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Corlet Roto Boosts Capacity with KBA Compacta 215 Commercial Web Press

Monday, August 13, 2001

Press release from the issuing company

Early next year Corlet Roto, the French printing house situated in Ambrières-les-Vallées, 240km west of Paris, will be outputting top quality commercial work with the Compacta 215 from Koenig and Bauer AG (KBA). The company was founded in 1994 and is part of Groupe Corlet Imprimeur, a group of nine participating companies with 450 employees and a turnover of over  EUR 40m ($35.3m). The new investment was preceded by extensive visits to existing Compacta 215 press installations in Europe which convinced management at Corlet Roto of the merits of this technology. Provision has already been made to supply a further press of the same type. Individual drives, minigap technology on plate and blanket cylinders for reduced paper consumption and an automatically adjustable gripper folder are just some of the highlights of this commercial web press. The Compacta 215 has a cylinder circumference of 620mm (24½in), a maximum web width of 1,000mm (39½in) and a top speed of 50,000 copies per hour. Fast makereadies make it cost-effective for short and medium print runs too. Fully automatic plate changers and imprinter technology on the first two printing units ensure quick job changeovers, particularly for production with flying imprint changes. France has become one of KBA´s key markets for commercial web offset presses in the space of just a few years. This is evidenced by none less than six 16-page Compacta 215 web presses with five different customers and by considerable market success with 24-, 48-, and 64-page presses too. The market for 16-page presses has traditionally been very strong in France and the Compacta 215 addresses market demands in the sector for 50,000 copies per hour perfectly. The continual increase in KBA´s market share cannot only be attributed to state-of-the-art press technology alone, but also to the excellent customer service provided by the French subsidiary, KBA-France.




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