The KBA Roadshow is already a well-established tradition for the print branch in the People's Republic of China, the Asia-Pacific region and India. In March, the successful series extended its list of venues to include also Taiwan.
Three events attracted a good attendance in each of the country's most important print centres: Tainan in the south, Taichung in the central region and Taipei in the north. The technical highlights placed in the spotlight were UV technologies for sheetfed offset, in-mould label printing, the digital web press RotaJET 76, and the Rapida 106, the world champion press in terms of makeready and production speed. The process developments and product innovations were presented in proven inimitable manner by Jürgen Veil, KBA head of sheetfed marketing.
Akio Pong, managing director of KBA sales partner Shining Graphics, welcomed the guests and introduced the KBA group as a broadly based, innovative and financially very sound partner of the international print industry. The importance attached to the meetings was reflected in addresses given by the presidents of the printing associations in the three regions, and in the presentations by KBA users such as Wu Weng Hsiung, chairman of the Just Shine Printing Company, and Chen Cheng Hsiung, president of the Printing Technology Research Institute.
Walter Zehner (right), managing director of KBA Greater China, thanked managing director David Liu from the Glory Innovations Group for his confidence and hospitality
In Taipei, the managing director of KBA Greater China, Walter Zehner, thanked the management of the Glory Innovations Group for two special “firsts”, namely the installation of the first Rapida 106 in Taiwan and the opportunity to present this high-tech press live in action to other Taiwanese printers. Walter Zehner: “The Rapida 106 has brought the Glory Innovations Group a significant productivity boost and distinct competitive advantages. The high degree of flexibility enables response to the most varied demands of future markets. KBA aims to serve the company as a long-term and reliable partner, and that will benefit both sides in the end.”
- Alex Hong from Shining Graphics explained the press features and process sequences in more detail during a print demonstration on the Rapida 106, and drew attention to the extremely fast makeready achieved with the dedicated plate cylinder drive system DriveTronic SPC. Subsequently, the gathered print professionals were able to take a closer, first-hand look at the press.
Walter Zehner presented a model of the six-colour Rapida 106 to David Liu, managing director of the Glory Innovations Group, as thanks for the company's confidence and outstanding hospitality. David Liu reaffirmed his great satisfaction with the local KBA team and said that he looked forward to further expanding his business with the new Rapida.