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  • Koenig & Bauer Durst CorruJET provides digital direct printing on corrugated board sheets
  • Koenig & Bauer Durst Delta SPC 130 FlexLine prints up to six colors on corrugated sheets
  • Koenig & Bauer CorruCUT high board flexo die cutter generates broad interest
  • Koenig & Bauer Durst enjoyed success visiting with show-goers at SuperCorrExpo, one of the most influential corrugated packaging-focused trade shows in the Western Hemisphere, which was held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando in August. The firm’s experts were on hand to answer prospective customer questions and provide information on its latest products and developments for the corrugated market.   

    Koenig & Bauer Durst enjoyed success visiting with show-goers at SuperCorrExpo, one of the most influential corrugated packaging-focused trade shows in the Western Hemisphere, which was held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando in August

    “We were excited to join this event and visit with attendees who came to our booth to explore how Koenig & Bauer can support their corrugated printing needs,” said Jürgen Gruber, Product Manager Digital & Corrugated Printing Technology for Koenig & Bauer US. “Our new CorruCUT HQPP brings a maximum production output of 12,000 boards per hour, including setup while running, integrated remote maintenance for the ultimate uptime, and the easiest machine to operate. It generated a lot of interest at our booth due to its revolutionary new innovations. We are deeply committed to our corrugated customers and are supporting them with our complete portfolio of corrugated products.”

    The booth drew attendees who were especially keen to learn more about the inkjet products from Koenig & Bauer Durst, especially its CorruJET 170 and Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Automatic corrugated production press.

    Developed specifically for the corrugated industry, the brand new CorruJET provides digital direct printing on corrugated board sheets. The CorruJET is engineered for the highly efficient production of corrugated sheets with top-quality digital printing. Operating with a maximum production speed of 5,500 sheets/hour, the CorruJET can process corrugated board up to a thickness of 8 mm.

    The Koenig & Bauer Durst Delta SPC 130 FlexLine Automatic corrugated production press adapts single-pass technology for the corrugated industry. This combines a well-engineered mechanical design with easily accessible sub-assemblies and selected components to guarantee durable quality, high performance and reliability. The Delta SPC 130 is equipped with Durst’s SPC drop-on-demand print head technology and has a non-hazardous ink system and an IR/UV drying process designed for high productivity.

    The Delta SPC 130 can be configured with up to six colors, printing any length of corrugated cardboard or paper media of up to 12mm in thickness. The printing system offers unrivaled versatility, low maintenance requirements and 24/7 dependability.

    “We were pleased to display our joint venture between Koenig & Bauer and Durst at SuperCorrExpo and allow attendees to learn about our all-encompassing portfolio,” says Oliver Baar, senior product manager at Koenig & Bauer Durst. “We had some great conversations with everyone who visited our booth and it was clear that automation and productivity are key talking points in our industry.”

    More information on www.koenig-bauer-durst.com

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    news-2080 Wed, 08 Sep 2021 10:55:53 +0200 Packaging manufacturer Hubert von Carnap launches production on a Rapida 145 http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/packaging-manufacturer-hubert-von-carnap-launches-production-on-a-rapida-145/
  • Belated celebration to mark the company’s 150th anniversary
  • Resumption of printing production following a fire
  • Remarkable machinery installation with a tiny footprint
  • Confirmation of succession arrangements
  • The official inauguration of the Rapida 145 by Lothar Irion, Tobias Heinrichs from the municipality of Windeck, Susanne Nordberg, Katharina Steffens and Jürgen Bergmann (from left to right) (3)

    It has only been a few days since the packaging and cardboard processing company Hubert von Carnap, which is based in Windeck, North Rhine-Westphalia, officially launched production on its new sheetfed offset press together with its customers and others who have played a role in the company’s success. And that’s not all: the ceremony provided an occasion to finally celebrate the company’s 150th anniversary, with the celebration that was originally planned having been cancelled following damage due to a fire. Moreover, managing director Jürgen Bergmann and head of sales, Martin Trojca, were able to share good news with employees and business partners alike: Susanne Nordberg and Katharina Steffens will be the new proprietors of the family company, now in its fifth generation. Both this, and the new technology, have given the cardboard processing company a future to look forward to.

    The next generation, Katharina Steffens (second from the left) and Susanne Nordberg, can now call themselves the proprietors of the family company. Managing directors Jürgen Bergmann (left) and Lothar Irion extended their congratulations, knowing that this step will allow the company to continue to thrive (2)

    Process automation with a tiny footprint

    A Rapida 145, which has been raised by 630 mm and which features five inking units, a coater, and three-section extended delivery is now being used for printing at Hubert von Carnap. That’s nothing unusual for a company that specialises in packaging. What is remarkable, however, is the way the press was able to be installed in a very limited space while also featuring extensive, pallet-free logistics along with other components for automation. All the additional components that have been added around the raised press are installed over two levels. This means that the machine operator does not have to cover the same long distances, while also optimising the space available for the anticipated output from the Rapida 145. The close cooperation between the experts at Hubert von Carnap, Koenig & Bauer, the system vendor Heinrich Steuber, and local workshops was pivotal to this remarkable installation.

    Remarkable installation: the individual press units are installed over various levels to save space (5)

    The Rapida 145 has allowed Hubert von Carnap to boost its production capacities significantly. The press for sheets with a format of up to 1,060 × 1,450 mm, and a production of up to 16,000 sheets/hour on substrates up to 1.6 mm thick, has increased output by 40 per cent compared to the predecessor press, which dates from 2002. Automation features such as non-stop systems at the feeder and delivery, sidelay-free infeed DriveTronic SIS, FAPC plate changers and CleanTronic Synchro for parallel washing processes all contribute to higher productivity. Quality control and regulation features are based on inline systems that use QualiTronic ColorControl and PDF check for sheet inspection, as is the comparison of the printed sheet with the customer PDF. These systems are a guarantee of high-quality print products for printers and customers alike.

    Automatic non-stop operation with pallet-free logistics at the feeder (6)

    An exacting range of substrates

    All the new features aside, every effort was made to make the work that printers do easier. This starts with the EasyClean ink duct plates for fast ink changes, and also includes unbent printing plates, the disengagement of individual inking units, and EES to reduce emissions near the delivery area, and even extends to allowing access to virtually every press unit without forcing the operator to climb steps. The production facilities can now also be heated using the heat generated by the cooling units used for the printing press.

    Hubert von Carnap is a producer of packaging, primarily for the food and pharmaceutical industries, but also for tools and hazardous materials such as explosives for use in the mining industry. This range of products places huge demands on the technology, which needs to be able to print, die-cut, and bond thin cardboards, along with flexurally rigid solid boards, and microflute substrates to produce finished packaging.

    A celebration for employees, customers and the company’s supporters. The packaging manufacturer Hubert von Carnap launched production on a new Rapida 145 just a few days beforehand (1)

    More investments and new business areas

    Anything between 160 and 200 tonnes of cardboard is processed by Hubert von Carnap every week. And this looks set to increase: the two new proprietors, Susanne Nordberg and Katharina Steffens, informed their staff of 50 that the installation of the Rapida 145 is the first in a series of future investments. Both intend to keep growing Hubert von Carnap, along with venturing into new business areas to cater to the current demand for packaging made of renewable resources, and will also be focussing on acquiring new customers for their company.

    They also used the occasion to thank employees and customers for their loyalty to the company, which can look back over decades of experience, over what were very difficult months.

    Website of interest: www.hvc.de

    Ralf Engels (right), the system vendor Heinrich Steuber, and Peter Kolle from Koenig & Bauer congratulated the new proprietors Katharina Steffens (second from the left) and Susanne Nordberg on the launch of production on the new press with a picture by artist Conny Wachsmann (4)
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    news-2077 Fri, 03 Sep 2021 12:08:49 +0200 Rapida 145 from Koenig & Bauer puts on a top performance in packaging production http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/rapida-145-from-koenig-bauer-puts-on-a-top-performance-in-packaging-production/
  • Fully automated six-colour press with inline coating
  • High level of process automation and individual press customisations
  • Top printing performance saves an entire shift
  • First mover when it comes to product innovations and plastics substitution
  • The coat-of-arms of the Saxon electoral princes is ever-present in Coburg and surroundings. It was in 1353 that Margrave Friedrich III of Meissen inherited the lands which made up the territory known as ‘Pflege Coburg’. The town has only been part of the Free State of Bavaria since 1920. Even so, the fact that a sheetfed offset press built just a few kilometres from Meissen has been in production at Coburger Kartonagenfabrik in Dörfles-Esbach since last year has nothing to do with past traditions.

    Group photo with the team responsible for the installation of the Rapida 145 (left to right): Jörg Liebold, works manager; Daniel Michalik, Koenig & Bauer; Tim Steinke, project manager; Rolf Uting, print production manager; Robert Hein, senior commercial manager; Steffen Theiss, head of product development; Christopher Hugel, sales manager, Koenig & Bauer Germany (everyone on the photo was either fully vaccinated or else tested for coronavirus infection prior to the meeting) (1)

    The investment decision was preceded by an exacting selection process. Senior commercial manager Robert Hein recalls: “Koenig & Bauer did a really good job here. The cooperation was professional and consistent at all times.” After a series of process analyses and print tests, the company opted for a six-colour Rapida 145 with inline coating facilities and a three-section extended delivery. What was already an impressive installation was raised by a further 630 mm to maximise the efficiency of packaging production, and effortlessly handles piles of 1.8 metres and more in non-stop operation. Thanks to fully automatic pile logistics, uninterrupted production is even possible when printing on heavy boards.

    Excellent performance

    Robert Hein and print manager Rolf Uting are full of praise for their printers and the speed at which they have become familiar with operation of the new press. This was not just a change of press model, but also a quantum leap in terms of automation and performance. The sheet output per working hour continues to increase from month to month. Regular performance reports, which include anonymous comparisons with other similar sheetfed offset presses, show that the Rapida 145 at Coburger Kartonagenfabrik is already performing at the top of its league.

    Non-stop operation with pile logistics at the feeder of the Rapida 145 (2)

    This is not least due to the extensive automation solutions and individual press customisations: From its sidelay-free infeed DriveTronic SIS, to the disengagement of individual inking units and automated and therefore exceptionally fast coating plate changes, the Rapida 145 offers benefits that every press operator highly appreciates. Supplementing these features are the EasyClean ink duct coatings to accelerate ink changes, QualiTronic ColorControl for inline inking control, which also extends to the rear edge of the sheet, and ErgoTronic PlateStretch (remote stretching of the printing plates from the console to compensate paper stretch). Using Koenig & Bauer’s plate trolley lift for inspiration, the specialists at Coburger Kartonagenfabrik designed an additional lift to bring the inks to the press. A chute is also provided to enable used washing cloths to be dropped into floor-level waste containers. All these additional functions reduce walking distances and cut the risk of accidents by minimising the need to climb up and down onto the gallery with full hands.

    The new Rapida 145 is responsible for 60 to 70 per cent of the daily production volume. To play out its strengths to the full, it primarily prints on board between 230 and 250 g/m2. A first step saw the high volumes output by the Rapida 145 save one entire production shift on the older press, which is still installed nearby.

    The press delivery is similarly equipped with a full range of logistics components (3)

    Sustainable packaging production

    The Rapida 145 makes successful use of unbent, process-free printing plates. To extend the stability of the plates and to maintain process reliability despite the greater contamination caused by the dampening solution, the intervals at which filters are replaced have been made more frequent. Intensive roller cleaning is also scheduled on a weekly basis.

    This is just one of the company’s measures to make its packaging production sustainable. It is supplemented by a consistent energy management strategy that involves short- and long-term energy savings, continuous investment in energy-saving machinery and infrastructure, and systems for heat and condensate recovery. After all, corrugated board production causes high temperatures, and steam and condensate to form. The Coburg-based packaging experts also pay special attention to checking for leaks, for example from the compressed air systems, for which energy requirements are particularly high.

    At the same time, the company has obtained all the applicable certifications for food and non-food packaging production, from ISO 9001 and FSC to HACCP and energy management.

    A lift brings the plate trolleys up to the press gallery, which has been raised. This reduces walking distances and cuts the risk of accidents compared to manual handling of the large-format plates (4)

    Spectacular installation

    Significant conversion measures had to be carried out on the existing hall to enable installation of the Rapida 145 in its current location, directly at the entrance to the printshop, ensuring it is fully integrated into an end-to-end logistics chain. There used to be a load-bearing column where the feeder now stands. This had to be removed and replaced with a support system to the side of the press, along with a steel roof girder above it.

    The installation of the heat exchanger on the hall roof was another spectacular step within the project. The huge dimensions of the hall required a 220-tonne crane with a jib length extending to more than 80 metres to position the unit on the roof.

    First mover in many fields

    Coburger Kartonagenfabrik produces several million folding cartons every day. Alongside the two sheetfed offset presses, the production floor space of some 40,000 m2 is occupied by laminating machines for single- and double-wall corrugated board, die-cutting machines, more than ten folder-gluers, a window gluing machine and other items of special equipment. The 300 employees process approx. 45,000 tonnes of paper and board each year. Corrugated products dominate, and account for 80 per cent of the final output. The board types used are F-, E- and B-flute, including double-wall variants, and they are used in every conceivable combination.

    Several million folding cartons come off the folder-gluer lines every day (5)

    When it comes to product innovation and the use of renewable resources to replace plastics, Coburger Kartonagenfabrik is one of the industry’s first movers. It derives significant benefits from the current paradigm shift towards renewable resources. Moreover, the company’s machinery base and automation capabilities primarily target high-volume production. Product finishing is one of the standard services that is offered to major customers, along with warehousing services and the shipment of packaging products in batches. Some 16,000 pallet storage bays are available directly on site.

    The company branched into offset printing for double-wall corrugated packaging at an early stage. To this end, it invested in the first of the latest generation of inline corrugated laminating machines. Between 2015 and 2021, the company proceeded with a major investment programme covering not only the building structure and machinery base, but also the entire IT environment. The new Rapida 145 is an integral component of this programme, which, for the most part, is now approaching completion. All the measures that have been realised are clearly aligned with changing market conditions and more exacting customer expectations. 

    The customers of Coburger Kartonagenfabrik are primarily larger SMEs and major industry players from the German-speaking region and the Benelux countries, and represent a traditionally broad and diversified cross-section of the print market.

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    news-2075 Wed, 01 Sep 2021 13:43:15 +0200 Future-oriented product marking with inkjet http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/future-oriented-product-marking-with-inkjet/
  • Intuitive use like a smartphone
  • Modern and industry-standard design
  • Sustainable and cost-efficient in production operation
  • Koenig & Bauer Coding has continued to improve the portfolio of its alphaJET small-character inkjet printers. The reliable inkjet technology with the proven Active Inkflow and Smart Start Technology has been fundamentally modernised in terms of both look and usability. Low consumption and emission values ensure that the alphaJET5 X has the best TCO values.

    The alphaJET5 X features a convincing new design (1)

    Product marking meets different requirements in various industrial sectors. Productivity demands maximum reliability and the greatest possible flexibility from all involved. All inkjet printers in the alphaJET product range possess these capabilities in combination with a large and constantly growing ink portfolio. 

    With the new alphaJET5 X, Koenig & Bauer Coding makes it clear that special attention has been paid to user-friendliness. The design has rounded edges and eliminates raised knobs and switches. High-quality materials such as glass and stainless steel are used for the robust housing. This means that the printer is not susceptible to dirt deposits and can even be used in sensitive environments.

    Trendsetting and industrial design (2)

    Another new feature is the modern user interface, which allows navigation by swiping gestures, just as on a smartphone. Depending on the lighting conditions, a switch can be made between Light and Dark Mode. Depending on the production process, the start screen can be individually configured for the user.

    The alphaJET5 X is also ready for future challenges. Ready-to-use software in many languages and cloud-based systems already provide room for excellent performance. The extensive connectivity of the system opens up all possibilities for managed services and predictive maintenance in production.

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    news-2073 Thu, 26 Aug 2021 12:50:13 +0200 More capacity for sustainable packaging http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/more-capacity-for-sustainable-packaging/
  • Individual, highly specialised packaging for brand names
  • Automation for fast job changeovers
  • 20 per cent less waste
  • Flexible production for short and medium run
  • A six-colour Rapida 106 with coating facilities has been used in production at Wittmann Druck & Verpackung since the beginning of the year. The key players in the project recently met up at the press (left to right): managing director Hans Schuster; Gavin Elflein and Ralf Koch, both from Koenig & Bauer Germany; company owner Oskar Wittmann; printer Reiner Schneider; Christofer Hugel, Koenig & Bauer Germany (1)

    Modern, clean and flooded with natural daylight – these qualities characterise the entire company premises of Wittmann Druck & Verpackung in Neumarkt/Oberpfalz. And blue, fast and efficient are attributes that describe the recently installed Rapida 106, which now shoulders all print production for the company. With its inline quality control capabilities, it guarantees both the company and its customers high, reliable and consistent print quality – and ensures this can be done to everyone's satisfaction, because the six-colour coater press now forms the kingpin of a company dedicated to mainly short-run folding carton production. A run of 10,000 copies is already at the top of the range, as managing director Hans Schuster reports. And the print jobs themselves are anything other than routine ones. The company produces very individual and highly specialised packaging for brand owners in sectors such as electronics, writing instruments, confectionery and cosmetics. Advent calendars in a never-ending variety of shapes and forms are one of Wittmann’s specialities.

    View into the bright, light-filled printshop at Wittmann Druck & Verpackung (2)

    High production speeds and fast job changeovers

    The Rapida 106 has brought a number of valuable improvements, especially where short runs are concerned. This is illustrated by the fast and precise colour control, as well as a drastic reduction in the amount of time lost to ink changes at the same time. Key features in this respect are the EasyClean ink duct coatings, which enable exceptionally fast cleaning, and the simplicity of engaging and disengaging individual inking units, which means that production can continue without interruption while the ink is being changed in an unused printing unit.

    The sidelay-free infeed DriveTronic SIS and the fully automatic FAPC plate changers are further benefits spotlighted by Hans Schuster and his printshop manager Stefan Zahn, especially when it comes to packaging production: “The press runs much faster than its predecessor. But even more important for us is that job changeover times have been reduced significantly,” says managing director Schuster. The waste savings associated with the new technology – currently around 20 per cent – align perfectly with the company’s eco-friendly philosophy.

    Coating plate changes are completed in 2 minutes thanks to the comprehensive automation (3)

    Scoring with flexibility

    With 32 employees and a production area measuring 4,200 m2, Wittmann Druck & Verpackung is actually quite a small packaging company. However, it is nonetheless a force to be reckoned with. Almost ten years ago, it was one of the first companies to use migration-safe inks. The sun has been one of the company’s main energy suppliers since 2015 – thanks to a 285 kW photovoltaic array. Heat recovery – also from the new Rapida 106 – allows more energy savings to be made. And baling presses provide the basis for the return of paper and board waste to the materials cycle.

    Wittmann also scores points with the high level of flexibility made possible by its extremely lean organisation. The response times – from creation of a job, to data collection and through to production and shipping to the customer – are remarkably short. This is in no small way due to an in-house software solution. New and modified designs for complex packaging forms are developed in the company’s own packaging design office.

    High printing speeds and fast job changeovers characterise the Rapida 106 (4)

    Rapida 106 to mark the company’s 125th anniversary

    The full-service production also includes product sorting and filling of the packaging. A mobile shelving system permits up to 1,200 pallets with finished products to be held in intermediate storage. The customers can then have their products delivered at precisely the time when they are needed.

    The company was founded 125 years ago, and Oskar Wittmann represents the 3rd generation at the helm. With the Rapida 106, the company has treated itself to a gift worthy of marking the anniversary. The new press, continued regular investments, and the emerging trend to packaging made from renewable raw materials place Wittmann Druck & Verpackung in an ideal position to master future challenges.

    Following completion of its investment in the Rapida 106, the management at Wittmann Druck & Verpackung can now move on to make other major investments in post-press equipment. For the moment, however, owner Oskar Wittmann is planning the erection of a second production hall in 2022. As he recently announced to the workforce: “I am now, at last, able to realise my long-cherished dream of an additional production hall.”

    Advent calendars and other complex packaging products are specialities of Wittmann (5)
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    news-2069 Thu, 19 Aug 2021 13:31:56 +0200 Ye Sung increases production output with a Koenig & Bauer Allpro 70 http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/ye-sung-increases-production-output-with-a-koenig-bauer-allpro-70/
  • Processing of demanding packaging designs
  • Production output increased by 30 per cent
  • Less overtime and better motivated employees

  • Since being founded in 2008, Ye Sung Corp. in Janghang-Dong near the South Korean capital of Seoul has grown to become a highly specialised packaging supplier, whose principal customers are small to mid-size companies that are active in a wide range of market segments, along with major players from the pharmaceuticals industry.

    An Allpro 70 has been used in production at South Korean folding carton producer Ye Sung since March (1)

    A broad spectrum of different folding cartons is produced, including ones for medicines and beauty products, dietary supplements, cosmetics and foods. They frequently include some very complicated designs that push the processing equipment to its limits.

    South Korean employees work longer hours than their counterparts in most other OECD member nations. However, following labour law amendments that came into effect on 1 July 2021, a maximum working time of 52 hours per week now applies in all companies with five or more employees. In order to keep the performance of the operation at a high level, Yesung put the Allpro 70 folder-gluer into operation in March. The new machine contributes to faster turnaround times for individual jobs, and ensures that work processes proceed without problems despite the limited space available.

    Of course, word of such an investment gets around quickly. Since commissioning the Allpro 70, Ye Sung has attracted a whole series of new orders.

    Jaewan Kim, CEO of Ye Sung, is especially pleased with the increased outputs made possible by the Allpro 70 (2)

    Perfect all-rounder with high productivity

    The Allpro 70 is distinguished by its high flexibility in terms of the substrates that can be used. An extensive range of tailored equipment options also allows it to handle an exceptionally broad variety of different folding carton designs, thereby giving free rein to the customer’s creativity. Application-oriented solutions and functions, along with belt speeds of up to 400 m/min, provide for fast makeready and high productivity.

    Even after just a few weeks of use, production output at Ye Sung increased by more than 30 per cent thanks to the new machine. Overtime could be reduced, and employee satisfaction rose in equal measure. Weekend shifts have become a thing of the past.

    Group photo with the young team at Ye Sung (right to left): Haesung Jung, Hongjun Jeon, CEO Jaewan Kim, Junggi Lee, Hyeonu Lee and Hyunho Park, alongside Jaehoon Jo and William Shin from Koenig & Bauer’s branch office in South Korea (3)

    Streamlined work processes

    Jaewan Kim, CEO of Ye Sung Corp., explains: “The additional folder-gluer line has made us better able to group similar carton designs and sizes on individual machines, which saves makeready time and boosts production output.” Work processes have been streamlined to a considerable extent, and the lead time from confirmation of an order through to shipping of the processed products is now also shorter.

    The CEO has full faith in the products made by Koenig & Bauer as one of the leading manufacturers of packaging machines. His philosophy is to embrace the challenging tasks presented by customers, to maintain flexibility, and to work in unison to develop solutions for their products.

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    news-2063 Mon, 09 Aug 2021 12:46:27 +0200 Two Koenig & Bauer Rapida Presses Deliver Highest Quality at NEPA Carton & Carrier http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/two-koenig-bauer-rapida-presses-deliver-highest-quality-at-nepa-carton-carrier/
  • Northeastern Pennsylvania package printer delivers products to the beverage, food, cosmetic, and tray marketplace
  • Unique products are produced for NEPA’s customers on its two Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145 57-inch presses
  • One of the first printers in North America to have the unique Instrument Flight system from System Brunner utilized on both of its Rapida presses for expert color consistency
  • When its well-known high end brands for the packaging market continued to grow, they called upon NEPA Carton & Carrier to meet those needs. Koenig & Bauer then provided the engine to satisfy those production requirements. Its pressroom, located at its facility in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is anchored with two Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145 57-inch presses. Both of these state-of-the-art models are equipped with inline QualiTronic Instrument Flight systems—one of the first printers in North America to choose this important advanced color control technology.

    The pressroom at NEPA Carton & Carrier is anchored with two Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145 57-inch presses, which are both equipped with inline QualiTronic Instrument Flight systems—one of the first printers in North America to choose this important advanced color control technology

    “Our leading nationwide clients demand superior customer service, high quality, and fast turnaround,” says Mike Collins Sr, president of NEPA. “It’s crucial for us to invest in equipment that will represent their brands on the store shelf. These presses give us the ability to produce millions of boxes and carriers or produce smaller custom packaging from as little as a few thousand on up.”

    For nearly five years, NEPA has fully utilized its inline QualiTronic Instrument Flight system on both of its Rapida 145 large format presses. Having this important feature, says Collins, allows NEPA to control the grey balance on press with the QCC option from Koenig & Bauer. It also allows NEPA to run and control its printed product to G7 standards. This is the only system on the market that allows a printer to manage and control the grey balance throughout the run. 

    Catering to a wide range of firms that require high quality custom folding carton solutions such as can wraps, cosmetic boxes, food packaging, multi-packs, frozen food boxes, and window packaging, one of NEPA’s fastest growing niches continues to be the craft beer industry and its demand for colorful and strong beverage carriers. Having two Koenig & Bauer sheetfed presses equipped with a host of automated modules specific to Koenig & Bauer such as QualiTronic Color Control, QualiTronic PrintCheck, and QualiTronic Instrument Flight to help NEPA meet the needs of its individual customer production. These advanced systems, along with a top press running speed of 17,000 sph, gives NEPA ultimate print quality control and the automation helps to require no operator intervention.

    “We’re very pleased with our Koenig & Bauer Rapida presses,” says Collins. “The unique technology allows us to deliver the highest quality products with the shortest turnaround times that are sturdy as well as fun, artistic, and colorfully creative. Our products tell the story of each brand, emphasizing special seasonal occasions or limited editions.”

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    news-2062 Thu, 05 Aug 2021 10:16:15 +0200 Sustainable films and packaging http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/sustainable-films-and-packaging/
  • Sustainable films and packaging
  • Perga GmbH impressed by the complete package 
  • Focus on ecological and business objectives
  • State-of-the-art, high-performance printing press
  • Perga GmbH, which is located in Walldürn near Würzburg, is investing in a brand-new Evo XD 8 from Koenig & Bauer. The company has been growing steadily for several years. Its main focus is directed at supplying sustainable products to its customers. “In this respect, our philosophy is perfectly aligned with that of Koenig & Bauer. The press implements all the principles that we have championed for years. Our goal is to combine sustainable production with the highest possible quality,” says Fabian Wilhelms, managing director of Perga GmbH. The press is designed to print with solvent- and water-based inks, and a special heat exchanger system with an integrated drying air control makes particularly energy-efficient and cost-saving production possible. Fabian Wilhelms: “The print tests we attended at the Customer Technology Centre in Würzburg gave our team a very good impression of the press. We have every confidence in the capabilities of Koenig & Bauer and the Evo XD.” The new press is scheduled to start production in the spring of next year. Luigi Magliocchi, managing director of Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica in Italy: “We have now sold several of our presses to German companies. Being able to demonstrate the Evo XD at our Customer Technology Centre in Würzburg is a huge help. After all, many of our customers have been unable to travel to Italy due to the current pandemic.”

    Right after signing the contract (left to right): Alexander Eckstein, printshop manager, Perga GmbH; Fabian Wilhelms, managing director, Perga GmbH; Joachim Barthelme, COO, Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica; Arno Vogelhuber, sales manager Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica; Joachim Michenfelder project manager, Perga GmbH (1)

    Sustainable industrial films and packaging for all applications

    The company was founded in Walldürn-Altheim near Würzburg more than 50 years ago. Since then, Perga GmbH has grown to become a leading manufacturer of mono and coextruded films and packaging based on PE-HD. Other products made from PE-LD and other polyethylenes supplement the portfolio. Sustainability and quality are the company’s guiding principles – which is why the development of eco-friendly products is an important issue at Perga GmbH. In 2019, a significant number of its products were even awarded the “Blue Angel” ecolabel for their outstanding environmental characteristics.

    Heading for the future with the Evo XD

    The Evo XD – a state-of-the-art CI flexo press with eight printing units, a new dryer generation and newly designed drive and control systems – is engineered to meet exacting quality standards in production using a broad diversity of substrates. It accommodates web widths up to 1,320 mm and repeat lengths up to 1,070 mm. The technical highlights include a high-efficiency, energy-saving ventilation system for the intermediate and bridge dryers.

    Everyone was impressed after the print tests were successfully conducted at the Customer Technology Centre in Würzburg (2)

    The fully automatic PrintTronic impression control system, which allows makeready settings to be made without ink and with a bare minimum of substrate, helps minimise start-up waste, as does the user-friendly smart register control. All key automation and operating functions are integrated into the new touchscreens and permit intuitive handling at all relevant points around the press. When it comes to automation for fast job changeovers, the Evo XD represents the state of the art. Depending on the particular substrate in use, production speeds up to 500 m/min are possible.

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    news-2056 Fri, 30 Jul 2021 09:53:02 +0200 Diana fires up a new Rapida 105 from Koenig & Bauer http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/diana-fires-up-a-new-rapida-105-from-koenig-bauer/
  • The company's second Rapida press
  • Comprehensive features for packaging printing
  • Significant boost to productivity
  • One of the first sheetfed offset presses from the new Rapida 105 generation is now being used by the print company Diana in the Russian city of Ivanovo (1)

    Production based on the first sheetfed offset press from the new Rapida 105 series in Russia was recently launched by the print company ‘Diana’, a specialist supplier of board and corrugated packaging for the food and non-food industries in the city of Ivanovo. The press concerned is a six-colour configuration with additional coater and extended delivery. It is the company’s second Rapida press and joins a half-format model installed on a previous occasion.

    The press comprises six printing units, coater and extended delivery, and stands on a 555 mm plinth (2)

    Pile heights up to 1.6 metres

    The Rapida 105 can handle a maximum sheet format of 740 × 1,050 mm and has been placed on a 555 mm plinth to accommodate packaging printing. This allows it to process piles up to 1.6 metres in height. The extensive list of equipment feature includes CleanTronic washing systems, EasyClean ink ducts, lowerable non-stop rollers and VariDry IR/hot-air dryers in the swan neck and extended delivery. Inline colour measurement using QualiTronic ColorControl guarantees a high quality of the printed and coated sheets. In addition, a tag inserter distinguishes the good production from sheets identified as waste, for example when starting production of a job. The Rapida 105 receives press presetting instructions from the Diana pre-press department via CIPLink X.

    The print company Diana was founded in 2008 and has exhibited dynamic growth ever since. With Ivanovo being a hub for the textiles industry, packaging for this sector accounts for a large proportion of the product portfolio. Ikea and Askona, the largest mattress manufacturer in Russia, are also among the company’s big-name customers.

    Control console with touchscreen monitor and wallscreen for the visualisation of all key press functions (3)

    A talent for complex packaging designs

    Many of the packaging designs handled by Diana are far more complex than a standard folding carton. Diana operates its own packaging design office, and considers complex designs as one of its key strengths. Colour capabilities, interesting finishing options and the processing of microflute substrates also play a central role.

    At the commissioning of the new Rapida 105 (left to right): Sven Strzelczyk, sales director, Koenig & Bauer; Vadim Volkov, general director, Diana; Fjodor Smirnov, general director, Koenig & Bauer (RU); and Maxim Kruglov, head of sales, Koenig & Bauer (RU). The company’s printers can be seen in the background (4)

    Diana is growing both in terms of its product quality and its production volume. As director Oleg Gospodinov sums it up: “Over the past two years, we have tripled the quantities of board and coated papers that we process. Our production and storage floor space has similarly increased threefold.” And in this the innovative Rapida technology has played a decisive role.

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    news-2052 Wed, 28 Jul 2021 21:37:13 +0200 Koenig & Bauer looking to the future with confidence and in a strong position after a good first six months in 2021 with improved earnings despite lower revenue http://metalprint.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-looking-to-the-future-with-confidence-and-in-a-strong-position-after-a-good-first-six-months-in-2021-with-improved-earnings-despite-lower-revenue-second-half-revenue-expected-to-be-higher-due-to-double-digit-growth-in-order-intake/
  • Roughly 28% increase in order intake, particularly underpinned by double-digit growth in the Special and Sheetfed segments
  • Koenig & Bauer’s strategy paying off: in addition to trade fair success in China, successful entry into the corrugated board production market
  • P24x efficiency programme spurring earnings, €26.2m improvement in EBIT to €6.4m despite pandemic-induced revenue decline
  • Increase of €103.3m in free cash flow to €14.3m, taking Koenig & Bauer back to its pre-pandemic net financial position
  • Forecast for 2021: 2% EBIT margin on revenue of €1,100 – 1,135m; medium-term targets confirmed
  • The first half of 2021 went well for the Koenig & Bauer Group (“Koenig & Bauer”) in several respects. Customer orders were up roughly 28% on the same period in the previous year. This performance was particularly underpinned by the increase of around 45% in orders in the Special segment. Orders were up on the previous year in all parts of this segment. In June, Group subsidiary MetalPrint recorded one of the best order intakes in its history. This shows that, after a difficult first half for this segment, the order situation is improving and that the global economic engine is increasingly gaining momentum, allowing Koenig & Bauer to face the future with confidence and in a good position. Order intake was also up in the Sheetfed segment again, rising by around 30%, with the sharply growing and more pandemic-resistant packaging printing market accounting for the bulk of this growth. This enabled us to further expand our position in the market for sheetfed offset presses for packaging printing. The market leadership achieved in 2020 after the substantial increase in market share was particularly gratifying.

    At this year's China Print in Beijing at the end of June Koenig & Bauer posted a new record in new orders (1)

    Koenig & Bauer’s strategy paying off: in addition to a record order for the company at China Print in Beijing, five CorruCUT presses were successfully marketed in July – further progress being made with the sustainability initiative

    Koenig & Bauer also celebrated a number of successes in China – at this year’s China Print in Beijing at the end of June a new record was set for this trade fair in terms of the number of orders received. At the core of the presentation was the world premiere of the new Rapida 105 generation. The large-format Rapida 145 and Rapida 164 sheetfed offset presses were also in high demand, reflecting the particular need for high-quality packaging, particularly for mobile telephones and consumer electronics. All told, this shows that customers’ spending reticence is beginning to dissipate in many areas. Nevertheless, some new investments are being postponed due to the uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. In the first half of 2021, this mainly concerned incoming orders in digital decor and corrugated printing. However, as of the end of July 2021, a total of five machines from the CorruCUT series had been successfully marketed to beta customers as well as new customers. As Dr Andreas Pleßke, the CEO of Koenig & Bauer AG, explains: “Our customers’ decisions also show that we have done very good work in recent years and that our focus on growth markets such as conventional and digital packaging printing is paying off. We expect to place incoming orders on our books in the third quarter of 2021, with production of the new presses to commence next year. This makes it clear that the end markets that we address and particularly also the structurally growing packaging printing segment are fundamentally intact. Accordingly, we still see our proven broad product range as appropriate for achieving our goals.” Pleßke adds: “In addition, sustainability is gaining momentum as a cross-cutting issue for both customers and the Company. This is why we are very proud to be the first press manufacturer to join the “Healthy Printing Initiative” and to be confirmed as a member of the “Holy Grail 2.0” project, thus further expanding our commitment to sustainable corporate development.” You can find out more about Koenig & Bauer’s sustainability initiative in the report on the first half of 2021.

    Further progress made in the sustainability offensive (3)

    P24x efficiency programme spurring earnings despite pandemic-induced decline in revenue

    At €493.2m as of 30 June 2021, Group revenue fell short of the previous year’s figure of €515.7m due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Sequentially, revenue in the second quarter of 2021 increased by around 2.5% over the first quarter of 2021. At €754.1m, the order backlog as of the end of June 2021 was up 15.9% on the previous year’s figure of €650.4m. Despite the lower Group revenue, EBIT came to €6.4m (previous year: -€19.8m). The improvement of around €26.2m is mainly due to the more efficient implementation of the P24x personnel measures, which is also reflected in the adjustment of the restructuring provisions for the efficiency programme, as well as the P24x cost-reduction effects and reduced functional costs, despite the volume and margin effects, the lower use of short-time working and the extraordinary income achieved in the previous year. In particular, Koenig & Bauer succeeded in replacing the cost-reduction effects from the use of short-time working in the previous year with long-term and sustainable measures under P24x. As a result, the EBIT margin improved from -3.8% to 1.3% in the first half of 2021. Group net profit increased from -€24.3m in the previous year to €1.1m as of 30 June 2021, translating into earnings per share of €0.05 (30 June 2020: -€1.48).

    Significant improvement in cash flow due also to reduction in net working capital and lower net financial position against the backdrop of Covid-19

    Both cash flow from operating activities and free cash flow increased significantly in the first half of 2021. Cash flow from operating activities improved from -€68.6m in the previous year to €26.5m the period under review. Free cash flow also increased to €14.3m (previous year: -€89.0m) due to the reduction in net working capital. Moreover, net financial debt was lowered significantly to -€36.7m (30 June 2020: -€97.1m) despite the protracted global Covid-19 pandemic. With freely available funds of more than €250m and a consolidated equity ratio of 27.9%, the Group is financially well positioned.

    In July, five machines of the CorruCUT family were successfully marketed (2)

    Strong performance in the segments – Special and Sheetfed with double-digit growth in order intake

    The individual segments were affected to differing degrees by the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic in the first half of 2021.

    In the Sheetfed segment, order intake in particular was very favourable in the first half of 2021 thanks to growth in the orders for large-format sheetfed offset presses and parts of the post-press range, for example, rising by 30.1% to €374.7m as of 30 June 2021. More than 60% of orders were attributable to the pandemic-resistant packaging printing market (folding boxes and labels), which is growing very swiftly. Revenue came to €293.3m, thus matching the previous year (€295.4m). The order backlog grew by 44.7% to €413.5m. EBIT improved to €7.0m (previous year: -€1.0m), translating into an EBIT margin of 2.4% (previous year: -0.3%). The adjustment of the restructuring provisions for P24x had a positive impact of €7.2m on EBIT.

    Order intake in the Digital & Webfed segment was heavily impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic in the first half-year of 2021. Growth in flexo presses for flexible packaging was unable to make up for lower orders for web offset presses. Customers’ pandemic-related reluctance to invest in digital decor and corrugated board printing was also reflected in a 25.9% decline in order intake to €42.0m. The order backlog contracted from €85.5m to €45.5m. However, revenue climbed by 9.2% to €64.1m. EBIT came to -€11.0m, compared with -€12.3m in the same period in the previous year, translating into an EBIT margin of -17.2%, compared with -21.0% in the previous year. The adjustment of the restructuring provisions for P24x had a negative impact of €1.5m on EBIT.

    At €218.7m, order intake in the Special segment exceeded the previous year’s figure by 45.1%. Orders were up in all areas (Banknote Solutions: banknote and security printing; MetalPrint: metal packaging; Coding: coding solutions for all industries; Kammann: direct decoration of hollow bodies made of glass, plastic and metal). In June, MetalPrint achieved one of the best order intakes in the Company’s history, following a difficult first half of 2021. Order backlog increased by 7.9% to €307.5m as of 30 June 2021. Revenue fell by €25.7m to €148.6m. EBIT improved from €-6.2m to €6.9m. Accordingly, the EBIT margin came to 4.6%, compared with -3.6% in the previous year. The adjustment of the restructuring provisions for P24x had a positive impact of €16.0m on EBIT. In the previous year, EBIT adjusted for the extraordinary income from the successful outcome of a legal dispute (€4.2m), had stood at -€10.4m.

    Slight organic revenue growth of 7 - 10% with an EBIT margin of 2% now expected for 2021 – medium-term targets confirmed

    As already mentioned, Koenig & Bauer was able to successfully implement further measures under its P24x efficiency programme in the first half of 2021. In this connection, the Management Board announced on 23 June 2021 its decision to waive all compulsory redundancies at the Company’s German facilities in 2021 and 2022 due to the progress made in achieving the personnel targets defined under the P24x programme. As Dr Andreas Pleßke, the CEO of Koenig & Bauer AG, explains: “We have thus demonstrated that we can implement major staff reduction programmes necessitated by global economic changes, adverse conditions and the ongoing transformation of customer needs free of any turbulence.” As a result, it has been possible to reduce the originally planned short- and medium-term one-off costs for personnel measures by about €20m to some €37m. Restructuring provisions of €57.6m had originally been set aside for this purpose in the third quarter of 2020 and were reversed through profit and loss in 2020. The resultant extraordinary income of around €20m will boost Group earnings and free cash flow and was not yet included in the forecast for 2021.

    Dr Stephen Kimmich, the CFO of Koenig & Bauer AG: “For 2021 as a whole, we now expect organic growth in Group revenue of 7 - 10% to €1,100 - 1,135m (previously: increase of 4% to €1,070m) thanks to our strong order books and intake together with the upgraded forecast of the International Monetary Fund and our industry association VDMA for the economy as a whole as well as underlying sector conditions. With respect to earnings, an EBIT margin of 2% is projected after the swifter emergence of the expected cost-reduction effects from P24x and the more efficient implementation of the related personnel measures. That said, persistent delivery shortfalls and, related to this, increases in the price of materials as well as the reimposition of travel restrictions – not least of all due to the emergence of mutations of the Covid-19 virus – will continue to exert pressure in the second half of 2021. After the completion of the four-year efficiency programme, we hope to achieve revenue of €1.3bn and an EBIT margin of at least 7% and to reduce net working capital to a maximum of 25% of annual revenue. In the first half of 2021, we came a further step closer to achieving this goal through active net working capital management.”

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