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  • Double spearhead of coding specialists complete once more
  • Steady growth and dynamic developments in the branch
  • Focus on operations, product development and IT
  • Dr Stefan Balling was appointed new joint managing director at Koenig & Bauer Coding in January 2023

    Dr Stefan Balling has been appointed new joint managing director of Koenig & Bauer Coding with effect from the beginning of the year, and together with German Stuis now forms the leadership duo at the helm of the company. In this role, he is following in the footsteps of Oliver Volland, who passed away unexpectedly in April 2022.

    As an electrical engineering expert, Dr Balling has held various managerial positions in the field of industrial coding since 2011 and possesses a wealth of experience in the industry. He joined Koenig & Bauer Coding in April 2016 and soon took on VP responsibilities within product development. This remit was later expanded to include assembly operations. Over the last few years, Dr Balling has been a driver of continuous optimisation in production processes and has demonstrated particular agility in employee leadership and development. Together with Oliver Volland, he advanced numerous key technological developments.

    Two professionals – one team

    “With the appointment of Dr Balling as joint managing director of Koenig & Bauer Coding, we have secured the services of an experienced and dependable colleague with a deep understanding of our corporate structures,” says German Stuis. “Steady growth and dynamic development have also broadened the scope of management tasks. With his specific background, Dr Balling will prove to be an enormous asset for the management team.” Areas that form the focus of his new responsibilities include operations, product development and IT.

    Successor to the late Oliver Volland

    The appointment of Dr Stefan Balling helps to fill the gap left at Koenig & Bauer Coding by the unexpected death of Oliver Volland in April 2022. With his motivational spirit and innovative ideas, Oliver Volland shaped the sustained further development and modernisation of Koenig & Bauer Coding for over 14 years – initially as head of sales, later as managing director. It was under his auspices that the company established its meanwhile well-established guiding principle, ‘Coding stands for trust’. 

    Further information can be found at coding.koenig-bauer.com

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    news-2424 Wed, 25 Jan 2023 11:24:08 +0100 Printer Trento – high quality standards in book production http://dk.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/printer-trento-high-quality-standards-in-book-production/
  • Book production for renowned publishers
  • Latest generation Rapida 164 in daily use
  • Significantly more detailed colour information at a glance
  • Traffic light function for an immediate overview
  • Dario Martinelli (left), owner and managing director of Printer Trento, and his fellow managing director and co-founder Gianni Girardi invest regularly in innovative technologies and have grown their company into one of the largest book printers in Europe (1)

    For decades now, Printer Trento in the northern Italian city of the same name has been one of the largest and most cutting-edge book producers in Central Europe. Its five Rapida large-format presses from Koenig & Bauer produce 15 million books every year. Over 150 employees handle work for renowned publishers from home and abroad in the company’s two print centres, bookbinding shop and logistics centre.

    Two of a total of five large-format Rapidas in use at Printer Trento (2)

    Owner Dario Martinelli and his team invest regularly in new printing technologies as the basis for excellent performance and the fastest possible production times. The latest Rapida 164 started operation at the end of 2020. To secure consistently high print quality, all the presses are equipped with dynamic measuring and control systems from Koenig & Bauer. The aim is to reduce substrate waste and significantly shorten the makeready times between individual jobs.

    Console of an eight-colour Rapida with its wallscreen, console monitor and an additional expert monitor displaying detailed colour information and traffic lights to indicate overall quality (3)

    Expert monitor for additional colour control tasks

    To keep pace with the growing quality demands made by both publishing houses and consumers, Printer Trento is highly active when it comes to testing and installing innovative technologies – most recently new facilities for colour control. In spring 2022, Printer Trento began tests with the new expert monitor from Koenig & Bauer, which adds a separate display screen – in this case on a colour inspection desk next to the console of a Rapida 164 – to present colour values measured by the inline QualiTronic process at a single glance. The following information is provided:

    • Visual delta-E, with immediate indication of the difference between one printed sheet and the next, as determined by the inline measuring system
    • Dot gain for the 40 and 80 per cent half-tones at different sampling points
    • Traffic lights for an immediate overview of whether colour values are being reproduced exactly
    • Basic settings for densitometric measurements, together with the corresponding minimum and maximum densities
    • Diagram showing the colour profile of the last printed sheet, to enable assessment of the dynamic response to colour corrections

    Separate colour inspection desk with expert monitor for customer approval of the print production (4)

    The expert monitor also permits greater flexibility with regard to the console wallscreen. The three display areas can all now be used for camera images (e.g. QualiTronic ColorControl, sheet travel monitoring) or other preferred functions.

    Inline colour control with QualiTronic ColorControl: all traffic lights show green when the trend is constant. Print production can continue (5)

    Colour quality cockpit as an option

    At Printer Trento, the colour settings on the presses are assessed together with in-house experts, and in many cases also with the individual customers. To accommodate this, a separate colour inspection desk has been installed alongside the console and set up as a complex colour quality cockpit with the expert monitor. An alternative solution that is already in use in a number of cases is the addition of an extra monitor to the Rapida console itself. Regardless of the chosen configuration, the expert monitor offers the following benefits:

    • Significantly enhanced colour information at a glance, without additional mouse clicks
    • Traffic lights for a clear overall evaluation
    • Colour quality can also be discussed in a larger group without blocking access to the console

    The expert monitor is, above all, designed for those printers who must work to high quality standards, for example in the production of illustrated books for clients in art and architecture. It is the perfect option wherever detailed information on the colour and colour quality must be surveyed and evaluated at a glance.

    Colour control on the console using ErgoTronic ColorControl: the colour quality in the third unit (magenta) must be improved (6)

    Available for Rapida presses made in 2018 or later

    After the successful completion of industrial trials, including the testing done at Printer Trento, the expert monitor was released for general sale in autumn 2022. It can be retrofitted to all Rapida presses manufactured in 2018 or later. The only prerequisite is a current measuring and control system such as QualiTronic ColorControl or ErgoTronic ColorControl.

    For the future, there are already plans to integrate additional quality features that are especially interesting and useful for quality management in print production.

    Interesting website: www.printertrento.it 

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    news-2412 Tue, 17 Jan 2023 10:39:09 +0100 Koenig & Bauer equips Rapida sheetfed offset presses with fully automatic plate logistics http://dk.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-equips-rapida-sheetfed-offset-presses-with-fully-automatic-plate-logistics/
  • Integration into medium- and large-format sheetfed offset presses
  • No manual operations necessary
  • Modular system design for maximum flexibility
  • Economical production of increasingly short print jobs
  • More and more sheetfed offset presses, like this eight-colour Rapida 106 X for 4-over-4 perfecting, are being integrated into modular plate logistics systems (1)

    More and more commercial printers are equipping their Rapida sheetfed offset presses with fully automatic plate logistics systems. Web-to-print providers are being particularly active when it comes to doing so. Several Koenig & Bauer systems are already in use in daily practice and further installations are expected to follow. 

    To date, both medium-format Rapida 106 X presses (max. sheet format 750 × 1,060 mm, production speeds up to 20,000 sheets per hour – including perfecting mode) and large-format models of the Rapida 145 series (max. sheet format 1,060 × 1,450 mm, production speeds up to 18,000 sheets per hour) have been integrated into fully automatic plate logistics solutions. Depending on the particular system and location, they convey up to 1,280 printing plates to the changers on the printing units of an eight-colour press per shift. This number alone illustrates the strengths and potential of plate logistics on modern sheetfed offset presses.

    Individual plates are taken from the plate trolley (2)

    Short print jobs without additional waiting times

    In commercial printing with its many short and medium runs in particular, fully automatic plate logistics helps operators to harness the full potential of their highly automated presses. Makeready times are noticeably shorter and the printshop personnel can concentrate on the decisive aspects of the production process and on print quality. An eight-colour perfector press exhibits the accustomed efficiency with fast makeready and 4-over-4 production at maximum speed even when presented with a succession of short-run jobs requiring just 300 sheets each. All plates are in the corresponding printing units right when they need to be. The transfer from the plate logistics module to the simultaneous plate changing system DriveTronic SPC is so precise that manual interventions in operations become a thing of the past.

    Chain conveyor with plate holders at a buffer point ahead of the loading station (3)

    Modular system enables individual solutions

    Thanks to the modular design of its logistics systems, Koenig & Bauer is able to offer practically every conceivable solution for fully automatic plate transport to the plate changers on the press (including subsequently fully automatic plate changing). The following standard modules can be selected to suit the existing printshop installations and the desired level of automation:

    • Separation of individual plates and transfer to the transport system
    • Plate identification (data matrix)
    • Transport to the printing unit
    • Plate changing
    • Transport to the disposal station
    • Disposal of the used plates

    In addition, there are various components that cater for special circumstances, for example for the integration of several presses into a single logistics system.

    The individual modules are either installed above the press or outside the immediate press area, so as not to hinder the press operators. This means that the Rapida remains fully accessible during plate changes. The printing units are only placed off limits for a few moments by light barriers during vertical plate loading and changing motions.

    Lowering of the plates directly into the mounting channel of the plate changer on an individual printing unit (4)

    The transport systems (chain conveyors) can be tailored to the particular requirements of the customer’s printshop. As the plates take different routes during transport to and from the printing units, there is no risk of interference or assignment errors.

    To enable uninterrupted production at maximum speed and with short runs, the system holds the plates for the next job right at the printing units. The job sequence is otherwise determined by the order in which the plates are placed on the plate trolley. Any necessary amendments can be realised on the trolley before the individual plates are separated and passed on to the transport system. Before transfer to the chain conveyors, the plates are identified by scanning a data matrix code added to the plate image at the time of exposure. The job list communicated to the console using LogoTronic can be adapted at any time to reflect the actual order of the plates.

    Used plates are collected on a pallet at the plate ejection station (5)

    Enormous performance capabilities

    Few human operators would be in a position to match the performance of a plate logistics system for sheetfed offset presses. They would need to carry plates weighing 110 kg over a distance of 3.2 km over the course of each shift. What’s more, with a run length of 300 sheets, they have barely 3 minutes to remove all the old plates from the eight changers on the press and to replace them with the correct new plates. This workload would soon push even experienced operators to their limits.

    The automation of plate loading and then removal to a disposal station permits optimum utilisation of the performance capabilities of the press, especially where very short runs are involved. Short-run production, as is characteristic in the web-to-print segment, can be implemented much more profitably.

    Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V82eUHt168 

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    news-2410 Fri, 13 Jan 2023 10:43:45 +0100 Tlačiareň Bardejov opts for print and packaging technologies from Koenig & Bauer http://dk.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/tlaciaren-bardejov-opts-for-print-and-packaging-technologies-from-koenig-bauer/
  • High-quality services covering all aspects of packaging
  • Up to fourfold increase in production capacity
  • Networked production with LogoTronic MES
  • The Rapida 76 is the new centrepiece in the printshop at Tlačiareň Bardejov (1)

    The Slovakian print company Tlačiareň Bardejov was founded 25 years ago. It started out – like so many other print companies – as a small private business. Over the years it has grown to become a mid-size packaging specialist with in-house operations catering to all phases of the production process. Tlačiareň Bardejov has always attached particular importance to customer satisfaction. High printing and finishing quality is the focus of all the company’s activities.

    By investing in a five-colour Rapida 76 with inline coater, together with an Omega Allpro 90 folder-gluer, the company has boosted its production capacities in preparation for new and future market demands.

    Production is primarily on solid and corrugated board substrates. All the presses in use were purchased in recent years in order to stay abreast of the growing challenges in terms of quality, delivery times and packaging design. Tlačiareň Bardejov is committed to providing high-quality services and product finishing options, including both striking coating effects and complex cut-outs.

    The company today boasts two sheetfed offset presses, including the Rapida 76, a CtP platesetter, an Omega Allpro 90 line for carton folding and gluing, automatic die-cutters and embossing presses, hot-stamping, laminating and gluing machines, and a whole host of other equipment to round off packaging production.

    Owner Karol Dvorčák attaches great importance to modern, high-performance equipment, which he views as the key to fast deliveries, top quality and therefore maximum customer satisfaction (2)

    Perfect for printing on board

    The highly automated Rapida 76 in B2 half format was configured specifically for the product portfolio of Tlačiareň Bardejov. It prints board up to a thickness of 0.8 mm and has allowed the company to expand into the production of packaging for wines and spirits, as well as for e-commerce. The fifth printing unit permits the incorporation of spot colours (Pantone, HKS, metallic inks). This ensures most products can be printed and finished in a single pass, which reduces production costs significantly.

    When it comes to finishing, the Rapida 76 also shines in the truest sense of the word. The integrated high-flow coater unit handles straightforward inline dispersion coatings and in combination with the last printing unit special multiple finishes as well. The latter option is used to produce matt-gloss refinements and add other visual effects to substrates. The Rapida 76 is equipped with IR and hot-air drying in its extended delivery. This provides for reliable drying even at high production speeds, enabling fast further processing of the printed sheets and correspondingly shorter throughput times for the individual jobs.

    The Omega Allpro 90 scores with high production speeds and exceptional variability (3)

    Maximising production potential in folding and gluing

    Another key element of Tlačiareň Bardejov’s innovation and investment plan was the purchase of an Omega Allpro 90. This folder-gluer maximises production potential – encompassing four- and six-corner cartons, for example, which are two gluing variants that are otherwise difficult to find in Slovakia. Compared to its previous set-up, the company has increased its production capacities for straight-line, crash-lock and double-wall cartons up to fourfold. The LogoTronic system assists Tlačiareň Bardejov with production planning and control, both on the Rapida 76 and on the Allpro 90. Owner Karol Dvorčák: “We recognised that it is currently essential to identify production reserves and to utilise savings potential. That is why we decided to network our production with production planning software.” LogoTronic provides support with planning and control, and supplies reliable data for retrospective evaluation, for example for product costing.

    Packaging for domestic and international customers

    Tlačiareň Bardejov is based in the town of Bardejov, a location that enables it to supply folding cartons and other print products to customers both all over Slovakia and its neighbouring countries. Numerous jobs are handled for customers from Poland, and in particular from Kraków. Further long-standing business partners are to be found in Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Belgium.

    The packaging market has undergone a dynamic development and change over the past few years. Many manufacturers use their packaging as a marketing tool and instrument for communication with their customers. Tlačiareň Bardejov is profiting from this growth. Even so, packaging production is by no means an easy industry, especially when faced with an energy crisis, increasing prices for raw materials, and strict environment protection regulations. “We are very fortunate in that we have been able to attract many new customers,” says Karol Dvorčák, summing up the nevertheless positive situation for his company.

    Interesting Website: www.tlaciarenbardejov.sk

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    news-2396 Mon, 14 Nov 2022 10:31:26 +0100 Accurate Box Continues to Grow with Installation of a Third Koenig & Bauer Rapida 164 Seven-Color Printing Press http://dk.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/accurate-box-continues-to-grow-with-installation-of-a-third-koenig-bauer-rapida-164-seven-color-printing-press/
  • Leading litho-laminated corrugated packaging firm in Paterson, NJ are experts in creating high-quality packaging for the club store, e-commerce, and quick service food industries 
  • Koenig & Bauer Rapida 164 features a unique camera system that measures each sheet during print runs allowing shorter makeready times, minimized paper waste, and guaranteed consistently high-quality printing
  • Accurate praises Koenig & Bauer’s holistic training regime that is providing Accurate’s press operators with in-depth on-site and factory training
  • (Left to right) Samara Ronkowitz, director of sales and marketing at Accurate Box; and Lisa Hirsh, president and CEO of Accurate Box; feel that the new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 164 seven-color printing press increases production, throughput, and adds the most advanced printing technology in the industry to their facility in Paterson, NJ

    To maintain its high level of expertise in creating high-quality packaging for the club store, e-commerce, and quick service food industries, Accurate Box Company, a leading manufacturer of litho-laminated corrugated packaging, installed a new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 164 seven-color printing press to increase its production and throughput. This new investment adds the most advanced printing technology in the industry to Accurate Box’s 400,000 square foot facility in Paterson, NJ, that now houses three Koenig & Bauer presses.

    “Our reputation has always been as a world class manufacturer that produces high graphic corrugated boxes,” says Lisa Hirsh, president and CEO of Accurate Box. “As the marketplace continues to rapidly transform, our strategy is to leverage the innovations and advanced technologies available to our market.”

    The new Rapida 164 large-format press runs an impressive 17,000 sheets an hour which is 13% faster than Accurate Box’s previous new press that was installed in 2018. Matching the capability of the previously installed press, cameras measure each sheet while printing and automatically adjust the ink for perfect print consistency throughout the run. This is a significant feature that shortens makeready times, minimizes paper waste and guarantees consistent high-quality printing. It reinforces Accurate Box’s facility as a model for quality output and productivity and continues its path as a one-of-a-kind state-of-the-art manufacturer.

    Installation of the new press started in July and was in production by August. Accurate Box was well prepared for the installation since one of Accurate Box’s printing team members flew to the Koenig & Bauer facility in Germany for two weeks to receive training on its new press. When the press arrived at Accurate Box’s facility, a Koenig & Bauer team was there for five weeks to train Accurate Box’s entire printing crew. This was critical for Accurate Box in order to have the press up and running quickly and to minimize downtime once it was installed. Training will continue into next year with two Accurate Box employees flying to Germany to get more in-depth training and knowledge on the press.

    “One of the key reasons that we have remained extremely successful over nearly 80 years is our investment in our employee base, our equipment, and our customer’s ongoing needs,” says Hirsh. “With a stellar reputation for providing exceptional high quality graphics for corrugated packaging for nationally-recognized brands such as Kellogg’s and Pepsico that line the aisles of big box retailers like Costco and Sam’s Club, we are pleased to continue our strong partnership with Koenig & Bauer and the finest presses on the market.”

    Interesting website: www.accuratebox.com

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    news-2379 Tue, 08 Nov 2022 06:57:00 +0100 Koenig & Bauer on track for profitable growth with a strong third quarter and robust demand in turbulent economic environment http://dk.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-on-track-for-profitable-growth-with-a-strong-third-quarter-and-robust-demand-in-turbulent-economic-environment/
  • Increase in revenue in the third quarter compared to the previous year as well as sequentially in the course of the year, underpinned by the Sheetfed and Digital & Webfed segments
  • Strong sequential improvement in earnings with EBIT of around €11m in the third quarter despite negative external factors
  • Solid customer demand in the third quarter boosting order intake cumulatively by around 5% over the previous year’s high level
  • Koenig & Bauer opening up new business areas with digital and sustainable solutions 
  • Full-year forecast for 2022 reaffirmed and rendered more precise, medium-term targets confirmed
  • Driven by a strong third quarter, the Koenig & Bauer Group (“Koenig & Bauer”) is on a growth trajectory despite the turbulent economic environment. Like many manufacturing companies, Koenig & Bauer is still caught between high order backlogs on the one hand and many adverse factors mainly on the supply side on the other. “Our flexibility and creativity – including in conjunction with our suppliers – are having an impact, as we have learned to deal more effectively with the exceptional situation over the past few months,” says Dr Andreas Pleßke, Chief Executive Officer of Koenig & Bauer, commenting on the growth in revenue and earnings, adding that “following the strong order intake in the first half of 2022, customer demand is still very solid and we are pleased to be able to tap new areas of business with the latest digital and sustainable solutions, thus offering our customers added value”.

    With “un:boxing”, Koenig & Bauer is highlighting a phenomenon of our time that shows like no other the interconnectedness of the digital and analogue world: a product ordered online is unpacked while the camera is running – the video is uploaded, consumed, shared and liked

    Revenue spurred by growth in the Sheetfed and Digital & Webfed segments

    Group revenue rose by 6.7% year-on-year to €313.9m between July and September 2022. Sequentially, growth was even stronger, with revenue climbing by 31.7% compared to Q1 and by 23.9% compared to Q2. The Sheetfed and Digital & Webfed segments in particular contributed to this performance with their product and solution offerings. At €805.7m, cumulative Group revenue exceeded the previous year’s figure by 2.3%. The share of revenue attributable to service business widened to 32.2% (previous year: 29.9%).

    Strong improvement in earnings in the course of the year despite negative external factors

    In terms of earnings, Koenig & Bauer achieved EBIT of €10.8m in the third quarter (previous year: €10.3m). This improvement is particularly evident in a comparison with the first quarter, in which EBIT stood at €-8.5m, and the second quarter with EBIT of €-5.3m. Cumulatively, this resulted in EBIT of €-3.0m (previous year: €16.7m). The previous year’s figure had on balance been boosted by roughly €21.3m thanks to the more efficient implementation of the personnel measures under P24x. Accordingly, operating earnings rose by €1.6m. The improvement at the operating level over the first nine months of 2021 is mainly due to the P24x efficiency programme (roughly €24m) despite the lower use of short-time work in the previous year, positive volume and mix effects (roughly €5m) and other negative effects (roughly €13m). The effects of higher cost of materials and energy (around €24m) were not fully offset by the announced price increases (roughly €18m). This is primarily due to the time lag between price increases and price peaks in the third quarter, for example in energy costs and electronic components. On a positive note, the proportion of other effects did not increase any further compared to the first half of 2022. In addition to remeasured receivables and currency-translation effects, they also include necessary additional or retro work on systems and presses due to supply chain disruptions and exert strain on productivity at the plants and on site at the customers. After income taxes, the Group posted a net loss of €11.0m as of 30 September 2022 (previous year: net profit of €5.5m). This translates into earnings per share of €-0.70 (previous year: €0.31). Given the Group equity ratio of 28.5% (end of 2021: 28.7%), Koenig & Bauer is financially well-positioned thanks to this equity base and the freely available cash and cash equivalents of more than €250m.

    Solid customer demand in the third quarter boosting order intake cumulatively by around 5% over the previous year’s high level

    In the first nine months of 2022, order intake at the Koenig Bauer & Group came to €1,025.9m, 4.8% up on the already good figure of €978.6m reported in the previous year. At €333.0m, customer demand also remained solid in the third quarter. Accordingly, order backlog increased by 24.8% over the previous year to €1,027.0m as of 30 September 2022, providing a solid basis for the fourth quarter of 2022 and beyond. 

    Koenig & Bauer opening up new business areas with digital and sustainable solutions 

    The new cross-group digital unit, headed by Sandra Wagner, Vice President Digitalisation at Koenig & Bauer, coordinates and supports the development, implementation and market launch of digital products and services – from the seed idea through to market launch. “We are focusing on our customers, supporting them with digital solutions wherever they can become even more profitable,” says Wagner. At the beginning of October, the digital unit launched an industry-specific solution for integrated energy management, a digital product that combines the two “sustainability” and “digital” components of the “Exceeding Print” corporate strategy. Together with its global customers, Koenig & Bauer not only exerts a major influence on the world of printing and packaging, but also has a responsibility for the sustainable structuring of production processes. The three components of the energy management product – the automated collection of measurement data, the visualization of the results and the definition of measures on this basis, combined with professional energy consulting – enable more efficient production to be achieved. As a rule, VisuEnergy X allows sustainable energy savings of an average of 7 to 10 percent to be achieved from the very first year. Koenig & Bauer sells energy management on a subscription basis as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution. The market launch is commencing with immediate effect in Germany, Switzerland and Austria in a preliminary step and will be followed by a global roll-out in early 2023. The system is eligible for funding in Germany by the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA).

    Full-year forecast for 2022 reaffirmed and rendered more precise

    “In a turbulent economic environment, Koenig & Bauer demonstrated in the third quarter that it is on track for profitable growth and can manage all challenges well,” explains Dr Stephen Kimmich, CFO of the company. In view of this and due to the shorter planning horizon compared to the beginning of the year, the full-year forecast for 2022 has been confirmed and rendered more precise as follows.

    Koenig & Bauer now expects to report operating EBIT of between €15m and €20m and an operating EBIT margin of between 1.3% and 1.7% on Group revenue of between €1,160m and €1,190m. Until now, Koenig & Bauer had been anticipating a slight increase over the previous year in Group operating revenue (2021: €1,115.8m) and the operating EBIT margin (2021: 0.5%). EBIT in the previous year had been boosted by the more efficient implementation of the personnel measures under P24x and the resultant adjustments to restructuring provisions (net €23m).

    The Koenig & Bauer Group reaffirms the medium-term targets announced in 2020, to which the “Exceeding Print” strategy is also contributing. With the release of the guidance for 2023 – which marks a further important step towards achieving the medium-term objectives – the medium-term objectives announced in 2020 will also be adjusted to take account of inflation effects. Dr Stephen Kimmich, CFO of Koenig & Bauer adds: “Despite all the external uncertainties, we see ourselves as being well positioned and expect to be able to report satisfactory customer demand and capacity utilisation in the fourth quarter of 2022.

    This forecast assumes that there are no further setbacks or tightened restrictions compared with the current situation as a result of the war in Ukraine, the availability of energy supplies, the disruptions to global supply chains and the efforts to contain the pandemic. The planned delivery of our presses and systems for the fourth quarter of 2022 poses a major challenge for Koenig & Bauer and must be reassessed if the global supply chain situation continues to deteriorate.

    Figures at a glance

    The financial statements can be downloaded as a PDF file from here.

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    news-2377 Mon, 24 Oct 2022 11:03:45 +0200 Derksen Packaging kicks off with an Omega Allpro 110 from Koenig & Bauer http://dk.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/derksen-packaging-kicks-off-with-an-omega-allpro-110-from-koenig-bauer/
  • Company founded despite unsettled times
  • Specialist for smaller and medium series
  • Omega Allpro 110 scores points with flexibility and variability
  • Heinrich Derksen is starting up his own folding carton conversion business at the end of October. An Omega Allpro 110 – seen here in the CEC at Koenig & Bauer – will be key to the machinery base from day one (1)

    It takes quite some courage to set up a new company in unsettled times. Heinrich Derksen has chosen to take the risk, however, and will be opening Derksen Packaging as a folding carton conversion specialist in Ammerbuch near Stuttgart on 28 October.

    For Heinrich Derksen, this is the perfect moment to launch the new business. Many companies are currently bringing their production back to Germany or to elsewhere in Europe. That translates into an increased demand for environment-friendly packaging – and above all for folding cartons. At the same time, skilled employees are at a premium, especially when it comes to the production of complex, out-of-the-ordinary folding carton packaging. This is where Derksen Packaging plans to play its role – with a promise of quality, flexibility and delivery reliability.

    Specialist for small and medium series

    The company offers its services to all packaging producers, irrespective of whether they wish to outsource some of their conversion activities for capacity reasons or require special, complicated types of folding carton. Heinrich Derksen has identified further potential among companies in sectors such as pharmaceuticals and the food industry, which often need packaging in small or medium series. Individualised production, in particular, is subject to ever-increasing demand.

    Heinrich Derksen and Ronny Neugärtner (left) from the post-press sales team at Koenig & Bauer during a meeting held at the Omega Allpro 110 in Radebeul (2)

    Omega Allpro 110 as the perfect means of production

    To be able to offer highly automated support, Heinrich Derksen has chosen the Omega Allpro 110 folder-gluer as the centrepiece and backbone of his production facility. This machine is designed as a modular system and is therefore ideally suited for the automated production of a broad range of folding carton styles. Straight-line, crash-lock and double-wall boxes are all possible, as are four and six corner designs and many individually customised boxes.

    The Omega Allpro 110 scores points with a maximum production speed of up to 400 m/min. Fully automatic processes are combined with memory functions to achieve the shortest possible makeready times. An intuitive, touchscreen-based operating concept provides for exceptional ease of operation. High-precision processes reduce the amount of waste. And last but not least – many innovative solutions position the Omega Allpro 110 as the perfect means of production when dealing with individual product and process requirements.

    Ronny Neugärtner (left) and Heinrich Derksen are looking forward to the forthcoming installation of the Omega Allpro 110 at Derksen Packaging (3)

    Geared to growth

    Derksen Packaging is kicking off production with four permanent employees. Orders are already ready and waiting for them. The details will depend on how demand develops, but Heinrich Derksen is already planning for future growth and expansion. Up to 10 jobs are expected to be created at the company. And investments in additional machinery for the approx. 1,000 m2 production hall will establish the ideal prerequisites for attaining this goal.

    Interesting website: www.derksen-packaging.de 

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    news-2375 Wed, 19 Oct 2022 10:42:54 +0200 Comeback of the Cortina User Workshop http://dk.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/comeback-of-the-cortina-user-workshop/
  • A look back at the 16th Cortina User Workshop in St. Gallen
  • Packed agenda discussing challenges in waterless printing
  • Operative benefits of the waterless Cortina still effective today
  • Last Cortina User Workshop with Peter Benz
  • A popular gathering: over 100 participants accepted invitations to this year’s 16th Cortina User Workshop (2)

    After a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Cortina users and supplier industry partners from all over the world were at last able to revive their annual get-together this year. At the 16th Cortina User Workshop in St. Gallen, Switzerland, they shared experiences on various aspects of the waterless offset printing process. The workshop was, at the same time, an opportunity to bid farewell to Peter Benz, the ‘father’ of this much-loved conference series.

    The participants had been asked to contribute their thoughts on current issues and developments in the run-up to the actual workshop. Using this as its basis, Koenig & Bauer prepared a comprehensive and diverse agenda of analyses and news for the two-day event, which was attended by over 100 users and partners. The topics ranged from recent developments at Koenig & Bauer to new findings from the supplier industry and challenges posed by the market. Many of the presentations triggered lively discussions, underlining once more the importance of face-to-face conferences like this one. In future, a number of round table working groups will also be added to the workshop.

    Thomas Potzkai, head of service at Koenig & Bauer, explained the key elements of the group strategy Exceeding Print (3)

    Subjects presented and discussed included predictive maintenance, technical innovations for the Cortina press, energy-saving measures and the development of a new pneumatic distributor roller, alongside insights from experiences with plate peeling problems, long-term tests of anilox rollers and further advances in printing plate technologies. The agenda also offered insights into developments in the paper industry, the challenges faced by ink manufacturers and quality-enhancing processes in newspaper printing as they relate to energy and material costs.

    One central understanding to emerge from the two-day workshop was that the benefits of the waterless Cortina press remain as effective as ever today. In cooperation with Q.I. Press Controls, a closed-loop colour control solution was, for example, realised for Cortina user Coldset Printing Partners (CPP) in Paal-Beringen, Belgium. The Cortina press sections at CPP were installed in 2018 and the closed-loop colour control system IDS-3D was commissioned a year later. The conclusion reached in the presentation given by Q.I. Press Controls, namely that no other coldset/heatset press series is better suited for closed-loop control solutions, met with overwhelming approval at the Cortina User Workshop.

    Passing the baton: Peter Benz (middle), former Cortina project manager at Koenig & Bauer, together with his successor Georg Zitterbart (left) and Thomas Potzkai, head of service at Koenig & Bauer (1)

    For Peter Benz, the former project manager responsible for the Cortina press at Koenig & Bauer, this was his last user workshop. Dubbed ‘Mr Cortina’ by his industry colleagues, the Swiss national took his well-earned retirement at the end of last year after a career devoted to advancing waterless newspaper printing. “The Cortina series is today a highly developed solution which, in my eyes, continues to deliver the optimum combination of economic efficiency, quality and sustainability,” said Peter Benz during a conversation on the fringes of the workshop. Responsibility for the Cortina series will now pass from Peter Benz to Georg Zitterbart. And the Cortina User Workshop will also be back again in 2023, this time with Rodi Media from Diemen in the Netherlands as host and partner.

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    news-2369 Fri, 14 Oct 2022 09:57:44 +0200 Koenig & Bauer takes a significant step towards more sustainability http://dk.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-takes-a-significant-step-towards-more-sustainability/
  • Koenig & Bauer assumes responsibility for more climate protection
  • Focus on energy autonomy and an improved eco-balance using electricity from the company’s own green sources
  • First photovoltaic array at the Würzburg location with an annual yield of around 200,000 kWh
  • Further PV and solar thermal installations to be commissioned shortly
  • A new photovoltaic array on the roof of the Koenig & Bauer Customer Technology Centre produces around 200,000 kWh of electricity per year – it is the first of several installations that Koenig & Bauer intends to use to contribute to climate protection, while at the same time boosting its own energy autonomy

    With expansion of its own green energy sources at the company headquarters in Würzburg, Koenig & Bauer is continuing the implementation of its sustainability initiative. The target set within the framework of the corporate strategy ‘Exceeding Print’ is for the group’s production facilities to achieve full carbon neutrality by 2030. The massive investments in photovoltaic arrays will allow Koenig & Bauer to cover a proportion of its power requirements on the basis of sustainable on-site generation. Besides contributing to climate protection, this also aims to boost the level of energy autonomy. The first array is already in use, and more photovoltaic and solar thermal installations are set to follow in the months to come.

    Positive impact on the global carbon footprint

    At the beginning of October 2022, Koenig & Bauer commissioned a photovoltaic array for on-site power generation on the roof of the Customer Technology Centre at group headquarters in Würzburg. An annual yield of around 200,000 kWh of electricity is now available for direct consumption at the Würzburg facility with immediate effect. Based on the specific greenhouse gas emissions for the German power mix overall, the photovoltaic array will benefit the environment by saving more than 80,000 kilograms of CO2 emissions per year.

    Additional investments in solar thermal and PV installations planned

    Already in summer 2022, a new hot water system that uses solar thermal modules was commissioned to supply Koenig & Bauer’s factory vocational school in Würzburg. More solar water heating systems are currently being installed at the canteen in Würzburg and in other common areas used by employees. In addition to two more photovoltaic arrays that are scheduled for completion at the Würzburg facility this year, concrete plans are also being drawn up to expand green power generation by using photovoltaic installations at the other Koenig & Bauer group locations.

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    news-2367 Thu, 13 Oct 2022 13:13:03 +0200 Koenig & Bauer at K2022 http://dk.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-at-k2022/
  • Presentation of the mobile hot stamping station K29 S
  • Trade fair première of a new high-speed inkjet unit for glass, plastic and metal decoration
  • Intelligent solutions to optimise resource consumption in flexo printing
  • The KAMMANN K15 Q-SE on show at the stand features a new high-speed inkjet printing unit

    Koenig & Bauer will be presenting tailored and future-oriented solutions for its customers at K2022 in Düsseldorf – the world’s leading trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry. The press manufacturer is thereby underlining its role as technology leader in all different segments of the print market. Group subsidiaries Koenig & Bauer Kammann and Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica have booked a shared 130 m² stand in Hall 4 (B07) to showcase their diverse portfolio of products for decorating hollow containers made of glass, metal and plastic and for printing flexible packaging. Every day, there will be live demonstrations of the KAMMANN K15 Q-SE with its new high-speed inkjet printing unit.        

    Sustainable and intelligent solutions in flexo printing

    The sales and service team at the stand is looking forward to presenting the CI flexo presses Evo XC, XD and XG, and will be explaining intelligent solutions aimed at reducing waste, energy consumption and makeready times. The presses in the Evo series are suitable for printing on all types of substrate used for flexible packaging, including recycled and compostable materials. Visitors attending the trade fair in Düsseldorf will also be able to learn about optimal use of all the digital tools and software modules for raising the efficiency and effectiveness of their flexo printing production. With regard to sustainability, other presentations at the stand highlight solutions developed to promote sustainable packaging, such as water-based and LED-UV inks, or hybrid solutions in which a CI press is combined with a subsequent flexo or gravure unit for varnishes and coatings.

    New technology for glass, plastic and metal decoration

    For Koenig & Bauer subsidiary Kammann, the fair is an opportunity to present its broad range of products for applications in screen printing, digital printing and hot stamping, as well as hybrid solutions for the decoration of plastic articles. The machine on display at the stand, a KAMMANN K15 Q-SE, will offer visitors a first glimpse of the new high-speed inkjet printing unit for increased outputs in the decoration of cylindrical and conical containers made of glass, plastic and metal. With its exceptional performance data, this world’s first rounds off the current portfolio of inkjet printing units. Customers can choose between a standard unit, a parallel unit to realise colour images and applications with ‘digital printed relief’ in one processing station, and a tandem inkjet printing unit for high outputs when decorating cylindrical containers.

    The different models of the mobile hot stamping station K29 S mark the first time that Koenig & Bauer Kammann will be showcasing its application add-ons for the field of hot stamping to the trade public. The exhibit on display is a new mobile hot stamping system for foil transfers to cylindrical and conical containers. A series of videos provides visitors with a comprehensive overview of the equipment features and function details of the different Kammann product families. Production samples in elaborate designs provide a first idea of the machines’ capabilities.

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