Koenig & Bauer News Feed http://www.koenig-bauer.com/ en Koenig & Bauer AG Fri, 22 Mar 2019 09:58:59 +0100 Fri, 22 Mar 2019 09:58:59 +0100 news-1326 Thu, 21 Mar 2019 07:19:00 +0100 Koenig & Bauer is targeting group revenue of around €1.5bn with EBIT margin of between 7% and 10% until 2023 https://nordic.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-is-targeting-group-revenue-of-around-EUR15bn-with-ebit-margin-of-between-7-and-10-until-2023/
  • Highest EBIT in the company’s 201-year history
  • 7.1% EBIT margin substantially surpassing the mean for the German engineering sector
  • Revenue in 2018 limited by parts availability
  • Good order situation
  • Strong cash flows from operating activities
  • Equity ratio of 38.5%
  • 2.7% dividend yield with higher proposed dividend of €1 per share
  • Guidance for 2019: organic revenue growth of up to 4% and EBIT margin of around 6%
  • With the progress achieved in the structurally growing and less cyclical packaging printing, the Koenig & Bauer group made further advances in its strategically aligning towards sustainable profitable growth. CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “Driven by a record order intake, we have been able to widen our share of the global flexible packaging printing market to 9%. Revenue in marking and coding has risen by around 50% in the last three years. Since the acquisition of flatbed die-cutter business in 2016, revenue in this business field has climbed by more than 50%. The entry into the market for folder gluers and the planned joint venture with inkjet pioneer Durst for folding carton and corrugated printing are further milestones.” CFO Mathias Dähn: “Pleasing revenue and earnings potential can arise with our RotaJET digital printing platform for decor and flexible packaging printing following a greater substitution of the hitherto standard analogue printing processes and an increase in the internally-sourced production of decoration papers in the furniture and flooring industry. After a comprehensive evaluation process, the renowned packaging group Tetra Pak has opted for our large-format RotaJET for full-colour digital printing of beverage carton packaging. We have received two more RotaJET orders for digital decor printing.”

    The service revenue share increased in the group to 25.9% in 2018 (1)

    Earnings target for 2018 well achieved

    Group EBIT climbed from €81.4m in the previous year to €87.4m despite some adverse circumstances in the availability of parts and market conditions. With the increase in its EBIT margin from 6.7% to 7.1%, Koenig & Bauer achieved the target defined for 2018 of around 7%. CFO Mathias Dähn: “On the basis of an EBIT margin adjusted for special items of 5.4% in 2016, we are aiming for an annual improvement of 0.7% in this margin to around 9% by 2021 assuming linear execution of the group projects for boosting earnings by €70m. This translates into a target of 6.8% for 2018, which we exceeded substantially with a margin of 7.1%.”

    High order backlog

    The previously announced shifts of machine deliveries into 2019 as a result of bottlenecks in the parts availability burdened the achievement of our revenue target. At €1,226m, group revenue was only slightly up on the previous year of €1,217.6m. Koenig & Bauer had been targeting organic revenue growth of around 4% for 2018. With order intake coming to €1,222m (previous year: €1,266.3m), order backlog rose to €610.9m (previous year: €606.2m).

    Dividend of €1 per share proposed

    High tax expenses resulting from the consumption of deferred tax assets on loss carry-forwards left traces on net profit. At €64m, group net profit (previous year: €81.1m) translates into earnings per share of €3.86 in 2018 (2017: €4.91). “Thanks to the good group net profit and the retained profit generated by the holding company Koenig & Bauer AG, we are able to continue our dividend policy with a distribution rate at the upper end of the target corridor of between 15% and 35% of group net profit,” said CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann. Accordingly, the Management Board and the Supervisory Board will be asking the shareholders to approve a dividend of €1 per share at the annual general meeting on 22 May 2019. This is equivalent to a dividend ratio of 25.9% of group net profit and a dividend yield of 2.7% on the basis of the closing price of the share in 2018.

    In folding carton printing, Koenig & Bauer strengthened its global market and technological leadership in its largest business field (2)

    Sheetfed limited by parts availability

    At €613m, order intake in the Sheetfed segment was below the previous year’s figure of €656.2m. While the project situation is good, bottlenecks in the availability of parts dampened new business due to longer delivery times. The situation with regard to parts also caused revenue to drop to €647.4m, down on the previous year’s figure of €660.2m. This is also reflected in EBIT, which fell to €36.5m, compared with €37.5m in the previous year. With an EBIT margin of 5.6%, Koenig & Bauer was able to maintain the level achieved (2017: 5.7%) despite the continued price pressure being exerted by competitors. The lower order backlog of €199.1m compared with the previous year (€233.5m) was followed by good order intake at the start of 2019.

    Growth expenses burden Digital & Web earnings

    Orders in the Digital & Web segment rose from €139.6m to €167.6m, primarily due to the record order intake for flexible packaging printing, which reflects the initial success of the realignment of this business field. Whereas the demand for the HP press for digital pre-prints of corrugated liners was subdued, several presses were sold from the RotaJET digital printing platform for decor and flexible packaging printing, substantially exceeding the previous year’s figure. At €150.7m, revenue was slightly down on the previous year (€154.2m). Together with market-entry and growth-related expenses for digital, flexible packaging and corrugated board printing, the lower revenue exerted pressure on EBIT. Accordingly, EBIT fell to –€10.5m, compared with –€4.3m in the previous year. The order backlog widened from €61.5m to €78.4m at the end of 2018.

    Revenue up in Special

    Given large orders and with project business remaining generally favourable, volatility remained high in security printing due to often lengthy order placement and the domination of large-scale projects. Further market share was gained in marking and coding, while the market position in the tobacco and tyre industry in particular was expanded significantly. Lower orders for metal and glass/hollow container decorating presses caused order intake in the Special segment to drop to €502.4m, down from €533.7m in the previous year. Revenue climbed from €467.9m to €490.5m thanks to growth in security printing, marking and coding and glass/hollow container decorating. EBIT came to €49.7m in 2018, down from €53.7m in the previous year. With the order backlog increasing to €344.6m (2017: €324m) at the end of December, good capacity utilisation is assured over the next few months.

    With good orders in security printing Koenig & Bauer held market leadership with over 90% world market share (3)

    Strong financial power and balance sheet

    Cash flows from operating activities was particularly strong, coming to €66.3m, up from €23.8m in the previous year. The substantial improvement in free cash flow to–€19.5m compared with the previous year (–€59.6m) was burdened by high investments and the final payment instalment for the external funding of a part of the pension provisions. Together with the solid internal liquidity, the syndicated long-term credit facilities give Koenig & Bauer a strong and stable financial basis. The strong balance sheet structure was additionally enhanced with the increase in the equity ratio to 38.5%.

    Guidance for 2019

    CFO Mathias Dähn: “The order backlog, which rose to €610.9m at the end of 2018, together with the good order development in January and February 2019 gives us good forward visibility across the entire group until the summer of 2019 and, in security printing with its good order situation, until 2020. The printing production output of our customers all around the world is growing, especially in packaging and banknote printing. With the exception of the packaging printers in China producing for export markets, our order intake has so far largely shrugged off the effects of the recent political and economic developments. In the absence of any material deterioration in the underlying conditions over the next few months, we target organic growth of up to 4% in group revenue and an EBIT margin of around 6% in 2019. This includes the annual 0.7% improvement in margins on group projects to boost earnings as well as the margin impact from the growth offensive 2023, the cumulative costs of which we expect to reach around €50m for 2019 to 2021 with a heavier load in the first year. In the event of a slowdown in the economy, we cannot rule out an up to 2 percentage points lower EBIT.”

    Medium-term targets until 2023

    CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “With our growth offensive 2023, we want to actively exploit the currently available market opportunities in the cardboard, corrugated board, flexible packaging, 2-piece can, marking and coding, glass direct and decor printing as well as in postpress to achieve sustained profitable growth. The impact of volatile security printing will be reduced by higher packaging share of group revenue. For web offset presses for newspaper and commercial printing, we expect a further business decline. With all our initiatives and projects, we are targeting to increase group revenue to around €1.5bn with an EBIT margin of between 7 % and 10% until 2023. All three segments are to contribute to the growth in revenue and earnings. Our further targets include a dividend ratio of 15 - 35% of group net profit, an equity ratio of over 45%, a target corridor for net working capital of 20 - 25% of revenue, and a share of 30% in total revenue for service business.”

    Figures at a glance 

    The financial statements can be downloaded as a PDF file from here.

    Web offset Digital printing Sheetfed offset Flexo printing Market References & Showcases Ideas & Innovation Company / IR
    news-1322 Mon, 18 Mar 2019 06:49:00 +0100 DuMont and Koenig & Bauer continue partnership https://nordic.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/dumont-and-koenig-bauer-continue-partnership/
  • Modern newspaper press technology
  • Successful partnership for more than 180 years
  • Now 27 presses sold worldwide since its launch  
  • DuMont and Koenig & Bauer are set to continue a successful partnership which has already lasted for more than 180 years. Halle-based subsidiary MZ Druckereigesellschaft mbH is purchasing a further Commander CL from Koenig & Bauer. It is a little over two years ago that the company’s last investment, likewise a Commander CL, came on stream. “Our current press offers all the essential prerequisites for success: A high level of automation, reliability, exceptional flexibility and fast makeready. It was clear that we would continue along the chosen road with Koenig & Bauer at our side,” says MZ managing director Bernd Preuße. The new Commander CL will enter production in the fourth quarter of 2019. Since the initial market launch just a few years ago, Koenig & Bauer has now sold 27 presses of this type to users in Germany, France, China and the USA, and it is currently the most frequently ordered newspaper press.

    Alongside the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, with a circulation of almost 200,000 copies, the 115 employees at MZ produce advertising supplements, brochures, booklets and other print products in the Rhine and half-Rhine formats. Further activities include extensive mailing and logistics services.

    The new Commander CL will be entering production at MZ Druckereigesellschaft mbH in Halle in the fourth quarter of 2019

    DuMont: Successful for almost 400 years

    The DuMont group is counted among the most innovative media enterprises in Germany and looks back over long traditions. It operates in three main areas of business: Regional media, business information and marketing technology. In the regional media segment, a strong portfolio of newspaper titles such as Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, Berliner Zeitung, Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, Kölnische Rundschau, EXPRESS, Berliner Kurier and Hamburger Morgenpost is augmented by numerous regional ad supplements and local radio stations.

    Automated, flexible and reliable

    With a maximum web width of 1,400 mm and a cylinder circumference of 1,020 mm, the new Commander CL can print up to 45,000 full-colour newspapers per hour with 32 pages in Rhine format or 64 pages tabloid. It comprises two four-high towers, a KF 5 jaw folder and two Pastomat reelstands with Patras A reel logistics. Like the existing Commander CL, the new press incorporates a raft of automation features such as pagination changes, inking unit and cylinder washing, fan-out, colour measuring and control systems, colour and cut-off register controls, and fully automatic plate changing. Together, they reduce job changeover times, waste and maintenance to a minimum. The press is controlled via an ErgoTronic console with EasyTronic for optimised press start-up and automated run-down. A comprehensive software package for maintenance and service simplifies work planning and supports transparency across all technical processes.

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    news-1319 Thu, 07 Mar 2019 09:51:33 +0100 7th Rapida press for major Indian packaging printer https://nordic.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/7th-sheetfed-offset-press-from-koenig-bauer-for-major-indian-packaging-printer/
  • Rapida sheetfed offset technology now installed at all four plants of TCPL Packaging
  • Equipment for conventional and UV printing
  • Deliveries of three more Rapidas planned for 2019
  • Aditya Surana (centre), managing director of Koenig & Bauer’s Indian sales partner Indo Polygraph Machinery, presents a model of the Rapida 106 to Saket Kanoria, managing director of TCPL Packaging (1)

    In January, TCPL Packaging threw the switch on a new Rapida 106 at its plant in Goa in Western India. The seven-colour press with coater and extended delivery is already the seventh Rapida 106 sheetfed offset press from Koenig & Bauer to be installed at the company’s various production locations since 2011. Like all the other Rapidas operated by the packaging specialist, it is configured to enable both conventional and UV printing.

    Festive decoration for the raised seven-colour Rapida 106 packaging press with coater and extended delivery in the modern press hall at TCPL Packaging (4)

    TCPL Packaging is one of the largest packaging printers in the country. In Goa alone, 280 of the company’s 1,250 employees print mainly food and pharmaceuticals packaging at a plant with production floor space totally 28,000 square metres. With this latest Rapida 106, Koenig & Bauer press technology is now in use at all four TCPL locations. Apart from Goa, TCPL also has plants in Silvassa, Haridwar and Guwahti.

    Delighted with the start-up of the Rapida 106 (l-r): Akshay Kanoria, director of TCPL Packaging; Aditya Surana, managing director of Indo Polygraph Machinery; Saket Kanoria, managing director of TCPL Packaging; Vidur Kanoria, director of TCPL Packaging (2)

    The Financial Times named TCPL Packaging as one of the 1,000 fastest-growing companies in the Asian-Pacific region, assigning it to 839th place in this ranking. And the company has no intention of slowing its course of continued growth: Three more Rapida 106 presses are to be installed at TCPL this year. The first will be arriving at the Haridwar plant in May, while the second is set for installation in Goa in the summer. The installation of the third press in Silvassa is scheduled for the end of the year. One of the three is also the longest Rapida in India to date, with a total of 12 printing and finishing units. The configuration comprises seven colours followed by a coater, two dryer towers, a further printing unit and coater, and an extended delivery. Once all these presses are in place, TCPL will possess ten high-end Rapida presses with a total of 85 printing units.

    The installation team from Indo Polygraph Machinery together with the team from TCPL Packaging (3)

    Saket Kanoria, managing director of TCPL Packaging is especially happy: “Ever since we installed our first Koenig & Bauer press in 2011, we have gone back to them whenever we bought another one, due to constant innovation and improvements being carried out by them. We have experienced higher productivity levels as a result. Moreover they are backed in India by an excellent partner who is very proactive and gives very effective after sales support.”

    TCPL Packaging is a proud winner of the Marico Best Innovation Award and the Phillip Morris Most Valued Partner Award, among others.

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    news-1317 Mon, 04 Mar 2019 13:50:42 +0100 First CorruJET from Koenig & Bauer installed at KOLB https://nordic.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/first-corrujet-from-koenig-bauer-installed-at-kolb/
  • HANS KOLB Wellpappe as development partner
  • Focus on growth markets
  • Portfolio expansion as an important objective
  • Digital post-printing directly on corrugated board
  • Its focus on growth markets such as digital packaging printing is part of the successful Koenig & Bauer strategy. With the installation of the first CorruJET press at the KOLB company group in Memmingen, it has now taken the next step along this fruitful path. Koenig & Bauer management board member Christoph Müller: “In exactly the same way as for our analogue presses, the CorruFLEX and CorruCUT, we based the project specifications on a careful evaluation of the market and customer wishes. The KOLB Group is here an ideal partner with whom to further the development of our new CorruJET for digital post-printing on corrugated board.” The CorruJET is set to enter production in the second quarter of 2019.

    3D schematic of the new CorruJET from Koenig & Bauer (1)

    New premises for KOLB DigitalSolutions were opened in Memmingen-Amendingen just last year, barely a stone’s throw from the KOLB group headquarters in the town. The CorruJET will form the heart of a new production plant with integrated finishing and conversion. “Differentiation, fast time-to-market scenarios, or reduced run lengths in conjunction with increased versioning – the demands expressed by our customers are forever changing,” says Dr. Bernhard Ruffing, managing director of Hans Kolb Wellpappe. “Against this background, focus is naturally turning to the option of digital post-printing. With Koenig & Bauer and the CorruJET, we are well equipped to respond to future customer demands and can also open up new markets.”

    Successful for almost 90 years

    HANS KOLB Wellpappe was founded in Memmingen in 1933 and is currently led by second‑generation managing partner Alwin J. Kolb and managing director Dr. Bernhard Ruffing. The company is an international supplier with a workforce of around 1,100 employees, who develop and produce a broad spectrum of packaging, packaging materials and special corrugated board products.

    Digital post-printing on corrugated board

    The CorruJET packs all the latest technology (2)

    When developing the new CorruJET press for the corrugated board industry, Koenig & Bauer was able to call upon extensive experience already gained with the RotaJET. The CorruJET delivers high-resolution digital print at production speeds of up to 6,000sph and handles formats up to 1,700 x 1,300mm (66.9 x 51.2in). All customary outer liners, whether coated or uncoated, are printed in exceptional quality. This combination of high quality and maximum throughput is a key distinguishing feature of the CorruJET. As the sheet infeed was designed for a hard-edge sheet orientation, it can be combined easily with typical peripheral equipment (pre-feeder, stacker) and harmonises with the standard logistics of every corrugated board plant. The incorporation of a coating unit provides for gloss or matt coating of the four-colour images printed using water-based inks.

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    news-1315 Tue, 26 Feb 2019 11:02:23 +0100 Arab Printing Press modernises its printing options https://nordic.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/arab-printing-press-modernises-its-printing-options/
  • Four-colour Rapida 106 with inline coating and perfecting went into production in January
  • Regular investments in sheetfed offset technology from Koenig & Bauer
  • Certification to international standards
  • Efficient production and high ecological standards  
  • Nabil Asmar (left), chairman and general manager of RAK Paper & Board, Koenig & Bauer’s sales partner in Lebanon, handed the new Rapida 106 over the Elie Raphaël, chairman and general manager of Arab Printing Press (1)
    Arab Printing Press in the industrial city of Sid El Bauchrieh near Beirut has been using Koenig & Bauer technology for decades. At the beginning of 2019, another press joined the growing list – a Rapida 106 with four printing units, inline coater, extended delivery and a perfecting unit for 2/2 production. Given the positive experience with the predecessor press, an eight-colour Rapida 106 for 4-over-4 perfecting installed in 2014, and in particular the extremely efficient and cost-effective production enjoyed ever since, it was only logical that the company chose this high-performance medium-format press again.

    Arab Printing Press was founded in 1968 and today counts 110 employees. The product portfolio covers books (e.g. text books), labels, packaging and commercial work of all kinds. The demands placed on the company’s machinery base are correspondingly diverse. Alongside the aforementioned eight-colour Rapida 106, the press hall also accommodates a two-colour Rapida 104 and a five-colour Rapida 105. The new Rapida 106 is thus the fourth medium-format press. Its enormous productivity enables the replacement of two older presses.

    The efficiency of the new press enables the replacement of two older presses (2)

    Fast job changeover with DriveTronic SPC

    The Rapida 106 is designed to handle substrates from 0.04 to 1.2 mm at production speeds up to 18,000 sheets/hr. As was already the case with the previous eight-colour model, the new press is able to change all the plates simultaneously thanks to DriveTronic SPC. Further outstanding automation features are DriveTronic Plate Ident and CleanTronic washing systems for the blankets, impression cylinders and rollers. Mention must also be made of EES (Emission Extraction System) and energy-saving VariDryBlue IR/hot-air dryers in the delivery and extended delivery. To manage print quality, the Rapida 106 is equipped with ErgoTronic ColorControl, where the use of narrow colour bars with a height of just 3 mm enables optimum utilisation of the sheet format. Register control is realised with ErgoTronic ICR.

    Arab Printing Press produces for local and international markets. The company operates through several subsidiaries, including a sales office in Great Britain and two further printing facilities. Production is organised very efficiently and complies with numerous international standards. Arab Printing Press is certified to ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015, FSC, UN Global Compact and SEDEX.

    ErgoTronic ColorControl serves to manage print quality at the console of the Rapida 106(3)

    Ecological production

    Arab Printing Press was one of the first industrial companies in Lebanon to install solar panels on its roof (4)
    Besides quality, ecological aspects are priority concerns for Arab Printing Press, which was one of the first industrial companies in Lebanon to install solar panels on its hall roof. Ecological considerations were already placed in the foreground ahead of the installation of the eight-colour press five years ago. Criteria for the purchase were its minimised environmental impact, low powder and alcohol consumption, and quiet running. Energy consumption was reduced by 45 per cent compared to the predecessor press. That translates to an annual cost saving of almost €25,000 ($28,000) and a reduction of 118 tonnes in CO2 emissions.

    Arab Printing Press is active not only in sheetfed offset, but also in digital and 3D printing. The total production space in Sid El Bauchrieh amounts to 5,500 m2. In future, too, the prime objective for the Lebanese print specialists is to combine production efficiency with the highest possible ecological standards.

    Sheetfed offset Market References & Showcases
    news-1313 Fri, 22 Feb 2019 12:42:10 +0100 Young talent for the print industry of tomorrow https://nordic.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/young-talent-for-the-print-industry-of-tomorrow/
  • Advancement award for up-and-coming engineering scientists
  • Three students honoured for their outstanding research contributions
  • Scientific papers on trends in the print industry  
  • High accolades for gifted engineering students: On 22nd February 2019, the Dr. Hans and Benno Bolza Foundation honoured this year’s recipients of its advancement award for outstanding contributions to the engineering sciences. The award, which is endowed with a total of €8,500, was shared by three graduates from the University of Wuppertal and the Technical University of Munich. The foundation is named after the two great-grandsons of industry pioneer Friedrich Koenig, who designed and built the first mechanical printing press in 1814.

    Happy faces after presentation of this year’s advancement awards of the Dr. Hans and Benno Bolza Foundation (l-r): Trustees Prof. Dr. Volker Lohweg, Dr. Christian Maas, award winner Dr. Daniel Bohn, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Urban, award winner Alesia Ivanovskaia, Dr. Thomas Leicht, award winner Charlotte Wendler, foundation board member Jürgen Bode, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Becherer, Foundation board chairman Claus Bolza-Schünemann

    Foundation board chairman Claus Bolza-Schünemann presented the award for the best contribution to Dr. Daniel Bohn from the University of Wuppertal. His thesis describes the development of an illumination-independent method of white point adjustment for proof processes. The board of trustees praised especially the methodical approach of the research, the quality of the results and the particular relevance for the print industry. “Dr. Daniel Bohn’s work stands out well above other theses in terms of both ambition and quality,” explained laudator Prof. Dr. Volker Lohweg. The award for the second-placed paper was shared by Master graduates Alesia Ivankovskaia and Charlotte Wendler from the Technical University of Munich. Their projects also dealt with topics of great future interest for the branch, namely “Fine-line and multilayer screen printing of sensor electrodes” and “Future opportunities for printed electronics. In their laudations, trustees Dr. Christian Maas and Dr. Thomas Leicht spoke highly of the constant and outstanding quality of both papers.

    The two name-givers of the foundation belong to the entrepreneur family which has stood at the helm of printing press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer since the 19th century. Hans and Benno Bolza were great-grandsons of company founder Friedrich Koenig, and foundation board chairman Claus Bolza-Schünemann today controls the fortunes of the company as a representative of the sixth generation. “The over 200-year history of Koenig & Bauer has been a history of pioneering spirit, courage and innovative strength,” he said in his address to the three award winners. “Not least for that reason, we are proud to support young students and scientists whose research adds new facets to the development of printing.”

    The annual advancement award of the Dr. Hans and Benno Bolza Foundation honours exceptional scientific papers in the fields of mechanical and electrical engineering. The focus is placed above all on work with practical relevance or applications in press manufacture and associated technologies for the printing industry.

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    news-1310 Mon, 18 Feb 2019 11:16:53 +0100 Further RotaJET from Koenig & Bauer for decor printer https://nordic.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/further-rotajet-from-koenig-bauer-for-decor-printer/
  • Further RotaJET for decor printer
  • More individual decors
  • Interprint invests again in digital print
  • Sights set on portfolio expansion    
  • Interprint GmbH from Arnsberg, Germany, has confirmed the success of its 2014 investment decision with the purchase of a second RotaJET from Koenig & Bauer. The new digital press will be entering production at the end of 2019. “Back in 2014, we were the first decor printer to invest in wide-format single-pass inkjet technology. That was an expression of our unbridled pioneering spirit, and we have continued to contribute to further improvements together with Koenig & Bauer over the past years. For us, it was clear that we would eventually purchase another RotaJET,” says Robert Bierfreund, managing director of Interprint GmbH. The RotaJET 4/0 for decor printing enables significant expansion of the company’s product portfolio and will help to open up new markets. The new press is to be installed directly alongside the existing RotaJET 168 at the headquarters facility in Arnsberg. Koenig & Bauer board member Christoph Müller: “Digital technologies are becoming increasingly important for our customers, both in decor printing and in the packaging sector. Shorter runs, individualised products and fast time-to-market scenarios are playing an ever greater role.”  

    RotaJET from Koenig & Bauer

    Interprint Group is one of the leading decor printers

    With around 1,300 employees worldwide, of whom 390 are based at the headquarters in Arnsberg, the Interprint Group is one of the leading decor printers. The company was founded in Arnsberg exactly 50 years ago and in the meantime counts eight production locations around the world. Every year, Interprint develops more than 100 new decors.


    The RotaJET series pairs high productivity and efficiency with outstanding quality. The central cylinder and superior print array design deliver optimum colour accuracy and job-to-job repeatability. The combination of precision engineering, latest-generation inkjet technology and carefully matched consumables guarantees constant print quality. The paper supply for 4/0-colour inkjet production is realised by a Pastomat reelstand with Patras M reel handling. An intelligent web lead and optimally matched high-performance NIR dryers safeguard a high print quality even at the fastest printing speeds.    

    Digital printing Market References & Showcases
    news-1307 Thu, 14 Feb 2019 10:02:42 +0100 German Design Award for RotaJET from Koenig & Bauer https://nordic.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/german-design-award-for-rotajet-from-koenig-bauer/
  • Important prize for the RotaJET press from Koenig & Bauer
  • Prize celebrates innovative developments in product and communications design
  • Award ceremony within the framework of the consumer goods fair “Ambiente”
  • Koenig & Bauer is among the proud winners of the German Design Award 2019, earning a “Winner” commendation from the German Design Council for the RotaJET digital web press. The RotaJET convinced the jury in the category “Industry” with its ultra-modern, high-class feel and clearly structured look. It already implements our new press design.

    The RotaJET digital web press in the Koenig & Bauer demo centre in Würzburg

    A silver and grey colour scheme characterises the outward appearance of the RotaJET, accentuated by a distinctive blue segment with an illuminated company logo and function panel. Every detail of the uncluttered operating concept is tailored to the needs of the user. “With the German Design Award, we have received a further important prize for our RotaJET,” says a delighted Dagmar Ringel, head of corporate communications and marketing at Koenig & Bauer. “That is clear indication that we are on the right track with our modern press design.” The award jury praised the coherent design language, the clear structuring of the press sections, and the easy accessibility of all operating elements of the RotaJET.

    The German Design Award is bestowed by the German Design Council, a foundation which was established on the initiative of the Federal Parliament in 1953 to sharpen awareness for the importance of design questions in industry. The message: High-tech made in Germany must be paired with an equally outstanding external appearance in order to be successful worldwide. Through its annual German Design Award, the council spotlights projects which are deemed ground-breaking for the German and international design landscape.

    The most innovative design developments are celebrated in over 50 award categories in the three areas “Excellent Communications Design”, “Excellent Product Design” and “Universal Design”. All the prize-winners have previously received nominations from the technical and expert committees of the German Design Council. The complex nomination procedure ensures that the competition entries represent the very best achievements in product and communications design. The winners of the German Design Award are then chosen by an independent jury of experts from industry, the universities and the design branch. This year’s award ceremony was held on 8th February 2019 within the framework of the leading international consumer goods fair “Ambiente” in Frankfurt am Main.

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    news-1305 Thu, 07 Feb 2019 10:01:20 +0100 26th Koenig & Bauer Commander CL goes to Münster https://nordic.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/26th-koenig-bauer-commander-cl-goes-to-muenster/
  • Member of the world’s best newspaper printers’ club
  • Premium print quality for high-quality print products
  • 26 of these presses sold worldwide since market launch
  • Commitment to the printed newspaper  
  • The Aschendorff Group is the leading media supplier in Münster, Germany, and the surrounding region. With another investment in a Commander CL newspaper press from Koenig & Bauer, the company is continuing its successful growth course, having already fired up its first Commander CL two years ago. “We are truly satisfied with our press, especially as it can print up to 100,000 copies per hour. We are also particularly impressed with how little waste it produces. This is incredibly important as we print 28 different local editions,” says Thilo Grickschat, managing director of the printing centre. The company’s technical director Thomas Wenge adds: “We carried out a comprehensive selection process before our first investment three years ago. For the current investment, everything went much faster – we are delighted with Koenig & Bauer.” The new press is scheduled to come on stream in spring 2020 and it will be very highly automated. Since its market launch a number of years ago, Koenig & Bauer has now sold 26 presses of this type to Germany, France, China and the USA, and it is currently the most frequently ordered Koenig & Bauer newspaper press. “Our high-end newspaper presses are still very much in demand on the market. Our customers are very satisfied with the quality, productivity, cost-effectiveness and new features of our presses,” says Stefan Segger, sales director at Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed.

    The new Commander CL is scheduled to come on stream at Druckzentrum Aschendorff in spring 2020 (1)

    Company leads WAN-IFRA Star Club with 15 stars

    Print media has been the core business of the Aschendorff Group for more than 250 years. The company publishes nearly 30 different local editions and is known for its outstanding print quality. It is a member of the exclusive International Newspaper Color Quality Club and leads the WAN-IFRA Star Club with 15 stars. With the Westfälische Nachrichten and the Münstersche Zeitung – the daily titles belonging to the Münster newspaper group – Aschendorff prints the region’s highest-circulation dailies. Together with frees and the supplements distributed by Anzeigenblattgruppe Münsterland, Aschendorff’s daily newspapers serve a large proportion of the Münsterland region. Since the beginning of 2019, the company has pooled its media activities in a joint holding with the Westfalen-Blatt Group from Bielefeld. The business with daily newspapers, radio, advertising supplements and printing facilities is now managed under the umbrella of Westfälische Medien Holding AG.

    The project team from Aschendorff and Koenig & Bauer (left to right): Mustafa Ugan, project manager Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Thomas Wenge, technical director Druckzentrum Aschendorff; Thilo Grickschat, managing director Druckzentrum Aschendorff; Stefan Segger, sales director Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Markus Schrubba, production processes coordinator Druckzentrum Aschendorff; Herbert Kaiser, head of project management Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Georg Fleder, sales manager Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed (2)

    Premium print quality for high-quality products

    The Commander CL ordered comprises two four-high towers, a KF 5 jaw folder and two Pastomat reelstands with stripping station and Patras A reel-transport system. Just like the existing press line, the new Commander CL will feature an extensive package of automation modules. RollerTronic roller locks, inking unit and cylinder washing systems, fan-out compensation, colour measuring and control systems, colour and cut-off register controls, and automatic plate changing maximise operating convenience and keep makeready times, waste and maintenance efforts to a minimum. The Commander CL will be controlled from an ErgoTronic console featuring EasyTronic software for optimised start-up. 

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    news-1302 Wed, 06 Feb 2019 10:04:24 +0100 Rapida 75 PRO soon on its way to IPC on Mauritius https://nordic.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/rapida-75-pro-soon-on-its-way-to-ipc-on-mauritius/
  • Seminar with new sales partner DSI as catalyst for the order
  • Delivery at the end of the first quarter
  • Customer convinced by space-saving design and low energy consumption  
  • In June last year, DSI invited local printers to a seminar introducing the latest print technology from Koenig & Bauer. A group photo shows the participants together with Koenig & Bauer sales director Sven Strzelczyk (1)

    It is set to commence its journey at the end of March – the first Rapida 75 PRO for a printing company on the island of Mauritius. IPC Imprimerie & Papeterie in Cassis, a suburb of the capital Port Louis, has opted for a four-colour model. The production start is scheduled for the middle of the year.

    Engineered for sheet formats up to 605 x 750 mm and configured with a package of board-handling accessories, the press is ideally prepared for the processing of substrates between 80 and 450 gsm. The feature list includes switchable differential-speed drives for the dampening units, roller coatings for low-alcohol and alcohol-free printing, and CleanTronic Synchro for parallel washing processes. ErgoTronic ACR takes care of register measurements, while ErgoTronic ColorDrive measures and controls the ink densities. CIP3 PPF data from pre-press can be converted into press presetting data via LogoTronic CIPLinkX.

    IPC will soon be taking delivery of a four-colour Rapida 75 PRO (2)

    Compact, space-saving design clinches the deal

    The compact, space-saving design of the Rapida 75 PRO, its low energy consumption and the availability of a local service partner convinced the IPC management and sealed the purchase decision.

    Printing company under tropical skies: A Rapida 75 PRO is set to enter production at IPC in Cassis by the middle of this year (3)
    The process was kicked off at a seminar last June. DSI, the Koenig & Bauer sales partner for Mauritius, the Seychelles and Madagascar, presented the products of the oldest press manufacturer in the world to an audience of representatives from practically all print companies on the island. The company had taken over sales and service activities for Koenig & Bauer only shortly before. As a distributor of numerous other products for the print industry, DSI can point to excellent networking contacts. Not least for this reason, the seminar attracted considerable attention, and the contract with IPC was already signed before the end of the year.

    IPC comprises a graphic design studio, printshop and finishing department, and is active in both commercial and packaging printing. In addition, the company runs a shop in Port Louis selling stationery and a diversity of trendy, mainly printed souvenirs.    

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