: “The order backlog of more than €630m provides solid underpinnings for our forecast for the Koenig & Bauer Group in 2021. With the efficiency measures under “P24x”, we have also laid important foundations for improving our profitability. In 2021, this should already allow us to break even at the EBIT level. After the completion of the four-year efficiency programme, we hope - as stated in autumn 2020 - to achieve revenue of €1.3bn and an EBIT margin of at least 7% and to reduce net working capital to a maximum of 25% of annual revenue.”

    The Annual Report can be downloaded as a PDF file from here. 

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    news-1940 Tue, 23 Mar 2021 12:30:16 +0100 Koenig & Bauer Takes the Lead In Robust Flexible Packaging Market http://dk.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-takes-the-lead-in-robust-flexible-packaging-market/
  • Growing installation base recognizes outstanding value at budget-friendly entry point
  • Guiding philosophy is to provide the highest level of unique service and support
  • Broad product portfolio includes innovative and impactful technologies
  • In response to the ever-increasing demand for flexible packaging, Koenig & Bauer is taking a leadership position as it positively responds to its growing customer base with a broad product portfolio, outstanding value, and strong service and support. 

    “With Koenig & Bauer’s rich 200-plus-year history of technical innovation, we have demonstrated the experience and ability to grow a customers’ business, offer more proactive innovative solutions and support ensuring that our customers receive the maximum uptime and throughput in their facility, and allow them to remain ahead of their competitors,” says Preston Neetzel, director of sales at Koenig & Bauer. “We offer precisely what more and more customers are demanding – high quality, a broad product portfolio, and environment-friendly technologies. We’ve been recognized with awards honoring our innovative and impactful technology for the ever-evolving package printing and converting industry.”

    Koenig & Bauer XG press in action producing high quality flexible packaging

    AR-DataGlass

    In today’s competitive market, many flexible packaging printers are finding that orders are smaller with shorter lead times. Being able to remain fully operational to produce these orders is a necessity. Real time service support is one of the premium methods offered by Koenig & Bauer. It has developed its own remote maintenance and modern communication channels known as Augmented Reality-DataGlass Remote Support. 

    At a 2019 Flexographic Technical Association’s (FTA) InfoFlex meeting, Koenig & Bauer received the FTA’s Technical Innovation Award for its Augmented Reality-DataGlass Remote Support. This system provides Koenig & Bauer remote maintenance specialists with the ability to experience, in real time, what a customer’s technical team can see and hear.

    By providing this one-to-one conversation between Koenig & Bauer’s technical team and the customer, Koenig & Bauer is better able to help them immediately diagnose the problem and get their flexo production system up and running. No longer is there a need to wait a crucial few days for a technician to visit and diagnose the problem.
     
    “A remote support specialist can see and follow the actions of a press technician on site live and in real time while he or she works on the press, and see exactly what the technician is seeing,” explains Neetzel. “It’s been extremely popular with our flexo customers.”

    “Koenig & Bauer and its AR-DataGlass technology has enabled us to increase our uptime and supports our goal of providing consistent, high quality printing that our customers have come to rely on,” says Beth Smith, director of marketing at Great American Packaging, a Los Angeles-based supplier of flexible packaging. “We continue to grow our applications and further enhance our press’ total capabilities.”

    Evo XG

    Flexo printers who are seeking the highest quality and productivity are turning to Koenig & Bauer Evo XG highly automated flexo press for processing film sheets, paper and cardboard at production speeds of up to 600 m/min.

    In all versions of the Evo XG, solvent as well as water-based inks can be used, as well as curing inks (UV / EB). The configuration of the Evo XG with additional individual printing units using flexo or gravure printing technology is a further option for extending the performance range of the press. True-to-register printing, varnishing, coating or laminating in recto and / or verso printing are thus possible.

    “The Evo XG is precisely the kind of machine we were looking for. We are convinced that we have made the right decision and that we will now be able to further strengthen our position as European market leaders,” said Jürgen Popp, owner and managing director of Zöllner-Wiethoff. 

    “The print quality of the Evo XG is outstanding and gives us new capabilities that enhance our customer portfolio and product positioning,” says Louis Figueria, director of printing at Yellowstone Plastics, a supplier of flexible packaging located in Idaho Falls, ID. “The press shows the true capabilities of high quality flexo printing.”

    PrintTronic

    The technical team at Koenig & Bauer is always seeking to offer new press capabilities and features for its customers, and more specifically, to enhance the experience of the press operators. One of its most popular features is the PrintTronic system. With simplified controls and navigation along with robust help functions, PrintTronic provides flexo operators with a more efficient process to keep operations running quickly and smoothly.

    PrintTronic’s automatic impression settings ensures automatic control of print impression positions with minimized material waste and increased production uptime. Integrated in the HMI, PrintTronic delivers practical benefits such as quicker printing impression adjustment on all printing decks at once, no requirement for video cameras or additional external equipment, no need for dedicated marks or RFID imbedded sleeves, no ink consumption during the process, and compatibility with any type of material, plates or inks.

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    news-1938 Fri, 19 Mar 2021 13:27:41 +0100 Change of ownership at PrintHouseService GmbH http://dk.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/change-of-ownership-at-printhouseservice-gmbh/
  • Current PrintHouseService GmbH staff will continue to provide services at the accustomed quality standards
  • With the acquisition of PHS PrintHouseService GmbH, previously a 100% subsidiary of Koenig & Bauer AG, RSB Roland Schimek Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH with offices in Halle (Saale) has taken a further step towards purposeful expansion of its current portfolio. The holding company is already invested in a number of renowned enterprises, including Schienenfahrzeugwerk Ammendorf GmbH and MSG Maschinenbau und Service GmbH. Over the last few years, the latter has built up an excellent reputation as a service provider to the railway engineering industry and is regularly commissioned by the German Railways DB and all other major market participants. 

    The transfer to the new company was completed on 1st March 2021.

    “We will continue to offer the customers of PHS the best possible service, in line with our long-standing and successful track record,” says new managing partner Roland Schimek. “Good service is the guiding principle for all our companies and we lend an extremely close ear to the needs and wishes of our customers.”

    The acquisition also secures the future of PHS on the market. The transformation of the newspaper and commercial printing markets will no doubt continue in the coming years, but there are still significant and even growing opportunities for service providers.

    PHS PrintHouseService GmbH was founded by Koenig & Bauer AG in 2012 with external offices in Plauen and Augsburg. It offers a broad spectrum of services relating to newspaper and commercial presses, which are not manufactured by Koenig & Bauer covering the entire process from pre-press through to the mailroom systems. Successful press relocations and retrofits demonstrate the high technical expertise and performance capabilities of the company

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    news-1936 Thu, 18 Mar 2021 13:29:40 +0100 Sheetfed offset technology from Koenig & Bauer helps grow Russian packaging printer http://dk.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/sheetfed-offset-technology-from-koenig-bauer-helps-grow-russian-packaging-printer/
  • Rapida 105 PRO with six printing units, coater and extended delivery
  • Production growth of more than 60 per cent
  • Inline quality control using QualiTronic PDFChec
  • Lux Upak, a packaging printer with headquarters in the Russian city of Tver, is a relatively young company. And one which is distinguished by its dynamic growth. A Rapida 105 in 3b format has been used for production here since 2014. The five-colour press with inline coating facilities is being used for UV production. In 2017, Lux Upak moved to new premises, where a Rapida 105 PRO – this time with six printing units and inline coater – was installed last year.

    As soon as this new press had been commissioned, the production volume handled by the company started growing steadily. 2019's figure of 180 million packaging units had already increased to 300 million last year. Lux Upak primarily focuses on the production of folding cartons and other board packaging for the food and beverages industry, as well as for the pharmaceuticals and mechanical engineering sectors. The company today employs a workforce of 130 production and office staff.

    The Rapida 105 PRO has triggered significant growth. At the press (left to right): Fjodor Smirnow, general director, Koenig & Bauer (RU); Alexander Leonov, general director, Lux Upak; Sven Strzelczyk, sales director, Koenig & Bauer; Maxim Kruglow, sales director, Koenig & Bauer (RU) (1)

    Outstanding print quality

    There is at least one special feature that the new Rapida 105 PRO exhibits, making it unique on the Russian market: It is the first press in this series to be equipped with QualiTronic PDFCheck. In other words, the inline inking control system QualiTronic ColorControl has been supplemented with functionalities for sheet inspection and comparison of the printed sheets with a pre-press PDF – all of which is done using a single camera system. Even before job production commences, QualiTronic PDFCheck is able to detect any potential errors and imperfections on the sheet. At the same time, it also ensures a high level of consistency over the full length of a production run. If deviations are detected on the printed sheet, the operator is prompted to intervene.

    The press was configured specifically for packaging printing, with its foundations having been raised by 450 mm in order to accommodate higher piles. Production speeds of up to 17,000 sheets per hour on the Rapida 105 PRO are guaranteed by a long list of automation features, including FAPC automatic plate changers, multi-function CleanTronic washing systems for the blankets, impression cylinders and ink rollers, and a lowerable non-stop roller rack in the delivery. VariDryBlue IR/hot-air dryers optimise energy consumption during the drying process.

    With production speeds up to 17,000 sheets per hour and comprehensive quality control features, the Rapida 105 PRO at Lux Upak sets new standards in packaging printing (2)

    Fully integrated production

    Just like the press hall, the areas used for post-press, packaging design and dispatch at Lux Upak are all equipped with the latest technologies. The production facilities are constantly being adapted to cater to new trends in the packaging industry. One of the company's guiding principles is to promise customers reliability, individual support, short production times and end-to-end quality assurance at the highest level.

    QualiTronic PDFCheck informs the printers at the console when quality deviations occur, thereby enabling immediate intervention (3)

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    news-1930 Tue, 16 Mar 2021 09:53:30 +0100 Standard Printing “Doubles Down” With Another Koenig & Bauer Rapida 164 Six-Color Plus Coater Press http://dk.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/standard-printing-doubles-down-with-another-koenig-bauer-rapida-164-six-color-plus-coater-press/
  • Purchase driven by continued demand for high end graphics for packaging and retail applications ranging from litho printed corrugated boxes to folding cartons to retail displays and signage
  • New Rapida press offers key innovations to support growth initiatives
  • Canton, Ohio headquarters is focused on solutions that drive responsiveness
  • When Standard Printing sought a highly efficient solution to maintain support of its key customer base and provide additional growth capacity, the Canton, OH firm turned to its press partner, Koenig & Bauer, for a new large format workhorse at its facility. The new Rapida 164 six-color plus coater, due for delivery this summer, will answer the continued demand for high end graphics for packaging and retail applications ranging from litho printed corrugated boxes to folding cartons to retail displays and signage.

    “We pride ourselves on continuously staying current with the latest technological developments from all manufacturers in our industry,” says Bill Nolan, president of Standard Printing Company. “As a customer-centric company, we thoughtfully took action to ensure the ultimate in customer support by investing in another large format offset press from Koenig & Bauer.”

    The Standard Printing team eagerly awaits its second new Koenig & Bauer Rapida Rapida 164 six-color press plus coater, which is due for delivery this summer. (Left to right) Shaun Fiddler, Pressman; Jim Mathews, Pressman / Supervisor; Jim Wessels, Pressroom Manager; Kevin Snodgrass, Feeder Operator; Arthur Foster, Second Pressman; and Rick Porrazzo, Vice President - Plant Manager

    In today’s aggressive market Standard is always seeking new ways to strengthen its leadership position. The trend line is continued growth in demand for high-end graphics for packaging and retail applications. The new press will optimize Standard’s output, providing higher run speeds and having the capability to run over 90% of the firm’s offset jobs, which typically call for one- to two- Pantone colors per job. It will be running as much as possible to leverage its industry leading capabilities, says Nolan.

    “The new press has a lot of exciting productivity features that will optimize our throughput,” says Jim Wessels, Standard’s pressroom manager. “For example, we’ve configured the press with Koenig & Bauer’s unique (SRW) simultaneous roller wash on four units, simultaneous plate changing, and a higher running press speed than we’ve ever had before. To enable our press operators to work at maximum capacity, we’ve designed our Rapida with the Koenig & Bauer Plate Ident, which identifies that it’s the correct plate, pre-registers the plates, and automatically pre-sets job information preventing errors while saving time and money as well as an inline sheet inspection system that inspects every sheet. We also added extra drying capabilities in the press delivery and raised the press to run larger loads to keep up with the higher speeds.”

    The new Rapida press will join an existing Koenig & Bauer Rapida 164 at Standard’s 153,000 sq ft facility in Canton, OH, where it employs 115 people. It will act as a sister press and allow Standard to move jobs back and forth as needed. 

    “Over time the additional capacity will let us grow with other new customers,” says Nolan. “We’re proud of our reputation as a responsive, reliable, and knowledgeable printer.  We strive to add value through our industry expertise and by delivering our products on spec and on time. This new press will continue to position our company as a leading offset sheetfed printer.”

    “We value our strong partnership with Standard,” says Kilian Renschler, president and CEO of Koenig & Bauer (US/CA). “Having supported Standard for nearly a decade, we’ve watched their business successfully grow and we’ve worked together to tailor one of our popular Rapida large format presses to fit their exact needs.”

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    news-1929 Thu, 11 Mar 2021 11:18:57 +0100 RotaJET print quality convinces Interprint http://dk.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/rotajet-print-quality-convinces-interprint/
  • High print quality
  • Significantly expanded product portfolio
  • Considerably improved capacity utilisation
  • Installation of the third RotaJET running as planned
  • Alongside flexibility and professionalism, it is especially the print quality of Koenig & Bauer’s RotaJET press which continues to convince not only the responsible managers at Interprint GmbH but also – and above all – an ever greater number of customers. The Arnsberg-based decor printer has already successfully developed and sampled numerous new products. “Variable job volumes, longer repeat lengths, design flexibility and new colour combinations are factors which make the RotaJET from Koenig & Bauer so interesting for our customers,” says Robert Bierfreund, managing director of Interprint GmbH.

    Variable job volumes, longer repeat lengths, design flexibility and new colour combinations are factors which make the RotaJET from Koenig & Bauer so interesting for our customers (1)

    The third RotaJET in Arnsberg is scheduled to start production later this year. Despite Covid-19 and the associated restrictions, the press was delivered in record time. Once the installation is completed, Interprint will be equipped to process web widths up to 225 cm. The company will then be able to offer digital production for all the typical formats demanded by the decor branch and can add further new products to its portfolio.

    “We have built up the most extensive digital decor printing capacity in the world by far. The future is digital, but at the same time digital is already reality. Our customers are showing constantly increasing interest in digitally printed products,” Robert Bierfreund continues.

    Back in 2014, the company was the first decor printer to invest in wide-format single-pass inkjet technology. In the meantime, a strong and trustful partnership has developed between Interprint and Koenig & Bauer. This cooperation and the technology lead it brings are also highly valued by the Toppan Group, of which Interprint has been a member since October 2019.

    The third RotaJET in Arnsberg is scheduled to start production later this year (2)

    Third identical RotaJET 225 on the market

    With the installation of the RotaJET 225 at Interprint, there are now three practically identical presses on the market for industrial decor printing. Christoph Müller, member of the executive board of Koenig & Bauer AG, says: “We are seeing significantly increased interest in our presses, both in the packaging sector and from decor printers. In contrast to other, less productive systems, they serve our customers as an efficient and profitable means of production for the full spectrum of short, medium and even long runs. Moreover, our modular concept allows us to offer each and every customer an individually tailored press with the optimal level of automation.”

    Almost 20 industrial single-pass digital presses from Koenig & Bauer (including HP PageWide T1190 and T1100 models), with web widths of up to 2.8 m and production speeds of up to 305 m/min, are currently already in use or have been sold and are awaiting installation.

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    news-1915 Thu, 04 Mar 2021 11:27:35 +0100 Koenig & Bauer delivers Rapida 106 to a Polish eco-print company http://dk.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-delivers-rapida-106-to-a-polish-eco-print-company/
  • Inauguration of an eco-factory
  • Five-colour Rapida 106 with extensive coating facilities installed
  • Special antimicrobial coating effective against many pathogens
  • For playing card producer Fabryka Kart Trefl-Kraków, 2020 was one of the most important and most groundbreaking years in the company's history – one which extends back more than seven decades. As part of an investment in a production facility for innovative cards and board games, the company opted for a new five-colour Rapida 106 with coater and three-section extended delivery made by Koenig & Bauer. This press is the ideal choice for a factory with an ecological focus, and that produces environmentally friendly cards and games, which can – should the customer choose – also be protected with a special coating featuring antimicrobial properties. The entire factory is based on solutions that are compliant with the principles of a circular economy and sustainable development. In this environment, the Rapida 106 is a perfect fit.

    Long traditions

    Fabryka Kart Trefl-Kraków is the oldest and largest producer of playing cards in Poland. Spurned by a changing market, subsequent investments in new equipment have meantime enabled the company to diversify into the field of board games. This process benefited from additional impetus in 2015 with the move from the centre of Kraków to new premises in Podłęż, near Niepołomice.

    “That was a logical step in our development, because cards are an integral element of many board games,” says Stanisław Wiązowski, director of Fabryka Kart Trefl-Kraków. “We started to incorporate board games into our own product portfolio, but also produce them for publishers all over the world as part of our B2B activities. We are currently working with customers from more than 30 countries, mainly in Western Europe. Last year, we set up the publishing house Muduko, adding it to the brand Zu&Berry, which had already been established two years previously and whose products can be found in toy shops all over Poland.”

    As a sign of commitment to the global trend towards ecological production, the company opened a new eco-factory with state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly production equipment in September last year. The idea to protect cards and games with antimicrobial substances had already been on the table for some time. This project, including the necessary equipment, received funding from the EU within the framework of its environmental measures.

    Adam Ślażyński (left), regional sales manager for Koenig & Bauer (CEE), and Stanisław Wiązowski, director of Fabryka Kart Trefl-Kraków, are more than thrilled about the successful installation of the new Rapida 106-5

    Environmentally friendly games

    “It seems that we have triggered a new trend with our environmentally friendly board games, which have been enthusiastically welcomed by our customers,” says Stanisław Wiązowski. Eco-friendly games are one element of a broader ecological strategy at Fabryka Kart Trefl-Kraków. Only environmentally friendly, i.e. biodegradable or recyclable board and paper substrates, are used. This principle applies to all parts of a game – not only the boards and cards, but also to any figurines or dice, which are made from cardboard or wood instead of plastic.

    Stanisław Wiązowski explains: “The customers can decide whether they would like to have an environmentally friendly game produced in our factory. We issue a certificate to verify that these production methods were used, and the customer is then entitled to endorse the product with the corresponding ecolabel.”

    Katarzyna Czerewko, head of marketing at Fabryka Kart Trefl-Kraków, adds: “Ecology is the most important concept around which we are organising the company. The opening of our eco-factory and the new portfolio of environmentally friendly games were spawned by this idea.”

    Games with antimicrobial properties

    “Production of innovative card and board games protected by a coating with antimicrobial properties” is another project being pursued by Fabryka Kart Trefl-Kraków. Stanisław Wiązowski: “Together with scientists from Warsaw University of Technology, we already began work on a microbiologically safe technology in 2017. In the meantime, numerous studies and tests have been performed that confirm that it is both effective and safe for users and the environment. Independent research institutes have confirmed that the coating offers long-term protection against many types of pathogens. Our patented antimicrobial technology is based on what is known as nano-silver, and a surrounding layer of silicon dioxide, which makes it non-toxic and harmless to health and the environment. The coating is applied exclusively using the new Rapida press.”

    Katarzyna Czerewko adds: “Just as is the case for environmentally friendly games, customers are able to choose whether their products should be made using this antimicrobial technology. It is, of course, also possible to select both elements. This allows us to offer a range of options from which the customers can choose the optimal solution for their individual requirements.”

    More press technology from Koenig & Bauer

    The tender for the new offset press specified a number of equipment features that are essential to ensure the entire project can be implemented effectively. The press chosen is, once again, a medium-format Rapida from Koenig & Bauer.

    Stanisław Wiązowski points out how energy efficient the Rapida 106 is, among all its other benefits: the waste heat produced by the press is used for heating the production hall, and the press is also equipped with special VariDryBlue drying systems. A large number of measurement and control systems promote enhanced production efficiency, fast correction of any errors that arise, and reduced waste. These systems include ErgoTronic ColorControl and Lab, QualiTronic ColorControl and PDFCheck. As the company director points out: “That is all part of our pro-ecology strategy.”

    “We wanted the hardware solutions that are installed in our eco-factory to be as environmentally friendly as possible. For the printing press, it was important to meter the antimicrobial agent precisely after mixing it with the coating in the coating tower. It is a well-known fact that the inline process is much more efficient, and rules out potential defects and errors. We have already gained very positive experience with the Rapida 105 that we installed three years ago, and are delighted that this Koenig & Bauer solution also meets all the tender criteria for our current EU project.”

    To cater to the intended production spectrum, the Rapida 106 has been raised by 450 mm and has been configured with a special equipment package to allow it to print on substrates with a thickness of up to 1.2 mm. Production efficiency has also been increased by means of automatic non-stop pile changing solutions, simultaneous plate changing with DriveTronic SPC, and automatic anilox roller exchanges with AniloxLoader. The press prints at speeds up to 20,000 sheets per hour.

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