KBA News Feed http://www.koenig-bauer.com/ cs Koenig & Bauer AG Mon, 20 Aug 2018 03:05:56 +0200 Mon, 20 Aug 2018 03:05:56 +0200 news-1101 Thu, 09 Aug 2018 10:14:58 +0200 Koenig & Bauer showcases large-format 4-over-4 perfecting https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/aktuality/details/article/koenig-bauer-informiert-ueber-4-ueber-4-druck-im-grossformat/
  • Presentations from 4th to 7th September in Radebeul
  • World premiere: LED-UV technology for large-format 4-over-4 production
  • Autonomous printing
  • Processing of reel and sheet stocks with large-format reel-sheeter  

    “Large Format meets LED-UV” is the banner under which Koenig & Bauer is inviting interested commercial printers to presentations of an eight-colour Rapida 145 perfector press from 4th to 7th September. Introductory lectures and extensive practical demonstrations will provide insights into technologies to make 4-over-4 production even more efficient.

    Koenig & Bauer will be showcasing a highly automated eight-colour Rapida 145 for 4-over-4 perfecting at the beginning of September (1)

    The fully automated press runs perfecting production with sheets up to format 106 x 145 cm and at speeds up to 15,000 sheets per hour. Highlights of the demonstrations include the autonomous printing of flyers, brochures and other typical web-to-print products – also in AutoRun mode. As a world premiere in large format, the eight-colour perfector press features LED-UV drying technology. A reel sheeter, furthermore, enables the alternating use of reel and sheet stocks. Tailored solutions for networked production in large-format commercial printing, such as the Rapida LiveApps, the Optimus Dash MIS, LogoTronic Professional and Connected Services, round off the agenda.

    World premiere: LED-UV drying for large-format 4-over-4 production (2)

    Print professionals interested in attending the presentations can obtain an invitation and all further information through the local sheetfed offset sales partners of Koenig & Bauer.

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    news-1095 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 06:58:00 +0200 Strong order intake of €454.4m in the second quarter https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/aktuality/details/article/starker-auftragseingang-von-4544-mio-EUR-im-zweiten-quartal/
  • 17.2% rise in orders in H1
  • Large orders in security printing and order gains in packaging printing
  • Greater accumulation of deliveries in H2 than in the previous year
  • EBIT below prior year due to delivery-related lower revenue
  • With a book-to-bill ratio of 1.37 order backlog grows to an extraordinarily high €805.8m
  • Good cash flows from operating activities of €17.4m
  • Equity ratio of 35.6%    
  • With order intake reaching a particularly high €454.4m in the second quarter and the order backlog rising to €805.8m at the end of the first half, the Koenig & Bauer Group is on track to meet its targets for 2018. Strong security business and more orders in packaging printing caused order intake to rise by 17.2% to €705.3m in the first half of 2018 (2017: €601.9m). Driven by the good Q2 figure of €297.1m, group revenue came to €514.4m but fell short of the previous year’s figure of €538.9m due to the even greater accumulation of delivery dates in the second half of the year. This was also reflected in EBIT, which at €10.6m was lower than in 2017 (€16.3m).

    World premiere: Ipress 106 K PRO flatbed die-cutter with proven feeder of Rapida presses for the growing folding carton market (1)

    Sheetfed expands market leadership in large-format

    The Sheetfed segment reached a strong order intake of €326.3m, exactly matching the previous year’s figure, which had been influenced by the Print China fair. President and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “Substantial growth was achieved in large-format cardboard printing. As the world market leader in folding carton printing, we are benefiting from heightened capital spending of the international packaging printers.” EBIT of €7.7m was below the previous year’s figure (€12.1m) due to the delivery-related decline in revenue from €307.8m in 2017 to €283m.

    Despite the encouraging growth in new business in flexible packaging, orders in Digital & Web (€84.7m) were slightly down on the previous year (€85.7m) due to fewer orders for newspaper web presses and services. In addition to the market-entry costs for corrugated and flexible packaging in particular, EBIT was significantly burdened by the decline in revenue from €68.3m to €55.8m. CFO Mathias Dähn: “This was materially due to the decline in revenue from digital printing presses as a result of subdued demand. However, we see significantly greater short and medium-term potential in the large corrugated and foil printing markets, which are expanding at above-average rates. The targeted expenses required for future growth will leave traces on our cost position, exerting pressure on segment earnings.”

    Driven by large orders in security printing and growth in marking and coding, order intake in the Special segment rose by 52.8% to €330.6m (2017: €216.3m). With revenue rising slightly from €189.2m to €195m, EBIT came to €14.4m, thus matching the previous year’s figure (€14.6m). President and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “With the major order received from Giesecke+Devrient for the delivery of several press lines for the production of ultra-secure banknotes in Egypt, we have a high degree of capacity utilisation in security printing until well into 2019.”

    Strong financial and balance sheet profile

    Cash flows from operating activities rose substantially over the previous year (€–20m) to €17.4m. The free cash flow was burdened by the final payment instalment of €34.8m made in Q1 for the external funding of a part of the pension provisions. In addition to net liquidity of €48.1m and securities of €14.6m that can be liquidated at any time, the group also has access to syndicated credit facilities. The equity ratio stood at 35.6% at the end of the first half of 2018.

    Following expected customer acceptance, delivery of digital CorruJET sheetfed press to a well-known corrugated printer (2)

    Group targets for 2018

    In 2018, the management board expects to achieve organic growth of around 4% in group revenue and an EBIT margin of around 7%. With many projects still in the pipeline in all business fields, the forecast is based on the high order backlog of €805.8m as of the end of the first half year together with further progress being made in the group-wide service initiative and the cost-cutting projects in security printing, purchasing and production. These projects should cause earnings to rise by €70m over 2016 by 2021.

    CFO Mathias Dähn: “The achievement of the targets 2018 requires the execution of orders on time in the second half of the year and particularly in Q4 with the accumulation of press installations. Given the high capacity utilisation and external and internal delivery bottlenecks in parts, this is a challenging task to which we pay particular attention. However, we consider it to be particularly important to utilise the opportunities for growth being offered by the market in new press business in order to widen the installed base as the foundation for further growth in service business.”

    Medium-term goals until 2021

    Depending on global economy, end markets and the necessary investments in growth, management is targeting a group-wide organic revenue growth rate of around 4% p.a. and an EBIT margin of between 4% and 9% by 2021. Product innovations in corrugated printing and 2-piece can decorating are not included in the medium-term targets, neither revenue nor costs. President and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “In addition to our printing, finishing, coding and postpress solutions for cardboard, banknotes, cans, glass and hollow containers and other products, we are particularly focusing on corrugated board and flexible packaging. With the focus on the growing packaging printing, we want to boost our revenue and profitability as well as the stability of our business on a sustained basis.”      

    Figures at a glance 

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


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    news-1091 Thu, 26 Jul 2018 13:43:32 +0200 Management change at Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/aktuality/details/article/wechsel-in-der-fuehrung-bei-koenig-bauer-flexotecnica/
  • Optimal utilisation of sales and service network
  • New product portfolio at Flexotecnica
  • Growth market flexo
  • Strong management team in Tavazzano complete
  • Dr Peter Lechner has been at the helm of Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica as new CEO since May (1)

    Dr Peter Lechner is the new CEO at Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica. As planned, he takes over from Christoph Müller, who moves to the company's supervisory board as chairman. “Peter Lechner has many years of experience in the field of flexible packaging. He will continue on the positive path of Flexotecnica and achieve our ambitious goals,” says Christoph Müller, Flexotecnica supervisory board chairman and member of the executive board at Koenig & Bauer. Peter Lechner previously held leading positions at companies in Germany, the USA and the Czech Republic. In the coming years Flexotecnica will focus on making the best possible use of Koenig & Bauer's strong service and sales network and even expanding its flexible packaging activities. The cooperation between the various business units at Koenig & Bauer has already proved its worth. Peter Lechner, CEO at Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica: “Our order books are full. This year a raft of presses we have sold will go into operation worldwide. Especially in the field of flexible packaging, our Evo series is in great demand.”

    A strong team at Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica (l-r): Moreno Melegatti, head of technology; Joachim Barthelme, COO; Dr Peter Lechner, CEO; Stefano Squarcina, sales director; Giorgio Fantino, CFO; Stefano Magnone, technical director (2)

    A strong team in Tavazzano

    Flexotecnica has improved the technological level of its presses over the past 18 months and now its existing product portfolio is expected to be expanded. A new press is to be introduced to the market by the end of this year. “I think we have a very strong team at Flexotecnica. The goal is, of course, to use these prerequisites in order to be able to implement the planned growth in the market,” says Lechner. Flexo printing is growing at an average rate of four to five percent worldwide, and in some regions even faster. Increased print quality, based on mature prepress and press technology, plays a key role here.

    Looking confidently to the future (l-r): Giorgio Fantino, CFO; Dr Peter Lechner, CEO; Joachim Barthelme, COO (3)

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    news-1088 Wed, 25 Jul 2018 10:17:03 +0200 Koenig & Bauer rotary die-cutter scoops supplier award in the category Innovation https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/aktuality/details/article/rotationsstanze-von-koenig-bauer-erhaelt-supplier-award-in-der-kategorie-innovation/
  • onour by one of the big users
  • Extremely high die-cutting speeds of up to 15,000 sheets/h
  • Shortest makeready times for economical die-cutting of short runs
  • On 19 June, the Edelmann Group, one of the leading German packaging manufacturers and system suppliers with locations in Europe, Asia and North and South America, presented its first Supplier Awards. One prize was awarded each in the categories innovation, logistics and cooperation. Koenig & Bauer received the Supplier Award in the category innovation for the Rapida RDC 106 rotary die-cutter, which has been in operation at Edelmann’s Heidenheim site since mid-2017. With this award, the company honoured ground-breaking postpress technology that makes the die cutting process faster and more economical, and at the same time calls for a rethink in the process workflows.

    [Translate to český:] V.l.n.r. Mario Gerber, Senior Sales Manager Postpress, Johannes Naumann, Konstruktionsleiter, und Ralf Sammeck, Geschäftsführer KBA-Sheetfed, freuen sich über die Auszeichnung der Rapida RDC 106 durch die Edelmann Group

    Ralf Sammeck, CEO of KBA-Sheetfed Solutions and Koenig & Bauer board member, is delighted: “We are extremely honoured to receive such an award from one of our major users. The award shows that we meet the expectations of the market and act in a customer-orientated manner.”

    Edelmann operates a Rapida RDC 106 with two die-cutting units for cutting and creasing as well as an additional stripping unit. Compared to flatbed die-cutters, it is characterized by extremely high die-cutting speeds of up to 15,000 sheets per hour. Last year a Rapida RDC 106 broke the world record for die-cutting self-adhesive labels at 17,000sph. In addition, extremely short makeready times ensure significantly higher performance and productivity. The Rapida RDC 106 is economical for both long and short runs.

    In addition to rotary die cutters, Koenig & Bauer also offers Optima flatbed die cutters in medium format and the Ipress in medium and large formats. The company has thus evolved from a classic manufacturer of printing presses to a systems provider in the postpress sector.

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    news-1081 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:36:19 +0200 Lecturers from Egyptian educational institutions visit Koenig & Bauer https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/aktuality/details/article/dozenten-aegyptischer-bildungseinrichtungen-informieren-sich-bei-koenig-bauer/
  • Basis for knowledge exchange created amongst educational institutions
  • Lectures, workshops and printshop visit
  • Strong interest and lively discussions
  • In July university lecturers from Egypt visited Koenig & Bauer in Radebeul near Dresden to learn more about cutting-edge, effective and resource-saving printing technology. The aim of the one-week event was to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of current solutions and concepts and to create a basis for the interactive exchange of knowledge at the educational institutions.

    Happy faces after an interesting and intensive training week: Lecturers from Egyptian educational institutions proudly present their certificates

    The training program included print demonstrations, factory tours and practical workshops. The teachers familiarised themselves with automation solutions on the Rapida 106 as part of the week’s practical part. Other workshops looked at inline measurement and control technology on sheetfed offset presses, the Rapida RDC 106 rotary die cutter and flatbed die cutters from KBA-Iberica. Naturally, the participants also visited a printing company that operates sheetfed offset technology from Koenig & Bauer.

    The program was supplemented by a presentation on know-how transfer by the Dresden Chamber of Industry and Commerce and information from Commerzbank on financing investment goods.

    The training course was organised with the key support of the Egyptian Chamber of Printing in Cairo and printshop El Safa, a large packaging printer which operates Koenig & Bauer presses in Alexandria. It is seen as a continuation of intensified market development with the new sales partner Sidhom. The participants came from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport, the General Organization for Government Printing Offices (Al Amiriya Printing House), Akhbar El-Yom Academy, Helwan University, the High Institute of Applied Arts, the Egyptian Armed Forces, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Pharos University and Alexandria University.

    Sven Strzelczyk, sales director at Koenig & Bauer, is pleased with the broad level of interest in the event: “Our goal was to inform the visitors about what role we in Saxony can play in modernising the graphic arts industry in Egypt.“ Lively discussions showed that the visitors and lecturers enjoyed the varied itinerary.

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    news-1072 Tue, 10 Jul 2018 12:38:55 +0200 Next Cortina comes on stream at ICP-Roto on La Réunion https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/aktuality/details/article/weitere-cortina-geht-planmaessig-bei-icp-roto-auf-la-reunion-in-betrieb/
  • Waterless in the Indian Ocean
  • Production flexibility through variable web widths
  • Process optimisation with waterless technology
  • Modern press hall for new Cortina  

    Happy faces at the official ceremony (l-r): Bernd Hillebrand, sales manager KBA-Digital & Web; Pierre Pommier, KBA-France; Alfred Chane-Pane, managing director ICP-Roto industrie graphique; Georg Zitterbart, printing instructor KBA-Digital & Web; Philippe Van Damme, technical director ICP-Roto industrie graphique; Gerold Dornbusch, commissioning engineer KBA-Digital & Web; Peter Benz, project manager KBA-Digital & Web (3)

    ICP-Roto industrie graphique, a highly respected commercial and newspaper printing house on the island of La Réunion, celebrated its new Cortina from Koenig & Bauer with an official ceremony. Some 300 guests attended the press’ official start-up. “The new Cortina is the centrepiece of our printing house. Our whole team is incredibly proud of the new press. Once again, Koenig & Bauer and our team worked together perfectly on its installation and commissioning,” says managing director and owner Alfred Chane-Pane. The installation of the press line also confirms the importance the company’s management attaches to ecological concerns on an island where the tourism industry dominates. Alfred Chane-Pane: “Environmental protection is a matter dear to our hearts. Given that it eliminates the need for dampening units and all the associated additives, Cortina technology is ideal for the eco-friendly production of many very sophisticated products.” Installed in a new modern press hall, the Cortina has already taken over a large proportion of the company’s overall production.

    The team from ICP-Roto industrie graphique in front of their new Cortina (2)

    High degree of automation for simple handling

    The Cortina comprises an automatic reelstand, an ultra-compact printing tower, an efficient hot-air dryer system, a flexible superstructure and two semi-commercial jaw folders. This impressive press line incorporates numerous automation modules such as the Patras A reel-loading system, automatic plate and circumference change, CleanTronic washing systems and RollerTronic roller locks, as well as colour and cut-off register controls. “The Cortina is definitely much easier to operate than conventional offset presses,” says technical director Philippe Van Damme.

    The new Cortina from Koenig & Bauer at ICP-Roto industrie graphique, Le Port / La Réunion (1)

    Process optimisation with waterless technology

    The Cortina waterless printing technology permits not only sharper print details and finer screen rulings, but also hybrid production options and seamless switchovers between heatset and coldset production. Full utilisation of these strengths have already been factored in for the future, not least through preparations for expansion with a further coldset web. Through the elimination of dampening units and ink keys, Cortina technology is predestined for applications with variable web widths. This production flexibility facilitates the printing of a broad diversity of job types, such as magazines, brochures and supplements in a standard magazine format, as well as flyers in attractive special formats, alongside traditional tabloid-format newspapers and newspaper-like products. Thanks to the two folders, high-capacity 4-up production is an interesting possibility, and even 8-up production is possible with special formats.  

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    news-1070 Fri, 06 Jul 2018 13:42:00 +0200 Koenig & Bauer on-site vocational school celebrates 150 years https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/aktuality/details/article/150-jahre-werkberufsschule-koenig-bauer/
  • Koenig & Bauer vocational school‘s 150th anniversary
  • The world’s first vocational school is the cradle of dual vocational training
  • Testimony of social innovation in every era
  • Mirror of technical and didactic development
  • Actively tackling the shortage of skilled workers
  • Forward-thinking role in the digitalisation of apprenticeship structures  
  • Recognition of the vocational school's long history: 200 special guests, employees and trainees attend the anniversary ceremony on 6 July 2018 in the Koenig & Bauer demo centre in Würzburg (3)

    Some 200 guests, staff and pupils celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Koenig & Bauer on-site vocational school in Würzburg on 6 July 2018. Initially founded to train Franconian winegrowers to work in the factory, today the school is the company’s modern “talent factory”. The close link between theory and practice was a successful model that made history: in 1868 Koenig & Bauer set up the world's first in-house vocational school to establish dual apprenticeships long before state vocational schools took off. “As a new-generation teaching facility, today the vocational training school prepares tomorrow’s skilled workers for the challenges of a digitalised world,” says Claus Bolza-Schünemann, president and CEO of Koenig & Bauer at the ceremony in Würzburg.

    High commendation for commitment to vocational education and training: Koenig & Bauer CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann (left) and vocational school director Reinhard Munz (2nd left) received a certificate of honour from the Würzburg-Schweinfurt Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) on the occasion of the school's 150th anniversary from Otto Kirchner, president of IHK district (2nd right), and Max Martin Deinhard, deputy managing director of IHK district (2)

    A vocational school steeped in tradition

    When Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Bauer, the two company founders, set up a printing press factory in Oberzell Monastery at the beginning of the 19th century, the region around Würzburg was mainly characterised by winegrowing. There was a distinct lack of suitable factory workers to put a modern division of labour into practice in the industrial sense. The logical consequence for Friedrich Koenig, son of the founder’s father, was to establish a factory training school, the first of its kind in the world. Apart from a few interruptions during the two world wars, Koenig & Bauer has since trained future young skilled workers in a wide variety of crafts and technical professions. Since its foundation on July 2, 1868, well over 7,000 people have taken the first steps in their professional careers at the vocational school. In its anniversary year, it is responsible for the qualification of 120 apprentices.

    Testimony to social innovation

    Regional council president Dr Paul Beinhofer outlines the development of the vocational school and underlines the social commitment of the company in his speech (4)
    Dr Paul Beinhofer, district president of Lower Franconia, praised the special commitment to the creation and development of the company’s own vocational training school, which has been “supported and enriched by the company management’s social and humanitarian responsibility for more than 150 years”. The vocational school is one of several social innovations which show that Koenig & Bauer was well ahead of the times in the 19th century. It has been a state-approved private school under the supervision of the government of Lower Franconia since 1993. It currently trains apprentices in foundry mechanics, industrial mechanics, mechanical design engineering, electromechanics and metalworking. Furthermore, in cooperation with the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University, the Koenig & Bauer vocational school also supports students of dual bachelor degree programs in the fields of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and mechatronics. With a 100 per cent takeover rate, Koenig & Bauer underlines the quality of its own talent forge and secures the next generation of skilled workers in the region. “Company loyalty is an important factor of social interaction in our economy and stabilizes quality of life in our society,” Beinhofer emphasises.

    Specialist training guarantee

    Dr Eberhard Sasse, president of the Bavarian Assembly of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, refers to the great importance of vocational training in view of the shortage of skilled workers (5)
    Against the background of the rising trend of unfilled apprenticeship places, Dr Eberhard Sasse, president of the Bavarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BIHK), emphasised the development and career opportunities of young people embarking on the path of vocational training: “The German economy is very nearly desperately looking for well-trained specialists.” He praised the company's initiative to actively tackle the shortage of skilled workers - and this for 150 years. They have done what sets Koenig & Bauer apart: They looked at a problem and developed a visionary solution,“ said Sasse when addressing the managing board and the company’s forefathers. The success of the past decades shows that the apprenticeship program has been well received by trainees. Koenig & Bauer graduates regularly take the first places in IHK (Chamber of Industry and Commerce) examinations, including best of state and Germany.

    The on-site vocational school is the company's 'talent factory' (standing left to right): Claus Bolza-Schünemann, president and CEO Koenig & Bauer, Reinhard Munz, director of vocational school, Dr Paul Beinhofer, president of the regional council of Lower Franconia, Dr. Eberhard Sasse, president of the Bavarian Assembly of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and Manuel Eisenmann, headmaster of the vocational school as of the school year 2018/19 together with the school's apprentices (1)

    Exemplary education

    In addition to the school’s good facilities and variety of opportunities, the trainees also appreciate the feeling of working at a company steeped in tradition. Koenig & Bauer is a prime example of the development of vocational education and training. “Thanks to its excellent management and committed specialist teachers, the vocational school has constantly reinvented itself in line with state-of-the-art technical developments,” says CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann. Today it functions as the “learning factory” of industry 4.0 and unites people and technology. The close connection between theory and practice also enables a lean transition from training to production and assembly - a training model that, according to school principal Reinhard Munz, will continue to exist in the future: “Currently, there is immense need for technically highly qualified specialists to implement new projects in the course of the digital revolution.”  

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    news-1067 Tue, 03 Jul 2018 10:00:13 +0200 S.E.M. and Koenig & Bauer enter alliance https://cz.koenig-bauer.com/aktuality/details/article/sem-und-koenig-bauer-gehen-kooperation-ein/
  • Expanding service business
  • Product portfolio extended
  • Long-term partnership  
  • After signing the partnership agreement (l-r): Janos Györösi, operations manager S.E.M Servicegesellschaft; Thomas Bergmann, head of service management KBA-Digital & Web Solutions; Achim Trenkner, managing director S.E.M Servicegesellschaft; Thomas Potzkai, head of service and project management KBA-Digital & Web Solutions; Michael Braun, contract management KBA-Digital & Web Solutions; Tim Arnheiter, managing director S.E.M. Servicegesellschaft

    Koenig & Bauer is expanding its product portfolio in response to service business expansions and strong customer demand. In cooperation with S.E.M. Servicegesellschaft, the press manufacturer will offer almost all services concerning printing presses to customers in the future. “We have worked well and successfully with S.E.M. in the past and building on this partnership was the next logical step. Our customers want the opportunity to have one contact person for their entire print shop. We can now offer this together with S.E.M.,” says Thomas Potzkai, head of service at Koenig & Bauer. This alliance of both companies is geared towards longer-term commitment. Achim Trenkner, managing director of S.E.M. Servicegesellschaft: “The goal of our alliance is clear – we want to work the market proactively together, with services ranging from general upkeep, maintenance and technical press cleaning. Together we now see ourselves as a full-service provider.“ The fields of activity of both companies are clearly separated from each other and complement each other in an ideal way.

    S.E.M: Electrical engineering - mechanics - maintenance

    S.E.M Servicegesellschaft für Elektrik und Mechanik GmbH was founded in Ludwigshafen, Germany, in 1979. The company expanded beyond Ludwigshafen for the first time in 2006. It won jobs in Bremerhaven, Crailsheim, Minden, Darmstadt, Regensburg and many other German cities. In the meantime, S.E.M. has developed into a nationwide company with almost 300 employees and several locations. The company offers maintenance, electrotechnical installations in the industrial and commercial sector as well as technical machine cleaning.

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