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Giant double circumference KBA web for Quebecor World UK

Press release from the issuing company

March 20, 2007 -- The first new generation double circumference press offering in-line gluing and trimming and featuring a massive 17 metre MEGTEC high performance hot air dryer has already achieved speeds of over 43500 copies per hour and is targeted to reach even higher speeds later this year. The press is equipped with a KBA Patras A reel supply system, a KBA Pastomat RC reel splicer and four high-speed printing units with semi-automatic plate changers. The press is also fitted with the unique KBA DUAL superstructure with variable former and cantilevered magazine superstructure and a high-speed P5 pin folder. The latest KBA press management master control desk technology and a GMI Colorquick inline colour measuring and control system complete the package. The DUAL superstructure allows crease-free printing via the cantilevered magazine bars whilst the former section of the new press offers additional capacity for Quebecor’s growth into high quality heatset magazines and commercial work. This variable DUAL superstructure allows for flexible production and helps Quebecor World to compete more effectively in the long run gravure magazine sector. Angus Jurkschat, Quebecor UK’s Sales & Marketing Director says: “This investment cements our future in the UK printing industry. We are actively selling this capacity to our publishing and commercial printing clients. This installation is part of Quebecor World’s extensive European re-tooling programme.” For KBA UK, Managing Director, Christian Knapp comments: “I am delighted that Quebecor World operates our most productive commercial web press so successfully here in the UK. The performance characteristics and economics of this press will help Quebecor World compete in the challenging UK magazine environment.” The KBA Compacta range of commercial web presses are designed for high volume runs and high pagination products and for low production costs per thousand copies in a competitive market.