Following successful installations in Cuba and Mexico, KBA's compact B2 (29in) Rapida 75 is busy making inroads in Brazil, a key market. First up, in February 2010, was a four-colour version which has substantially boosted capacity, output and quality at Imprensa Nacional, the government printing office in Brasilia, the capital.
Dating back to 1808, Imprensa Nacional is under the direct authority of the Brazilian president. It has a current workforce of 340, 84 of them in production, which alongside sheetfed offset encompasses newspaper web and digital presses. The Rapida 75 is the sheetfed section's fourth litho press and its new flagship. It is mainly used to print official government documents and communications, books, magazines, catalogues, folders and covers.
Prior to initiating the selection procedure the government put the contract out to public tender. KBA and its small-format agency in Brazil, Global Sistemas Graficos, won the deal by virtue of the Rapida 75's compelling technology and attractive price/performance ratio, and by offering a comprehensive service concept.
Imprensa Nacional technical director Francisco Chagas Pinto was impressed by the way that KBA-Grafitec and Global Sistemas Graficos handled the entire project: "The outstanding performance of a KBA Rapida 74 – the forerunner of the 75 – at KBA reference customer Yangraf Grafica e Editora in São Paulo also helped to tip the balance. The new press made a fine start and has really delivered on its promise in terms of fast makeready, low waste levels and ease of operation. Compared to our existing presses the performance of the 15,000 sheets-per-hour Rapida 75 is stunning. It can be used for a broad range of jobs and delivers a superior print quality on all the stock types and weights we use."