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KBA Commander Goes Live, 160,000 48-page Color Newspapers Per Hour

Press release from the issuing company

The superior quality and performance of two Commander press lines that have come on stream at Süddeutsche Societäts-Druckerei´s new 38,000m2 (9-acre) production site in Maisach-Gernlinden have created waves in the south German newspaper market.   Featuring cutting-edge technology and an advanced level of automation to facilitate handling, the four 64-page shaftless presses address the current trend towards more colour, faster lead times and greater production flexibility. The new plant has created some 100 new jobs. Süddeutsche Societäts-Druckerei in Maisach is one of the most advanced printing plants in Europe. Colourful Times for FAZ and AZ The high-tech Commander press line for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in Maisach is 44m (167ft 6in) long, 16m (52ft 6in) high and 7m (23ft) wide   Both press lines have eight Pastomat RC reelstands and two heavy-duty folders apiece. One is configured as seven satellite towers and prints the southern editions of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in Nordic format. The other is configured as six satellite towers and prints the Münchener Abendzeitung (AZ) in Rhine format. The Commander installation is controlled from eight VCU consoles with computerised press preset and a RIP interface for setting the ink keys.

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