Koenig & Bauer News Feed http://www.zhok3.com/ en Koenig & Bauer AG Thu, 26 Sep 2019 09:21:14 +0200 Thu, 26 Sep 2019 09:21:14 +0200 news-1500 Wed, 25 Sep 2019 13:00:44 +0200 Rapida 106 at Tosho Printing with top-class performance http://www.zhok3.com/en/news/details/article/rapida-106-at-tosho-printing-with-top-class-performance/
  • 130 jobs with an average of 270 sheets each in 11.5 hours
  • Special commendation from Koenig & Bauer
  • Extraordinarily efficient means of production
  • Tosho Printing in Kawagoe near Tokyo has been the proud owner of two Rapida 106 presses for four years now. One of those presses, a five-colour configuration with LED-UV drying, recently set a new record for the number of job changes in a single shift. Over the course of 11.5 hours, 130 jobs were printed with an average run length of 270 sheets. That is equivalent to over 11 jobs per hour. This outstanding achievement earned a special commendation for the company’s press operators from Koenig & Bauer.

    Jorg Winkler (centre), service manager from Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, congratulates the printers at Tosho Printing on their record-breaking achievement of 130 job changes in 11.5 hours

    The Rapida 106 is currently the most important sheetfed offset press in the Tosho print centre. The company management likes to refer to it as their ‘moneymaker’: “With its production output and the speed of job changeovers, the press achieves an excellent level of economic efficiency.” And that naturally leaves everyone at Tosho very happy.

    Tosho Printing is one of the oldest and most respected printing companies in Japan. It produces high-quality books as well as other commercial products. Indeed, one of the country’s well-known authors has commented: “Japan is fortunate to have the printers at Tosho. Because they produce books with passion.”

    Alongside the five-colour Rapida 106, the company operates another press of the same type in a four-colour version. Both are equipped with DriveTronic SPC for simultaneous plate changing, camera systems for production monitoring, QualiTronic ColorControl inline colour measurement, integration with the LogoTronic Professional management system, and many more cutting-edge automation features.  

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    news-1481 Wed, 04 Sep 2019 13:51:35 +0200 Two Commanders have been moved successfully http://www.zhok3.com/en/news/details/article/two-commanders-have-been-moved-successfully/
  • 30 years of successful partnership
  • Moving and commissioning by Koenig & Bauer
  • Largest media company in Israel  
  • Successful move and commissioning of the Commander systems
    Israel’s largest media company, Yedioth Ahronoth Group, has been a customer of Koenig & Bauer for nearly three decades. Their successful partnership is now reinforced and continued in the long run by moving two Commander machines.

    The two systems were moved from the North of Israel into the main print shop in Rishon-le-Zion, a suburb of Tel Aviv. "The move was prepared and organised outstandingly. It was executed in a highly professional manner and with impressive results. We are greatly satisfied with our colleagues at Koenig & Bauer – as we have been for 30 years already," says Inon Engel, CEO of Yedioth Ahronoth Group. Five Commander presses by Koenig & Bauer are now standing in the main print shop. The two Commander sections that were moved comprise six reelstands and six H-build printing towers with web widths of up to 1520 mm. The systems are equipped with a Patras reel supply, six Pastostar RC reelstands and two KF5 folders.

    Jochen Schwab, head of service for projects and contract management at Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed: "The project went perfectly smoothly. The great communication and planning on both sides made for a smooth process right on schedule. After all, we moved close to 1000 tons." Before disassembly commenced, reference prints were made together and kept. The acceptance tests after commissioning proved at least comparably good printing and folding, confirming the quality of the assembly and commissioning work.

    Yedioth Ahronoth Group

    Yedioth Ahronoth Group was founded 80 years ago. The daily newspaper Jedi′ot Acharonot is the flagship of Yedioth Ahronoth Group, which is majority-owned by the Mozes family. The group publishes a daily newspaper, local newspapers, magazines and has a digital activity (Ynet).

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    news-1462 Wed, 14 Aug 2019 07:57:26 +0200 Koenig & Bauer sets up endowed chair at Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences http://www.zhok3.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-sets-up-endowed-chair-at-ostwestfalen-lippe-university-of-applied-sciences/
  • Development and research in document authentication and classification
  • Close cooperation between research and industry
  • Ostwestfalen-Lippe as an important development location for Koenig & Bauer
  • Koenig & Bauer has set up a five-year endowed chair at the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences. After regular appointment proceedings, Dr. Helene D?rksen has been appointed to the chair with effect from 1st August 2019. The goal of the endowed chair is to promote development and research in the field of document authentication and classification.

    The chair and its laboratory are to be hosted by the ‘Mathematics and Authentication’ section within the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. This interdisciplinary field embracing mathematics, algorithmics, biophotonics and chemical analysis is a highly future-oriented field of research. It places a focus on the analysis of documents of all types, for example security documents and banknotes, or similarly critical packaging – especially in the pharmaceutical industry –, as well as on the analysis of other physical objects which require authentication at given points along the value chain. Studies of the implementation technologies, such as embedded and mobile systems, and their usability are also supported.

    Happy faces after presentation of the endowed chair at Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences (l-r): Claus Bolza-Schünemann, president and CEO of Koenig & Bauer, Prof. Volker Lohweg, institute director and vice-dean of the department, Prof. Helene D?rksen, owner of the new professorship, Dr. Johannes Schaede, Chief Technology Officer at Koenig & Bauer’s security printing subsidiary NotaSys and Dr. Andreas Ple?ke, board member of Koenig & Bauer

    Claus Bolza-Schünemann, president and CEO of Koenig & Bauer, and board member Dr. Andreas Ple?ke congratulated the newly appointed professor in person during her visit to the group headquarters in Würzburg. “The endowed chair was a logical next step, and appropriate recognition for the academic achievements of our university partner,” said Claus Bolza-Schünemann. “For several years now, we have been developing key image analysis technologies for the group in the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region, together with specialists from the university. Koenig & Bauer has been a motor of the traditional German printing industry for over 200 years, driving progress in the branch with a long list of innovative developments, also in the field of optical inspection.”

    Dr. Andreas Ple?ke emphasised: “The close cooperation between research and industry at the Institute of Industrial IT (inIT) of the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences is already bearing fruit. We see it as one of our strategic strengths that we are able to combine our process know-how with industrial IT solutions in order to develop new approaches and fields of business. And I am especially pleased about the appointment of Prof. D?rksen – after all, the proportion of female pacemakers in our industry is still rather small.”

    Prof. Volker Lohweg, institute director and vice-dean of the department, added: “Prof. Helene D?rksen is a scientist with a broad understanding in different natural science and engineering disciplines. She has already contributed considerable experience in the field of authentication, pattern recognition and imaging processes as head of a research group looking into smart banknotes, not to mention her valuable know-how from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and the German synchrotron in Hamburg.”

    Prof. Helene D?rksen is looking forward to her new tasks: “Today’s authentication tasks can only be tackled with complex methods. We must adopt the perspectives of different disciplines in order to determine effective solutions. The results, however, must always measure up to the realities of practical application.”

    The Koenig & Bauer location in the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region is its centre for image processing technology. The facility has been developing and supporting corresponding systems for the whole Koenig & Bauer group since 2001. While early systems were essentially geared to the needs of banknote production, the developments today cater equally for wide-ranging commercial applications in packaging and metal decoration.

    Numerous research projects at inIT have developed – and continue to develop – new security technologies, covering both the security features themselves and their verification. In 2017, this research spawned a start-up at the CENTRUM INDUSTRIAL IT, one of the largest science-to-business centres for smart automation, in Lemgo. coverno GmbH is already establishing itself on the market.

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    news-1460 Tue, 13 Aug 2019 11:30:25 +0200 Investments by government printing houses in Saudi Arabia http://www.zhok3.com/en/news/details/article/investments-by-government-printing-houses-in-saudi-arabia/
  • Four successful tenders
  • Applications in commercial and securities printing
  • Optimum proximity to the users
  • A Rapida 106 is in production at Gouvernement Printing Press in Riyadh. J?rg Winkler, service director for Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, Yousef Al Khazaly, printing manager at Gouvernement Printing Press, Sven Strzelczyk, sales director for Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, and Abdalah Alhareri, general manager of Al-Kaharafi (left to right), met at the new high-end press to celebrate successful commissioning (1)
    Industrial packaging printers in Saudi Arabia operate sheetfed offset presses from Koenig & Bauer, among them Al Obeikan Folding Carton, Noor Carton for Packaging and Al Jawad Printing Press. Meanwhile, Rapida presses have also been strengthening their foothold among commercial users, and here in particular in government-run printing houses. Koenig & Bauer was recently successful with four tenders in relatively quick succession, and can now point to four new customers for its modern technology.

    An order for two new presses was placed by Gouvernement Printing Press in Riyadh. The company operates a Rapida 106 with six printing units, a coater and perfecting after the second unit. Alongside stands a six-colour Rapida 76 with coater and provisions for UV printing. Both presses print a variety of documents on paper and plastic substrates, for example passports, ID cards, driving licences or residence permits. Accordingly, the long list of features also includes corresponding facilities for rainbow printing. The high-end presses for half and medium formats are both engineered for production speeds up to 18,000 sheets per hour.

    Festive reception with representatives of King Abdulaziz University Printing Press at the commissioning of the Rapida 105 (2)
    King Abdulaziz University Printing Press in Jeddah has been using a Rapida 105 since last year. The four-colour press prints books and magazines for the university and also incorporates board-handling equipment to cope with substrates up to 1.2 mm. That provides for maximum flexibility in production.

    Further Rapida 105 users are Um Al Qura University Printing Press in Mecca and the Islamic University in Medina. Both presses are configured with four printing units, coater and extended delivery. The main products are likewise university magazines and books.

    Al Qura University Printing Press in Mecca also relies on sheetfed offset technology from Koenig & Bauer (3)
    One important reason for the positive acceptance of press technologies from Koenig & Bauer is the first-class and absolutely transparent advice given by regional sales partner Al-Kharafi. The close cooperation with the factories in Germany is another key factor, as it permits the fast realisation of tailored solutions in response to special customer wishes. Furthermore, local service units have been created to cover all the industrial centres of this enormous country and to ensure optimum proximity to the users.

    Through such successes on the Arab market, and elsewhere, the oldest printing press manufacturer in the world has again demonstrated that forward-looking developments to the benefit of users remain possible, even in times of shrinking markets and reduced margins.

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    news-1455 Thu, 08 Aug 2019 07:07:33 +0200 Koenig & Bauer and Klingele together a successful development partnership http://www.zhok3.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-and-klingele-together-a-successful-development-partnership/
  • Successful factory acceptance testing in Würzburg
  • High level of automation
  • Klingele Group as cooperation partner
  • Focus on growth markets 
  • The Klingele Group, one of the leading independent manufacturers of corrugated base paper and corrugated cardboard packaging, and Koenig & Bauer, the world's second largest manufacturer of printing machines, are setting new standards in printing technology for packaging within the framework of a development partnership. Both companies have now reached a new milestone with the successful factory acceptance testing of a newly developed CorruCUT high board line rotary die-cutter by Klingele after conducting a test phase with the prototype. Koenig & Bauer completely redesigned the highly productive 6-colour machine in close cooperation with Klingele and adapted it to the specific market and production demands. The CorruCUT will be installed and put into production in Klingele’s Delmenhorst plant as of August. The engineering design, the print quality achieved and the implementation of the operating concept not only impressed Klingele, but also received very positive feedback from visitors from the corrugated board industry worldwide.

    A quantum leap in quality and performance

    The combination of high print quality and precision as well as market-leading performance represents a significant further development in printing technology for the packaging sector. Klingele will use the new machine to target market segments with high demands in terms of the print image and process reliability in packaging. These include in particular brand name companies, but also food manufacturers using packaging as an advertising medium at the point of sale.

    The technical specifications of the new CorruCUT are geared precisely to these exacting demands: In addition to its excellent print quality, it offers high accuracy in printing and die-cutting, thus significantly reducing waste and increasing resource efficiency. With a working width of 2.80 metres and a feed rate of 12,000 units per hour, the CorruCUT is extremely efficient; large packaging and displays are also easier to produce.

    The machine has a rollerless infeed so the sheets of corrugated board are fed gently into the machine to protect the material. The vacuum roll handling within the CorruCUT also ensures a significant reduction in wear and therefore less machine downtime and lower costs for spare parts. Automated data analyses will enable preventive machine maintenance in the future, thus avoiding unexpected failures.

    The CorruCUT will be installed and put into production in Klingele’s Delmenhorst plant as of August

    A win-win development partnership

    The development partnership between Klingele and Koenig & Bauer is a win-win for both sides: Koenig & Bauer is the world's second largest manufacturer of printing machines with the broadest product range in the industry and the market leader in many printing processes. Koenig & Bauer is now increasing its commitment in a growing market for corrugated board converting machines with Klingele as an exclusive partner. The partnership in turn gave Klingele the chance to actively support the development of the new rotary die-cutter from the outset, thus ensuring that the machine fully meets the demands of the market.

    “Koenig & Bauer has implemented the concept and technical innovations very well. The results that we have now seen in Würzburg have impressed us,” states Dr. Jan Klingele, managing partner of the Klingele Group. Christoph Müller, member of the executive board at Koenig & Bauer: “In the last two years, we have continuously built up a new team and consistently worked on the development of the machine.” The focus on growth markets, such as conventional and digital packaging printing is part of the successful Koenig & Bauer strategy.

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    news-1443 Thu, 01 Aug 2019 07:25:00 +0200 Koenig & Bauer making good progress with strategic projects for sustainably profitable growth http://www.zhok3.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-making-good-progress-with-strategic-projects-for-sustainably-profitable-growth/
  • Good order situation and high capacity utilisation
  • Revenue still slightly below prior year due to accumulation of deliveries in H2
  • H1 earnings impacted by market-entry and growth-related expenses
  • Cash flow temporarily burdened by revenue growth in H2 and high investments in the future
  • 33.8% equity ratio
  • 2019 group targets: organic growth in revenue of around 4% and EBIT margin of around 6%
  • In the first half of 2019, the Koenig & Bauer group made good progress with its strategic projects for sustainably profitable growth. CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann reports on the successful start of the joint venture with Durst and the good outlook: “Following approval from antitrust authorities, we officially founded the 50/50 joint venture with the inkjet pioneer at the beginning of May 2019 and appointed an experienced expert as managing director of Koenig & Bauer Durst as of 1 August 2019. We are also seeing good opportunities for digital production lines in the folding carton and corrugated board industry. This sector is demanding economical and flexible solutions for smaller, more individualised print runs. In addition to the VariJET 106 for digital folding carton printing, the Koenig & Bauer CorruJET 170 and the Durst SPC 130 for digital direct printing on corrugated board as well as the ink business and all related services are part of the joint venture’s portfolio.”

    Following a testing phase in the Koenig & Bauer plant, the prestigious pilot customer and development partner Klingele has now approved the ordered CorruCUT (1)

    CFO Mathias D?hn adds further examples of the progress made: “We have already sold our fifth RotaJET system for digital decor printing. Two orders for this sophisticated and premium-quality digital printing solution have been received from manufacturers of wood-based products who themselves want to print decors that had to date been procured externally. This allows them to address the increasing trend toward individualisation with smaller order volumes. We are seeing great revenue and earnings potential for our RotaJET digital printing platform as a result of this increasingly apparent structural transformation in decor printing. This applies simultaneously to digital beverage carton printing following the key contract from Tetra Pak. For the large and high growth market for analogue direct printing on corrugated board, we have developed the sheetfed flexo presses CorruCUT and CorruFLEX with a number of unique features. Following a testing phase in our plant, the prestigious pilot customer and development partner Klingele has now approved the ordered CorruCUT. By virtue of the printing and die-cutting quality, the short make-ready times and general operating comfort, our innovation has generated a very positive response from the customer and the global corrugated board industry. Equally gratifying is customer feedback from the field tests currently underway on the CS MetalCan which we developed for 2-piece beverage can decorating with some unique features.”  

    Book-to-bill ratio at 1.13

    Following €276.4m in the first quarter, positive order development in the Koenig & Bauer group continued in the second quarter with new orders of €296.9m. In the first half of 2019 a good order intake of €573.3m was achieved. The prior-year figure of €705.3m benefited from a major order in security printing. Through the accumulation of deliveries in the second half of the year, group revenue of €506m was still slightly below the prior-year figure of €514.4m. At €678.2m, order backlog as of 30 June was 11% higher compared with the beginning of the year (€610.9m), although it was lower y-o-y as a result of the huge security printing order booked in the second quarter of 2018. Besides the delivery-related low revenue level in the first half of the year, there was a significant impact on earnings due to expenses for the growth offensive 2023 which we cumulatively estimate at around €50m for 2019 to 2021 with a heavier load in the first year. Accordingly, EBIT of €0.6m was below the prior year (€10.6m). At –€2.4m, net earnings as of 30 June corresponds to earnings per share of –€0.15.

    4.8% rise in orders in Sheetfed

    In the Sheetfed segment, the successful Print China trade fair in mid-April contributed to the increase in order intake of 4.8% to €329m (2018: €313.8m). For delivery-related reasons, revenue of €257.3m was below the prior-year figure of €270.8m. The high order backlog of €261.6m (2018: €274.7m) ensures continued full capacity utilisation. Due to lower revenue, the product mix and costs for the Print China trade fair, EBIT of –€1.2m was below the figure from the prior year (€8.1m).

    With data-based services and other innovations, Koenig & Bauer has become one of the cross-industry visionary in the digitalisation of business processes (2)

    Order and revenue growth in Digital & Web

    At Digital & Web, order intake expanded from €82m in the prior year to €89.9m. Order gains in flexible packaging printing and more press sales for the newspaper and digital decor printing overcompensated the declining services business with web offset presses for newspaper and commercial printing. While revenue increased from €58.1m to €64.5m, order backlog was up significantly from €86.4m to €111.2m. EBIT, burdened by market-entry and growth-related expenses, was –€11.1m as compared to –€9.9m in the prior year.

    3.7% higher revenue in Special

    In the Special segment, order intake of €174.5m was below the prior-year figure of €330.2m, which was impacted by a huge order. Major orders of this scope are unusual, even in security printing. Revenue was up from €196.3m to €203.6m. After €14.7m in the prior year, EBIT came to €6.4m in the first half of 2019. With €315.5m, order backlog and capacity utilisation are at a high level (2018: €464.8m).

    Equity ratio of 33.8%

    Despite lower trade receivables as well as increased customer payments, higher inventories for revenue growth in coming quarters and high investments for construction and IT projects significantly burdened cash flow. With a syndicated long-term credit line, Koenig & Bauer has a good and stable financial foundation.

    2019 group targets

    CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “With the high order backlog of €678.2m as of 30 June 2019, we have good visibility for the second half of 2019. On the basis of a good order situation with high capacity utilisation and the continued progress with our group projects for boosting earnings, we are confident, with the planned order processing in security printing and the expected orders in metal decorating, to achieve organic growth of around 4% in revenue and an EBIT margin of around 6% in 2019 in the group. The impact on the margin resulting from the growth offensive 2023 has already been taken into account for our earnings target 2019.”

    Mid-term goals until 2023

    CFO Mathias D?hn: “With our growth offensive 2023, we want to actively make use of market opportunities currently presented in the corrugated board, cardboard, flexible packaging, 2-piece can, coding, glass direct and decor printing as well as in the postpress area for sustainably profitable growth. The influence of the volatile security printing business will subside with the higher share of packaging in group revenue. With web offset presses for newspaper and commercial printing, we anticipate further declines in the service business due to increased machine shut downs and printshop closings. With all of 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. In addition to a dividend ratio of 15% to 35% of group net profit, further targets include an equity ratio of over 45%, a net working capital target corridor of between 20% and 25% of revenue and a 30% share of revenue from services.”

    Figures at a glance

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

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    news-1438 Tue, 23 Jul 2019 10:10:46 +0200 Koenig & Bauer Duran takes on sales responsibility for the Koenig & Bauer portfolio http://www.zhok3.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-duran-takes-on-sales-responsibility-for-the-koenig-bauer-portfolio/
  • Reorganisation of sales and service activities with effect from 1st June
  • Short communication paths and greater proximity to the manufacturer
  • Market leadership in large-format sheetfed offset
  • Thank you to Dereli for 15 years of very successful work in the market 
  • The recent meeting of KASAD, the Turkish association for the carton packaging industry, was an opportunity for the joint team of Koenig & Bauer and Koenig & Bauer Duran to introduce itself to the country’s packaging branch. Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed sales director Dietmar Heyduck (3rd from right) announced the transfer of sales activities to Koenig & Bauer Duran (1)

    As general manager, Tolgahan Toskaya is in future responsible for sales and service for the core products of Koenig & Bauer in Turkey (2)
    With effect from 1st June of this year, the baton of sales and service responsibility for products of the core business units of Koenig & Bauer on the Turkish market has passed to Koenig & Bauer Duran. This decision is seen as a logical next step after the acquisition of Duran’s folding carton business by Koenig & Bauer. It offers existing users and prospective customers for the group’s sheetfed and web presses, rotary or flatbed die-cutters and other products and services even closer and more direct access to the manufacturer.

    For the position of general manager with responsibility for sales and service, Koenig & Bauer Duran has secured the services of Tolgahan Toskaya, a proven specialist with a long and successful track record in the Turkish print industry. The local sales and service teams remain under the leadership of Rolf K?hle and Can Zümrüt, respectively, while numerous current staff members are also moving to Koenig & Bauer Duran. The sales and service offices will be accommodated at the Koenig & Bauer Duran premises in Istanbul.

    Rolf K?hle and several members of his sales team are moving to Koenig & Bauer Duran. The familiar contact partners will thus remain unchanged for existing users and prospective customers alike (3)
    The declared objective for Koenig & Bauer Duran is to become market leader in Turkey. The chances of achieving this goal are also very good, as previous sales partner Dereli Graphic has already booked significant market successes. Koenig & Bauer is already the market leader for large-format sheetfed offset presses in Turkey. Practically all the major international packaging groups have installed Rapida presses in their Turkish plants. Large-format Rapidas are likewise the key means of production in Turkish companies such as Barem Ambalaj, Camis Ambalaj, Duran-Dogan, Omkasan and Kombassan. For two years, Turkey has been one of the ten most important markets for sheetfed offset presses from Koenig & Bauer. The whole group is thus extremely grateful to Dereli Graphic for over 15 years of intensive and extremely successful work.

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    news-1435 Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:41:39 +0200 Commander CT for Florida http://www.zhok3.com/en/news/details/article/commander-ct-for-florida/
  • Modern newspaper technology
  • High degree of automation
  • New production hall for Commander CT
  • Investment in newspaper printing  
  • The Villages Operating Company from Florida is investing in a Commander CT 6/2 from Koenig & Bauer. A new, modern production hall is being built for the triple wide installation, which features three reelstands, three printing towers and a folder. This will enable the Commander CT to be expanded further at a later stage. Delivery of the new newspaper rotary press is scheduled for the 3rd quarter of 2020. “We felt it important to have a partner by our side on whom we could build for the long term and who offered stability and continuity. We had an open and trusting relationship right from the very first conversation – and of course the quality of Koenig & Bauer’s products was also persuasive”, said Phil Markward, Publisher at the Villages Media Group. Alongside advertising leaflets, magazines and contracts from external customers, the centerpiece of the media group is the ‘The Villages Daily Sun’ newspaper. It is one of the few newspapers in the US to see its circulation rise continuously. The printing capacity of the new Commander CT 6/2 is 90,000 four-color newspapers per hour. Stefan Segger, Vice President Sales Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed: “We are of course delighted to have persuaded a new customer of the merits of our systems. I believe we have been able to demonstrate once again that we are the world market leader with our high-speed rotary presses and that in us publishers have a partner by their side on whom they can rely.” Seven of the last eight large newspaper rotary presses sold to North America have been Koenig & Bauer machines.

    Just after the contract was signed in Florida: James Sprung, Associate Publisher, The Villages Media Group; Winfried Schenker, Senior Manager Sales Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Phil Markward, Publisher, The Villages Media Group; Stefan Segger, Vice President Sales Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Steve Infinger, Director of Operations, The Villages Media Group; Jurgen Gruber, Sales Manager Koenig & Bauer (US) Inc.; Dan Sprung, Director Marketing / Publishing, The Villages Media Group (1)

    The Villages

    With a daily circulation of just over 60,000 newspapers, The Villages Daily Sun has been enjoying steady growth for years. The newspaper is distributed mainly in The Villages, a fast-growing town in Florida almost an hour away from Orlando. Some 120,000 people live there already, and 300 new houses are built every month. Phil Markward: “The printed newspaper is part of our community philosophy, and we notice that the expectations on the newspaper are particularly high. Quality journalism must therefore also be presented well. Based on 20 years of consecutive circulation growth we firmly believe the circulation will continue to climb in the coming years.”    

    Automated, flexible and reliable

    A comprehensive automation package including RollerTronic roller locks, CleanTronic cylinder wash-up device, color and cutting register control systems, color measuring and control systems and the fully automated plate changing systems reduces make ready times, wastage, operating and maintenance costs to a minimum. The Commander CT is controlled from a new ErgoTronic console with EasyTronic for optimized start-up of the rotary press. An extensive software package for maintenance and repairs simplifies and gives transparency to the operating processes on the technical side.

    The new Commander CT will be delivered in the 3rd quarter of 2020 (2)

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    news-1431 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:56:46 +0200 DruckArt shows its format http://www.zhok3.com/en/news/details/article/druckart-shows-its-format/
  • Small works of art for the presentation of sophisticated brands
  • Six-colour press with coating tower and delivery Extension
  • Focus on quality and makeready times
  • High added value under one roof
  • A six-colour Rapida 106 with coating tower and delivery extension has been in operation at DruckArt for a year now (1)

    The DruckArt company building in Kaufering, Upper Bavaria, is modern and designed according to feng shui principles (8)
    As soon as you enter the foyer of DruckArt in Kaufering in southern Germany, it becomes clear that this is a very special company in the graphic arts industry. The entrance area is designed according to feng shui rules – water, plants and lots of art provide a feel-good factor and create the vibrant centre point between the administration and the pressroom.

    This flair continues in the print products of the company, which has been part of the Geiselberger Group since 2012. DruckArt mainly produces secondary packaging for the textile, fashion and cosmetics industries – from the smallest run to millions of copies with the highest level of finishing. Sometimes it is with small works of art that the brands present themselves. Site manager Andreas Seitz puts it this way: "Our work begins where most others stop," whether with regard to small print runs, the high proportion of finishing or the proportion of manual work.

    Happy with the new technology (from left to right): printer Dennis Gollent, Gavin Elflein from Koenig & Bauer Germany, Andreas Seitz, site manager of the Geiselberger Group, and production manager Florian Sch?ck (2)

    Use from lightweight stock to thick cardboard

    DruckArt has a modern finishing die-cutter for effective finishes (4)
    A Rapida 106 by Koenig & Bauer has been in production in the company's pressroom for a year now. With the six-colour press, which has an additional coating unit, DruckArt has expanded its product portfolio in terms of both format and the range of substrates that can be processed.

    The Rapida 106 also brought medium-format sheetfed offset printing to the company. Previously, production was only in half format. The product portfolio has been expanded significantly by the format enlargement. In addition, the significantly more productive press increases capacity. It is so universally equipped that it can process both thin substrates such as 40 g/m2 patient package inserts and 800 g/m2 cardboard.

    The technology of the Rapida 106 already convinced the DruckArt experts in initial presentations. It is characterised by high performance and versatility. The DriveTronic feeder and the sidelay-free infeed (DriveTronic SIS) also offer significant advantages when processing a wide range of substrates – from the elimination of manual adjustments to gentle, jerk-free pile Lifting.

    Many high-quality and unusual products benefit from manual process steps (5)

    High print quality and short makeready times

    Small is beautiful: depending on box size and processing, production is also carried out in significantly smaller formats (3)
    The press is quickly inked up, and the various measuring systems ensure constant printing results. The measurement technology with QualiTronic ColorControl and LiveView regularly impresses customers who come to the Rapida for final adjustments. Production manager Florian Sch?ck is also very impressed by the printing of complicated colour areas: "The Rapida 106 is perfect for this. Colour areas are excellent on the substrates used."

    On account of the not inconsiderable customer base of startups from all industries, the print run is in the low range and sometimes only comprises 100 to a maximum of 5,000 sheets. This means that maximum printing performance plays a lesser role. On the other hand, short makeready times are essential. This means that DruckArt attaches great importance to fast washing and fast ink changes, for production frequently is carried out with up to six special colours, followed by four-colour printing again. Gold and silver colours are in high demand. The automatic shutdown of inking units that are not needed significantly simplifies the necessary changeover processes. There is no need to apply idling paste and wash it off again. On the other hand, the printing time increases. When the inside of folding boxes has to be printed, the first units can also be used for powdering.

    High-quality finishing and packaging for cosmetic products – often in small quantities – are one of DruckArt's main production areas (6)

    High-quality finishing – exactly according to your wishes

    Despite exceptional products and high costs for finishing, DruckArt's employees make sure that even with tight budgets, the wishes of their customers are fulfilled down to the smallest detail. In the case of complex folding boxes, they check exactly which of the cost-intensive manual work processes can be implemented by machine.

    This begins with coating. Everything that is possible is coated in an inline process with the coating tower of the Rapida 106: In addition to surface and pattern coatings with different dispersion varnishes, soft-touch and drip-off effects are also created. Quick anilox roller changes also allow different coating thicknesses to be applied. Hot embossing and hologram foils as well as cellophane wrappings also ensure an elegant appearance for the brands in question.

    Some labels from the fields of natural cosmetics and fashion also attach importance to the use of vegan products. For this purpose, DruckArt provides proof that the inks, varnishes, adhesives and all other necessary aids that are used have no animal-based components.

    The production of patient package inserts is the second important pillar of DruckArt's Business (7)

    Fully integrated packaging production

    Within the Geiselberger Group, DruckArt has developed into a specialist company for refined print products and the production of patient package inserts. From consulting to design, printing, finishing, processing and packaging, all processes take place under one roof. This ensures short routes, fast reaction times and high added value. On a production area of over 5,000 m2, 50 employees work in two shifts, and if necessary also in three. Five young people are trained in the company as office clerks, media designers, media engineers for printing, as well as packaging engineers.

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    news-1429 Fri, 12 Jul 2019 07:35:55 +0200 Refugees from Pakistan start permanent employment http://www.zhok3.com/en/news/details/article/refugees-from-pakistan-start-permanent-employment/
  • Refugees from Pakistan pass final Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CIC) examination as mechatronics technicians
  • Taken on with permanent employment contracts
  • Two more apprentices receive awards as best of their year
  • The two young skilled workers Bilal Ahmad (2nd from left) and Saad Malik (centre) proudly present their training certificates. They received their permanent employment contracts from Ralf Sammeck, member of the Koenig & Bauer management board and CEO of Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, Jochen Mann, head of training (2nd from right) and Markus Rasche, head of human resources (right) (1)

    In 2015, when the refugee crisis reached its peak, two Pakistanis began their vocational training at Koenig & Bauer in Radebeul near Dresden. After almost 4 years of training, the two, who fled for political and religious reasons, have now received their CIC certificates as skilled workers.

    They learned the trade of mechatronics technician, which is considered to be one of the most demanding apprenticeships in Germany. With their vocational qualifications, Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed has taken both of them into permanent employment. Bilal Ahmad now works in printing tower assembly, while Saad Malik assembles electrical components on the feeders of Rapida sheetfed offset presses.

    Bilal Ahmad now has his qualification in mechatronics. As a skilled worker he now installs electronic components in the printing towers of Rapida sheetfed offset presses (2)

    Successful teamwork

    With these two Pakistanis, refugees have for the first time passed standard examinations in the Chamber district of Dresden CIC in this trade. The fact that this success story was possible is also due to the ten-strong teaching group of this class. Jochen Mann, head of vocational training, is delighted: "They all helped them and supported them with every trick in the book." They studied together, repeated the subject matter with the two Pakistanis and explained the processes to them.

    Bilal Ahmad now has his qualification in mechatronics. As a skilled worker he now installs electronic components in the printing towers of Rapida sheetfed offset presses (2)
    Through the Senior Expert Service, a former master trainer supported Bilal Ahmad and Saad Malik in the last three months before the all-important exams, for the two of them had to be able to understand and answer the complex questions asked in German by the CIC. In the end they finished with better results than some trainees from Germany.

    On July 15, Tom Noack (2nd from right) won the "Best Young Skilled Worker in the Electrical Trades" award and Theodor Hahn (centre) won the "Best Young Skilled Worker in the Industrial Metal Trades" award by the Sachsenmetall employers' association (4)

    Sachsenmetall Award for Best of the Year

    Head of training Jochen Mann (right) with the two award-winning young skilled workers Theodor Hahn (left) and Tom Noack (5)

    The vocational qualifications of the two refugees are just one of the highlights of Koenig & Bauer's vocational training programme. Again and again, trainees of the printing press manufacturer win awards as the best of their year. This year, the employers' association Sachsenmetall awarded Tom Noack the title of "Best Young Skilled Worker in the Electrical Trades". He was also instrumental in supporting the two Pakistanis in their training. The industrial mechanic Theodor Hahn received the award "Best Young Skilled Worker in the Industrial Metal Trades". The awards they have received are part of a long chain of success within Koenig & Bauer's vocational training programme.

    Koenig & Bauer is a multicultural, internationally active company that wants to inspire motivated young people to embark on a career in the future. Recently, young people from Syria, Eritrea, Colombia, Brazil and Thailand completed student internships at Koenig & Bauer in Radebeul.



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