Heshan Astros, a member of the Leo Paper Group, has again opted for a sheetfed offset press from KBA at Drupa. Founded in 1982, Leo Paper has developed into a leading group with 12 subsidiaries in packaging and printing in China. As the main production base of Leo Paper Group, Heshan Astros Printing Ltd. (Heshan Astros) is a Hong Kong-invested enterprise.
It was founded in 1991 and has a plant spanning 667,000 m2. After 20 years of stable operation, it has become one of the world's largest providers of one-stop printing service solutions. With advanced production technology and high production capacity, Heshan Astros can provide various printing, processing and production of paper products to meet the needs of different customers. Since 2005 regular investments in KBA press technology has contributed to the firm’s success and continual growth curve. Today, Heshan Astros employs over 10,000 staff. Its total investment reached HKD 1,900 million (Euro 200m) and exports amounted to RMB 2,400 million (Euro 325m) in 2015.
In the beginning Heshan Astros mainly fired up medium-format presses and the first large-format press came in 2011. The company has now ordered another large-format press from KBA-Sheetfed at Drupa - a six-colour Rapida 164 with coater. It is Heshan Astros’ seventeenth KBA sheetfed offset press. A large delegation from Leo Paper Group also informed themselves about all of KBA’s innovations in Duesseldorf.