Koenig & Bauer News Feed http://www.koenig-bauer.com/ cs Koenig & Bauer AG Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:21:51 +0200 Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:21:51 +0200 news-1462 Wed, 14 Aug 2019 07:57:26 +0200 Koenig & Bauer sets up endowed chair at Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/cz/aktuality/details/article/koenig-bauer-richtet-stiftungsprofessur-fuer-technische-hochschule-ostwestfalen-lippe-ein/
  • Development and research in document authentication and classification
  • Close cooperation between research and industry
  • Ostwestfalen-Lippe as an important development location for Koenig & Bauer
  • Koenig & Bauer has set up a five-year endowed chair at the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences. After regular appointment proceedings, Dr. Helene Dörksen has been appointed to the chair with effect from 1st August 2019. The goal of the endowed chair is to promote development and research in the field of document authentication and classification.

    The chair and its laboratory are to be hosted by the ‘Mathematics and Authentication’ section within the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. This interdisciplinary field embracing mathematics, algorithmics, biophotonics and chemical analysis is a highly future-oriented field of research. It places a focus on the analysis of documents of all types, for example security documents and banknotes, or similarly critical packaging – especially in the pharmaceutical industry –, as well as on the analysis of other physical objects which require authentication at given points along the value chain. Studies of the implementation technologies, such as embedded and mobile systems, and their usability are also supported.

    Happy faces after presentation of the endowed chair at Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences (l-r): Claus Bolza-Schünemann, president and CEO of Koenig & Bauer, Prof. Volker Lohweg, institute director and vice-dean of the department, Prof. Helene Dörksen, owner of the new professorship, Dr. Johannes Schaede, Chief Technology Officer at Koenig & Bauer’s security printing subsidiary NotaSys and Dr. Andreas Pleßke, board member of Koenig & Bauer

    Claus Bolza-Schünemann, president and CEO of Koenig & Bauer, and board member Dr. Andreas Pleßke congratulated the newly appointed professor in person during her visit to the group headquarters in Würzburg. “The endowed chair was a logical next step, and appropriate recognition for the academic achievements of our university partner,” said Claus Bolza-Schünemann. “For several years now, we have been developing key image analysis technologies for the group in the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region, together with specialists from the university. Koenig & Bauer has been a motor of the traditional German printing industry for over 200 years, driving progress in the branch with a long list of innovative developments, also in the field of optical inspection.”

    Dr. Andreas Pleßke emphasised: “The close cooperation between research and industry at the Institute of Industrial IT (inIT) of the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences is already bearing fruit. We see it as one of our strategic strengths that we are able to combine our process know-how with industrial IT solutions in order to develop new approaches and fields of business. And I am especially pleased about the appointment of Prof. Dörksen – after all, the proportion of female pacemakers in our industry is still rather small.”

    Prof. Volker Lohweg, institute director and vice-dean of the department, added: “Prof. Helene Dörksen is a scientist with a broad understanding in different natural science and engineering disciplines. She has already contributed considerable experience in the field of authentication, pattern recognition and imaging processes as head of a research group looking into smart banknotes, not to mention her valuable know-how from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and the German synchrotron in Hamburg.”

    Prof. Helene Dörksen is looking forward to her new tasks: “Today’s authentication tasks can only be tackled with complex methods. We must adopt the perspectives of different disciplines in order to determine effective solutions. The results, however, must always measure up to the realities of practical application.”

    The Koenig & Bauer location in the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region is its centre for image processing technology. The facility has been developing and supporting corresponding systems for the whole Koenig & Bauer group since 2001. While early systems were essentially geared to the needs of banknote production, the developments today cater equally for wide-ranging commercial applications in packaging and metal decoration.

    Numerous research projects at inIT have developed – and continue to develop – new security technologies, covering both the security features themselves and their verification. In 2017, this research spawned a start-up at the CENTRUM INDUSTRIAL IT, one of the largest science-to-business centres for smart automation, in Lemgo. coverno GmbH is already establishing itself on the market.

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    news-1460 Tue, 13 Aug 2019 11:30:25 +0200 Investments by government printing houses in Saudi Arabia https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/cz/aktuality/details/article/staatliche-druckbetriebe-in-saudi-arabien-investieren/
  • Four successful tenders
  • Applications in commercial and securities printing
  • Optimum proximity to the users
  • A Rapida 106 is in production at Gouvernement Printing Press in Riyadh. Jörg Winkler, service director for Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, Yousef Al Khazaly, printing manager at Gouvernement Printing Press, Sven Strzelczyk, sales director for Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, and Abdalah Alhareri, general manager of Al-Kaharafi (left to right), met at the new high-end press to celebrate successful commissioning (1)
    Industrial packaging printers in Saudi Arabia operate sheetfed offset presses from Koenig & Bauer, among them Al Obeikan Folding Carton, Noor Carton for Packaging and Al Jawad Printing Press. Meanwhile, Rapida presses have also been strengthening their foothold among commercial users, and here in particular in government-run printing houses. Koenig & Bauer was recently successful with four tenders in relatively quick succession, and can now point to four new customers for its modern technology.

    An order for two new presses was placed by Gouvernement Printing Press in Riyadh. The company operates a Rapida 106 with six printing units, a coater and perfecting after the second unit. Alongside stands a six-colour Rapida 76 with coater and provisions for UV printing. Both presses print a variety of documents on paper and plastic substrates, for example passports, ID cards, driving licences or residence permits. Accordingly, the long list of features also includes corresponding facilities for rainbow printing. The high-end presses for half and medium formats are both engineered for production speeds up to 18,000 sheets per hour.

    Festive reception with representatives of King Abdulaziz University Printing Press at the commissioning of the Rapida 105 (2)
    King Abdulaziz University Printing Press in Jeddah has been using a Rapida 105 since last year. The four-colour press prints books and magazines for the university and also incorporates board-handling equipment to cope with substrates up to 1.2 mm. That provides for maximum flexibility in production.

    Further Rapida 105 users are Um Al Qura University Printing Press in Mecca and the Islamic University in Medina. Both presses are configured with four printing units, coater and extended delivery. The main products are likewise university magazines and books.

    Al Qura University Printing Press in Mecca also relies on sheetfed offset technology from Koenig & Bauer (3)
    One important reason for the positive acceptance of press technologies from Koenig & Bauer is the first-class and absolutely transparent advice given by regional sales partner Al-Kharafi. The close cooperation with the factories in Germany is another key factor, as it permits the fast realisation of tailored solutions in response to special customer wishes. Furthermore, local service units have been created to cover all the industrial centres of this enormous country and to ensure optimum proximity to the users.

    Through such successes on the Arab market, and elsewhere, the oldest printing press manufacturer in the world has again demonstrated that forward-looking developments to the benefit of users remain possible, even in times of shrinking markets and reduced margins.

    Sheetfed offset Market References & Showcases
    news-1438 Tue, 23 Jul 2019 10:10:46 +0200 Koenig & Bauer Duran takes on sales responsibility for the Koenig & Bauer portfolio https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/cz/aktuality/details/article/koenig-bauer-duran-uebernimmt-vertrieb-fuer-produktprogramm-von-koenig-bauer/
  • Reorganisation of sales and service activities with effect from 1st June
  • Short communication paths and greater proximity to the manufacturer
  • Market leadership in large-format sheetfed offset
  • Thank you to Dereli for 15 years of very successful work in the market 
  • The recent meeting of KASAD, the Turkish association for the carton packaging industry, was an opportunity for the joint team of Koenig & Bauer and Koenig & Bauer Duran to introduce itself to the country’s packaging branch. Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed sales director Dietmar Heyduck (3rd from right) announced the transfer of sales activities to Koenig & Bauer Duran (1)

    As general manager, Tolgahan Toskaya is in future responsible for sales and service for the core products of Koenig & Bauer in Turkey (2)
    With effect from 1st June of this year, the baton of sales and service responsibility for products of the core business units of Koenig & Bauer on the Turkish market has passed to Koenig & Bauer Duran. This decision is seen as a logical next step after the acquisition of Duran’s folding carton business by Koenig & Bauer. It offers existing users and prospective customers for the group’s sheetfed and web presses, rotary or flatbed die-cutters and other products and services even closer and more direct access to the manufacturer.

    For the position of general manager with responsibility for sales and service, Koenig & Bauer Duran has secured the services of Tolgahan Toskaya, a proven specialist with a long and successful track record in the Turkish print industry. The local sales and service teams remain under the leadership of Rolf Köhle and Can Zümrüt, respectively, while numerous current staff members are also moving to Koenig & Bauer Duran. The sales and service offices will be accommodated at the Koenig & Bauer Duran premises in Istanbul.

    Rolf Köhle and several members of his sales team are moving to Koenig & Bauer Duran. The familiar contact partners will thus remain unchanged for existing users and prospective customers alike (3)
    The declared objective for Koenig & Bauer Duran is to become market leader in Turkey. The chances of achieving this goal are also very good, as previous sales partner Dereli Graphic has already booked significant market successes. Koenig & Bauer is already the market leader for large-format sheetfed offset presses in Turkey. Practically all the major international packaging groups have installed Rapida presses in their Turkish plants. Large-format Rapidas are likewise the key means of production in Turkish companies such as Barem Ambalaj, Camis Ambalaj, Duran-Dogan, Omkasan and Kombassan. For two years, Turkey has been one of the ten most important markets for sheetfed offset presses from Koenig & Bauer. The whole group is thus extremely grateful to Dereli Graphic for over 15 years of intensive and extremely successful work.

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    news-1435 Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:41:39 +0200 Commander CT for Florida https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/cz/aktuality/details/article/commander-ct-fuer-florida/
  • Modern newspaper technology
  • High degree of automation
  • New production hall for Commander CT
  • Investment in newspaper printing  
  • The Villages Operating Company from Florida is investing in a Commander CT 6/2 from Koenig & Bauer. A new, modern production hall is being built for the triple wide installation, which features three reelstands, three printing towers and a folder. This will enable the Commander CT to be expanded further at a later stage. Delivery of the new newspaper rotary press is scheduled for the 3rd quarter of 2020. “We felt it important to have a partner by our side on whom we could build for the long term and who offered stability and continuity. We had an open and trusting relationship right from the very first conversation – and of course the quality of Koenig & Bauer’s products was also persuasive”, said Phil Markward, Publisher at the Villages Media Group. Alongside advertising leaflets, magazines and contracts from external customers, the centerpiece of the media group is the ‘The Villages Daily Sun’ newspaper. It is one of the few newspapers in the US to see its circulation rise continuously. The printing capacity of the new Commander CT 6/2 is 90,000 four-color newspapers per hour. Stefan Segger, Vice President Sales Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed: “We are of course delighted to have persuaded a new customer of the merits of our systems. I believe we have been able to demonstrate once again that we are the world market leader with our high-speed rotary presses and that in us publishers have a partner by their side on whom they can rely.” Seven of the last eight large newspaper rotary presses sold to North America have been Koenig & Bauer machines.

    Just after the contract was signed in Florida: James Sprung, Associate Publisher, The Villages Media Group; Winfried Schenker, Senior Manager Sales Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Phil Markward, Publisher, The Villages Media Group; Stefan Segger, Vice President Sales Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Steve Infinger, Director of Operations, The Villages Media Group; Jurgen Gruber, Sales Manager Koenig & Bauer (US) Inc.; Dan Sprung, Director Marketing / Publishing, The Villages Media Group (1)

    The Villages

    With a daily circulation of just over 60,000 newspapers, The Villages Daily Sun has been enjoying steady growth for years. The newspaper is distributed mainly in The Villages, a fast-growing town in Florida almost an hour away from Orlando. Some 120,000 people live there already, and 300 new houses are built every month. Phil Markward: “The printed newspaper is part of our community philosophy, and we notice that the expectations on the newspaper are particularly high. Quality journalism must therefore also be presented well. Based on 20 years of consecutive circulation growth we firmly believe the circulation will continue to climb in the coming years.”    

    Automated, flexible and reliable

    A comprehensive automation package including RollerTronic roller locks, CleanTronic cylinder wash-up device, color and cutting register control systems, color measuring and control systems and the fully automated plate changing systems reduces make ready times, wastage, operating and maintenance costs to a minimum. The Commander CT is controlled from a new ErgoTronic console with EasyTronic for optimized start-up of the rotary press. An extensive software package for maintenance and repairs simplifies and gives transparency to the operating processes on the technical side.

    The new Commander CT will be delivered in the 3rd quarter of 2020 (2)

    Web offset References & Showcases Market
    news-1431 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:56:46 +0200 DruckArt shows its format https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/cz/aktuality/details/article/druckart-zeigt-format/
  • Small works of art for the presentation of sophisticated brands
  • Six-colour press with coating tower and delivery Extension
  • Focus on quality and makeready times
  • High added value under one roof
  • A six-colour Rapida 106 with coating tower and delivery extension has been in operation at DruckArt for a year now (1)

    The DruckArt company building in Kaufering, Upper Bavaria, is modern and designed according to feng shui principles (8)
    As soon as you enter the foyer of DruckArt in Kaufering in southern Germany, it becomes clear that this is a very special company in the graphic arts industry. The entrance area is designed according to feng shui rules – water, plants and lots of art provide a feel-good factor and create the vibrant centre point between the administration and the pressroom.

    This flair continues in the print products of the company, which has been part of the Geiselberger Group since 2012. DruckArt mainly produces secondary packaging for the textile, fashion and cosmetics industries – from the smallest run to millions of copies with the highest level of finishing. Sometimes it is with small works of art that the brands present themselves. Site manager Andreas Seitz puts it this way: "Our work begins where most others stop," whether with regard to small print runs, the high proportion of finishing or the proportion of manual work.

    Happy with the new technology (from left to right): printer Dennis Gollent, Gavin Elflein from Koenig & Bauer Germany, Andreas Seitz, site manager of the Geiselberger Group, and production manager Florian Schöck (2)

    Use from lightweight stock to thick cardboard

    DruckArt has a modern finishing die-cutter for effective finishes (4)
    A Rapida 106 by Koenig & Bauer has been in production in the company's pressroom for a year now. With the six-colour press, which has an additional coating unit, DruckArt has expanded its product portfolio in terms of both format and the range of substrates that can be processed.

    The Rapida 106 also brought medium-format sheetfed offset printing to the company. Previously, production was only in half format. The product portfolio has been expanded significantly by the format enlargement. In addition, the significantly more productive press increases capacity. It is so universally equipped that it can process both thin substrates such as 40 g/m2 patient package inserts and 800 g/m2 cardboard.

    The technology of the Rapida 106 already convinced the DruckArt experts in initial presentations. It is characterised by high performance and versatility. The DriveTronic feeder and the sidelay-free infeed (DriveTronic SIS) also offer significant advantages when processing a wide range of substrates – from the elimination of manual adjustments to gentle, jerk-free pile Lifting.

    Many high-quality and unusual products benefit from manual process steps (5)

    High print quality and short makeready times

    Small is beautiful: depending on box size and processing, production is also carried out in significantly smaller formats (3)
    The press is quickly inked up, and the various measuring systems ensure constant printing results. The measurement technology with QualiTronic ColorControl and LiveView regularly impresses customers who come to the Rapida for final adjustments. Production manager Florian Schöck is also very impressed by the printing of complicated colour areas: "The Rapida 106 is perfect for this. Colour areas are excellent on the substrates used."

    On account of the not inconsiderable customer base of startups from all industries, the print run is in the low range and sometimes only comprises 100 to a maximum of 5,000 sheets. This means that maximum printing performance plays a lesser role. On the other hand, short makeready times are essential. This means that DruckArt attaches great importance to fast washing and fast ink changes, for production frequently is carried out with up to six special colours, followed by four-colour printing again. Gold and silver colours are in high demand. The automatic shutdown of inking units that are not needed significantly simplifies the necessary changeover processes. There is no need to apply idling paste and wash it off again. On the other hand, the printing time increases. When the inside of folding boxes has to be printed, the first units can also be used for powdering.

    High-quality finishing and packaging for cosmetic products – often in small quantities – are one of DruckArt's main production areas (6)

    High-quality finishing – exactly according to your wishes

    Despite exceptional products and high costs for finishing, DruckArt's employees make sure that even with tight budgets, the wishes of their customers are fulfilled down to the smallest detail. In the case of complex folding boxes, they check exactly which of the cost-intensive manual work processes can be implemented by machine.

    This begins with coating. Everything that is possible is coated in an inline process with the coating tower of the Rapida 106: In addition to surface and pattern coatings with different dispersion varnishes, soft-touch and drip-off effects are also created. Quick anilox roller changes also allow different coating thicknesses to be applied. Hot embossing and hologram foils as well as cellophane wrappings also ensure an elegant appearance for the brands in question.

    Some labels from the fields of natural cosmetics and fashion also attach importance to the use of vegan products. For this purpose, DruckArt provides proof that the inks, varnishes, adhesives and all other necessary aids that are used have no animal-based components.

    The production of patient package inserts is the second important pillar of DruckArt's Business (7)

    Fully integrated packaging production

    Within the Geiselberger Group, DruckArt has developed into a specialist company for refined print products and the production of patient package inserts. From consulting to design, printing, finishing, processing and packaging, all processes take place under one roof. This ensures short routes, fast reaction times and high added value. On a production area of over 5,000 m2, 50 employees work in two shifts, and if necessary also in three. Five young people are trained in the company as office clerks, media designers, media engineers for printing, as well as packaging engineers.

    Sheetfed offset Market References & Showcases
    news-1429 Fri, 12 Jul 2019 07:35:55 +0200 Refugees from Pakistan start permanent employment https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/cz/aktuality/details/article/gefluechtete-aus-pakistan-starten-in-unbefristetes-arbeitsverhaeltnis/
  • Refugees from Pakistan pass final Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CIC) examination as mechatronics technicians
  • Taken on with permanent employment contracts
  • Two more apprentices receive awards as best of their year
  • The two young skilled workers Bilal Ahmad (2nd from left) and Saad Malik (centre) proudly present their training certificates. They received their permanent employment contracts from Ralf Sammeck, member of the Koenig & Bauer management board and CEO of Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, Jochen Mann, head of training (2nd from right) and Markus Rasche, head of human resources (right) (1)

    In 2015, when the refugee crisis reached its peak, two Pakistanis began their vocational training at Koenig & Bauer in Radebeul near Dresden. After almost 4 years of training, the two, who fled for political and religious reasons, have now received their CIC certificates as skilled workers.

    They learned the trade of mechatronics technician, which is considered to be one of the most demanding apprenticeships in Germany. With their vocational qualifications, Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed has taken both of them into permanent employment. Bilal Ahmad now works in printing tower assembly, while Saad Malik assembles electrical components on the feeders of Rapida sheetfed offset presses.

    Bilal Ahmad now has his qualification in mechatronics. As a skilled worker he now installs electronic components in the printing towers of Rapida sheetfed offset presses (2)

    Successful teamwork

    With these two Pakistanis, refugees have for the first time passed standard examinations in the Chamber district of Dresden CIC in this trade. The fact that this success story was possible is also due to the ten-strong teaching group of this class. Jochen Mann, head of vocational training, is delighted: "They all helped them and supported them with every trick in the book." They studied together, repeated the subject matter with the two Pakistanis and explained the processes to them.

    Bilal Ahmad now has his qualification in mechatronics. As a skilled worker he now installs electronic components in the printing towers of Rapida sheetfed offset presses (2)
    Through the Senior Expert Service, a former master trainer supported Bilal Ahmad and Saad Malik in the last three months before the all-important exams, for the two of them had to be able to understand and answer the complex questions asked in German by the CIC. In the end they finished with better results than some trainees from Germany.

    On July 15, Tom Noack (2nd from right) won the "Best Young Skilled Worker in the Electrical Trades" award and Theodor Hahn (centre) won the "Best Young Skilled Worker in the Industrial Metal Trades" award by the Sachsenmetall employers' association (4)

    Sachsenmetall Award for Best of the Year

    Head of training Jochen Mann (right) with the two award-winning young skilled workers Theodor Hahn (left) and Tom Noack (5)

    The vocational qualifications of the two refugees are just one of the highlights of Koenig & Bauer's vocational training programme. Again and again, trainees of the printing press manufacturer win awards as the best of their year. This year, the employers' association Sachsenmetall awarded Tom Noack the title of "Best Young Skilled Worker in the Electrical Trades". He was also instrumental in supporting the two Pakistanis in their training. The industrial mechanic Theodor Hahn received the award "Best Young Skilled Worker in the Industrial Metal Trades". The awards they have received are part of a long chain of success within Koenig & Bauer's vocational training programme.

    Koenig & Bauer is a multicultural, internationally active company that wants to inspire motivated young people to embark on a career in the future. Recently, young people from Syria, Eritrea, Colombia, Brazil and Thailand completed student internships at Koenig & Bauer in Radebeul.



    Company / IR
    news-1424 Tue, 09 Jul 2019 08:45:04 +0200 Durst and Koenig & Bauer appoint Robert Stabler to lead new joint venture company for digital packaging printing systems https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/cz/aktuality/details/article/durst-und-koenig-bauer-berufen-robert-stabler-an-die-spitze-des-neuen-gemeinschaftsunternehmens-fuer-digitale-verpackungsdrucksysteme/ Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, and Koenig & Bauer, the oldest printing press manufacturer in the world with the broadest product range in the industry, have appointed Robert Stabler as Managing Director of the new joint venture effective August 1st. Koenig & Bauer Durst GmbH has been officially established early May following the clearance of antitrust regulations from the relevant authorities.

    Photo: Robert Stabler
    Robert Stabler, who grew up in the UK, has global experience in technology companies servicing the graphic arts and document management industries. Before joining Koenig & Bauer Durst, he was Senior Vice-President with Xerox’s Continuous Feed Business, based in Rochester, NY, USA. Previous executive roles also included HP and Agfa.

    Business operations are now under way for joint development and marketing of single-pass digital printing systems for the folding carton and corrugated fiberboard industry. Koenig & Bauer Durst will have its registered office in Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany, and cooperate closely with both parent companies’ global network. Initially, the joint venture portfolio will comprise the Koenig & Bauer CorruJET 170 and the Durst SPC 130 – including all associated services and the ink business as well as the development of the VariJET 106.  

    “I am really excited to take on this new challenge in the folding carton and corrugated packaging markets,” said Stabler. “Both are ripe for digital transformation with run lengths declining in both segments and brands crying out for very good, cost effective, short-run and versioning solutions. We will add all the competencies of Durst and Koenig & Bauer to leverage the best solutions. Durst with its expertise in digital imaging, production systems, inks and software integration, Koenig & Bauer with all its mechanical knowledge, high duty cycle process, engineering, paper transport capabilities plus, of course, the great go-to-market expertise of both teams.”

    Christoph Gamper, CEO of the Durst Group, said: “We welcome Robert Stabler who has an impressive track record, is an inspirational leader and is accomplished in proactively managing change management as well as substantial experience in developing new markets. The team we’ll create for the joint venture will supply the necessary solutions in markets where digital production lines offer huge opportunities for the folding carton and corrugated fiberboard industries.”

    Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO of Koenig & Bauer AG, commented: “This is the start of something very special in the printing and packaging industry. We are incredibly excited by the opportunities ahead of us and we are confident being able to form a superb team led by Robert Stabler. Our distinct technologies and market expertise will be combined to offer state of the art products, optimized solutions for our customers including a flawless service and support.”

    Company / IR
    news-1422 Mon, 08 Jul 2019 08:43:25 +0200 Koenig & Bauer sells fifth RotaJET for decor printing https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/cz/aktuality/details/article/koenig-bauer-verkauft-fuenfte-rotajet-fuer-dekorbereich/
  • Fifth RotaJET for decor printing
  • Different machine classes and web widths
  • New decors and products can be brought to the market faster
  • Highly efficient realisation of shorter runs
  • SWISS KRONO is investing in a RotaJET 225 from Koenig & Bauer for its production facility in Heiligengrabe in the north of Germany. This is already the fifth press to be sold to a customer active in the growth market of digital decor printing, and SWISS KRONO is already the second producer of wood-based materials to invest in Koenig & Bauer’s digital printing solution. “With the two different machine classes (L and VL) and the different web widths (138cm, 168cm and 225cm) of our RotaJET, we can offer our customers market- and region-specific solutions for the most varied decor applications. We are especially pleased that SWISS KRONO has opted for a RotaJET 225,” says Koenig & Bauer board member Christoph Müller. The new digital web press will be entering production in Heiligengrabe in summer 2020. Ingo Lehnhoff, managing director of SWISS KRONO TEX Germany: “The RotaJET 225 from Koenig & Bauer supports the highly efficient realisation of shorter runs and we can now bring new decors and products to the market faster than ever before.“

    During a visit to the Würzburg demo centre: (back row, l-r) Ingo Lehnhoff, managing director SWISS KRONO TEX Germany; Christoph Müller, management board member Koenig & Bauer; (front row, l-r) Bernd Hillebrand, sales manager Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Hendrik Hecht, managing director SWISS KRONO TEX Germany; Frank Oldorff, project manager SWISS KRONO TEX; Sebastian Dicke, product development SWISS KRONO TEX; Oliver Baar, digital business development & marketing for Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed (2)

    About SWISS KRONO Group

    SWISS KRONO Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of wood-based products. The company stands for sustainable and innovative solutions in the interiors, flooring and building materials sectors. Founded in 1966 as a family business, the group currently employs a staff of 5,100. In the 2017/2018 fiscal year, the company generated sales of CHF 2.0 billion. In addition to the Swiss plant in Menznau, the company also produces in France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia and the USA. The Group’s products are distributed to over 120 countries worldwide. SWISS KRONO Group has always been uncompromisingly committed to quality and environmental protection. Creating wood at its best.

    The new RotaJET 225 for SWISS KRONO in Heiligengrabe (1)

    Digital printing Market References & Showcases
    news-1417 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 09:57:35 +0200 Munich vocational school centre modernises its printing facilities https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/cz/aktuality/details/article/muenchner-schulzentrum-modernisiert-drucksaal/
  • Modern printing and finishing technology for future-oriented training
  • Press features specially tailored to training requirements
  • Clear commitment to the dual system in vocational training  
  • Most passers-by would probably expect to find a generous assembly hall behind the tall windows in the facade of the Alois Senefelder Vocational School Centre. But far from it: A peek through the glass actually reveals a fully equipped print shop. The school centre in the heart of Munich has been conducting initial and advanced vocational training for print and media technology specialists, media designers and photographers for more than 100 years. To this end, the site integrates two vocational schools (for print and media design and for bookbinding and photography) and three vocational colleges (for printing technology and paper processing, for industrial bookbinding, and for bookbinding and photography).

    With the Rapida 75 PRO, the Alois Senefelder Vocational School Centre can base its training on modern sheetfed offset technology. That is clearly to the liking of school director Peter Schertler (centre), printer Bernd Eckhardt (right) and Gavin Elflein from Koenig & Bauer (1)

    To cater properly for over 900 apprenticeship trainees and a further 50 vocational college students, it is important that the technical equipment keeps pace with the latest developments in the industry. Last autumn, therefore, the City of Munich – as the public body responsible for non-staff funding – decided to invest in a Rapida 75 PRO from Koenig & Bauer following a Europe-wide request for tenders.

    Unhindered view of the mechanical components

    Transparent covers allow the trainees to observe otherwise hidden mechanical processes (3)
    “With the installation of a modern half-format press, we are able to reflect the continuing trend towards ever greater automation in our training content,” says school director Peter Schertler in explaining the background to this especially complex investment. The teaching staff attached particular importance to the latest console technology and colour measuring systems, as well as to CIP3 integration with the pre‑press process steps. As inline finishing is today a standard feature for many applications, the new training press was also to incorporate a broad scope of relevant options. In other words, a coating tower and dryer systems for a wide range of dispersion coatings were imperative. At the same time, Peter Schertler and his staff placed modern features such as double-size impression cylinders and transfer drums, the ability to disengage unused inking units and parallel washing systems at the top of their list of priorities.

    All these wishes are fulfilled with the Rapida 75 PRO. With its compact design, it is also a perfect fit for a teaching environment, as it leaves ample space around the press for instruction for both small and larger groups. A widened gallery and transparent printing tower covers are special adaptations requested by the training centre. This allows the trainees and students to stand together on the drive side of the press and to observe internal mechanical processes which otherwise remain out of sight.

    Bernd Eckhardt is delighted with the technical features of the Rapida 75 PRO (5)

    Use in training and for own production needs

    Four colours plus coating: The Rapida 75 PRO is probably the only half-format press with inline anilox coating tower in a German vocational training centre (2)
    It is obvious that the way a sheetfed offset printing press is used in a training centre will differ significantly from production use in a printing company. Around 30 per cent of the teaching, which comprises 20 hours per week, takes place in the printshop. During the practical teaching sessions, half of the approximately 30 trainees in a class spend their time in the hall. They learn in groups of a maximum of five trainees on the Rapida 75 PRO and on two small-format presses. The instruction concentrates above all on how a press is prepared for production, the impact of different press settings on the print result, and how print production is then effected.

    Trainees from larger print companies appreciate the available press technology as it is much less daunting than the medium- and large-format with which they are otherwise confronted. And their colleagues who are employed in smaller craft-oriented businesses are excited by the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art machinery.

    School director Peter Schertler and printer Bernd Eckhardt at the press console. The pre-press section can be seen in the background (4)

    The vocational college students, by contrast, tend to work much more independently with the new press, for example to test the different forms of finishing which can be realised with different inks and coatings. They also print with heavier substrates and simulate different packaging applications.

    Alongside the training, the Rapida 75 PRO is frequently used to print a variety of in-house jobs. These include certificates, folders and brochures, both for the vocational school centre itself and for other schools in Munich, as well as print products for the Department of Education and Sports of the City of Munich. Some of these products are produced entirely by the trainees – from the initial design and print data creation through to printing and post-press finishing. The responsibility for printing rests with two technical staff.

    The printshop offers the trainees and students an endless diversity of opportunities – from manual ink mixing on the lithographic stones in the foreground to print production with inline finishing on the Rapida 75 PRO (6)

    Commitment to the dual system of vocational training

    The school centre uses a historical hand press to print etchings (7)
    The Rapida 75 PRO is now the showpiece of the training printshop, and immediately attracts the interest of trainees, students and visitors alike. At the same time, the investment represents a clear commitment to the dual system of vocational training on the part of the City of Munich. Peter Schertler is confident that his school centre is the best-equipped training centre in Bavaria. Uwe Richter, senior instructor for print and media technology, agrees wholeheartedly: “As far as I am aware, there is no other vocational school in the whole country which possesses a half-format sheetfed offset press with an inline anilox coating tower for its training.”

    Print is a source of enormous potential. In addition to classic applications, more and more innovative possibilities are emerging – special coating processes or surface treatment, printed electronics, and many more besides. The Alois Senefelder Vocational School Centre considers it a duty to tap this potential and to support companies at the transition from craft-based production to the full digitisation of all business processes by providing future-oriented training.

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    news-1409 Thu, 06 Jun 2019 10:45:16 +0200 Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica expands sales network in Southeast Asia https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/cz/aktuality/details/article/koenig-bauer-flexotecnica-erweitert-vertriebsnetz-in-suedostasien/
  • Growth market flexo printing
  • Expansion of the global sales network
  • Rieckermann assumes agency responsibilities in Southeast Asia
  • In response to the ever-increasing demand for flexible packaging in Asia, Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica has further expanded its sales capacities. Industrial solution provider, Rieckermann, will in future be assuming responsibility for sales activities in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

    Cooperation was finalised at Chinaplas 2019 (centre): Dr. Peter Lechner, managing director of Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica, and Kristian Rieck, Rieckermann’s Director of Plastic and Converting

    “Through the cooperation with Rieckermann, we now have an experienced partner at our side on the Asian market,” says Dr. Peter Lechner, managing director of Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica. “I am certain that the very good local network will help us to be even more successful in Southeast Asia.” The two companies finalised their cooperation agreement at this year’s Chinaplas trade fair in Guangzhou. “Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica offers precisely what more and more Asian customers are demanding – high quality, a broad product portfolio and environment-friendly technologies,” says Kristian Rieck, Rieckermann’s Director of Plastic and Converting. Flexible packaging is the fastest growing sector of the consumer and industrial packaging market.

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