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Fifth KBA Rapida 106 with twin coaters for Slovakian Grafobal Group

Friday, March 13, 2015

Press release from the issuing company

Grafobal Bohemia in Holubov installs second Rapida

Grafobal is renowned in central and eastern Europe for its high-quality packaging. The company’s main site in Skalica, Slovakia, was established in 1905. It has subsidiaries in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Russia. 

Grafobal Bohemia based in Holubov, Czech Republic, recently received the group’s fifth KBA Rapida. They are all six- or eight-colour presses with twin coaters. The new six-colour Rapida also equipped with two coaters delivered to Holubov in the Czech Republic joins an existing Rapida that arrived in 2011 with the same configuration. The press is highly automated and features board, microflute, film and lightweight paper-handling capabilities as well as an eco-package. Furthermore, it can be implemented universally for printing with conventional and UV inks and coatings.

Grafobal specialises in the printing of packaging for food, pharmaceutical products, cosmetics, tobacco goods and transportation. It also produces labels, calendars and much more. In 2013 the company processed 27,000 tonnes of board, corrugated and other substrates in Skalica and its increasing every year.

The Group’s very first offset printing press delivered to its site in Skalica in 1940 was a Planeta. This was followed by presses from other manufacturers. Nevertheless, since 2011 the number of KBA Rapida presses in operation at the international packaging group has increased. This is also the case at Grafobal Bohemia which used to print on Variant and Varimat systems from Radebeul. 

The performance of Grafobal Bohemia’s first KBA Rapida 106 with twin coaters led to the installation of three high-performance Rapidas in three years at the company’s affiliates in Russia and Lithuania. These presses are so fruitful that Grafobal Don was named the Grafobal’s most successful subsidiary in 2014. Two eight-colour twin coater Rapida 106 presses are in operation in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.

The managers and staff at Grafobal have come to value their cutting-edge sheetfed offset presses from KBA. The international packaging group always banks on the latest technology offering the shortest makeready times and maximum productivity in order to boost its competitiveness in the highly competitive packaging market.


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