On 8 May German packaging printer WS Quack + Fischer (WSQF) in Viersen placed an order at Drupa for a KBA Rapida 145 six-colour coater press with VariDryBLUE dryers in a triple extended delivery. The 17,000sph high-tech press with automatic plate changing will be mounted on a 630mm (24.8in) and integrated in an automated pile-logistics system. Installation is slated for October this year.
The Rapida 145 will be the first press sold by KBA Deutschland in alliance with Heinrich Steuber. Since WSQF knows and has long appreciated the excellent service provided by Steuber, the logical move was to switch press vendors following Steuber's agreement with KBA. The big new Rapida 145's superior technology also played its part, because the fast job changes it makes possible, its high output and known reliability will deliver an enormous gain in productivity.
WSQF is known for functional and attractive folding cartons. The company was founded in 1897 at its present site in Viersen as a subsidiary of the Kaiser-Tengelmann group, and merged in 1999 with packaging manufacturer WS in Wassenberg. It offers a complete range of services that includes product development, warehousing and delivery. Today it prints as many as 300,000 sheets per day. With the Rapida 145 this figure will soar. WSQF is a vendor of primary food packaging with BRC certification, and has also achieved DIN 9001, FSC and PEFC accreditation. Non-hazardous GA, MAG and MU inks are used in print production. The heating plant with heat recovery system installed in 2003 supplies 70 per cent of the company's heating requirements solely from wood and paper waste.