Thanks to its easy-to-understand and user-friendly navigation, it is easier for customers to find their way around in the KBA WEBSHOP and to use all of the relevant content intuitively. The new KBA WEBSHOP is going online in time for the company’s 200th anniversary.
Group-wide introduction planned
The WEBSHOP will first be offered to customers of KBA-Digital & Web Solutions, and then step by step it will be launched worldwide. In further steps, KBA-Sheetfed Solutions, the Swiss KBA-NotaSys SA, KBA-MetalPrint GmbH, KBA-Metronic GmbH and KBA-Flexotecnica S.p.A. will install the new WEBSHOP this year. The updated Webshop is one of many initiatives within the framework of a group-wide service project, with the aim of further increasing customer satisfaction.
Many features in the new KBA WEBSHOP
The shop can be used on PCs as well as on all common mobile devices, and with the update it now has numerous new features and search options. A shopping cart function, for example, offers the option of integrating consumable materials and parts subject to wear and tear in a cyclical ordering mode. An availability indicator is another very useful feature for customers to optimise their purchasing planning and warehouse management.
“Our WEBSHOP is of course an ongoing process. We will always offer new features and continuously develop our shop further – for example “flowless coupling”, so that orders can be triggered using customer-specific ordering systems,” says Thomas Potzkai. In addition to the broad product range, services can also be requested using the new KBA WEBSHOP, for example a thermography audit or a machine network test.
The 50th issue of KBA Report, the customer magazine of press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA), is now out – just a few months before the company celebrates the 200th anniversary of its founding on 9th August 2017. The 52-page magazine is packed with articles covering the most varied market segments and business philosophies of print companies around the world. The topics range from the increasingly popular LED‑UV technology, via double coating and inline foil application for the finishing of high-quality packaging in sheetfed offset, through to new investments in digital and newspaper printing. Current developments and new business ideas are also presented, for example an award-winning smartphone app which provides a mobile Rapida press console, and a webshop for individually designed bottles and glasses produced on a K1 digital printing machine from KBA-Kammann.
In his editorial, KBA president Claus Bolza-Schünemann looks back over the successful business year 2016, which produced the highest group profit in the almost 200-year history of the company. Important milestones from the long history of the world’s oldest printing press manufacturer are recalled in a commemorative supplement enclosed in the customer magazine. Bolza-Schünemann: “We will be celebrating our proud company anniversary in fitting manner in September. Our founders taught us to be ready to venture new paths of technical innovation, and to be guided by the needs and wishes of our customers. We see it as our obligation to uphold their legacy.”
KBA Report is available in German, English, French, Spanish and Italian. Copies can be requested from the KBA regional offices or from the central marketing department of Koenig & Bauer AG
Tel.: +49 (0)931 909-4567
Fax: +49 (0)931 909-6015
A PDF version of the magazine is also available for download.
Late one Friday afternoon, the printer at the press is casting a very concentrated and critical eye over the sheets on the desk. But this is not a customer job. Instead, he is testing how to maximise colour intensity when using fluorescent inks on the Rapida 76. That is typical for robstolk, where great importance is attached to exploring process and technology limits.
“No road is too long for us when we are experimenting with the technical possibilities,” says Van As. To ensure absolutely full control over the print process, the company’s own pre-press specialist is also part of the team. He knows the press as well as the printers do, and spends a great deal of his time creating optimised profiles – often for uncoated papers.Janssen: “Every customer, every job and every print run is handled with the same attention to detail. Throughout the process, we are continually fine-tuning the print result, to enable us to draw the highest possible performance from our press in every respect, whether technology, image quality or paper. We are also happy to try a different kind of paper if the original choice fails to deliver the desired result.”
Black is black
The fact that robstolk is not interested in short-cuts is also illustrated by the cooperation with its ink supplier: Highly pigmented inks were developed specifically for the Rapida 76 with its HR-UV drying. Van As: “We have a lot of customers for whom quality is more important than quantity. The price goes hand in hand with this approach. We have specialised above all on uncoated paper grades. Here, too, black must really be black, and the colours must shine on the paper. We have customers with a limited budget, who we try to help with creative solutions, as well as customers from the premium segment.”
Spectacular examples are placed on the table: Books and brochures in the most varied forms. Even a set of colour references for the ink manufacturer, with a work of art on one side and a matching colour sample on the reverse. robstolk uses not only CMYK inks, but also numerous PMS colours. The use of extended base colours and additional solids serves to preserve details with strong contrast. The resulting print products are lively and colourful – not least on uncoated papers.
Print is already dry when it leaves the press
Van As: “In spring 2013, we commissioned the first Rapida 76 in the world. The underlying principle appealed to us from the start: Printing with highly reactive inks and HR-UV drying at every unit, which means that the sheets are already dry when they leave the press. Furthermore, there is plenty of scope for experimentation to achieve special effects by printing wet-on-dry. The results are pin-sharp, without even a hint of spreading. The ink stays on the surface of the paper rather than penetrating deep into its fibres. In short: The print is really impressive.”The Rapida 76 prints in B2 format 530 x 750 mm, and robstolk chose a five-colour version with additional coater. Important features alongside fully automatic plate changing are the inline colour measuring system QualiTronic ColorControl and the HR-UV dryers. With this drying technology, energy consumption is reduced considerably compared to a conventional UV press. Two highlights which are unique in the B2 format class are the DriveTronic feeder and the sidelay-free infeed DriveTronic SIS, which have been inherited from the larger Rapida 106. The press stands out with extremely fast makeready and its suitability to print a broad spectrum of substrates.
Janssen: “When you are the first company to work with a new press, you know in advance that the learning curve for your staff, as well as for KBA and Wifac, is unlikely to point steeply upwards the whole time. It is bound to look like a roller coaster at times, and this expectation turned out to be true.”
Van As and Janssen are thus all the more appreciative of the support provided by Wifac over the course of this adventure: “The technical assistance from the KBA engineers in Radebeul is equally outstanding. They can log in to the press from their own offices to perform remote diagnoses. It is also a great advantage that, if a technician from Wifac needs to call after all, he then already brings the right spare parts.”
Technicians will shortly be updating the control software of the Rapida 76 with appropriate patches. “We are absolutely satisfied with the press. Faced with the same decision again, we would definitely still chose the Rapida 76. With the kind of products we print, this press is perfect for the job. And especially because we are not afraid of change, we also look for unconventional solutions if the standard approach fails to succeed. That is also interesting for KBA. Only recently, engineers from Radebeul visited us. They wanted to see at first hand what these quirky printers from Amsterdam were doing. That was quite an experience. But even more important is that we are able to constantly surprise our customers with new ideas. With this press, we really can stand out above the market standard.”The company robstolk will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding this year. Tanneke Janssen and Jacqueline van As took the business over from the founding family of Rob Stolk in 2003.
Expanding capabilities into new markets
For nearly 70 years, Meredith-Webb’s phenomenal growth has been supported by experienced craftsmen and dedicated industry professionals. Complex multi-dimensional specialty pieces are produced at its North Carolina facility with speed and efficiency. When customers began asking for work larger than the current KBA large format presses, Meredith-Webb was challenged to find a new super large press with the capability of printing displays, packaging, point-of-sale purchase signage and heat-transferred materials up to 81 inches.
After experiencing the quality and productivity of three previous KBA presses, Kelly and Travers Webb made the tactical decision to move into large format POP and retail signage capabilities with a new KBA Rapida 205 81-inch press. This one-of-a-kind press delivers a highly effective single source solution for Meredith-Webb customers. It has broadened the firm’s capabilities to attract new business; provided critical speed-to-market; and allowed them to deliver quality and efficiency to its valued customers and provide them with an extra-large sheet to develop marketing and branding concepts.
The Burlington, NC facility is now operating its super large format Rapida 205 alongside three additional new printing presses from KBA, all installed in the past five years. With this press’s firepower, Meredith-Webb is able to capitalize on opportunities with customers that demand large format products, provide more value and innovation, and expand into new lucrative markets. Meredith-Webb is now dominating a unique position in which it can produce extra large format, high-quality products in a highly cost-efficient manner using extensive automation to deliver short makeready smaller jobs.
Plate detection before the change process
DriveTronic Plate Ident is a camera-based system which determines the proper positioning of the printing plates during a fully automatic plate change. Special register marks on the plate enable Plate Ident to detect the presence of a plate and at the same time to check its correct insertion into the plate clamps. If the new plates are correctly positioned in all the units to be changed, the automatic process is enabled and plate changing begins.DriveTronic Plate Ident was to date only available for presses of the Rapida 106, Rapida 145, Rapida 164 and MetalStar 3 series with DriveTronic SPC. With immediate effect, however, it is now offered as an option for all presses with FAPC plate changers. That means that the half-format presses Rapida 75 PRO and Rapida 76 can also be configured with this additional automation function for FAPC in future.
Automatic correction of the plate position
Plate Position Check is an additional function of DriveTronic Plate Ident to permit automatic correction of the plate position already before the first sheet is printed. It evaluates the relative positions of the plates and corrects the plate cylinders accordingly. In most cases, only minimal register corrections remain to be made after checking of a first sample sheet before full job production begins. Users who wish to move straight on to production without stopping to check a sample sheet are recommended to consider the inline QualiTronic ICR system.
Plate Position Check is aimed above all at print companies where plates are still punched manually. The punching accuracy of modern CtP systems is generally such that the Plate Position Check function is superfluous, provided all the plates for a given job were punched on the same device.
The right plates in the right place
While the job presetting data such as ink profiles, duct roller speeds and area coverage are being transferred to the Rapida press from the PPS system LogoTronic Professional or via CIPLinkX, DataMatrix Select checks that the new plates to be mounted actually belong to the current job or section of a job, and furthermore that the colour sequence matches the press configuration. In this way, DataMatrix Select is a further significant step towards full process management.
Any incorrect plate assignments are immediately detected and signalled to the operator. In addition, the possibilities for cost accounting after completion of a job are improved.
Two data matrix codes are exposed onto each plate together with the register marks used by DriveTronic Plate Ident (see photo 1). After reading the codes from each printing unit, LogoTronic Professional or CIPLink X compares the data with those held in a central database. On the basis of the code data, various plausibility checks are performed, e.g. correct plates for the current job, plates mounted on the correct printing units, plates with correct colour separations, or correct language versions. In this respect, the data matrix code permits unambiguous identification of every printing plate.
The combination of fully automatic plate changing and the additional functions offered by the plate detection system DriveTronic Plate Ident achieves a significant increase in productivity for printers faced with ever shorter run lengths and thus frequent job changeovers. The reduction in start-up waste improves profitability, and errors in connection with plate changes become a thing of the past.
- 14% increase in revenue to €1,167m
- Growth in service business, market share gains in the growth markets of packaging and digital printing
- Solid order intake and high order backlog
- Highest profit margin in the company’s 199-year history
- All segments operating profitably
- Increase in equity ratio to 31%
- Dividend of €0.50 per share proposed
- Guidance for 2017: revenue of up to €1.25bn and an EBIT margin of around 6%
- New group targets until 2021 with €70m profit increase
Backed by a significant increase in revenue and profit, the Koenig & Bauer group largely achieved or even exceeded the medium-term targets that it had issued at the beginning of 2015 with unprecedently high margins in 2016. “The profitable growth was generated in existing and new packaging markets, from industrial applications in digital web printing and the continued expansion of service business – despite the absence of any macroeconomic support,” said CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann. “With all segments operating profitably, we were able to achieve a further goal,” added CFO Dr Mathias Dähn. “After a decade of declining revenue and unsatisfactory margins, we want our shareholders to receive a fair portion of this success. Accordingly, the management board and the supervisory board will be asking the shareholders to approve a dividend of €0.50 per share at the annual general meeting on 23 May 2017.”
Good group business performance
Despite persistently challenging global economic and political conditions, the group recorded robust order intake of €1,149.7m, only slightly shy of the previous year’s figure (€1,182.7m). At €557.5m, the order backlog at the end of 2016 remained at a high level (2015: €574.9m). With the revenue structure continuing to shift in favour of the markets of the future, group revenue came to €1,167.1m, 13.9% up on the previous year’s figure of €1,025.1m. Driven by growth in the rest of Europe, Northern and Latin America as well as Africa, the export ratio came to 85.5% and was thus slightly up on previous year’s already high level (85%). Business in Asia/Pacific was impacted by the softer economy in China.
EBT guidance of up to 5% reached in full
Increased revenue accompanied by improved margins, consistently high capacity utilisation and the sustained reduction of the cost base following the successful completion of restructuring underpinned the increase in profit, which reached the highest level in the Company’s 199-year history. Adjusted for non-recurring income, EBIT and EBT climbed to €62.9m and €56.8m, respectively. At 4.9%, the EBT margin guidance of up to 5% was achieved in full. Besides these operating factors, earnings were driven by non-recurring income of €22.4m from the mandatory write-ups of property, plant and equipment and the recognition of deferred tax assets of €7.4m. Group net profit rose more than three-fold to €82.2m (2015: €26.9m), equivalent to earnings per share of €4.98 (2015: €1.62).
Positive earnings momentum continuing for Sheetfed
Thanks to the growth in the packaging market and substantial market share gains, the Sheetfed segment posted a 9.5% increase in revenue to €615m. Despite high fair and development expenses, EBIT climbed from €25.5m to €31.3m, underpinned by the higher revenue in tandem with improved margins, strong capacity utilisation and the growth in service business. After the expected slowdown in post-Drupa business we achieved with a good Q4 an order intake of €569.7m (2015: €663m).
Digital & Web growing in future markets
Driven by growth in service business and in new digital printing applications, Digital & Web performed well, becoming profitable with EBIT of €1.9m despite the strain caused by development expenses. With order intake up 28% to €150.8m, revenue rose by 59% to €156.5m. Koenig & Bauer expects the partnership with HP in the corrugated packaging sector and its own RotaJET series to make a growing contribution to its digital printing business.
Order intake, revenue and profit up in the Special segment
The favourable performance of packaging printing solutions caused order intake to climb to €491.4m (2015: €477.7m). In a competitive environment, we were able to maintain our leading international position in security printing with a market share of over 80%. Revenue grew by 11.6% from €422.9m in the previous year to €472m. Segment profit came to €42.8m, up from €27.7m in 2015.
Stronger balance sheet and financial power
The substantial increase in free cash flow from –€23.7m in the previous year to €2.3m contributed to a rise in liquidity to €202m (31 December 2015: €186.3m). With its ample net liquidity of €168.1m as well as the cash and guarantee facilities of €80m and €237.2m, respectively, Koenig & Bauer has a stable funding base. In addition, sufficient funding is available for intensifying activities in growth markets and for spending on efficient production and IT processes. The solid balance sheet structure was additionally improved with the increase in the equity ratio to 31.1% (2015: 26.5%).
In 2016, the group workforce increased by 69 to 5,318 employees. In addition to specific recruiting in the expanding service segment and for new applications for the packaging and digital printing markets, 60 employees joined the group with the acquisition of Iberica AG as part of the entry into the growing market for flatbed die-cutters.
Guidance for 2017
“Despite the persistently challenging conditions in the global economy particularly in the light of recent political developments, we are facing 2017, the year of our company’s 200th anniversary, with confidence,” said Claus Bolza-Schünemann. “Should conditions for our global business not significantly deteriorate, we target an organic growth of up to €1.25bn in group revenue and an EBIT margin of around 6% in 2017.”
New group targets for 2017 – 2021
The KBA management board wants to increase group revenue organically by around 4% per year until 2021. More than half of this growth will be generated in packaging printing. Further growth is to be generated by the expansion of the service business in all segments as well as by market share gains. “Our declared aim,” said Dr Mathias Dähn, “is for all business units to contribute to growth in the future. As higher equipment revenue is not expected in security printing, we are exploring further options for growth including strategic partnerships in the banknote life cycle.”
“We don’t want growth at any price. Rather, what we are seeking is profitable growth,” explained Dr. Mathias Dähn. “Depending on global economy, end markets and the necessary investments in growth, the group is targeting an EBIT margin of between 4% and 9% for the period until 2021. An increase of €70m in profit is to be achieved through the optimisation of the security printing business as well as growth in services (around €20m in either case) together with an integrated production network and strategic purchasing (around €15m in either case).”
A further strategic goal entails efforts to strengthen the group’s stability by reducing volatility and risks. Greater earnings stability is to be achieved by lifting the share of revenue from service business to 30%. Starting in 2017, around one third of the pension liabilities will be funded externally in up to five annual steps to reduce risks in the balance sheet arising from longevity and fluctuation in interest rates.
Further targets include a dividend ratio of 15-35% of group net profit, an equity ratio of over 45% and a working capital target corridor of 20-25% of revenue.
The financial statements can be downloaded as a PDF file from here…
“We are very satisfied. Further projects will be decided in the near future. In the years to come, we plan to improve our share on the world market significantly,” says Christoph Müller, CEO of KBA Digital & Web and, since the beginning of the year, also CEO at KBA-Flexotecnica. Against this background, the cooperation between KBA-Flexotecnica and KBA-Digital & Web Solutions in Würzburg is to be intensified.
New Demo Center in Würzburg
On 14 March the foundation stone was laid of a new Demo Center for digital and flexo presses with a usable area of around 2,100 m², and modernised premises of 21,164 m³ at the company’s Würzburg headquarters. The investment is substantial, with € 6 million for building and technical infrastructure and around € 10 million for demo presses. Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO of Koenig & Bauer AG: “70 % of the group’s new machinery revenue is already generated in the booming packaging sector. We have built the new Demo Center in Würzburg to offer our printing customers from expanding markets appropriate presentation facilities with convenient access to Frankfurt International Airport. By the beginning of next year at the latest we will be able to present flexo presses there for the growth market of flexible packaging.”The new Demo Center will feature a RotaJET digital printing system for publication and industrial printing from KBA-Digital & Web, a flexo rotary press from KBA-Flexotecnica for flexible packaging and a newly developed sheetfed flexo press from KBA-Digital & Web for printing on corrugated cardboard. It is expected to be ready in the autumn of 2017.
Christoph Müller: “As one of the leading printing press manufacturers worldwide with a strong position on the packaging market, we want to use possible synergies in the group to a greater extent in package printing, a business area where KBA is still a newcomer, we want to bring together know-how and resources in order to be ultimately even more successful on the market.” In international business, KBA-Flexotecnica already uses the global sales and service network of the KBA Group. KBA’s worldwide presence guarantees outstanding customer service and is to be expanded even further. The same applies to the cooperation with KBA-Digital & Web and other business units in the fields of development, design, production and service. Together, pioneering innovations and specific customer solutions can be implemented faster.
Quality presses for individual customer requirements
In terms of technology and process engineering, in productivity, user and environmental friendliness, print quality and the use of alternative inking and drying systems, the modern systems by KBA-Flexotecnica are already well positioned. The Italian KBA subsidiary supplies production facilities tailored to specific customer requirements. For example, the new NEO XD LR hybrid press, which was presented at the drupa 2016, can be equipped to print with water-based, solvent-based, UV-LED and EB inking systems on the most diverse of materials. This guarantees users maximum flexibility and cutting-edge technology. With the available options, automation can also be adapted to customer requirements and investment budgets. For example, an EVO XD press has just been ordered with an automatic reel changing system that reduces downtimes and significantly improves output.
With a usable area of around 2.100 m², modernised premises of 21,164 m³ and investment totalling a formidable € 6 million (including technical infrastructure; without demo presses) the building project is one of ambitious scale. It is the latest in a series of new buildings at the Würzburg site, following a new logistics centre and design building in 2001, two new production halls in 2003 and 2008 and a new foundry in 2012.
Investment in growth sectors
In the presence of Würzburg’s mayor, Christian Schuchardt, members of the group board, the architect, contractors and other guests, Bolza-Schünemann drew attention in his opening speech to the contraction of media-focused print markets and the successful realignment of KBA Group concentrating on growth sectors like packaging, digital and industrial functional printing. 70 % of the group’s new press revenue is generated in the booming packaging sector. The group headquarters in Würzburg was chosen as the site for the new demo centre to provide suitable, conveniently situated presentation facilities with easy access to Frankfurt International Airport for customers from expanding markets.
Counterpart to sheet offset customer centre in Radebeul
As counterpart to the demo centre for sheet offset presses and processing systems at Radebeul in Saxony, the new demo centre in Main-Franconia will feature a RotaJET digital printing press for commercial, publication and decor printing, a flexo rotary press from KBA-Digital & Web Würzburg’s Italian subsidiary KBA-Flexotecnica cooperating on flexible packaging, and a newly developed sheetfed flexo press from KBA-Digital & Web for direct printing on corrugated cardboard. The centre is due to be ready for occupancy in autumn 2017. Aside from customer demos, testing new developments is also planned.
Solutions for virtually all print markets
Bolza-Schünemann: “KBA-Digital & Web builds the world’s largest inkjet roll-fed rotary presses and in future also high performance sheetfed presses to meet the growing demand for corrugated cardboard packaging. Our Italian subsidiary KBA-Flexotecnica offers technically outstanding flexo rotary presses for film, paper and lightweight cardboard packaging. With the widest portfolio of all manufacturers, KBA Group offers print solutions for virtually all markets. We want to present our systems for the above growth sectors live in action at the new demo centre. Many of our national and international customers want to see the presses being operated in action before they decide to invest. And of course, we hope that this substantial investment will have a positive impact on our business in these new markets for KBA.”
Over the 50 years since its founding, De Groot has installed a whole armada of printing presses in small to large formats. Private and business stationery, magazines, books and advertising products make up the bulk of the work to be done. Many of the jobs handled are for the retail trade, for which De Groot also offers tailored promotional print packages. At the same time, no-one shies the challenge of some very exclusive orders.
“We take a very systematic approach whenever we are looking for new machinery,” says Anton De Groot. “Our first closer contact with KBA’s sheetfed offset presses came at drupa 2012. Before then, KBA had not been on our shortlist.”
Speed is becoming increasingly important
The latest investment was prepared very thoroughly, and extensive analyses were performed to compare various presses from Germany and Japan. “In the premium segment, the differences are often only small, but speed is becoming increasingly important,” Anton De Groot explains. “You could liken it to a pit stop in Formula One racing, where every second counts. The top production speed – which on the eight-colour Rapida 106 means 18,000 sheets per hour in perfecting mode – was one of the deal-clinching factors. The choice of the B1 format and the extremely fast job changeover times were similarly essential for our production. Our market demands fast delivery times and products of the highest quality.”
Training ahead of the installation
“After the successful acceptance tests in Radebeul, five lorries brought the press to the Netherlands, where it was installed by engineers from KBA and Wifac. We then carried out some further tests and the results were even better than what we had already seen in Radebeul. Remarkable. For our printers, the new press also meant quite a change in daily procedures, because they were accustomed to working on other presses. But a few of them were in Radebeul for training, and so we are confident that we will be able to draw maximum benefit from the new Rapida. About a month passed between the training and the arrival of the Rapida 106. To bridge this time, the printers came home with an interactive PDF which allowed them to practise on the computer – not to forget a certificate! They all enjoyed it very much.”
Growth through automated production
The long high-tech Rapida replaces an older eight-colour press and a B2 press. The significantly higher printing speed and the fast makeready of the Rapida 106 have boosted production capacity by approx. 40 per cent. Moreover, the range of substrates which De Groot is able to handle in perfecting has been expanded to cover grammages from approx. 60 to 500 gsm (0.6mm). The Rapida operates in three shifts, running at maximum speed for the most part. To support this performance, the whole press hall is arranged to ensure that plates, paper and ink (thanks to an automatic ink supply) can always be made available on time.
De Groot: “That is necessary to be able to implement our growth strategy. Run lengths are still decreasing, but the number of jobs has rocketed. Organisation and equipment must be geared to this situation, and we must move in the direction of full automation wherever possible. In the meantime, human intervention in the print process is the exception. That reduces the risk of mistakes. With the new press, we plan to increase our sales and secure the future of the company.”In advance of the installation of the new Rapida, De Groot invested in expansion and modernisation of its CtP pre-press. Timely plate availability is thus guaranteed. In addition, a second logistics centre has been set up. “Our goal is maximum sustainability. Low waste, low emissions and the lowest possible material consumption are pillars of our corporate culture.”
After two months, Anton de Groot presents a positive first summary: “The Rapida 106 has exceeded all expectations. Both the printers and our customers are very happy. With KBA, we have found a press manufacturer who cares about our employees and our future.”
Waterless coldset offset printing offers many advantages in terms of print quality, start-up and production waste, economy and ecology. This is confirmed day in, day out by the 20 operating companies who use the KBA Cortina, with a total of 90 productive printing towers.
In coldset printing, the in-line finishing of the printed products with an integrated varnishing unit for water-based varnish and an IR dryer is a further unique feature of the KBA Cortina, which produces without any damping units.
In 2013, Rheinisch-Bergische Druckerei GmbH (RBD) in Düsseldorf had ordered its first varnishing unit with an IR dryer from KBA, and put it into service in February 2014. In-line varnish finishing has been in daily use ever since then and, in conjunction with natural papers, gives a wide spectrum of special-interest publications, special advertising formats like MultiView or the newspaper magazine CORTISSIMO a unique touch-and-feel as well as a very high-quality, sustainable appearance. Together with the print quality of the waterless Cortina, which cannot be achieved in coldset by wet offset presses, new standards have been set in the high-quality advertising market.
This encouraging experience recently led RBD Managing Director Matthias Tietz to invest in a further varnishing unit for his Cortina press in order to double its finishing capacity from August 2017 onwards. By investing in this expansion, RBD confirms the success story of in-line finishing with the Cortina. Besides the five varnishing units already installed by several Cortina users, others are in the order phase.
Matthias Tietz: “Thanks to the variety of formats that the Cortina can process, the production of A4 magazine products has developed into an economically interesting product branch for our company. The varnishing of printed products is becoming increasingly popular. Today, the current limitation of 32 pages prevents us from giving a positive answer to the numerous requests concerning magazines with up to 64 pages. We assume that this service will be willingly accepted by the market.”
As a large order recently received from Belgium shows, ambitious media companies continue to appreciate the advantages of the KBA Cortina waterless compact rotary press. In a highly competitive print market with innovative products, it offers its users, like no other coldset press, all of the options needed to reach new target groups, to give the customers added value and to successfully position their own company in the media concert of the 21st century.