The highly automated KBA C16 came on stream right on schedule on 1st June. The new press runs with a maximum production speed of 65,000 cylinder revolutions per hour. B&K Offsetdruck now operates three commercial web presses from KBA (a Compacta 217 and two KBA C16 presses).
Stefan Segger, sales director for KBA-Digital & Web: “Our press was once more able to convince B&K with reliability, quality and cutting-edge technologies. The cooperation between our two companies is excellent. Another new chapter has now been added to the success story of longstanding partnership between B&K and KBA.”
High automation and newly developed technology
Jörn Kalbhenn is proud manager of the family business founded by his father and can count on the support of more than 200 employees. Over the past years, B&K Offsetdruck has recorded steady and healthy growth. The latest five-unit KBA C16 was configured with a raft of innovations, including a new superstructure concept with novel ribbon leads. Automation functions such as KBA EasyTronic, in conjunction with the ErgoTronic console technology, serve to enhance productivity while at the same time minimising makeready and waste. At the request of the customer, the C16 has again been equipped with a cutter. In this way, investment and production costs are reduced, and production output is increased.
Brilliant results with HR-UV
The company needed a new half-format press with a compact footprint which would permit installation within the confined space of its historical premises. The press was also to provide opportunity for experiments, because the company pursues the highest performance demands in every respect, whether technology, image quality or paper. It is constantly exploring and pushing back process and technology limits, helping to develop highly pigmented inks and optimised colour profiles for work on behalf of discerning customers from the premium segment.
A KBA Rapida 76 went into production in spring 2013. Its gallery was modified to allow for the historical columns in the press room. The five-colour coater press is configured with fully automatic plate changing, the inline colour measuring system QualiTronic ColorControl and HR-UV dryers. It stands out with extremely fast makeready and its suitability to print a broad spectrum of substrates. The HR-UV drying technology also achieves a considerable reduction in energy consumption compared to a conventional UV press.
The Rapida 76 prints with highly reactive inks and HR-UV drying at every unit, which means that the sheets are already dry when they leave the press. There is furthermore 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. Robstolk uses not only CMYK inks, but also numerous PMS colours. The resulting print products, including art books and fashion catalogues, are lively and colourful – also and not least on uncoated papers. The Rapida 76 is the ideal means to stand out above the market standard.
- KBA Rapida 105 PRO joins three half-format Rapidas
- Outstanding substrate flexibility from paper to board
- Alternating use of conventional and UV inks/coatings
Aslam Sulaiman, owner of Century Packages in Karachi/Pakistan, has been investing regularly in sheetfed offset technology from KBA for a number of years. His company already operates three half-format Rapidas: Two Rapida 72 presses and a five-colour Rapida 75 with coater and extended delivery. In a few weeks, they are to be joined by a Rapida 105 PRO with six printing units and facilities for high-quality inline finishing, which also heralds the company’s entry into the medium-format sheetfed offset market.
Aslam Sulaiman explains: “This step was well overdue. We need the larger format for both our packaging and commercial jobs.” Accordingly, the Rapida 105 PRO is equipped for maximum flexibility, accommodating commercial and packaging printing on substrates up to a thickness of 1.2 mm. It is furthermore able to alternate between a conventional process and UV inks and coatings. That guarantees the company full planning and design freedoms, serving the interests of both the food packaging sector and high-quality cosmetics packaging. Further important features are the 450 mm raised foundations, CleanTronic Multi washing systems (including CleanTronic UV), non-stop pile changing in the delivery, and a wide range of automation modules.
Century Packages was founded in 2006 and in the meantime counts approx. 100 employees. From the very beginning, it has relied on press equipment from KBA-Sheetfed. Significant reasons lie in the advanced technology of the Rapida series and the support offered by both the KBA factory in Radebeul and local sales and service partner Imprint Packaging Solutions. With certification to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and HACCP, Century Packages can today furnish proof of compliance with all the relevant demands of high-quality packaging for the food sector and sustainable work safety management.
- Complete Optimus Dash MIS for use at three locations
- Investment decision clinched by multi-language capabilities, intuitive handling and flexible templates
- Implementation by the end of the year
The Saint-Paul printing facility in Fribourg/Switzerland already shared the trade news headlines with KBA back in 2012, when it took delivery of a twelve-colour Rapida 106 in a new trend-setting configuration. At that time, the eight-colour perfector press with additional coaters and intermediate drying towers was the only one of its kind in Switzerland. It is used to print high-quality commercial products with inline finishing, and enables four colours and a coating to be applied to both sides of the sheet in a single pass.
Recently, St. Paul Holding followed this up with an investment in a modern management information system. After intensive evaluation together with KBA and its Swiss subsidiary Print Assist, the decision team opted for the Complete Optimus Dash MIS sold by KBA. Alongside the inherent benefits of the system, it was the excellent service offered by Print Assist/KBA and absolute satisfaction with the Rapida 106 which sealed the choice for the Saint-Paul group, which not only operates its own printing plant, but also holds interests in various other companies in the print and media branch.
The fully-featured Complete Optimus Dash MIS comprises the basic system, JDF functionality, a planning chart, the Cloud Mobile module for mobile access to all data, an interface to financial accounting, and a CRM module. The MIS is to be used by 55 staff members at three locations in Switzerland. The three business units of the Saint-Paul group in Fribourg, Bulle (Glasson Print Bulle) and Estavayer-le-Lac (Centre d’Impression de la Broye) will thus be able to work integrally with their central customer base.
One important point in favour of the Optimus Dash system offered by KBA-Sheetfed was the philosophy based on lean management processes. It supports multiple languages, which is an absolute prerequisite in Switzerland, and provides highly flexible templates for calculations and order processing. Intuitive handling was another factor which underpinned the investment decision. The administrators can also adapt the Optimus system to any corporate changes or to future production challenges, without Saint-Paul being dependent on a single supplier.
After the kick-off in spring 2017, the MIS is expected to be fully implemented by the end of the year and can then go live on 1st January 2018.
- Shareholders approve dividend proposal of €0.50
- Carsten Dentler elected to the Supervisory Board to replace Carl Ferdinand Oetker
- New products for the growing packaging market
- Organic growth target of 4% p.a. through 2021
- EBIT margin of 4 – 9% reconfirmed as medium-term goal
In addition to a presentation by president and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann outlining the company’s favourable performance in 2016 and the first quarter of 2017 (see press releases of 22 March 2017 and 9 May 2017), details of the growth strategy being pursued by the broadly positioned printing press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) played a key role at the company’s 92nd annual general meeting, which was presided over by supervisory board chairman Dr Martin Hoyos. Further items on the agenda of the annual general meeting held at the Vogel Convention Center (VCC) in Würzburg included resolutions on the discharge of duties with regard to the members of the management and supervisory board, the election of a new member to the supervisory board and the creation of new authorised capital.
Shares moving sharply upwards since 2015
Koenig & Bauer shares have been posting strong gains since the successful completion of the Fit@All restructuring programme. In 2015, the share price climbed from just under €10 to almost €33 and in 2016 by a further 30% to €42.75. In the current year to date, the share has hit a high of €64. Says Bolza-Schünemann: “Our upbeat business performance, the sharp rise in earnings, the swift achievement of our medium-term goals and the clear orientation to growth markets have bolstered investors’ confidence.” In addition to the good business figures and the above-average gains of the share, shareholders were pleased with the dividend proposal of €0.50 per share, which reflected the group’s strong earnings performance, approving it almost unanimously. The dividend is based on Koenig & Bauer AG’s retained profit of €8.3m. This translates into a dividend ratio of 14% of the Group net profit adjusted for special items.
Koenig & Bauer targeting profitable growth
In the first quarter of 2017, the KBA group’s main performance indicators such as order intake, order backlog and EBIT were up on the previous year. Given this strong position and following the China Print fair, which was held in May 2017 in Beijing and proved very successful for the KBA group, the management board considers the increase in group revenue up to €1.25bn targeted for 2017 in conjunction with an operating margin of around 6% to be achievable.
In the medium term, Koenig & Bauer wants to continue growing profitably. Says Bolza-Schünemann: “We are targeting a group-wide EBIT margin of between 4% and 9% and annual organic revenue growth of around 4% for the period until 2021 depending on trends in the global economy, end markets and the necessary spending on growth.” The planned increase of around €70 million in profit is particularly to be underpinned by the optimisation of the security printing business, growth in services, integrated production network and strategic purchasing.
New demonstration centre to spur growth
Active in many markets, Koenig & Bauer sees good opportunities for operating growth in digital printing, industrial functional printing (e.g. decors) and packaging printing. At the packaging fairs MetPack and InterPack in May 2017, KBA companies presented newly developed presses for previously unaddressed fields, such as beverage cans, to address this growing core market. Currently under construction in Würzburg, the demonstration centre for flexo and digital printing presses will additionally spur growth in flexible packaging and corrugated board.
Change in the Supervisory Board
Carl Ferdinand Oetker, the managing partner of FO Holding GmbH and managing director of WINK Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH, Bielefeld, stepped down from the supervisory board as a shareholder representative effective 31 December 2016. Corporate consultant Carsten Dentler from Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe was elected to the supervisory board as his successor. With four of the 12 shareholder and employee representatives on the supervisory board being female, Koenig & Bauer AG meets the stipulated 30% proportion of women.
The shareholders approved with a large majority all the other motions on the agenda including the creation of new authorised capital of up to €8.58m for the issue of up to 3.3 million shares including the right to exclude shareholders’ pre-emptive subscription rights.
• Orders received far exceed expectations
• Positive development of business in China
• Exhibited Rapida 106 goes to Liuyang Shuangfu Packaging Printing
• Looking forward to brisk post-show business
Koenig & Bauer (KBA) is able to report on an extremely successful China Print in Beijing. This year’s show was placed under the motto “Origin & Future – 200 Years Koenig & Bauer”, and visitors to the 1,000 m2 stand from China and numerous other countries in the region were treated to a raft of offset, flexo, screen printing and digital solutions for the commercial, publication and packaging markets. Practice-oriented press demonstrations and vivid presentations of products which could not be exhibited directly were undisputed crowd-pullers.
Walter Zehner, CEO of KBA Greater China, summed up: “It was a very successful show. The interest and sales results far exceeded our expectations.” Dietmar Heyduck, sales director at KBA-Sheetfed, was equally enthusiastic: “KBA-Sheetfed already recorded a very positive business result on the Chinese market in 2016. Our revenue increased by 10 per cent, not least because we placed a clear focus on the growing packaging segment. The aim must now be to maintain the upward momentum of last year, and this successful China Print is definitely an important step in that direction.”
Ralf Sammeck, CEO of KBA-Sheetfed: “Over the past years, KBA has established a firm reputation as a specialist catering for individual printing needs. Our customers are looking for special or complete solutions – for example for high-quality finishing. The sheetfed offset presses supplied by KBA are becoming longer and longer, and incorporate more and more practice-oriented automation. That is the technology which the market demands. The key to our success is that we concentrate on making our customers successful.”
Rapida 106 handed over to packaging printer
The official hand-over of the Rapida 75 PRO on the stand to its future owner, the Hucai Group, already on the first day of the show was followed up by a similar ceremony for the Rapida 106 on 10th May. The five-colour press which was to be seen in Beijing is now on its way to Liuyang Shuangfu Packaging Printing in Hunan Province. General manager Zhao Bang: “We will certainly benefit from simultaneous plate changing with DriveTronic SPC. Job changeover times will be shortened dramatically, and the pre-registration facility will also help to reduce waste. Everyone is really excited about the high production speeds and print quality of the Rapida 106. We are pursuing automation to enhance our production efficiency and to reduce labour costs. With this high-performance press, we are continuing the restructuring of our company and will be increasing our production capacity by more than 100 per cent.”
The products in greatest demand at the show were medium- and large-format sheetfed presses. Alongside the Rapida 106 for Liuyang Shuangfu Packaging Printing, a further press of this high-end series was sold with seven printing units, inline coater and extended delivery. Several buyers opted for the Rapida 105, including two eight-colour coater presses, one of which was also configured with the cold foil module Vinfoil Optima. In large format, KBA lived up to its role as market leader with several new orders, and a number of sales contracts for the Rapida 75 PRO are also close to completion. In total, the orders received matched the figures achieved at Print China two years ago.
200 years Koenig & Bauer – 200 years of innovation
“We are all very proud of the 200-year history of our company,” says Ralf Sammeck. “Over the whole course of those two centuries, KBA has always been a pioneer of new trends and solutions for the print industry. This innovative strength, the continuous development of new technologies and close customer orientation are the foundations for our success and have also helped us to master difficult situations along the way.”
And Dietmar Heyduck adds: “We have always been a reliable partner for our customers, and we can work from a sound financial basis. This trustful cooperation is to be continued. KBA is not only about history, KBA also has its eye on the future. We will continue to set trends, recognise and respond to emerging developments, and serve our users as an innovative partner.”
KBA is looking forward to brisk post-show business and increased demand from the Chinese market over the coming months.
As a further step along the adopted path of sustained growth on the market for flexible packaging, the Italian Koenig & Bauer Group subsidiary KBA-Flexotecnica S.p.A. has expanded its sales team. Richard Warnick has been appointed sales manager for the United Kingdom, Ireland and Scandinavia with immediate effect. Parallel to these duties, he will also be acting as global key account manager.
Richard Warnick has worked in the print industry for more than 20 years, both in sales and in the technical field. “Our presses embody high technical standards, with optimum solutions relating to energy saving, productivity, labour safety and environment protection. Especially in the growing packaging segment, we offer our customers a very modern and comprehensive portfolio,” he says.
Christoph Müller, CEO of KBA-Flexotecnica: “With his experience and network in the market for flexible packaging, Richard Warnick is the ideal person to help us achieve our ambitious goals.”
- Presentations for commercial, publication and packaging printers, as well as workflow solutions and data-driven business models
- Live demonstrations on Rapida 106 and Rapida 75 PRO presses
- Information on digital packaging printing
- Rapida 75 PRO for the Hucai Group
China Print 2017 opened its doors in Beijing on 9th May. And in the 200th year of its company history, the Koenig & Bauer Group (KBA) proudly unfurled a banner with its anniversary slogan “Origin & Future – 200 Years Koenig & Bauer” above a 1,000 m2 stand. Through to 13th May, visitors can here gain first-hand insights into the broad product portfolio offered to commercial, publication and packaging printers, alongside the associated workflow solutions, data-driven business models and services.
Packaging is a particularly fast-growing segment in China, and KBA is well prepared to satisfy the arising market demands with offset, flexo, screen printing and digital inkjet presses for folding cartons, corrugated board, hollow containers and metal substrates. Since 2016, this already diverse product range has been supplemented further with rotary and flat-bed die-cutters from KBA-Sheetfed and KBA-Iberica, as well as marking and coding systems from KBA-Metronic, some of which are assembled at a local subsidiary in China itself.
Especially during the live demonstrations on the KBA stand, the five-colour Rapida 106 with DriveTronic SPC plate cylinder direct drives and the new half-format Rapida 75 PRO with six printing units, coater, extended delivery and essentially identical control and automation features are stars of the show. They are to be seen printing a series of poster and postcard jobs, placing a focus on fast job changes and stable production quality thanks to inline colour control based on grey balance with InstrumentFlight.
A special area of the stand has been set aside to provide up-to-the-minute information on the KBA VariJET 106 for digital folding carton production. The market launch of this new inkjet/offset hybrid press is planned for the coming year.
Already on the first day, the Rapida 75 PRO was officially handed over to its future owner Hucai Printing Co. Ltd. A first order for a press of this series from KBA was placed at drupa 2016, almost a year ago. In the meantime, Hucai operates three half-format Rapidas. The company sees the new technology as an ideal means to further increase print quality and efficiency, and as a step into the future in terms of workflow automation.
US-based paperboard packaging provider uses new digital capability to widen offering for industry-leading brands
Dayton, OH, Monday, June 19, 2017 —
Kodak today further expanded its footprint in the folding carton market by announcing the world’s first installation of a KODAK PROSPER 6000S simplex color inkjet web press for packaging applications at Zumbiel Digital.
Based in Hebron, Kentucky, USA, Zumbiel – one of the country’s largest independent paperboard packaging companies – provides a range of packaging solutions to clients in the food, beverage and healthcare markets. A need for greater production capacity as well as better digital capabilities led to the company ultimately investing in the PROSPER 6000S.
Ed Zumbiel, President, Zumbiel Digital, explains: “Our customers are running more and more marketing campaigns requiring mass versioning, but have not been able to include paperboard in the mix due to digital’s high cost and low output. We therefore needed to find a digital technology with production capacity and print quality that would be suitable for market-leading brands. After evaluating several technologies, we opted to work with Kodak to create a truly hybrid solution that 100% caters to our customers’ needs.”
Zumbiel Digital’s unique hybrid configuration of the PROSPER 6000S press incorporates in-line die cutting and seven in-line flexo towers for pre-coating, application of PMS colors, backside printing and overprint varnish.
The PROSPER 6000S simplex color inkjet web press delivers up to 12,000 B1 sheets per hour, with a print quality of 600 x 900 dpi at speeds of up to 200 m/min (656 ft/min). It offers print widths of 204mm to 647mm (8 inches – 25.5 inches), and can handle paper-based substrates, including labels, carton and PE coated paper, of 150 gsm – 380 gsm. The press utilizes Kodak’s nanoparticulate pigment CMYK inks that are compliant with Indirect Food Contact Safety regulations.
“The unmatched economy and throughput of the PROSPER 6000S-based hybrid press will allow Zumbiel Digital to take mass-customization of paperboard packaging from niche to mainstream,” comments Donald Allred, Worldwide Director of Packaging Sales & Marketing, Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division, Kodak. “The PROSPER 6000S is especially ideal for mass versioning of beverage carriers, pharmaceutical cartons, paper cups and food packaging. As it can be installed as a standalone device or integrated into a current production line, packaging service providers will benefit from a truly hybrid digital production device that promises to broaden their service offering with high quality digital printing capabilities at production speeds.”
Kodak is a technology company focused on imaging. We provide – directly and through partnerships with other innovative companies – hardware, software, consumables and services to customers in graphic arts, commercial print, publishing, packaging, electronic displays, entertainment and commercial films, and consumer products markets. With our world-class R&D capabilities, innovative solutions portfolio and highly trusted brand, Kodak is helping customers around the globe to sustainably grow their own businesses and enjoy their lives. For additional information on Kodak, visit us at kodak.com, follow us on Twitter @Kodak, or like us on Facebook at Kodak.
About Zumbiel Digital
Zumbiel Digital evolved from Zumbiel Packaging – one of the largest independent, privately owned paperboard packaging companies in the USA. We are focused on high-speed, low cost digital package printing. The Zumbiel companies have been providing innovative paperboard packaging solutions to food, beverage, and healthcare firms for over 170 years. For additional information on Zumbiel Digital and our current digital offerings, please visit us at zumbiel.com.
- Reorientation under difficult circumstances for investors
- Highly satisfied with print quality of the KBA Rapida 105
- Press and operating concept greatly appreciated
It was back in 1968 that Jassim Mubarak Al-Jassim founded the company Al-Resala Printing Press in Kuwait. As a journalist with entrepreneurial instinct, his idea was to establish the company as the first address for modern, high-quality publications, based upon the principle of customer proximity.
In the meantime, however, the impacts of media transformation are also being felt by Kuwait and Al-Resala: The company was forced to decommission one of its two web presses. In the sheetfed sector, on the other hand, it still sees growing demand in the market and has decided to invest accordingly in the future.
General manager Marzouq Al-Jassim: “We considered all the possible scenarios and analysed corresponding press types and configurations. And we came to the conclusion that the Rapida 105 is currently the best choice for us. We are continuing to observe the market, however, and could well imagine an investment in another press from the Rapida series as the next step.”
For Noureddine Amalou from the sales department at KBA-Sheetfed Solutions, the instable political situation in the region is an important factor for the currently subdued readiness to invest in the Middle East. Even so, there are good opportunities for continued growth and development for healthy enterprises. Al-Resala Printing Press, for example, is financially sound, has earned a very positive reputation on the market and can rely on the service of the Al-Kharafi Group.
Al-Resala has worked with presses from KBA from the very beginning and is extremely satisfied with their quality and production performance. The new Rapida 105, a five-colour model with coater and extended delivery, entered production at the beginning of the year. Adel Al-Salem, press manager at Al-Resala Printing Press: “Our team really appreciates the concept. For us, it is not maximum automation which counts, but rather the mature technical basis of the press – things like the excellent paper travel, the perfect interaction of the inking and dampening units, and the ease of operation.”