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Three formats: Three new KBA sheetfed offset presses for Asia's Glory Moon

Press release from the issuing company

Glory Moon, one of the leading producers of greeting cards and consumer paper products in Asia, invested in three new sheetfed offset printing presses of the Rapida and Performa series in 2006. The company was founded in Hong Kong in the 1960s and creates over 1,000 new products every year – greetings cards, gift packaging and other printed paper wares. Annual production accounts for some 25,000 tonnes of materials. The first factory in China was opened in 1989: Glory Moon Greeting Cards (Panyu) Co., Ltd., with a production floor space of 90,000 square metres. Today, there are more than 4,000 employees in Panyu, Guangdong handling the whole Glory Moon product range. Since 1997, more and more Rapida presses have joined the printshop line-up. In the meantime, five KBA medium-format presses are in use (one Rapida 104 and four Rapida 105 presses with four to six printing units), partly also with additional coating towers. In 2004, a second factory was founded in Yingde, Guangdong. The Glory Moon (Yingde) Paper Products Co., Ltd. facility occupies a total area of 660,000 square metres and is to come into operation in several stages. When it reaches its full extent, it will count approx. 10,000 employees. Production commenced in mid of 2006. Three new KBA sheetfed offset presses in three different format classes have been part of the set-up from the very beginning. With a Rapida 142 (sheet format 102 x 142 cm), Glory Moon is also venturing into large-format sheetfed offset for the first time. The other two presses are a Rapida 105 universal and a Performa 74. All three are configured with five printing units, coating tower and extended delivery. “Given our longstanding experience with the Rapida presses in Panyu, KBA was also our first choice when we started to plan the new factory,” explains managing director C. K. Au. “And having three presses in such different formats gives us ideal opportunities to diversify our product range and to spark new growth for our company.” This was not the only reasoning behind the chosen configurations. Mr. Au: “The Rapidas enable us to raise our print output, to shorten turnaround times and to reduce our waste, which in the end helps to cut production costs.” With its highly developed quality management system, a professional management team and a whole host of measures promoting staff loyalty and employee health and safety, Glory Moon has its sights set firmly on further growth and business success.