Koenig & Bauer News Feed https://www.koenig-bauer.com/ en Koenig & Bauer AG Sat, 27 Feb 2021 08:39:12 +0100 Sat, 27 Feb 2021 08:39:12 +0100 news-1907 Thu, 25 Feb 2021 19:50:56 +0100 Koenig & Bauer achieves revenue of more than €1bn in 2020 – slight organic revenue growth and balanced EBIT expected in 2021 http://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/koenig-bauer-achieves-revenue-of-more-than-eur1bn-in-2020-slight-organic-revenue-growth-and-balanced-ebit-expected-in-2021/ Koenig & Bauer AG, Würzburg (“Koenig & Bauer”, WKN: 719 350 / ISIN: DE0007193500) announces that on the basis of its preliminary and as yet unaudited figures it achieved group revenue of €1,029m and preliminary consolidated earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of -€68m in the 2020 financial year. Adjusted for special items, preliminary consolidated EBIT stands at -€19m.

This means that Group revenue is significantly above the forecast issued for the 2020 financial year, which had indicated a figure of between €900 and 950m. Adjusted EBIT was also better than the forecast negative EBIT before special items of a figure in the mid-double-digit millions.

The reason for the higher revenue and the corresponding effect on EBIT is the adjustment to the group’s internal revenue recognition policy. In the course of preparing the consolidated financial statements, the company decided, after consultation with its new auditors, to retrospectively apply the group’s revised revenue recognition policy, which had previously been announced on 28 September 2020. The change also applies retroactively to the previous year’s figures, with the result that revenue from earlier periods, including the corresponding EBIT effects, are shifted into the future.

Under the revised revenue recognition policy, revenue from new printing presses is predominantly not recognised until the presses are placed in operation. “We expect to reduce volatility in revenue recognition of our new printing press business with the new accounting policy. This should also permit more balanced budgeting in the future. The retrospective adjustment gives us improved transparency and comparability with previous years,” says Dr Stephen Kimmich, CFO at Koenig & Bauer AG.

As a result of the adjustments, Group revenue increased by around €51m net and consolidated EBIT by around €8m in 2020. The table below shows the impact of the change in the revenue recognition policy on selected Group key figures:

€ m 2019 old 2019 new 2020 old 2020 new
Revenue 1,219 1,246 978 1,029
EBIT 56 70 -76 -68

In addition to the aforementioned positive effect from the changes to revenue recognition (+€8m), reported consolidated EBIT for the 2020 financial year includes other non-recurring effects that have already been communicated: exceptional expenses in connection with the “P24x” efficiency programme (-€58m) and exceptional income from the successful outcome of a legal dispute (€4m) and from the sale of real estate in Frankenthal (€5m).

Slight organic revenue growth and balanced EBIT expected for 2021

On the basis of its preliminary figures, Koenig & Bauer registered a full-year order intake of around €975m in the 2020 financial year, 14.5% lower than in 2019 (€1,141m). The decline was thus less pronounced than the 21.9% drop in order intake for printing presses published by industry association VDMA. Order intake in the fourth quarter came to €262m, continuing the recovery that had emerged in the second half of 2020.

Despite the still limited forward visibility with respect to the Covid-19 pandemic on the Koenig & Bauer Group’s business environment and the travel restrictions currently in place due to the pandemic, the company anticipates slight growth in business in 2021.  This projection is based on the assumption that progress made in vaccinations that also provide protection from the covid-19 virus mutations will lead to a lifting of Covid-19 restrictions. The lower decline in order intake in 2020 compared to the industry as a whole is seen as a solid starting point for the new financial year under the prevailing Covid-19 conditions.

Against this backdrop, Koenig & Bauer projects slight organic revenue growth of around 4% to €1,070m in 2021.  On the earnings side, it expects to break even at the EBIT level in 2021 following the successful launch of the P24x efficiency programme and the planned savings effects.  That said, the reimposed travel restrictions – not least of all due to the emergence of mutations of the Covid-19 virus – will continue to exert pressure in the first quarter of 2021.

As forecast, the implementation of the P24x programme will leave traces on free cash flow in 2021, resulting in a negative free cash flow in the mid double-digit millions. 

Koenig & Bauer confirms its medium-term targets of revenue of €1.3bn, an EBIT margin of at least 7% and a reduction in net working capital to a maximum of 25% of annual revenue, which is to be achieved after the completion of the P24x efficiency programme.

P24x efficiency programme successfully launched

Announced at the end of September 2020, the “P24” efficiency programme aims to achieve increasing annual cost savings in the order of more than €100m by 2024 – while continuing and accelerating all innovation processes as well as new process and product developments. In the fourth quarter of 2020, preliminary activities to implement the efficiency programme were successfully launched and particularly focused on purchasing and process consolidation across individual business units.

The current focus is on the staff layoffs defined under P24x. In the short and medium term this will affect 700 to 900 jobs in the Koenig & Bauer Group. In this connection, the company is in negotiations with employee representatives on the specific and, as far as possible, socially acceptable form that the layoffs are to take. 

After implementing the measures planned for 2021, Koenig & Bauer anticipates that a good 60% of the total cost savings will take effect in 2022. Following the completion of the measures planned for 2022 under the efficiency programme, some 90% of the total targeted cost savings should be noticeable in 2023.

“P24x is our road back to the planned group growth in the medium term. We are focusing on packaging and a portfolio strategy in attractive markets, on strong research and development, on synergistic effects in production and on the further development of our service business to improve our customers’ total cost of ownership,” says Dr Andreas Pleßke, spokesman for Koenig & Bauer’s Management Board.

Koenig & Bauer will be publishing its audited financial statements and annual report for 2020 on 24 March 2021.

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news-1905 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 12:40:00 +0100 Envases Mexico receives the award “High Performance Metal Decorator of the Year 2020” http://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/envases-mexico-receives-the-award-high-performance-metal-decorator-of-the-year-2020/
  • First installation of a six-colour Mailänder 280 UV printing and coating line
  • Combination of three production steps secures ultimate efficiency
  • High-end configuration with UV drying and inline coatin
  • Ever since 2013, Koenig & Bauer has presented an annual “High Performance Metal Decorator of the Year” award. The award was established to honour customers who use the company’s products to demonstrate achievement beyond the scope of everyday performance in the field of metal decorating. Over the years, the coveted prize was picked up by companies such as PT United Can Company from Indonesia, Glud & Marstrand from Denmark, Ball Corporation from the USA and LITALSA from Spain, to name just a few.

    Plant manager Carlos Calderon and his team were deservedly proud to receive the award (1)

    In 2020, the award jury vote fell in favour of Mexican packaging specialist Envases Mexico.

    With the installation of the first six-colour Mailänder 280 UV printing and coating line, Envases Mexico has set new standards for the world of metal decorating when it comes to the optimisation of production processes. The new line permits three production steps to be rolled into one and is thus exceptionally efficient and cost-effective.

    The “High Performance Metal Decorator of the Year” award (3)

    Operation of such a complex production line is a demanding task and calls for a well-organised printshop, as well as experienced and properly trained personnel with passion for the work they do. Those were also the credentials which helped Envases Mexico to a clear majority when Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint weighed up the nominations for “High Performance Metal Decorator of the Year 2020”. The award jury comprises the CSO, the project engineers, the head of product management and the regional sales directors.

    The six-colour UV printing and coating line is the longest Mailänder 280 line which has ever been built. The configuration is unique. The line incorporates UV drying systems, a MetalCoat 480 inline coating machine and the very latest sheet handling equipment.

    The six-colour UV printing and coating line is the longest Mailänder 280 line installed to date

    Envases Mexico uses the line primarily for the decoration of metal sheets up to a thickness of 0.455 mm for industrial packaging. That is also why a Mailänder 280 was chosen. Thanks to its robust design, the Mailänder 280 is ideally suited for production with thicker sheets.

    The Envases Group is one of the largest packaging producers in the world. It operates three packaging divisions: food and industrial packaging, aluminium beverage packaging and PET packaging. With 72 production facilities on four continents, Envases has grown enormously over the past few years. The group also includes the former Danish company Glud & Marstrand, which itself won the award in 2017, and the German Huber Group, which Envases acquired only in recent weeks.

    The Covid pandemic unfortunately means that we are unable to present the award in person.
    Therefore, we congratulate Envases Mexico from afar for the time being and look forward to an official presentation in the accustomed manner as soon as circumstances permit.

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    news-1899 Mon, 15 Feb 2021 15:33:00 +0100 Marshall & Bruce Accentuates Packaging Market With Its New Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 41-Inch Seven-Color Press http://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/marshall-bruce-accentuates-packaging-market-with-its-new-koenig-bauer-rapida-106-41-inch-seven-color-press/
  • Versatile customer-focused packaging producer continues explosive sales growth
  • Increased demand for faster turnaround, high quality, color specific packaging for nationwide clientele
  • Cites Koenig & Bauer’s steadfast relationship and advocacy as well as technologically-advanced innovative press manufacturing
  • In today’s evolving business environment, successful corporate owners need to make decisive moves in unison with the marketplace. Chip Smith, president of Marshall & Bruce, can be counted among these visionary owners. As the printing industry has shifted, Smith, with the support of his brother Dudley, recalibrated his Nashville business from primarily a commercial shop to a packaging producer, in which he has increased his nationwide base of clients in such industries as health and beauty, personal care, and office supply to 80% of his packaging and blister card output and maintained 20% of his commercial work.

    The reward? His firm’s explosive sales growth has prompted him to add a new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 41-inch seven-color press---his fourth from the leading sheetfed offset press manufacturer---to accommodate his increased workload. The new press dominates the 105,000 sq ft printing operation on the banks of the Cumberland River headquartered just across the river from Nashville’s thriving city center.

    (Left to right) Duncan Smith, operations; Dudley Smith, VP of sales; Bob Smith, former CEO (retired); Chip Smith, president; and Rob Smith, sales

    Powerhouse press provides more output, more efficiency, broader capabilities
    “This new powerhouse press is supporting our growing packaging market and is giving us more output, more efficiency, and a broader degree of capabilities than we’ve had before,” says Smith. “In the past year, it has doubled our job productivity over our previous press because we’re able to run jobs through in one pass rather than two.”

    Ever since it made its debut as the undisputed world makeready champion, the award-winning Rapida 106 has offered an array of unique automation solutions and a long list of industry-leading innovations, such as its 20,000 sph speed, the sidelay-free infeed, lightning fast job changes and quick handling, expert inline color and quality control, and inspection options.

    “The new Rapida 106 press is advancing our goal of providing better efficiency, productivity, and quality, as well as even faster turnaround and producing high-end critical color jobs,” says Smith. “With our packaging customers, we’re seeing shorter run lengths due to better inventory management and skew proliferation. An ongoing trend is toward more versions of a particular carton so we’re faced with needing to answer that challenge of faster makeready and improved efficiencies.”

    Accentuating its color capabilities
    High-end color control is another important consideration that Marshall & Bruce faces from its demanding customers, especially in the packaging market. The firm depends on the new Rapida 106 to provide color control and display its efficiency in getting up to color much faster. He notes that his customers call for expensive substrates, such as foil and plastics, in which he needs to hold color and reduce waste.

    With that goal in mind, the new Rapida 106 is equipped with Koenig & Bauer’s QualiTronic ColorControl for inline color control with touchscreen and quality control system. This popular system utilizes a camera system installed after the coating unit that measures every sheet for constant print quality over the whole length of a run. The system permits automatic measurements of optical density in the freshly printed color bars.

    “We’re intent on broadening our base, especially in the print packaging market, while we continue to support our commercial customers” says Dudley Smith, vice president and sales executive. “Our reputation is to support a wide range in all areas, from catalogs to blister cards, folding cartons, clam shell inserts, window clings, top sheets, litho labels, header cards, signs, gift cards, ensuring that the corporate image is consistent. That’s the beauty of our new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106. It is providing us with the highest level of color, productivity, and versatility that our customers demand.”

    Strong partnership with Koenig & Bauer
    Smith praises his strong relationship with Koenig & Bauer and especially his long-term sales manager, Sam Creel. “Sam has been by our side since we purchased our first Koenig & Bauer press in 2003. He knows our entire team and our business in depth and has been our advocate all along. During those 17 years, we’ve installed a seven-color Rapida 105 41-inch, a 20-inch Genius 52, and a six-color 57-inch Rapida 145 and have seen first hand the industry-leading automation, first class technology, and amazing service that Koenig & Bauer has given us. It’s such a rarity in this business.”

    “What’s the secret behind our success,” asks Smith. “Our customers find us to be versatile, customer-focused, and produce high quality work. We’re always laser-focused on the client, asking, ‘What can we do to help them?’ My brother Dudley plays a critical role in the vision and success of our company, pushing us into new markets and bringing his wisdom and insight into any major decisions. He and our team are always searching for ways to be creative and achieve the best possible results for our customers.”

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    news-1897 Thu, 11 Feb 2021 14:44:12 +0100 Vision Foods & Packaging produces on a Rapida 106 http://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/vision-foods-packaging-produces-on-a-rapida-106/
  • Packaging production at speeds up to 18,000 sheets per hour
  • Comprehensive features for board handling
  • On course for further growth
  • At the end of last year, Vision Foods & Packaging in Lahore/Pakistan took delivery of a six-colour Rapida 106 with coater and extended delivery. With the installation of this highly automated sheetfed offset press for the 3b format, the company has significantly expanded its print capacity, just five years after its founding as part of a major local manufacturer from the FMCG sector. Food and confectionery packaging is supplied primarily to other companies within the group.

    The high-end Rapida has enabled the company to realise its vision of becoming one of the leading packaging producers in the region. Already today, Vision Foods & Packaging possesses modern equipment for all phases of the production process. This includes, for example, three flatbed die-cutters from Iberica (the newest of which is an Optima 106), folder-gluers and CtP systems with corresponding workflow and colour management solutions.

    To mark the inauguration of the press, Bhupinder Sethi (4th from right), senior sales manager from Koenig & Bauer, and Akhlaq A. Khan, director of Koenig & Bauer sales partner Imprint Packaging Solutions (3rd from right), presented a model of the high-performance Rapida 106 to Ch. Zulfiqar Ali (4th from left), group CEO of Vision Packaging & Expert Advertising, and his team (left to right): Major Fazal, admin manager, Vision Packaging; Amer Iqbal, general manager, Vision Packaging; Hina Zulfiqar, director, Vision Packaging & Expert Advertising; Muhammad Bilal Ashraf, operations manager, Vision Packaging; Kashif Afaq, general manager, Expert Advertising (group company) (1)

    Perfection down to the last detail

    The Rapida 106 prints at speeds up to 18,000 sheets per hour and incorporates numerous technical features geared to board handling. To facilitate the efficient processing of heavier substrates, the press has been raised by 675 mm to allow for higher piles. The equipment list includes automatic plate changing, inking unit temperature control, EasyClean ink ducts and CleanTronic washing systems. Similarly Rapida-typical are the DriveTronic feeder, the sidelay-free infeed DriveTronic SIS and inking units which can be disengaged when not in use.

    Vision Foods & Packaging expects the Rapida 106 to optimise the efficiency of its print production and places a particular focus on high output, perfect print quality and significantly reduced waste. Modern technological solutions, a high level of automation and the availability of fast local support from the service specialists at Koenig & Bauer sales partner Imprint Packaging Solutions were key arguments in favour of the Rapida 106.

    Ch. Zulfiqar Ali, group CEO of Vision Packaging & Expert Advertising (right), pictured here with Bhupinder Sethi from Koenig & Bauer, has developed a clear growth strategy for Vision Foods & Packaging (2)

    All the signs point to growth

    Vision Foods & Packaging currently occupies production floor space of almost 20,000 m2, but is already planning further expansion. Ch. Zulfiqar Ali, group CEO of Vision Packaging & Expert Advertising, explains: “We have drawn up ambitious plans for our future growth, and that includes a new production facility with new packaging lines.” Implementation would enable the company to increase its share of the folding carton market.

    Vision Foods & Packaging already operates around the clock in three shifts. Typical run lengths lie between 10 and 30,000 sheets. Certification to ISO 9001 has been completed successfully.

    Official commissioning of the six-colour Rapida 106 coater press in the modern production centre of Vision Foods & Packaging (left to right): Akhlaq A. Khan, director of Koenig & Bauer sales partner Imprint Packaging Solutions; Umair Latif, Rapida 106 team leader, Vision Packaging (obscured); Amer Iqbal, general manager, Vision Packaging; Muhammad Bilal Ashraf, operations manager, Vision Packaging; Hina Zulfiqar, director, Vision Packaging & Expert Advertising; Ch. Zulfiqar Ali, group CEO of Vision Packaging & Expert Advertising; Bhupinder Sethi, senior sales manager, Koenig & Bauer; Kashif Afaq, general manager, Expert Advertising (group company) (3)

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    news-1895 Tue, 09 Feb 2021 08:40:25 +0100 “Think green” by increasing output by 50 per cent and halving makeready time http://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/think-green-by-increasing-output-by-50-per-cent-and-halving-makeready-time/
  • Productivity of two sheetfed offset presses rolled into one
  • Sidelay-free DriveTronic SIS infeed
  • Perfect pile formation in the delivery
  • Fully fledged eco-printing for customers with high expectations of qualit
  • The Rapida 106 X heralds a new era in eco-printing performance for the ARNOLD group, and its successful installation left everyone smiling (left to right): Dirk Winkler, head of print technology, product management and product marketing, Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed; Max and Andreas Arnold, managing directors of the ARNOLD group; Oliver Schönfeld, sales manager, Koenig & Bauer (DE) (1)

    The ARNOLD group, which is based in Großbeeren near Berlin, treated itself to a very special Christmas present at the end of last year. 23 December marked the start of production on a brand new Rapida 106 X from Koenig & Bauer. Right from the very first day, the eight-colour press with perfecting unit and an additional coater boosted output by 50 per cent and enabled makeready times to be slashed by half. Max Arnold, managing director of the highly technophile commercial printing company, is delighted: “Whenever I come into the press hall, I see the bright red number 18,000.” And it is not only in terms of speed, but also in regard to its technical features, that the Rapida 106 X meets all the demands of modern, efficient and future-oriented print production.

    Alongside its printing facility, the ARNOLD group also operates a pre-press studio and an advertising agency, and all three conduct intensive reviews of each and every process from the perspectives of ecology and sustainability. “Think green” is not just a slogan, but also the company's guiding principle. Process-free plates are used, with production being based solely on alcohol-free printing with mineral-oil-free bio-inks, and green electricity from the company’s own photovoltaic installation contributes to an outstanding ecological footprint.

    The printers are motivated by the chance to work with the latest highly automated press technology (2)

    Ecological production processes in the foreground

    The Rapida 106 X perfectly complements this approach. After all, it handles production processes that would otherwise require two presses. 4/4-colour print products are completed in a single pass, including any necessary coating refinements. The convertible perfecting unit also makes it possible to print using more than four colours in straight production, for example for packaging. The power consumed by one such press is, of course, lower than two presses, while countless special features allow the ARNOLD group to benefit from ecological print processes, and to reduce waste to an absolute minimum.

    Foremost on the list is QualiTronic PDFCheck, which complements colour control by incorporating sheet inspection functions and a comparison with the PDF from pre-press. Checking every single sheet lowers the level of waste significantly. Documentation of the print quality and the marking of any waste sheets in a pile by using a tag inserter are also attractive propositions for particularly quality-sensitive customers. Furthermore, the short, fast-reacting inking units bring the press into colour in next to no time, which makes a similarly decisive contribution to minimising waste.

    Ecological production and high quality print products are by no means mutually exclusive. On the contrary, every print job that the ARNOLD group completes demonstrates once again that high product quality can also be achieved while observing strict ecological criteria.

    The Rapida 106 X is the eye-catcher in the press hall of the ARNOLD group. It provides 4/4-colour ecological offset production with additional inline coating at speeds up to 18,000 sph (3)

    First Rapida press at the company

    The new press is the first purchase from Koenig & Bauer since the company was founded in 1989. Alongside the ecological aspects, there were several other factors which clinched the deal: the reputation for flexibility and collaborative support provided by industry system house Steuber, the company’s longstanding partner for service and post-press equipment, the relative proximity of the manufacturing plant in Radebeul, the potential of key technical features, and the design of the Rapida 106 X series.

    Production manager Felix Berndt is especially impressed by the feeder, the sidelay-free infeed and the delivery of the press: “You push the pallets in and the press simply gobbles up everything with ease,” is how he describes his first experiences of production with a diverse range of substrates. And on top of that, “the pile in the delivery is sometimes even tidier than the one in the feeder”. Foil-free ink ducts, with a special coating to enable fast ink changes, simplify handling. The Duraprint rollers in the inking units exhibit excellent dimensional stability and are not subject to wear. Job changeover times have been shortened several times over thanks to the fast plate changes and optimised washing processes with CleanTronic Synchro.

    Managing director Andreas Arnold (right) and production manager Felix Berndt are suitably impressed by the production capacity of the Rapida 106 X (4)

    Ongoing optimisation of the production process

    There are times when even a single centimetre makes all the difference: increasing the format expansion from 74 to 75 × 105 cm means that a standard paper size is suitable for use on the Rapida 106 X. Ordering expensive special formats, trimming the unwanted centimetre or printing with smaller sheets, as was the case with the predecessor press, is no longer necessary, making the entire process more efficient. The larger sheet format can be better utilised.

    “Every investment helps transform and optimise processes,” says Max Arnold. Together with his father and company founder Andreas Arnold, he viewed installation of the Rapida 106 X as an opportunity to streamline the logistics concept used in the press hall. The significant increase in productivity at the printing stage does, of course, affect capacities elsewhere in the company. Accordingly, the management is now working on attracting new customers so that it can utilise the full capacity of the Rapida 106 X and keep the two-and-a-half daily shifts busy.

    Quality sheet for sheet: QualiTronic PDFCheck combines inline colour measurement, sheet inspection and comparison with the pre-press PDF (6)

    A motivated team

    The printers are just as excited as their managers. “The press found immediate acceptance, and they are really impressed,” Max Arnold reports.

    The first quarter of last year was the most successful in the history of the ARNOLD group. That convinced the family owners that it was the right time to invest, despite the coronavirus pandemic. Almost a year later, Andreas and Max Arnold are looking to the future with optimism. The next step in their plans is to modernise the storage and logistics facilities. At the same time, they are very interested in an MIS system in combination with a fully integrated tracking app.

    The post-press department also uses the latest technology (7)

    The ARNOLD group's commitment to the environment:

    • Use of sustainable substrates (FSC-certified or Blue Angel)
    • Exclusive use of process-free printing plates (reduced consumption of chemicals, water and energy)
    • Alcohol-free printing with eco-friendly and particularly sustainable inks
    • Use of coatings with a Blue Angel certification
    • Carbon-neutral printing
    • Use of green power (avoiding between 155 and 175 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year)
    • Tree donations for Berlin and the state of Brandenburg
    • Use of an electric or hybrid vehicle fleet

    In combination with CleanTronic Synchro washing systems, fully automatic plate changing and other automation features have halved job changeover times (5)

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    news-1892 Mon, 08 Feb 2021 09:00:29 +0100 Koenig & Bauer Celebrates New Rapida 105 PRO at Mittera New York Ribbon Cutting Ceremony http://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/koenig-bauer-celebrates-new-rapida-105-pro-at-mittera-new-york-ribbon-cutting-ceremony/
  • Listed as the 26th largest printing company in North America, according to Printing Impressions
  • Koenig & Bauer eight-color 41-inch press is equipped with two coating towers and a Corona treatment configuration that is one of two in the world.
  • Management expects press to deliver quality and efficiencies as well as differentiate firm from its competition
  • Mittera, a North American leader in print and integrated marketing services and listed as the 26th largest printing company according to the latest data from Printing Impressions, officially launched its new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 PRO eight-color 41-inch press at its New York facility in Ronkonkoma, Long Island, in early December 2020. Mittera CEO Jon Troen joined Michael Clark, the facility’s president, press operators, employees, and management at a special ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the event. Everyone expressed enthusiasm over the capabilities of the new press and the potential for the new business it will generate.

    Mittera CEO Jon Troen (in suit and tie) gathered the press operators and New York employees to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 PRO in December 2020

    “This is not just another sheetfed press investment for Mittera,” says Troen. “It is a game-changer. With two coating towers in addition to a Corona treatment unit and Rainbow printing unit, this press will allow our company to expand further into specialty packaging, as well as plastics printing.  The technology Koenig & Bauer was able to deliver on this press will allow us to set a new standard for high quality printing ranging from truly unique marketing and packaging pieces to specialty security printing.”

    Mittera specified its new Koenig & Bauer press with the unique configuration of a Corona tower and two coaters. The Corona treatment tower will allow Mittera to print on nearly every surface. It creates polar groups on non-polar film surfaces by oxidation and thus changes (increases) the surface tension. This improves wetting by adhesives, lacquers or printing inks and thus their adhesion to the substrate. Additional notable features are the Rainbow fountain, which allows for security and special effects; an in-line automatic color control system via camera; and a plastics package.

    Additionally, the new Rapida PRO 105 will handle sheets up to 29 x 41-inch, print eight colors UV, and its two coaters can be used for either aqueous, UV coating or flexographic inks. The Rapida will allow Mittera to run from 3 pt. to 48 pt. stock and has a top speed of 17,000 sph.

    “The technology on the new Koenig & Bauer press is the best in the market,” says Michael Clark, general manager — New York “We believe that Koenig & Bauer’s approach to printing makes it easy as pie to produce a first-class job. Investing in Koenig & Bauer technology will deliver both efficiency to make competitive pricing possible and the ability to maintain our high level of quality customers. Our team of professionals in New York are the industry’s best when it comes to understanding the complicated science of security printing and very complicated plastics printing for packaging and display. It made all the sense in the world to make this press investment. Mittera is always improving.”

    “As we exit the pandemic, we see a great deal of opportunity in two specific markets: plastic and packaging in which this press will specialize,” says Troen. “We believe printing on plastic will be one of the faster growing parts of the industry, and the technology in the Corona treatment unit will allow us to deliver quality, efficiencies and customer savings in that market segment not available at 99% of other printing companies. Furthermore, we see growth in the packaging space, which was significant during the pandemic and we believe it will continue to accelerate as our economy recovers.”

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    news-1890 Tue, 02 Feb 2021 10:33:05 +0100 “This press reflects SDV's attitude to life” http://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/this-press-reflects-sdvs-attitude-to-life/
  • First installation of sheetfed offset technology from Koenig & Bauer at the company
  • Rapida 106 X and CutPRO X in one
  • Production speed 20% higher: perforating, printing and finishing at up to 15,000 sheets per hour
  • 280 million direct mail products per year
  • Left to right: managing directors Markus Schmid and Franz Schiederer, sales manager Oliver Fuchs from Koenig & Bauer Germany, SDV production controller Norman Thomas and production manager Robert Brunner in the company’s modern offices (1)

    In autumn last year, a new Rapida 106 X started production at SDV in Dresden. This high-end medium-format installation (max. sheet format 740/750 × 1,060 mm) is more than just a latest-generation sheetfed offset press: a fully equipped CutPRO X rotary die-cutter unit for creasing and cutting the print products has been integrated ahead of the printing units. It is followed by eight printing units with a convertible perfecting unit for 4-over-4 production, as well as a coater and extended delivery. This configuration allows the press to realise fully automated inline production of high-quality finished direct mail products, all in a single pass.

    Franz Schiederer, one of the company’s two managing directors, explains: “This press reflects SDV's attitude to life. It is innovative and contributes to the future viability of our company.” It is seen as a ‘must-have’ for an information logistics specialist whose primary value chains are found in other fields. Complex print products can be realised in a single production run and with fewer staff. This, in turn, optimises logistics, saves intermediate storage space, and achieves shorter production cycles with lean processes.

    The Rapida 106 X is the new centrepiece in the printshop. The complex installation has been warmly welcomed by all concerned (left to right): printer Silvio Kopte; Norman Thomas, production planning and control, SDV; Franz Schiederer, managing director, SDV; Robert Brunner, production manager, SDV; Oliver Fuchs, sales, Koenig & Bauer Germany; Markus Schmid, managing director SDV (2)

    High proportion of perforated products

    Some 80 per cent of the print products require perforations, mainly for detachable postcards or coupons. This high proportion was also the reason for integrating a full-featured CutPRO X unit into the printing press. One of decisive advantages of the die-cutting unit is the fast makeready. At around five minutes, the makeready time is comparable to that for a job changeover on the printing and coating units. At the same time, it is also possible to re-use the die-cutting formes.

    The maximum production speed when using the die-cutting unit is 15,000 sheets per hour. It is only when especially demanding substrates, such as lightweight papers, are used that the Rapida 106 X runs a little slower. Alongside the high production speed, which is around 20 per cent higher than the press that was previously installed, SDV enjoys the benefits of the exceptionally short stops for makeready. The managing director's overall impression is that production has become “more stable and more efficient” since using the Rapida 106 X.

    And this is a good thing, because dialogue marketing is another field where today's jobs are shorter and more diverse than they were in the past. This makes makeready times and high flexibility essential concerns.

    A CutPRO X die-cutting unit has been integrated into the Rapida 106 X ahead of the printing units, and is used to perforate around 80 per cent of the products in an inline process (3)

    Market-leading technology

    One of the important equipment features of the Rapida 106 X is QualiTronic PDFCheck. The measuring and control system not only monitors the print quality of every single sheet, but also inspects each sheet and compares the printing results with the PDF from pre-press. “This capability is the key to loss-free production, despite the high level of price pressure,” says Franz Schiederer. “Not to mention the outstanding quality from start to finish.”

    The innovativeness that the market-leading measuring and control system embodies, together with many other technical highlights such as the sidelay-free infeed DriveTronic SIS, convinced the decision-makers at SDV that they wanted this press. Accordingly, the company has invested in its first Rapida from Koenig & Bauer. With a feature list tailored precisely to the company’s needs, the press promises to provide maximum benefits – and this long into the future. The close proximity to the manufacturer is an additional advantage. Along with its technological prowess, the Rapida 106 X is a veritable eye-catcher, making it the perfect fit for a print service provider seeking to offer its staff the best possible workplace and cutting-edge technology.

    The Rapida 106 X stands out due to its exceptionally high production speeds and fast job changeovers, even where extensive inline finishing is involved (4)

    Working with three printing processes

    SDV has been active in direct and dialogue marketing since 2003, with three companies at two production locations (in Dresden and in Weidenberg near Bayreuth). 280 million direct mail products leave the company every year – and there is no end to the growth in sight. Production is carried out on digital, sheetfed and web offset presses. Four criteria determine which process is chosen: format, substrate weight, run length and product design details.

    The customer base that SDV caters to is highly diverse. Mail-order retailers, financial services providers, energy utilities, insurance companies, travel companies and their agencies, and representatives of many other branches are to be found among the clients, including 13 DAX-listed companies. They all benefit from the fact that their printed products for dialogue marketing are produced exclusively by a German company certified to ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 (which covers requirements for information security management). And this absolute data security goes hand in hand with high quality standards and what could well be the unique character of the products themselves.

    Another significant factor is the dependability of SDV as a business partner. In addition to the technical design, printing, personalisation/individualisation and distribution optimisation of direct mail products, SDV offers clients a multitude of further opportunities to reach their customers by means of targeted and location-specific digital channels.

    Die-cutting, 4/4 printing and coating – all this is possible in an inline process on the Rapida 106 X at SDV (5)

    Special attitude to life

    The production volume handled in Dresden has increased noticeably since installation of the Rapida 106 X, and the two locations now account for around half of all value creation. This is also reflected in the size of their workforces: Both Dresden and Weidenberg count 115 employees. Turnover amounts to between €30 million and €32 million.

    Many clients are rather surprised when they visit one of the two companies for the first time, for example to witness the start of production of their products – not only in regard to the modern technical facilities, but equally by the architecture of the buildings. The futuristic outward appearance extends into the offices and even many of the production areas.

    The SDV production buildings catch the eye with their striking architecture (6)

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    news-1883 Tue, 26 Jan 2021 09:05:53 +0100 Koenig & Bauer Durst Delta SPC 130 press drives 30% annual digital sales growth for Rondo http://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/koenig-bauer-durst-delta-spc-130-press-drives-30-annual-digital-sales-growth-for-rondo/
  • Corrugated box manufacturer building dedicated digital plant after dramatic surge in digital production
  • Brands demanding change so more flexo work transfers to Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Automatic press
  • Koenig & Bauer Durst providing complete solution that is also providing answers on global debate on use of plastic packaging
  • Rondo Ganahl, one of the world’s foremost corrugated board and packaging manufacturers, has unveiled plans for a new dedicated digital production plant after a dramatic surge in sales driven by an investment in the Koenig & Bauer Durst Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Automatic press.

    The Delta SPC 130 with its water-based ink technology is providing the solutions demanded by brands that are needed for the food packaging industry. With lead times reducing, Rondo says there is huge potential in the technology where the excellent print quality matches litho production.

    Image of the Rondo Ganahl St Ruprecht an der Raab site

    Sales are racing ahead so fast in digital printing for Rondo that a new digital production plant will be opened on the site at St Ruprecht an der Raab, Austria, in the autumn of 2021. The firm, which is part of the Rondo Group that has six plants across Europe, started digital production two years ago. About 90% of the Rondo digital printing business is for the food industry.

    Karl Pucher, Managing Director of Rondo Ganahl, St Ruprecht an der Raab, said: “We come traditionally from flexo and offset printing and had been talking about moving into digital production for a long time. Two years ago, we decided to make the move, and we’re very happy that we did. Digital corrugated production has grown every year between 25 and 30% and customers are making repeat orders, which is very important.

    “During these Covid times we see that lead times are going down and artworks are changed a lot at short notice. Being able to print digitally means we are flexible and able to deliver the requirements in a very short time. This is what brands are demanding. The Delta SPC 130 with its water-based technology from Durst is providing the solutions that we need for delivery to the food industry. The growth in sales has been so big that we decided to build a new facility for digital printing. And we hope to move in during the autumn.”

    Mr Pucher added: “We did not buy a machine. We bought into a complete system that also includes software for areas such as order management, color management and automation. Digital printing is also providing answers for the global debate on the use of plastic packaging, which obviously extends to food and safety. Using the food safety compliant inks in primary and secondary food packaging means we can create corrugated board packaging to be used as an alternative to plastic. We are in a good place with this system, one that I can very much recommend.”

    The Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Press

    Robert Stabler, Managing Director, Koenig & Bauer Durst, said: “With fast shifts in demand, converters increasingly recognise that they need a reliable, versatile and all-in-one digital solution to meet brands requirements for fast turnaround of jobs. Rondo is a perfect example of how companies can ensure jobs run seamlessly through their plants by investing in complete workflows and color management systems. We work closely in a partnership approach with Rondo to ensure their teams can meet the new demands, including using the water-based inks to ensure food safety compliance for primary packaging.”

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    news-1881 Thu, 21 Jan 2021 09:46:58 +0100 “More than 350 plate changes per shift” http://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/more-than-350-plate-changes-per-shift/
  • Optimal processes for commercial and packaging production
  • The ideal technology for catering to a broad product spectrum
  • High production outputs and fast job changeover
  • It is now been a year since Druckerei Rindt first fired up its eight-colour Rapida 106 with an additional inline coater and perfecting unit for 4-over-4 production at its printshop in Fulda. And that's now the second time that this German print company, a member of the Parzeller media group, has opted for a Rapida press equipped to combine perfecting and finishing. Koenig & Bauer presses in various configurations have formed the backbone of the company's facilities for more than 16 years. Seven presses have been purchased to date, three of which the company is now using in three-shift operation.

    The eight-colour press is allowing Druckerei Rindt to continue expanding its commercial activities, helping it react to the increasing price pressure being faced by straight printing-only operations. Today, most commercial products are printed in a single pass on the perfector press and can even be coated as part of the same process, if necessary. The company’s two straight presses, on the other hand, have been optimised to print packaging. This means there is an ideal and profitable means of production available for every product.

    Dreimal Rapida 106 in einer Linie: so präsentiert sich der Drucksaal der Druckerei Rindt (1)

    Added-value printshop with a high real net output ratio

    This level of flexibility is also necessary, as production at Druckerei Rindt is, above all, characterised by diversity. The company works with the “who’s who” of print customers. This includes a number of DAX companies, financial services providers, major players in the pharmaceutical industry, the automotive sector, logistics, the food and beverages industry, health care, media services and tourism, as well as publishing houses, insurance companies and agencies. In addition to typical commercial work, the product range also extends to packaging, print products with all kinds of coating finishes, and a whole series of particularly complex items in which the company specialises.

    Managing director Sebastian Jerabeck describes the company as an “added-value printshop”, which he explains as follows: “We are happy to tackle the jobs that bring others to their knees. At the same time, we enjoy the benefits of an exceptionally high real net output ratio, because we can access a broad range of production equipment from other areas of our company group, in addition to our own.” This allows the typical services offered by a sheetfed printshop to be supplemented by those of a full-range media group: this extends from advertising agency services, app development and product distribution, to web offset printing in both heatset and coldset variants, also including finishing and mailroom services. Picking and packing is also possible.

    At the same time, customers of Druckerei Rindt are able to choose between two completely different approaches to production: In the first case, specialists accompany customers through every phase of the process, enabling them to develop unique and often also extremely complex print products. This could include, for example, the creation of white prototypes, design proofing, or specimens for die-cutting or folding options, perforations or finishing. The purchasing departments of major companies, in particular, appreciate this comprehensive service. They often require physical samples as the basis for further decisions ahead of the actual production start, and cannot know every last detail of the printing and finishing options due to the sheer diversity of their own work.

    Alternatively, print jobs can be processed without prior consultation and without additional services – at prices which are comparable to those of an online printer.

    Sebastian Jerabeck is delighted with the efficiency of the eight-colour Rapida 106: “More than 200 plate changes per shift are everyday reality.” (3)

    Satisfied Rapida users

    There's a very good reason why the company has chosen Rapida sheetfed offset technology over and over again. “On the one hand, commercial printing is facing enormous cost pressure,” says Sebastian Jerabeck. “At the same time, however, printing machinery is associated with a high investment outlay.” In this situation, it is important to invest in equipment which runs without problems and facilitates production with high outputs and maximum automation. For the specialists in Fulda, the Rapida technology is here “the measure of all things”. The print quality is outstanding, and the technology itself is extremely reliable. Equally decisive for the experts from Druckerei Rindt are the consistent upgrades made to the technology from one press series to the next.

    One technical feature which was critical for Druckerei Rindt was paper stretch compensation as a console function (made technically feasible by the direct plate cylinder drive), in order to guarantee precise registration over the entire sheet. The benefits are especially noticeable on long-grain sheets.

    Similar importance is placed on job changeover times. “Makeready is unbelievably fast,” says Sebastian Jerabeck. “More than 350 plate changes per shift are everyday reality for us. For our operators, that means constantly thinking ahead.” Even so, Druckerei Rindt frequently exploits the full potential of its sheetfed offset presses – pushing production up to as much as 18,000 and 20,000 sheets per hour.

    The eight-colour Rapida 106 with perfecting and additional coater now handles the majority of the company’s commercial jobs (2)

    Growth in sheetfed printing

    Druckerei Rindt is one of the sheetfed printers that continue to record growth year after year. 2020 was a rare exception – due to the pandemic.

    The 75 employees, including five trainees, organise their own workplaces according to what is known as the 5S methodology, a systematic approach that allows optimal concentration on value creation activities. This reduces the stress factors for the individual employees, and also increases productivity. The absence of any fluctuation and the fact that everyone is pulling in the same direction provide ample evidence of a healthy work climate. Sebastian Jerabeck is confident of a return to further growth once the pandemic is over, and already has more ambitious plans for process automation up his sleeve.

    One of the outstanding features on the Rapida 106 is paper stretch compensation at the press of a button (4)

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    news-1879 Tue, 19 Jan 2021 11:00:03 +0100 The first CorruFLEX off to a successful start http://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/the-first-corruflex-off-to-a-successful-start/
  • Successfully primed for production
  • High degree of automation
  • THIMM Group very pleased with its CorruFLEX
  • CorruFLEX – high-quality flexo postprinter
  • The THIMM Group has successfully installed its first CorruFLEX from Koenig & Bauer. The new press started operating at the works in Sibiu in Romania at the end of last year, marking the fulfilment of a contract signed in December 2019. “By installing this HQPP flexo press, we are catering to the demand for high-quality packaging products on the East European market, and are broadening our portfolio of customer-oriented solutions,” says Michael Weber, head of corporate strategy and marketing for the THIMM Group. The first tests to evaluate quality and register accuracy were conducted on site by an external service provider. “We are more than satisfied with the results,” as Michael Weber continues. The new press will be primarily used for four-colour production on coated board.

    The basis of trust and professionalism that characterises the partnership between Koenig & Bauer and the THIMM Group allowed any delays to commissioning caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic to be kept to a minimum. Christoph Müller, member of the executive board of Koenig & Bauer AG: “We remain dedicated to pursuing our strategic path. All three of our new presses, the CorruJET, the CorruCUT and the CorruFLEX, have now been successfully placed on the market, and we will be stepping up our efforts to set the standard in this segment, too.”

    The first CorruFLEX installed by Koenig & Bauer

    CorruFLEX – high-quality flexo postprint on corrugated board

    The CorruFLEX was designed and developed together with the high board line rotary die-cutter CorruCUT, and provides high-performance postprinting on corrugated board in the highest possible flexo quality. It stands out as a unique turnkey solution that combines the latest technologies and functions with straightforward and intuitive operation. The CorruFLEX boasts a multitude of unique features, such as a vacuum-belt feeder that operates without feed rollers, and an innovative anilox roller changing system. It can be operated either as a stand-alone solution or be integrated into a production line together with conventional flatbed die-cutters.

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