Koenig & Bauer News Feed http://www.koenig-bauer.com/ cs Koenig & Bauer AG Sat, 20 Apr 2019 10:48:24 +0200 Sat, 20 Apr 2019 10:48:24 +0200 news-1362 Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:22:06 +0200 Right on course for further growth https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/aktuality/details/article/konsequent-auf-wachstumskurs/
  • Koenig & Bauer expands its portfolio for the folding carton market
  • Joint venture with a strong partner for digital print
  • Strategies in the age of digital transformation  
  • Koenig & Bauer Report No. 54 is out now. The latest 60-page issue of the Group’s customer magazine spotlights current news, innovations and trends from the print industry. Boasting a revised layout, it contains a wealth of articles and reports on interesting developments relating to sheetfed and web offset, digital and flexo printing, and numerous special applications.

    In his editorial, president and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann outlines the course of continuous growth pursued by Koenig & Bauer. The acquisition of a majority stake in Duran Machinery has enabled the world’s oldest press manufacturer to further expand its product portfolio for the prospering folding carton market. At the same time, Koenig & Bauer and Durst Phototechnik have signed a letter of intent on the founding of a joint venture to drive the development of digital print solutions for folding carton and corrugated board printing.

    The latest 60-page issue of Koenig & Bauer Report spotlights current news, innovations and trends from the print industry

    One year before the next drupa opens its doors, the magazine also sheds light on the strategies adopted by the Group in this age of advancing digital transformation. With a range of service offers based on the evaluation of press and production data, Koenig & Bauer has been one of the pioneers of digital transformation in print for more than 20 years. In 2018, the presentation of further developments using artificial intelligence added yet another aspect to the digitally networked production environment envisaged by Koenig & Bauer.

    With a new image campaign, Koenig & Bauer is continuing implementation of the brand relaunch initiated to mark its 200-year anniversary. The campaign illustrates the fascination of the world of print and underlines the added value it brings. Koenig & Bauer Report offers a first glimpse of the images to come.

    Koenig & Bauer Report is published in German, English, French, Spanish and Italian. Printed copies can be requested from our local regional offices or from the central marketing department of

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    Koenig & Bauer Report is also made available as a digital web magazine (in all the aforementioned languages and additionally in Portuguese). The digital magazine can be read at report.koenig-bauer.com and is furthermore offered for download at https://www.koenig-bauer.com/downloads/koenig-bauer-report/.

    Web offset Digital printing Sheetfed offset Flexo printing Market
    news-1359 Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:24:43 +0200 Koenig & Bauer puts in a strong appearance in the Middle Kingdom https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/aktuality/details/article/koenig-bauer-mit-starkem-messeauftritt-im-reich-der-mitte/
  • Convincing products and services
  • Contracts worth several tens of millions of euros signed during the fair
  • Strong post-fair business expected  
  • Many visual details, such as this waterfall with its welcome messages, held visitors under their spell (1)
    A stand measuring more than 1,000 m2 enabled Koenig & Bauer to present future-oriented print technology in all its facets at the Print China trade fair held in Guangdong from 9th to 13th April. The highlights for visitors included live print demonstrations on an eight-colour Rapida 106 perfector with additional inline coating, as well as a Rapida 75 PRO in a five-colour configuration. At the same time, the fair team provided comprehensive information on further innovative solutions from the fields of digital and flexo printing, metal decorating, post-press and other special applications.

    Practice-oriented press presentations were a magnet with fair visitors (2)
    From the very first day of the fair, trade visitors praised the sophisticated and high-quality stand design, the numerous print demonstrations and the diverse info points on special topics. At the same time, they were impressed by the smart print technologies addressing current branch trends. The digitisation concept summarised under the banner of Koenig & Bauer 4.0 captivated the gathered print professionals in the same way as a comprehensive portfolio of classic and new data-driven services.

    Print demonstration on the largest sheetfed offset press on the Koenig & Bauer stand, an eight-colour Rapida 106 with coater and extended delivery (5)

    Contracts worth several tens of millions of euros

    A pen box illustrated the finishing and processing options which become available with the rotary die-cutter Rapida RDC 106 (3)
    By the end of the fair, contracts worth several tens of millions of euros had been signed with printing companies throughout China and from several other countries in South and Southeast Asia. Rapida sheetfed presses in all classes, from half to large format, were in high demand. The customers appreciate Koenig & Bauer as a partner who offers tailored equipment geared to maximising their individual business success. They place trust in stability, reliability and good service. Not least for these reasons, many companies who already use Rapida presses return to Koenig & Bauer with further orders.

    That was the case with Fuzhou Xingkai Color Printing, for example. The company has owned a Rapida 105 in a four-colour configuration since 2011. At Print China, now, a follow-up order was placed for a seven-colour Rapida 105 with coater and UV facilities.

    Ceremony marking the signing of contracts for a Rapida 145 to be supplied to Ningxia Jihong Environmental Packaging Technology (7)

    Xiamen Lutengda Printing and Zhejiang Chuangsijie Printing each signed up for a new Rapida 164 (max. sheet format 1,205 x 1,640 mm). Xiamen Lutengda, too, is a longstanding user of large-format presses from Koenig & Bauer. With this latest investment, the company is planning to enhance efficiency by reducing energy consumption. For Zhejiang Chuangsijie Printing, the new Rapida 164 is seen as the key to new ventures in packaging production.

    The fair team of Koenig & Bauer was more than happy with their successes at Print China (6)

    Ningxia Jihong Environmental Packaging Technology positions itself as a smart, highly automated and especially ecological print factory. At Print China, the company ordered a five-colour Rapida 145 with coater, FAPC fully automatic plate changers and a whole raft of further automation features. This will be one of the most highly automated presses in China, and will enable Ningxia Jihong to continue implementation of its ambitious energy-saving and environmental strategies, while at the same time boosting efficiency and reducing labour costs.

    Brisk post-fair business expected

    Separate lounges were a source of information on digitisation processes and data-driven services (4)
    In addition to the contracts which have already been signed, Koenig & Bauer is looking forward to brisk post-fair business. Many print industry decision-makers expressed their enthusiastic interest in both equipment and services and are planning to invest. All in all, this enables Dietmar Heyduck, sales director for Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, and Walter Zehner, managing director of Koenig & Bauer Greater China, to give an extremely positive summary:

    Dietmar Heyduck: “China is one of the most important world markets for Koenig & Bauer. The visitor numbers and contracts concluded at Print China exceeded our expectations.” Walter Zehner adds: “With digital products such as the CorruJET, we are in a good position on the international market. There was also enormous interest in the VariJET for digital folding carton production among our Chinese customers. We are delighted to be able to demonstrate the successful transformation of our company from a traditional press manufacturer into a leading supplier of digital solutions.”

    Xiamen Lutengda Printing ordered a Rapida 164 at Print China (8)

    The fair visitors were similarly keen to obtain information on further products and services from the extensive Koenig & Bauer portfolio, for example rotary and flatbed die-cutters, folder-gluers, the RotaJET, flexo solutions, coding technologies and especially the whole field of corrugated printing, which was showcased for the first time at a trade fair in China. Numerous promising projects are also in the pipeline in these segments.  

    Sheetfed offset Market References & Showcases
    news-1357 Mon, 15 Apr 2019 16:00:00 +0200 Acquisition: Koenig & Bauer Coding GmbH acquires All-Print Holding A.B https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/aktuality/details/article/akquisition-koenig-bauer-coding-gmbh-uebernimmt-all-print-holding-ab/ With the acquisition of All-Print Holding A.B., which comprises, as a majority shareholder in Svenska Allen A.B. and All-Print i Linköping A.B, two specialists in marking and coding technologies, the German Koenig & Bauer Coding GmbH extends its portfolio by print and apply technologies. At the same time, Koenig & Bauer coding expands its direct sales and service network with this investment to Scandinavia.

    The wide spectrum of print and apply technologies of All-Print i Linköping rounds-off Koenig & Bauer Coding´s portfolio with a complete range of products for the globally growing packing market. Koenig & Bauer Coding already has a strong presence in primary and secondary packaging market, so there is a natural synergy between the two companies.

    Contract signing Acquisition of All-Print Holding A.B. (left to right)

    front: Oliver Volland, CEO Koenig & Bauer Coding, Magnus Folcke, CEO All-Print Holding, German Stuis, CEO Koenig & Bauer Coding

    back: Henrik Wenkert, Wigge & Partners, Mats Boman, Setterwalls Advokatbyrå, Marcus Persson, All-Print, Tobias Haag, Svenska Allen, Johan Avefeldt, All-Print, Christopher Kessler, General Counsel Koenig & Bauer AG

    With Svenska Allen, Koenig & Bauer Coding gains another experienced and well-respected sales- and service team to serve its customers in Scandinavia´s marking & coding industries.

    „With more than 30 years of experience in marking and coding applications and our strong design and distribution departments, we will certainly contribute to and benefit from the growth path of Koenig & Bauer Coding. And so will our customers all over the world.“, states Magnus Folcke, CEO of All-Print Holding.

    Oliver Volland, CEO of Koenig & Bauer Coding adds: „This acquisition is of significant importance for our operations and substantially add to the range of capabilities that we can offer our customers. We are delighted to welcome the All-Print group members in the company. Together we can add an even wider choice of sustainable solutions to our offering“.

    The transaction was professionally supported and accompanied by „Setterwalls Advokatbyrå“, Stockholm, Sweden.  

    Company / IR
    news-1353 Fri, 12 Apr 2019 09:35:00 +0200 Successful start to Print China for Koenig & Bauer https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/aktuality/details/article/koenig-bauer-startet-die-print-china-erfolgreich/
  • Biggest trade fair for Koenig & Bauer in 2019
  • 7th and 8th Rapida sheetfed offset presses for Tianjin Haishun Printing & Packaging
  • Contracts already signed on the first day of the fair  
  • The over 1,000 m2 Koenig & Bauer stand at Print China was already a strong magnet for visitors on the first days of the fair (1)

    At the important Print China trade fair, which is taking place in Guangdong from 9th to 13th April, Koenig & Bauer is showcasing its latest press and process technologies for the half and medium format markets, with presentations covering an area of more than 1,000 m2. The stand in Hall 3 was already a strong magnet for visitors on the first days of the fair. That is also no surprise, as Koenig & Bauer offers a broad spectrum of solutions to further the business success of users in every market segment. Print China 2019 is the biggest trade fair of the year for Koenig & Bauer.

    Live presentation of the eight-colour Rapida 106 perfector for 4-over-4 production with additional coating (5)

    Live demonstrations of automation processes

    Official handing-over of the eight-colour Rapida 106 perfector with additional coating to Tianjin Haishun Printing & Packaging (2)
    Special treats for the fair visitors are without doubt the live print demonstrations on an eight-colour Rapida 106 perfector for 4-over-4 production with additional inline coating and on a five-colour Rapida 75 PRO. Further innovations on show include efficient workflow solutions, data-driven services and – for the first time at a trade fair in China – the Rapida LiveApps for press control, monitoring and maintenance (ErgoTronicApp) and for inventory management and consumables tracking (ProductionApp).

    Key aspects of the print demonstrations on both presses are the automation solutions for washing processes (CleanTronic), for automated plate changing, and for quality monitoring and control. At the same time, the trade public is able to obtain all the latest information on cold foil finishing options and developments relating to the UV process. At every opportunity, the high-quality print samples, whether pencil boxes, posters, cut-out models or brochures, are snapped up straight from the printers’ hands. At further info points, visitors to the stand can also learn more about innovative solutions from the fields of digital and flexo printing, metal decorating, post-press and other special applications.

    On the Rapida 75 PRO, fair visitors can witness the printing of posters and cut-out models with a series of fast makeready processes (4)

    Handing-over of the exhibition presses and first new orders

    The first highlight of the fair was the official handing-over of the two Rapida presses on the fair stand to their future owners. Tianjin Haishun Printing & Packaging from Tianjin already took possession of its new Rapida 106 at a ceremony on the first day. This is the seventh sheetfed press from Koenig & Bauer for one of the largest print companies in Northern China. And an eighth press is currently on its way to China from the factory in Germany.

    Zhuhai Huazhongming Technology plans to enter the market for UV printing with an eight-colour Rapida 105 with inline coater. The contracts for the new press were signed on the first day of the fair (3)

    The Rapida 75 PRO will be moving on to Zhejiang DingNuo Printing Co., a commercial and packaging printer in Eastern China, after the fair. The new half-format press will then enable the company to further expand its activities in fields such as paper packaging.

    The opening day of the fair also brought the first new orders for Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed. Zhuhai Huazhongming Technology, for example, has ordered an eight-colour Rapida 105 with coater and UV facilities. The company plans to use the press to produce a range of packaging with high-quality UV finishes.

    Sheetfed offset Market
    news-1349 Thu, 11 Apr 2019 09:39:51 +0200 Durst and Koenig & Bauer sign joint venture agreement for digital packaging printing systems https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/aktuality/details/article/durst-und-koenig-bauer-unterzeichnen-joint-venture-vertrag-ueber-gemeinschaftsunternehmen-fuer-digitale-verpackungsdrucksysteme/
  • 50/50 joint venture agreement signed in Munich
  • Joint development and marketing of single-pass digital printing systems for the folding carton and corrugated fiberboard industry
  • Antitrust clearance for Koenig & Bauer Durst GmbH expected by the end of May  
  • Joint Venture Signing Koenig & Bauer Durst (left to right): Stefan Kappaun, EVP Inks & Fluids, Durst Group; Christopher Kessler, General Counsel, Koenig & Bauer AG; Christoph Gamper, CEO & Co-Owner, Durst Group; Christian Gatterer, CFO, Durst Group; Jochen Sproll, Project Manager Corporate Development, Koenig & Bauer AG; Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO, Koenig & Bauer AG; Harald Oberrauch, Owner Durst Group

    Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, and Koenig & Bauer, the world’s second-largest printing press manufacturer, signed a 50/50 joint venture agreement in Munich on Wednesday, April 10. The signing of the agreement paves the way for the joint development and marketing of single-pass digital printing systems for the folding carton and corrugated fiberboard industry. The antitrust clearance that is still required from the relevant antitrust authorities before “Koenig & Bauer Durst GmbH” can be officially established is expected to be granted in the next few weeks. Business operations should then commence by the end of May and a Managing Director will be appointed. Koenig & Bauer Durst GmbH will have its registered office in Würzburg 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.

    “It was a short path from letter of intent to official signature because the negotiations had already been conducted in a spirit of genuine cooperation,” says Christoph Gamper, CEO of the Durst Group. “We want to work efficiently and purposefully towards a common goal – tapping the huge potential that digital production lines offer for the packaging industry.”

    “Koenig & Bauer Durst will combine different key technology areas and market expertise to perfect effect,” says Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO of Koenig & Bauer AG. “I am convinced that the joint venture will benefit from the spirit embodied by both companies and that something really special is emerging here. The packaging industry is looking for new, more efficient production opportunities and Koenig & Bauer Durst will supply the necessary digital solution.

    Digital printing Company / IR
    news-1333 Wed, 27 Mar 2019 13:00:32 +0100 Award for a coming icon of digital print https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/aktuality/details/article/auszeichnung-fuer-eine-ikone-des-digitaldrucks/
  • Award for innovative digital printing press from Koenig & Bauer
  • Jury praises design language and colour scheme of the VariJET 106
  • International label for outstanding design  
  • Koenig & Bauer received the coveted trophy at the 2019 iF Design Award Night (1)
    “Complex and iconic at the same time” – those were the words of the iF Design Award jury when praising the VariJET 106 digital press from Koenig & Bauer. They were especially convinced by the modern design language and clear colour contrasts. Accordingly, Koenig & Bauer was able to take home a “Gold Winner” trophy in the category “Product” after the grand award ceremony in Munich on 15th March.  

    A jury of 67 international experts evaluated 6,400 entries from 50 countries before selecting the most innovative design developments in seven categories. One of their chosen prizewinners was the brand new VariJET 106 digital printing press from Koenig & Bauer. It is on course to be made available to the first interested customers in 2020, but is already causing quite a stir: In its award statement, the jury commended the clear structures in the outward appearance of the VariJET, which follows the new product design recently introduced by Koenig & Bauer. The contrasting corporate colours grey and blue, with individual illuminated elements as highlights, contribute to what was called “a classy approach”.  

    The clearly structured VariJET 106 impressed the international iF Design Award jury with its individual and sophisticated design language (2)

    On the technical side, the press combines the advantages of the inkjet technology with those of a classic offset process. “With our modern press design, we are setting not only technical, but also visual standards,” says Dagmar Ringel, head of corporate communication and marketing at Koenig & Bauer. “The iF Design Award strengthens us in our conviction that we are on the right track.”  

    For 65 years now, the iF Design Award has served as an internationally recognised label for outstanding design and is one of the world’s most important design awards. Each year, top design achievements are honoured in seven disciplines – product, packaging, communication and service design, architecture, interior architecture and professional concept. The awards are organised by the iF International Forum Design GmbH in Hannover, the oldest independent design institution in the world. This year’s iF Design Award Night was held at BMW Welt in Munich on 15th March.

    Digital printing Market Company / IR
    news-1319 Thu, 07 Mar 2019 09:51:33 +0100 7th Rapida press for major Indian packaging printer https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/aktuality/details/article/7-bogenoffsetmaschine-von-koenig-bauer-bei-grossem-indischen-verpackungsdrucker/
  • Rapida sheetfed offset technology now installed at all four plants of TCPL Packaging
  • Equipment for conventional and UV printing
  • Deliveries of three more Rapidas planned for 2019
  • Aditya Surana (centre), managing director of Koenig & Bauer’s Indian sales partner Indo Polygraph Machinery, presents a model of the Rapida 106 to Saket Kanoria, managing director of TCPL Packaging (1)

    In January, TCPL Packaging threw the switch on a new Rapida 106 at its plant in Goa in Western India. The seven-colour press with coater and extended delivery is already the seventh Rapida 106 sheetfed offset press from Koenig & Bauer to be installed at the company’s various production locations since 2011. Like all the other Rapidas operated by the packaging specialist, it is configured to enable both conventional and UV printing.

    Festive decoration for the raised seven-colour Rapida 106 packaging press with coater and extended delivery in the modern press hall at TCPL Packaging (4)

    TCPL Packaging is one of the largest packaging printers in the country. In Goa alone, 280 of the company’s 1,250 employees print mainly food and pharmaceuticals packaging at a plant with production floor space totally 28,000 square metres. With this latest Rapida 106, Koenig & Bauer press technology is now in use at all four TCPL locations. Apart from Goa, TCPL also has plants in Silvassa, Haridwar and Guwahti.

    Delighted with the start-up of the Rapida 106 (l-r): Akshay Kanoria, director of TCPL Packaging; Aditya Surana, managing director of Indo Polygraph Machinery; Saket Kanoria, managing director of TCPL Packaging; Vidur Kanoria, director of TCPL Packaging (2)

    The Financial Times named TCPL Packaging as one of the 1,000 fastest-growing companies in the Asian-Pacific region, assigning it to 839th place in this ranking. And the company has no intention of slowing its course of continued growth: Three more Rapida 106 presses are to be installed at TCPL this year. The first will be arriving at the Haridwar plant in May, while the second is set for installation in Goa in the summer. The installation of the third press in Silvassa is scheduled for the end of the year. One of the three is also the longest Rapida in India to date, with a total of 12 printing and finishing units. The configuration comprises seven colours followed by a coater, two dryer towers, a further printing unit and coater, and an extended delivery. Once all these presses are in place, TCPL will possess ten high-end Rapida presses with a total of 85 printing units.

    The installation team from Indo Polygraph Machinery together with the team from TCPL Packaging (3)

    Saket Kanoria, managing director of TCPL Packaging is especially happy: “Ever since we installed our first Koenig & Bauer press in 2011, we have gone back to them whenever we bought another one, due to constant innovation and improvements being carried out by them. We have experienced higher productivity levels as a result. Moreover they are backed in India by an excellent partner who is very proactive and gives very effective after sales support.”

    TCPL Packaging is a proud winner of the Marico Best Innovation Award and the Phillip Morris Most Valued Partner Award, among others.

    Sheetfed offset Market References & Showcases
    news-1317 Mon, 04 Mar 2019 13:50:42 +0100 First CorruJET from Koenig & Bauer installed at KOLB https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/aktuality/details/article/erste-corrujet-von-koenig-bauer-bei-kolb-installiert/
  • HANS KOLB Wellpappe as development partner
  • Focus on growth markets
  • Portfolio expansion as an important objective
  • Digital post-printing directly on corrugated board
  • Its focus on growth markets such as digital packaging printing is part of the successful Koenig & Bauer strategy. With the installation of the first CorruJET press at the KOLB company group in Memmingen, it has now taken the next step along this fruitful path. Koenig & Bauer management board member Christoph Müller: “In exactly the same way as for our analogue presses, the CorruFLEX and CorruCUT, we based the project specifications on a careful evaluation of the market and customer wishes. The KOLB Group is here an ideal partner with whom to further the development of our new CorruJET for digital post-printing on corrugated board.” The CorruJET is set to enter production in the second quarter of 2019.

    3D schematic of the new CorruJET from Koenig & Bauer (1)

    New premises for KOLB DigitalSolutions were opened in Memmingen-Amendingen just last year, barely a stone’s throw from the KOLB group headquarters in the town. The CorruJET will form the heart of a new production plant with integrated finishing and conversion. “Differentiation, fast time-to-market scenarios, or reduced run lengths in conjunction with increased versioning – the demands expressed by our customers are forever changing,” says Dr. Bernhard Ruffing, managing director of Hans Kolb Wellpappe. “Against this background, focus is naturally turning to the option of digital post-printing. With Koenig & Bauer and the CorruJET, we are well equipped to respond to future customer demands and can also open up new markets.”

    Successful for almost 90 years

    HANS KOLB Wellpappe was founded in Memmingen in 1933 and is currently led by second‑generation managing partner Alwin J. Kolb and managing director Dr. Bernhard Ruffing. The company is an international supplier with a workforce of around 1,100 employees, who develop and produce a broad spectrum of packaging, packaging materials and special corrugated board products.

    Digital post-printing on corrugated board

    The CorruJET packs all the latest technology (2)

    When developing the new CorruJET press for the corrugated board industry, Koenig & Bauer was able to call upon extensive experience already gained with the RotaJET. The CorruJET delivers high-resolution digital print at production speeds of up to 6,000sph and handles formats up to 1,700 x 1,300mm (66.9 x 51.2in). All customary outer liners, whether coated or uncoated, are printed in exceptional quality. This combination of high quality and maximum throughput is a key distinguishing feature of the CorruJET. As the sheet infeed was designed for a hard-edge sheet orientation, it can be combined easily with typical peripheral equipment (pre-feeder, stacker) and harmonises with the standard logistics of every corrugated board plant. The incorporation of a coating unit provides for gloss or matt coating of the four-colour images printed using water-based inks.

    Digital printing Market References & Showcases
    news-1315 Tue, 26 Feb 2019 11:02:23 +0100 Arab Printing Press modernises its printing options https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/aktuality/details/article/arab-printing-press-modernisiert-druckkapazitaeten/
  • Four-colour Rapida 106 with inline coating and perfecting went into production in January
  • Regular investments in sheetfed offset technology from Koenig & Bauer
  • Certification to international standards
  • Efficient production and high ecological standards  
  • Nabil Asmar (left), chairman and general manager of RAK Paper & Board, Koenig & Bauer’s sales partner in Lebanon, handed the new Rapida 106 over the Elie Raphaël, chairman and general manager of Arab Printing Press (1)
    Arab Printing Press in the industrial city of Sid El Bauchrieh near Beirut has been using Koenig & Bauer technology for decades. At the beginning of 2019, another press joined the growing list – a Rapida 106 with four printing units, inline coater, extended delivery and a perfecting unit for 2/2 production. Given the positive experience with the predecessor press, an eight-colour Rapida 106 for 4-over-4 perfecting installed in 2014, and in particular the extremely efficient and cost-effective production enjoyed ever since, it was only logical that the company chose this high-performance medium-format press again.

    Arab Printing Press was founded in 1968 and today counts 110 employees. The product portfolio covers books (e.g. text books), labels, packaging and commercial work of all kinds. The demands placed on the company’s machinery base are correspondingly diverse. Alongside the aforementioned eight-colour Rapida 106, the press hall also accommodates a two-colour Rapida 104 and a five-colour Rapida 105. The new Rapida 106 is thus the fourth medium-format press. Its enormous productivity enables the replacement of two older presses.

    The efficiency of the new press enables the replacement of two older presses (2)

    Fast job changeover with DriveTronic SPC

    The Rapida 106 is designed to handle substrates from 0.04 to 1.2 mm at production speeds up to 18,000 sheets/hr. As was already the case with the previous eight-colour model, the new press is able to change all the plates simultaneously thanks to DriveTronic SPC. Further outstanding automation features are DriveTronic Plate Ident and CleanTronic washing systems for the blankets, impression cylinders and rollers. Mention must also be made of EES (Emission Extraction System) and energy-saving VariDryBlue IR/hot-air dryers in the delivery and extended delivery. To manage print quality, the Rapida 106 is equipped with ErgoTronic ColorControl, where the use of narrow colour bars with a height of just 3 mm enables optimum utilisation of the sheet format. Register control is realised with ErgoTronic ICR.

    Arab Printing Press produces for local and international markets. The company operates through several subsidiaries, including a sales office in Great Britain and two further printing facilities. Production is organised very efficiently and complies with numerous international standards. Arab Printing Press is certified to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, FSC, UN Global Compact and SEDEX.

    ErgoTronic ColorControl serves to manage print quality at the console of the Rapida 106(3)

    Ecological production

    Arab Printing Press was one of the first industrial companies in Lebanon to install solar panels on its roof (4)
    Besides quality, ecological aspects are priority concerns for Arab Printing Press, which was one of the first industrial companies in Lebanon to install solar panels on its hall roof. Ecological considerations were already placed in the foreground ahead of the installation of the eight-colour press five years ago. Criteria for the purchase were its minimised environmental impact, low powder and alcohol consumption, and quiet running. Energy consumption was reduced by 45 per cent compared to the predecessor press. That translates to an annual cost saving of almost €25,000 ($28,000) and a reduction of 118 tonnes in CO2 emissions.

    Arab Printing Press is active not only in sheetfed offset, but also in digital and 3D printing. The total production space in Sid El Bauchrieh amounts to 5,500 m2. In future, too, the prime objective for the Lebanese print specialists is to combine production efficiency with the highest possible ecological standards.

    Sheetfed offset Market References & Showcases
    news-1313 Fri, 22 Feb 2019 12:42:10 +0100 Young talent for the print industry of tomorrow https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/aktuality/details/article/junge-talente-fuer-die-druckindustrie-von-morgen/
  • Advancement award for up-and-coming engineering scientists
  • Three students honoured for their outstanding research contributions
  • Scientific papers on trends in the print industry  
  • High accolades for gifted engineering students: On 22nd February 2019, the Dr. Hans and Benno Bolza Foundation honoured this year’s recipients of its advancement award for outstanding contributions to the engineering sciences. The award, which is endowed with a total of €8,500, was shared by three graduates from the University of Wuppertal and the Technical University of Munich. The foundation is named after the two great-grandsons of industry pioneer Friedrich Koenig, who designed and built the first mechanical printing press in 1814.

    Happy faces after presentation of this year’s advancement awards of the Dr. Hans and Benno Bolza Foundation (l-r): Trustees Prof. Dr. Volker Lohweg, Dr. Christian Maas, award winner Dr. Daniel Bohn, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Urban, award winner Alesia Ivanovskaia, Dr. Thomas Leicht, award winner Charlotte Wendler, foundation board member Jürgen Bode, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Becherer, Foundation board chairman Claus Bolza-Schünemann

    Foundation board chairman Claus Bolza-Schünemann presented the award for the best contribution to Dr. Daniel Bohn from the University of Wuppertal. His thesis describes the development of an illumination-independent method of white point adjustment for proof processes. The board of trustees praised especially the methodical approach of the research, the quality of the results and the particular relevance for the print industry. “Dr. Daniel Bohn’s work stands out well above other theses in terms of both ambition and quality,” explained laudator Prof. Dr. Volker Lohweg. The award for the second-placed paper was shared by Master graduates Alesia Ivankovskaia and Charlotte Wendler from the Technical University of Munich. Their projects also dealt with topics of great future interest for the branch, namely “Fine-line and multilayer screen printing of sensor electrodes” and “Future opportunities for printed electronics. In their laudations, trustees Dr. Christian Maas and Dr. Thomas Leicht spoke highly of the constant and outstanding quality of both papers.

    The two name-givers of the foundation belong to the entrepreneur family which has stood at the helm of printing press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer since the 19th century. Hans and Benno Bolza were great-grandsons of company founder Friedrich Koenig, and foundation board chairman Claus Bolza-Schünemann today controls the fortunes of the company as a representative of the sixth generation. “The over 200-year history of Koenig & Bauer has been a history of pioneering spirit, courage and innovative strength,” he said in his address to the three award winners. “Not least for that reason, we are proud to support young students and scientists whose research adds new facets to the development of printing.”

    The annual advancement award of the Dr. Hans and Benno Bolza Foundation honours exceptional scientific papers in the fields of mechanical and electrical engineering. The focus is placed above all on work with practical relevance or applications in press manufacture and associated technologies for the printing industry.

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