KBA Expands Litho Sales with Cutting-Edge Technology
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Press release from the issuing company
The number of printers choosing a KBA Rapida for the first time when investing in a new litho press is growing fast. Cutting-edge technology and high productivity, fast makeready and speeds of 20,000sph are the reasons often given. Many of the automation options offered for honing competitiveness, slashing turnaround time and making press crews' life easier when handling fluctuating, diminishing print runs are unique to KBA - and now offered in all formats. DriveTronic SIS no-sidelay infeed for optimum substrate flexibility with no manual intervention, DriveTronic SPC simultaneous plate changing with dedicated plate-cylinder drives, and flying job changes on presses ranging from the new 530 x 750mm (20.83 x 29.53in) Rapida 76 through the 740 x 1060mm (29.13 x 41.73in) world makeready champion, the Rapida 106, to the new 1060 x 1450mm (41.75 x 57in) Rapida 145 are just a few examples.
KBA scores with innovative technology and financial stability
But while KBA has rationalised its operations on a major scale, the innovative technology and quality engineering of the Rapidas mean that it is no cut-price vendor. Even so, litho printers the world over seeking value for money are switching to KBA at an accelerating pace. Here a some of many examples:
New Rapida users in Germany and the rest of Europe…
A six-colour Rapida 105 with coater, extended delivery and automatic plate changing recently shipped to RWF, a full-service print provider attached to an ad agency in Volders, Austria. Danish commercial printer Typographic in Nykøbing took delivery a few weeks ago of a Rapida 106 five-colour coater press with board-handling capability, automatic plate changing and no-sidelay infeed.
Two new KBA users in Estonia are Pajo in Sindi and Ilotrykk in Tallin. An eight-colour Rapida 106 perfector with lightweight capability and automatic plate changing recently went to Pajo, while Ilotrykk can look forward in July to a Rapida 75 four-colour perfecting coater press for a special sheet size of 605 x 750mm (23.81 x 29.53in). New KBA customer Westdale Press, a big UK commercial printer, placed an order at Drupa for a ten-colour Rapida 106 perfector with every new feature on the books and a perfecting output of 18,000sph.
KBA's success among growth-oriented packaging printers is largely due to its outstanding image in this sector.
…and in Asia and America
Three Rapida 105 coater presses - two for six colours and one for seven - will replace three medium-format presses from another German vendor at Shenzhen Ninestar in China. A six-colour Rapida 142 with two coaters went to Shanghai Zidan,another Chinese packaging printer.
To enhance capacity, flexibility and quality, new Brazilian customer Rosni Embalagens in São Paulo opted for a plinth-mounted Rapida 105 with six printing units and a coater plus board, plastic-printing and hybrid capabilities.
HSM Packaging Corporation will soon number among the phalanx of new users of large-format KBA presses in the USA. The company in Syracuse (NY) specialises in premium-quality packaging, with 85 per cent of its output earmarked for the food-processing and associated industries. An eight-colour Rapida 142 with additional drying and coating units is already on its way to this new customer.
Further companies in Germany, Bulgaria, Finland, China, Lebanon, Russia, France, Denmark, Italy and many other countries ordered KBA litho presses for the first time shortly before, during or after Drupa. Some are featured above, others will follow. One of the key factors cited by new customers is the satisfaction of existing KBA users.
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