Koenig & Bauer News Feed http://www.koenig-bauer.com/ en Koenig & Bauer AG Mon, 20 May 2019 14:52:28 +0200 Mon, 20 May 2019 14:52:28 +0200 news-1396 Mon, 20 May 2019 09:43:21 +0200 Koenig & Bauer spreads the word on digital transformation and connected services (1/3) https://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/koenig-bauer-spreads-the-word-on-digital-transformation-and-connected-services-13/
  • Over 1,100 trade visitors from 40 countries on five continents
  • Keynote by innovation and creativity expert Gerriet Danz
  • Koenig & Bauer: Cross-sector pioneer of digitisation
  • New customer-centric offers based on digital transformation
  • Predictive maintenance becomes reality
  • Digital innovation for printers all over the world: Between 16th and 21st May, Koenig & Bauer presents a raft of new customer-centric offers based on digital transformation, as well as new and further developed data-driven services, during a series of four open house events at its facility in Radebeul. While the first two days were devoted specifically to the needs and wishes of commercial printers, their counterparts in the packaging sector becomes the centre of attention after the weekend.

    More than 1,000 print professionals from 40 countries accepted invitations to the four-day event. They were treated not only to comprehensive information on the possibilities to streamline and optimise their production processes through digitisation, but also to a whole new experience of the benefits to be derived for their business from a close relationship with Koenig & Bauer and its new data-driven services.

    Ralf Sammeck, CEO of Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed and member of the executive board of Koenig & Bauer, welcomed more than 1,100 print professionals from 40 countries to the two events spotlighting the benefits of digital transformation at Koenig & Bauer in Radebeul (1)

    Stable partnerships create confidence

    Ralf Sammeck, CEO of Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed and member of the executive board of Koenig & Bauer, and Thomas Göcke, head of marketing & CRM, welcomed the visitors and presented the company’s new image campaign. Under the banner “We print your world”, it seeks to communicate the boundless diversity of print products: Koenig & Bauer brings together the most varied inks and substrates, substrates and technologies, technologies and people. In doing so, the oldest printing press manufacturer in the world also presents the broadest product portfolio in the industry – a single source of solutions which enable print companies all over the world to attain their individual goals.

    Ralf Sammeck made special mention of the company’s strong economic figures, with increasing turnover and a growing order book. That gives users extra confidence when making decisions on their key means of production. Through a number of partnerships and take-overs, Koenig & Bauer has expanded its portfolio far beyond its original core competences. The recent acquisitions of Iberica and Duran, a joint venture with Durst and cooperation agreements with Optimus and Esko underline this successful strategy. With end-to-end solutions, Koenig & Bauer promotes quality maximisation, increased productivity and transparency. Ralf Sammeck: “Our overarching goal is to make our users profitable and successful.”

    Leading print companies from both the commercial and packaging segments are opting for technology from Koenig & Bauer. That applies not only to high-speed Rapida sheetfed offset presses, but equally to the rotary die-cutter Rapida RDC 106, which is revolutionising the die-cutting process, to flat-bed die-cutters such as the Ipress 106 K PRO, and to the folder-gluer Omega Allpro 110.

    Many Koenig & Bauer solutions are prize-winning developments: The Rapida LiveApps, for example, received an Intertech Technology Award in 2018. This year, the jury of the iF Design Award was full of praise for the design language and stylish appearance of the VariJET 106. And Koenig & Bauer has also picked up a German Brand Award for branding excellence in industry and engineering.

    Approaches to the development of new products and services

    In his inspiring keynote, innovation and creativity expert Gerriet Danz explained how utopian visions and science fiction can be translated into reality and thus into new revenue, how resistance can be turned around into success, and how changed perspectives enable us to shape the future (2)
    In an inspiring keynote, innovation and creativity expert Gerriet Danz explained how utopian visions and science fiction can be translated into reality and thus into new revenue. Taking examples from historical practice, he showed how resistance can be turned around into success.

    One of his essential principles: Only those who are prepared to adopt new perspectives will subsequently shape the future. Just think about the new dimension added to printing by 3D printers, about former film producers who have become manufacturers of cosmetics products, or about combined solutions such as the drone-cum-flying motorcycle being tested by the police in Dubai.

    Those who ask the right questions will receive answers for the future. The appeal made by Gerriet Danz: Make use of creativity techniques and the right questions to lend new impetus to the print industry.

    Data-driven services for a new customer experience

    For a number of years already, Koenig & Bauer has itself supplied one of the best examples of how creative thinking and digital data can give rise to new customer experiences and innovative services. The company has earned a wide reputation as a cross-sector pioneer for the digitisation of business processes. The starting point for most product-related customer services is the wealth of information contained in press operating data and the associated log files. The following solutions are offered by Koenig & Bauer:

    PressCall improves communication in connection with remote maintenance. At the press of a button on the console, all necessary information is sent directly to the hotline technician. Communication is optimised and there are no delays due to language barriers. A customer ticket is automatically created in the CRM system. Solution-finding becomes faster and more efficient, reducing downtime and increasing availability accordingly.

    Live presentation of Visual PressSupport: Photos, video clips, audio and commenting functions allow precise description of the current situation at the press. In this way, the functionality of remote maintenance is extended to include assistance in case of process-related or mechanical problems (4)

    Visual PressSupport is another tool which simplifies communication during remote maintenance and raises the cooperation between customer and service department to a new level. Photos, video clips, audio and commenting functions via a mobile device allow more precise description of the current situation at the press. At the same time, Visual PressSupport has extended the functionality of remote maintenance to include assistance in case of process-related or mechanical problems. Everything is documented in the service module of the CRM platform Salesforce, and full information is thus immediately available to all involved persons and departments. Visual PressSupport can also be used independently of remote maintenance.

    Performance and inspection data at a glance

    Users with a remote maintenance contract receive a monthly Performance Report. This report visualises key performance indicators of the installed presses in clearly structured graphical form and provides an overview of all relevant production data at a glance. In addition, the performance data can be compared both internally and externally with other presses used in a comparable manner – all  anonymously, of course. This helps to reveal potential for optimisation, reduces unplanned downtimes and enables pertinent maintenance work to be planned in advance. Performance and availability are improved.

    A Press Inspection Report presents the results of a press inspection in a similarly structured summary. The user is informed of any potential for technical improvement and can see at a glance the reasons for recommended maintenance work, including the expected duration. The necessary measures are also prioritised in accordance with the possible impact on press availability and the urgency of replacement for individual spare parts.

    IoT-based service process

    To provide a central point of contact, Koenig & Bauer has set up a Customer Community. This portal is where users find all digital service offers: They can create new tickets, view existing tickets and performance reports, and make use of many other data-driven services. In this way, users and manufacturer have access to identical data at all times and can base their cooperation decisions on the same information status. With the Customer Community, Koenig & Bauer has brought all digital services together under one umbrella.

    Thomas Göcke (r), head of marketing & CRM at Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, here in conversation with moderator Sven Oswald, provided an overview of the data-driven services which Koenig & Bauer already offers its users today (3)

    Thomas Göcke showed how predictive maintenance is becoming reality. Artificial intelligence methods enable disturbances to be foreseen before they actually affect production or, in the worst case, result in unplanned downtime. If the data from a press indicate the pending failure of a back-up battery, for example, intervention and replacement can be coordinated in good time. This spares the user an annoying data loss and there is no need to spend time re-entering the stored press settings.

    “The challenge is to acquire vast amounts of data and to evaluate these data with high performance and precision,” says Göcke. “To this end, Empolis Industrial Analytics supplies rule mining and machine learning methods of artificial intelligence, for example artificial ignorance, with which data relating to normal behaviour can be filtered out of the overall data streams.”

    From job definition in the MIS, via print and finishing through to subsequent costing analysis, the visitors were able to witness fully automatic printshop workflows for commercial and packaging production during the live shows (5)

    Koenig & Bauer is currently developing an IoT-based service process: On the basis of data from a Rapida press, emerging faults and irregularities are detected and analysed automatically to determine the cause already before a problem is noticed by the operator. The service manager receives a full overview of the situation on the press concerned and can make arrangements for a remote maintenance session and possibly a service visit. The technician on site is able to rectify the fault within the framework of the planned visit, and the risk of a sudden production interruption is averted. Any necessary downtime can be scheduled in advance. The user benefits from more reliable production and improved performance. Through his ServiceApp, the technician has access to the full service history of the press, and can even submit his service report directly from a mobile device.

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    news-1392 Thu, 16 May 2019 07:59:00 +0200 Retrofit at highest level offers long-term peace of mind https://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/retrofit-at-highest-level-offers-long-term-peace-of-mind/
  • Retrofit offers long-term peace of mind
  • Software now right up to date
  • 1,000,000 copies every day
  • Realisation without interrupting production  
  • New subassembly control systems and components for a Cortina press at the French print centre of L´Imprimerie: The print centre operates two 6/2 Cortina presses which have now been in production for almost 10 years ago. “We print 1,000,000 copies a day, and this retrofit guarantees the necessary production certainty,” says L´Imprimerie plant manager Gilles Deschamps. New software representing the latest state of the art has already been installed on three of the ten printing towers. Two further printing towers are to be brought up to date with the new software and associated components later in the year. Martin Schoeps, head of service management for Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed: “Our goal was to realise the retrofit measures in such a way that the customer could continue to print all the required jobs every day. And thanks to the excellent cooperation with the technical departments at L´Imprimerie, that was achieved very successfully in every respect.” The press installation comprises a total of ten reelstands, ten triple-width printing towers and two double folders. Both Cortinas came on stream at a new facility near Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris at the end of 2008.

    Successful acceptance of the newly installed software (left to right): Najib Moumni, head of service Koenig & Bauer France; Gilles Deschamps, plant manager L´Imprimerie; Markus Schreiber-Petzlitz, service manager Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed

    1,000,000 copies every day

    With “Le Figaro”, “Les Echos” and “Le Monde”, three of the leading daily newspapers in France are printed on the presses from Koenig & Bauer. In addition, the print centre is responsible for approx. 50 magazines and periodicals (weekly and monthly issues as well as one shoots). It belongs to the Riccobono Group and prints up to 1,000,000 copies every day.

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    news-1390 Tue, 14 May 2019 07:28:54 +0200 German Printing Organization VDMB Visits Koenig & Bauer (US) Customer Everett Graphics https://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/german-printing-organization-vdmb-visits-koenig-bauer-us-customer-everett-graphics/ A group of nearly 20 representatives from the German printing organization known as VDMB (Verband Druck- und Medien Bayern), which has been on a week-long trip traveling to the Silicon Valley of California visiting progressive firms both in and outside the print industry, spent half a day on Thursday May 9 at Everett Graphics, a leading northern California folding carton printer headquartered in Oakland, CA. The group, comprised of owners and CEOs of Bavarian printing firms, witnessed an enlightening tour of Everett’s duo of highly-automated enhanced performance Koenig & Bauer presses: a Rapida 106 41-inch and Rapida 145 57-inch large format press in action. Whit Everett, president and CEO of Everett Graphics, welcomed the group to his 82,000 sq ft manufacturing facility, along with Marcus Schoen, Koenig & Bauer (US) sales manager.

    Holger Busch, Managing Director of VDMB (Verband Druck und Medien Bayern) (front, 5th from left), visited Everett Graphics on a trip to the Silicon Valley together with other members of the organization. Everett uses a Rapida 145 from Koenig & Bauer. Reinhard Marschall from Koenig & Bauer (DE) GmbH (front, 3rd from left) was one of the members of the trip

    The group arrived at Everett’s headquarters along a quiet tree-lined industrial area not far from the San Leandro Bay. This premier designer and manufacturer of quality packaging primarily catering to the food industry is situated in a modern two-story gleaming white facility where the firm is fully committed to being environmentally responsible and adhering to strict government and state regulations. Everett has consistently geared its business strategy towards pro-environmental printing through its choice of substrates, its production technology, and its social responsibility towards its customers and its region. Schoen discussed the unique capabilities and products produced by Everett while providing a press demo for the group. The newest Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145 press allows Everett to run e and f-fluted materials at higher speeds than ever and gives them the ability to print high quality, offset work, directly onto micro-flute substrates in large format. The meeting ended with a light lunch for the entire group.

    In addition to visiting Everett Graphics, the group was scheduled to visit the most important well-known IT and high-tech U.S.-based firms such as Google and LinkedIn, where they gained insights from managers outside of the print industry to gain inspiration for their own businesses.

    As the voice of the industry, the Association Druck und Medien Bayern e. V. (VDMB) represents the interests of its member companies to the public, the policy and the market and collective bargaining partners. The association is a highly competent, dedicated service partner with extensive consulting and qualification offerings and a unique platform for exchange among industry peers. The VDMB is geared to a central mission: to sustainably strengthen the competitive power of its member companies in the rapid transformation of the media markets.

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    news-1388 Mon, 13 May 2019 12:38:32 +0200 Another Commander CT for modern print centre in Aarau https://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/another-commander-ct-for-modern-print-centre-in-aarau/
  • High quality demands placed on the products
  • Expansion of the modern print centre
  • Double-width Commander CT
  • Newspaper and magazine production  
  • Within the framework of plans to consolidate its strong position on the Swiss newspaper and magazine market, Mittelland Zeitungsdruck AG, a company of the CH Media group, has decided to invest in a further Commander CT from Koenig & Bauer. The new press is set to come on stream in spring 2020. Roland Kühne, director of operations and technology at CH Media: “Our customers place very high quality demands on their products, and our current Commander CT has enabled us to meet these demands at all times. When the increasing capacity utilisation made expansion of our modern print centre in Aarau imperative, it was for us a logical step to invest in another Commander CT from Koenig & Bauer.” Peter Wanner, publisher and chairman of the CH Media board of directors: “As far as we are concerned, the various media products – print, online and mobile – all belong together. Parallel to the strengthening of our digital offerings, the new press also serves to reinforce our print business.” The first Commander CT from Koenig & Bauer went into production in 2014.  

    The new Commander CT for Mittelland Zeitungsdruck AG

    One of the leading media companies in Switzerland

    Mittelland Zeitungsdruck AG is a company of the CH Media group, which publishes a broad range of newspaper titles including the dailies “az Aargauer Zeitung”, “St. Galler Tagblatt” and “Luzerner Zeitung” and the weekly “Schweiz am Wochenende”. CH Media is dedicated to multimedia networking with its regional online news portals, e-papers, and iPad and mobile phone applications. Various high-circulation weekly and twice-weekly newspapers, as well as trade and special-interest magazines, round of the product and service portfolio. CH Media was formed as a joint venture of the AZ and NZZ media groups, and commenced its independent operations on 1st October 2018. AZ Medien has integrated all its previous business units with the exception of Watson, while NZZ has transferred its entire regional media business to the new company. CH Media reaches around two million people in the Germany-speaking regions of Switzerland. With turnover amounting to approx. 480 million CHF and over 2,000 employees, CH Media is one of the country’s largest media companies.

    Automation, flexible production and high quality

    The new Commander CT comprises three four-high towers for 4/4 production, together with a KF5 jaw folder and three Pastomat reelstands with Patras M reel logistics. The printing towers feature both fully automatic plate changing systems and automatic roller locks, and ensure ergonomic operation with lifts on both sides. The towers can also be split down the middle to provide optimum access for maintenance work. A comprehensive package of automation modules, such as CleanTronic cylinder washing systems, colour and cut-off register controls, and a colour measuring and control system, simplify handling and reduce makeready, production waste and maintenance requirements to a minimum. The Commander CT is controlled via an ErgoTronic console with EasyTronic for optimised press start-up and automated run-down.

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    news-1384 Fri, 10 May 2019 08:37:00 +0200 Print quality monitored down to the finest detail https://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/print-quality-monitored-down-to-the-finest-detail/
  • Core business in high-quality finishing
  • Professional inline sheet inspection detects the tiniest deviations
  • Expansion of production capacities
  • Triple-length extended delivery for optimum drying  
  • A new eight-colour Rapida 106 with twin coaters has been in production at Bernholz Packaging in the North German town of Bad Salzuflen since November. It is the second press in this configuration at the company.

    Straight printing with up to eight colours and practically all the finishing variants which can be realised in a double coating process is the core business of packaging specialist Bernholz, an independent company founded almost 100 years ago. Its main product line is cigarette packaging, where spot colours dominate alongside the standard four-colour set for the illustrations required by present-day legislation. Bernholz also serves the premium segment of the confectionery industry. Managing director Mark A. Hoffmann: “With a six-colour press, we would simply be too limited in our options.”

    Managing director Mark A. Hoffmann (centre) and his general managers Torsten Mauk (right) and Oliver Speckmann are more than pleased with the capacity boost from their new eight-colour Rapida 106 with twin coaters (1)

    Gapless sheet inspection

    Two additional cameras provide for gapless sheet inspection right up to the maximum printing speed. Even the tiniest deviations are detected through comparison with a reference generated from the pre-press PDF (2)
    One special feature of the new Rapida 106 is that it incorporates the inline inspection system QualiTronic PDF HighRes. This enables Bernholz to monitor quality to a standard which is normally only required by suppliers of pharmaceuticals and similarly quality-critical products. The reason for such complex quality monitoring lies in the demands which Bernholz customers place in every aspect of their packaging. To meet these demands, also in respect of print quality, professional inspection methods are essential.

    QualiTronic PDF HighRes compares every printed sheet against a reference generated from the pre-press PDF. Production monitoring is then effected at resolutions up to 290 dpi, right up to the maximum printing speed. Errors in a 6pt Arial font can be detected with ease. To enable flawed sheets or blanks to be sorted out before or during the further processing, each sheet is already marked with a unique code as it leaves the feeder. If an error is detected, the number imprinted by the Sheet Ident inkjet system is entered in an error report, and it is then a simple matter to identify the flawed sheets or blanks for removal before the transfer to post-press.

    Printer Michael Uthoff sets up a cigarette packaging job at the console of the new press (3)

    Increased production capacity to serve additional customers

    The latest Rapida 106 is already the fourth at Bernholz. An identically equipped Rapida 106 stands in the neighbouring hall, allowing Mark A. Hoffmann and his team to make a direct comparison. The advances in sheetfed offset technology over the course of just a few years are immediately evident: Productivity and output of the new press are much higher. Makeready time has also been reduced to an equally significant extent.

    “We bought the press to increase our production capacity,” says Mark A. Hoffmann. The targeted market diversification means expansion into new fields of business, and thus new customers. If they require extensive and sophisticated finishing, for example for packaging for the cosmetics, pharmaceuticals or food industries, Bernholz would be glad to fulfil such wishes. But finishing is not an absolute must, because the company also promises the flexible and cost-effective production of less complicated packaging. And for customers who are additionally concerned about sustainability, Bernholz Packaging is certified to the FSC and PEFC standards.

    New sheetfed offset technology, experience with high-quality products and the sheet inspection system are unique selling points which could also be interesting for other customers. Especially as Bernholz is able to produce both folding cartons and labels, all thanks to the exceptional substrate flexibility of its two highly versatile Rapidas.

    Gentian Jakupi provides for a constant flow of new piles at the non-stop feeder (4)

    Finishing in all dimensions

    With the combination of twin coaters and UV capabilities, practically every conceivable form of finishing can be realised on the two Rapida 106 presses: Primer and UV for matt-gloss effects, soft-touch, sand texture, coloured coatings, metallic effects and many more besides. General manager Oliver Speckmann was very much in favour of a triple-length extended delivery: “The longer time for drying brings a tangible improvement.” After all, total ink coverages continue to increase, the trade-off for the use of food-compliant inks is poorer drying, and the customers are dependent on especially resilient finishes for their ever faster packaging machines.

    After very successful testing on the previous double-coater press, the new Rapida 106 has also been fitted with DuraPrint rollers from Sauer. They were found to be more stable than others and bring the press into colour slightly faster. Good cleaning results are achieved with shorter washing programs and the intervals between individual washing cycles can be extended. These benefits are especially noticeable when working with spot colours.

    The Rapida 106 comprises a total of 12 printing and finishing units (5)

    Comprehensive investment in equipment and technology

    Bernholz has always invested strongly in its production facilities. In 2016, for example, new die-cutting machinery was installed. This was followed by a new 600 m2 production hall in preparation for the arrival of the Rapida 106 last year. LED lighting ensures perfect illumination in the production areas. The renaissance which began when Mark A. Hoffmann and Reiner Krug took over the company seven years ago has since transformed every aspect of its business.

    The company today counts 35 employees, who work in two shifts. Another four employees work at Bernholz Digital Services (pre-press, CtP and digital print), the most recent acquisition by the packaging specialist. With production floor space totalling 7,100 m2, the company is situated practically in sight of the motorway and thus in a logistically ideal location.

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    news-1382 Wed, 08 May 2019 10:27:42 +0200 Koenig & Bauer (US) Receives 2019 Flexographic Technical Association’s Highest Award https://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/koenig-bauer-us-receives-2019-flexographic-technical-associations-highest-award/
  • Augmented Reality-DataGlass Remote Support combines high-definition camera, headset, and microphone
  • Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica receives award at InfoFlex in New Orleans
  • New product allows a remote support specialist to guide a customer´s press operator on site and offer step-by-step instructions on how to remedy the problem  
  • At the Flexographic Technical Association’s premier trade show InfoFlex 2019 held from May 6-7 in New Orleans, Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica has received the FTA’s Technical Innovation Award for its Augmented Reality-DataGlass Remote Support. This award recognizes the most innovative and impactful technologies for the ever-evolving package printing and converting industry. Representatives from Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica were honored at the Awards Banquet during Forum in New Orleans.

    Koenig & Bauer (US) Receives 2019 Flexographic Technical Association’s Highest Award (left to right): Shelley Rubin, FTA of Educational Services; Stefano Squarcina, Sales & Marketing director Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica; Dr. Peter Lechner, CEO Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica; Jeff Dietz, Vice President, Web & Specialty Press Division at Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica; Joe Tuccitto, FTA Director of Education (2)

    “With Koenig & Bauer’s rich 200 year history of technical innovation, we have the ability to offer more proactive innovative support ensuring that our customers receive the maximum uptime and throughput in their facility and allow them to remain ahead of their competitors,” says Jeff Dietz VP, Web & Specialty Press Division at Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica. “Our new AR-DataGlass stands out as part of our on-going innovation of new product introductions.”

    The Augmented Reality-DataGlass Remote Support system is truly a revolutionary new product. It provides Koenig & Bauer remote maintenance specialists with the ability to experience, in real time, what a customer’s technical team can see and hear. This is easily accomplished with the aid of an HD camera, headset and microphone. The camera enables remote maintenance specialists from Koenig & Bauer to see and follow the actions of the technicians on site live in real time while they work on the press and see exactly what service technicians on site are seeing. The specialist can offer targeted support and be instructed step by step on how to remedy the problem.

    Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica has received the FTA’s Technical Innovation Award for its Augmented Reality-DataGlass Remote Support, a revolutionary new product that provides Koenig & Bauer remote maintenance specialists with the ability to experience, in real time, what a customer’s technical team can see and hear (1)
    By providing this one-to-one conversation between Koenig & Bauer’s technical team and the customer, Koenig & Bauer is better able to help them immediately diagnose the problem and get their flexo production system up and running. No longer is there a need to wait a crucial few days for a technician to visit and diagnose the problem. Using the AR-DataGlasses, technicians can quickly remedy technical issues and instantly provide helpful information such as circuit diagrams, part lists, text messages (including a real time translating tool between nine languages), technical documentation, diagrams, editable live-camera images, etc. which can be shown on the display of the AR-DataGlass. An online connection using a virtual private network (VPN) offers maximum data security through special hardware encryption. With this broadband solution, Koenig & Bauer remote maintenance experts can access a customers’ press system securely, quickly and inexpensively. The duration of service calls is considerably reduced and communication problems due to poor telephone lines are avoided. The system is absolutely free, no costs for hardware, software or licenses, no costs for upgrades or updates, and the app for smartphones and tablets is included. “

    A remote support specialist can see and follow the actions of a press technician on site live and in real time while he or she works on the press, and see exactly what the technician is seeing,” explains Dietz.

    As a recipient of this esteemed award, Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica’s AR-DataGlass was deemed by a panel of industry experts to have the potential power to change flexography’s future for the better. These include innovative technologies that utilize the flexographic process or have been designed specifically to enhance flexographic printing.

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    news-1375 Fri, 03 May 2019 06:57:00 +0200 Koenig & Bauer with 10.2% higher order intake https://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/koenig-bauer-with-102-higher-order-intake/
  • Order gains in service and packaging and security printing
  • Well filled project pipeline in all business fields
  • 6.2% growth in revenue
  • Full capacity utilisation thanks to high order backlog
  • Q1 earnings close to last year’s level despite growth expenses
  • Equity ratio of 37.5%
  • Guidance for 2019: revenue growth of around 4% and an EBIT margin of around 6% in the group
  • 2019 started well for the Koenig & Bauer group, posting a double-digit increase in order intake in the first quarter year-over year to €276.4m. This strong growth, which exceeded the industry average, was underpinned by significantly more orders for services and for folding carton, direct glass and security printing presses. At €230.7m, revenue exceeded the previous year's figure by 6.2%. EBIT was still slightly in negative territory due to the low revenue level, coming to –€2.8m despite high market-entry and growth-related expenses, and was thus not far off the previous year’s figure of –€1.9m. At –€4.9m, group net earnings in the first quarter of 2019 translate into earnings per share of –€0.30.

    The comprehensive range of classic and new, data-based services as well as the Koenig & Bauer 4.0 digitisation concept contributed to the double-digit increase in order intake (1)

    Strong order intake in Sheetfed

    In addition to good service orders, the substantially higher orders for packaging printing presses caused order intake in the Sheetfed segment to rise by 12.4% to €173.5m. Revenue increased slightly by 1.8% to €113m. The good order backlog of €250.5m ensures continued high capacity utilisation. At –€3.1m, EBIT was below the previous year’s figure (€0.4m) due to the product mix and the costs arising in connection with the Print China trade fair.

    Growth expenses burden Digital & Web earnings

    Despite the strong growth in service business, orders in Digital & Web came to €31.9m, thus falling short of the previous year’s figure of €45.2m due to lower orders for newspaper and flexible packaging printing presses. At €32.4m, revenue remained at the prior year’s level. The previous year’s figure of €32.5m had been spurred by high service revenue due to large press relocations. At –€5.6m (–€4.5m in the previous year), EBIT was burdened by market-entry and growth-related expenses. At €85.4m, order backlog and capacity utilisation are at a high level.

    Significant order and revenue growth in Special

    More orders for services and presses for security printing and direct glass decorating caused order intake in the Special segment to rise by 37.7% to €80m. Revenue climbed by 20.8% to €92.8m. At €331.7m, the order backlog at the end of March was 6.2% higher than it had been twelve months earlier. Following a segment profit of €3.8m in the previous year, EBIT came to €2m in the first quarter of 2019.

    Additional order boost from the very successful Print China trade fair in mid-April (2)

    Solid balance sheet and financial profile

    Despite substantially lower receivables and higher customer prepayments, the increase in inventories for revenue growth in future quarters as well as high investments for construction and IT projects left traces on the cash flow. In addition, we made a part payment of CHF20m to the Swiss Office of the Attorney General within the framework of the agreed skimming of profits following the completion of the self-disclosure proceedings in connection with shortcomings in corruption prevention at the Swiss subsidiary KBA-NotaSys SA. Together with its internal liquidity, the syndicated long-term credit facilities give Koenig & Bauer a strong and stable financial basis. The equity ratio stood at 37.5% at the end of March 2019.

    Guidance for 2019

    CFO Mathias Dähn: “The order backlog, which rose to €656.6m as of 31 March 2019, gives us good forward visibility through to autumn 2019 and, in security printing with its good order situation, until 2020. With contract signings exceeding our expectations and reaching a figure in the mid double-digit millions of euros, the Print China trade fair held in mid-April was very successful. On the strength of the good order and project situation ensuring full capacity utilisation across the entire group as well as the further progress made in our group projects for boosting earnings by €70m compared to 2016, we are confident to achieve organic growth of around 4% in revenue and an EBIT margin of around 6% in 2019 in the group. We are attaching particularly high priority to our growth offensive 2023, the cumulative costs of which we expect to reach around €50m for 2019 to 2021, with a heavier load in the first year. The resulting margin impact is already included in our 2019 earnings target.”

    Mid-term targets until 2023

    CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “With our growth offensive 2023, we want to actively exploit the currently available market opportunities in the cardboard, corrugated board, flexible packaging, 2-piece can, marking and coding, glass direct and decor printing as well as in postpress to achieve sustained profitable growth. The impact of volatile security printing will be reduced by higher packaging share of group revenue. For web offset presses for newspaper and commercial printing, we expect a further decline particularly in service business. With all our initiatives and projects, we are targeting to increase group revenue to around €1.5bn with an EBIT margin of between 7 % and 10% until 2023. All three segments are to contribute to the growth in revenue and earnings. Our further targets include a dividend ratio of 15 - 35% of group net profit, an equity ratio of over 45%, a target corridor for net working capital of 20 - 25% of revenue, and a share of 30% in total revenue for service business.” 

    Figures at a glance 

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

     

     

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    news-1372 Thu, 02 May 2019 07:12:00 +0200 Grand Master produces with five Rapida 106 presses https://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/grand-master-produces-with-five-rapida-106-presses/
  • Production centre with 43 printing and finishing units now switched fully to Rapida
  • Highly modern equipment for the full process of packaging production
  • Modern quality assurance and comprehensive automation  
  • The two newest eight-colour Rapida 106 coater presses in the production hall at Grand Master (1)

    The print company Grand Master in Masis in Armenia’s Ararat region has modernised its entire machinery base since 2010. Four Rapida 106 presses are already in use at the company – and a fifth is set to join them in May. Production start-up is scheduled for early summer. At that point, the print centre will have been switched fully to sheetfed offset presses from Koenig & Bauer.

    Part of the extensive company premises of Grand Master (3)
    Since 2006, Grand Master has belonged to Grand Holding, the largest employer and taxpayer in Armenia with a workforce of 9,500 employees. It is at the same time the country’s biggest investor and number one exporter. The print company Grand Master also works with flexo and gravure presses. It produces packaging primarily for the tobacco industry and possesses modern equipment to handle the complete process from design and prototyping through to actual folding carton production. A total of 22,000 m2 of production space is available. Further investments are already planned for this year, for example in corrugated production capacities, and a factory for paper recycling is likewise in the pipeline.

    Mikael Harutyunyan, general director of Grand Master, received a model of the fifth Rapida 106 from sales manager Michael König (right) from Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed (5)

    With the exception of one six-colour press with coater and extended delivery, Grand Master has each time chosen an eight-colour configuration with inline coating facilities and fully automatic plate changing. It is thus the proud owner of 43 Rapida 106 printing and finishing units.

    The delivery platforms of two presses are joined together; this allows ideal access to the deliveries and consoles (2)

    The conspicuous landmark of Mount Ararat is always within sight of the company (4)
    All five Rapida presses are equipped with board-handling accessories and stand on 450 mm raised foundations. The most commonly used substrate is 1 mm board. The presses run at speeds up to 18,000 sheets per hour. Important automation features include automatic non-stop pile changing at the feeder, non-stop roller racks in the delivery, FAPC plate changers and multi-function CleanTronic washing systems. Mention must also be made of the environment-friendly VariDryBlue dryers installed in the swan neck and the delivery extension. Quality assurance is handled with QualiTronic Professional, providing not only colour density control, but also sheet inspection. Together with the new press, Grand Master is implementing a new workflow based on LogoTronic Professional.

    With these latest press installations and the already planned future investments, Grand Master is continuing strongly on its course of further growth.

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    news-1370 Tue, 30 Apr 2019 10:31:15 +0200 Successful Evo XD start-up in South Africa https://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/successful-evo-xd-start-up-in-south-africa/
  • Evo XD assembled at the headquarters factory in Germany
  • Successful production start
  • Growth market packaging
  • Significant increase in world market share  
  • An Evo XD from Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica has been taken into production to complete a successful installation near Johannesburg in South Africa. Dynamic Plastic Packaging celebrated the official inauguration of the press with a grand open house at the company. Roy Mahabier, technical manager at Dynamic Plastic Packaging: “We are very satisfied indeed, and cooperation with the team from Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica was flawless. We enjoyed an exceptionally open and trustful relationship from the very beginning. The press output is exactly what we expected from our investment.”

    This Evo XD was the first press of its type to be assembled at the headquarters factory in Würzburg. “We have been able to increase our share of the world market in flexible packaging printing to 9 per cent, and the volume of incoming orders has never been greater. This is naturally also an expression of the extremely beneficial cooperation between the individual business units of Koenig & Bauer,” says Dr. Peter Lechner, CEO of Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica. In addition to sales channels, there has been further integration between the service departments, so as to be able to offer customers even better support.

    Satisfied faces at the open house in South Africa (left to right): Moreno Melegatti, Printing Manager Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica; Stefan Paiano, Sales Manager Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica; Roy Mahabier, Technical Manager Dynamic Plastic Packaging; Hannes Kritzinger, Russell Muller and Jacques Human of Kamboo Marketing Agency

    Young, successful and innovative company

    Dynamic Plastic Packaging was founded 11 years ago by Whitey Steyn and Boris Basso. Over the past years, they have achieved considerable growth. Having started with just four employees, the company can today rely on a workforce of almost 100. Dynamic Plastic Packaging specialises in the printing of flexible packaging for the food sector. Thanks to a very broad portfolio of materials and packaging options, it can react quickly to special customer wishes.

    Evo XD for the flexible use of water-based inks

    The CI flexo press of the successful Evo XD series is suitable for production with water-based inks on a diversity of substrates such as films, very thin and sensitive “breathable” LDPE and laminated materials. It offers maximum flexibility for the most varied packaging applications and incorporates very energy-efficient dryer systems. The Evo XD uses modules of the current X series and was designed to meet demands for fast job changes, low makeready waste and high productivity even with short runs. The automatic impression system AIF, the highly efficient washing system “Speedy Clean” and the integrated print error detection system provide for continuous quality control and enable production to commence without delay.

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    news-1367 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 13:27:12 +0200 Koenig & Bauer road show on market trends in commercial and packaging printing https://iberica.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/detail/article/koenig-bauer-road-show-on-market-trends-in-commercial-and-packaging-printing/
  • Wide range of topics from sheetfed offset to digital and flexo printing, as well as cutting, die-cutting and folding carton gluing
  • Information on data-driven processes and business models
  • Opportunities for discussion and networking  
  • Following a very successful year in 2018, with several installations of sheetfed offset and flexo presses in Malaysia, Koenig & Bauer (SEA) organised a special road show and seminar for the region’s users and prospective customers last month.

    The objective of the event held in Kuala Lumpur was to inform the market on the latest trends and technical solutions which could help printers in the region to become more competitive and profitable in their business. In addition, the audience was brought up to date on current sheetfed, digital and flexo printing technologies.

    Beyond the core printing process, the participants were also provided with comprehensive information on the group’s portfolio of flatbed and rotary die-cutters, as well as the latest range of folder-gluers. Since the beginning of the year, after all, Koenig & Bauer has been able to offer customers a full spectrum of European-manufactured equipment for folding carton production.

    Sascha Fischer, head of product management at Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, spoke about the cutting edge automation features of Rapida sheetfed offset presses (1)

    Robust machinery, automation and data-driven business models

    A presentation given by Sascha Fischer, head of product management at Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, met with especially great interest. He spoke about the technical highlights, cutting-edge automation features and tailored configurations of Rapida sheetfed offset presses, which have helped to establish Koenig & Bauer as the market leader in the packaging segment.

    Perfecta product manager Clemens Berndt introduced his company’s latest cutting technologies and explained how the current range of high-speed cutters can contribute to automation and optimisation of the process chain. Important topics in both presentations were the possibilities to implement data-driven services and business models, along with examples of successful installations in Southeast Asia.

    General manager Billy Yap introduced the sales and service team of Koenig & Bauer (SEA) (2)

    Customer-centric service

    For general manager Billy Yap, the seminar was an ideal occasion to introduce the local service team of Koenig & Bauer (SEA) to the audience. At the same time, he provided information on the individually configured service packages, proactive and predictive services, remote support, performance reports and consulting services offered by Koenig & Bauer.

    All the presentations were accompanied by lively and constructive discussions. At the same time, there were ample opportunities for networking to gain an even better understanding of the users’ 

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