Koenig & Bauer News Feed http://www.koenig-bauer.com/ en Koenig & Bauer AG Mon, 17 Jun 2019 15:46:02 +0200 Mon, 17 Jun 2019 15:46:02 +0200 news-1417 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 09:57:35 +0200 Munich vocational school centre modernises its printing facilities https://nordic.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/munich-vocational-school-centre-modernises-its-printing-facilities/
  • Modern printing and finishing technology for future-oriented training
  • Press features specially tailored to training requirements
  • Clear commitment to the dual system in vocational training  
  • Most passers-by would probably expect to find a generous assembly hall behind the tall windows in the facade of the Alois Senefelder Vocational School Centre. But far from it: A peek through the glass actually reveals a fully equipped print shop. The school centre in the heart of Munich has been conducting initial and advanced vocational training for print and media technology specialists, media designers and photographers for more than 100 years. To this end, the site integrates two vocational schools (for print and media design and for bookbinding and photography) and three vocational colleges (for printing technology and paper processing, for industrial bookbinding, and for bookbinding and photography).

    With the Rapida 75 PRO, the Alois Senefelder Vocational School Centre can base its training on modern sheetfed offset technology. That is clearly to the liking of school director Peter Schertler (centre), printer Bernd Eckhardt (right) and Gavin Elflein from Koenig & Bauer (1)

    To cater properly for over 900 apprenticeship trainees and a further 50 vocational college students, it is important that the technical equipment keeps pace with the latest developments in the industry. Last autumn, therefore, the City of Munich – as the public body responsible for non-staff funding – decided to invest in a Rapida 75 PRO from Koenig & Bauer following a Europe-wide request for tenders.

    Unhindered view of the mechanical components

    Transparent covers allow the trainees to observe otherwise hidden mechanical processes (3)
    “With the installation of a modern half-format press, we are able to reflect the continuing trend towards ever greater automation in our training content,” says school director Peter Schertler in explaining the background to this especially complex investment. The teaching staff attached particular importance to the latest console technology and colour measuring systems, as well as to CIP3 integration with the pre‑press process steps. As inline finishing is today a standard feature for many applications, the new training press was also to incorporate a broad scope of relevant options. In other words, a coating tower and dryer systems for a wide range of dispersion coatings were imperative. At the same time, Peter Schertler and his staff placed modern features such as double-size impression cylinders and transfer drums, the ability to disengage unused inking units and parallel washing systems at the top of their list of priorities.

    All these wishes are fulfilled with the Rapida 75 PRO. With its compact design, it is also a perfect fit for a teaching environment, as it leaves ample space around the press for instruction for both small and larger groups. A widened gallery and transparent printing tower covers are special adaptations requested by the training centre. This allows the trainees and students to stand together on the drive side of the press and to observe internal mechanical processes which otherwise remain out of sight.

    Bernd Eckhardt is delighted with the technical features of the Rapida 75 PRO (5)

    Use in training and for own production needs

    Four colours plus coating: The Rapida 75 PRO is probably the only half-format press with inline anilox coating tower in a German vocational training centre (2)
    It is obvious that the way a sheetfed offset printing press is used in a training centre will differ significantly from production use in a printing company. Around 30 per cent of the teaching, which comprises 20 hours per week, takes place in the printshop. During the practical teaching sessions, half of the approximately 30 trainees in a class spend their time in the hall. They learn in groups of a maximum of five trainees on the Rapida 75 PRO and on two small-format presses. The instruction concentrates above all on how a press is prepared for production, the impact of different press settings on the print result, and how print production is then effected.

    Trainees from larger print companies appreciate the available press technology as it is much less daunting than the medium- and large-format with which they are otherwise confronted. And their colleagues who are employed in smaller craft-oriented businesses are excited by the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art machinery.

    School director Peter Schertler and printer Bernd Eckhardt at the press console. The pre-press section can be seen in the background (4)

    The vocational college students, by contrast, tend to work much more independently with the new press, for example to test the different forms of finishing which can be realised with different inks and coatings. They also print with heavier substrates and simulate different packaging applications.

    Alongside the training, the Rapida 75 PRO is frequently used to print a variety of in-house jobs. These include certificates, folders and brochures, both for the vocational school centre itself and for other schools in Munich, as well as print products for the Department of Education and Sports of the City of Munich. Some of these products are produced entirely by the trainees – from the initial design and print data creation through to printing and post-press finishing. The responsibility for printing rests with two technical staff.

    The printshop offers the trainees and students an endless diversity of opportunities – from manual ink mixing on the lithographic stones in the foreground to print production with inline finishing on the Rapida 75 PRO (6)

    Commitment to the dual system of vocational training

    The school centre uses a historical hand press to print etchings (7)
    The Rapida 75 PRO is now the showpiece of the training printshop, and immediately attracts the interest of trainees, students and visitors alike. At the same time, the investment represents a clear commitment to the dual system of vocational training on the part of the City of Munich. Peter Schertler is confident that his school centre is the best-equipped training centre in Bavaria. Uwe Richter, senior instructor for print and media technology, agrees wholeheartedly: “As far as I am aware, there is no other vocational school in the whole country which possesses a half-format sheetfed offset press with an inline anilox coating tower for its training.”

    Print is a source of enormous potential. In addition to classic applications, more and more innovative possibilities are emerging – special coating processes or surface treatment, printed electronics, and many more besides. The Alois Senefelder Vocational School Centre considers it a duty to tap this potential and to support companies at the transition from craft-based production to the full digitisation of all business processes by providing future-oriented training.

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    news-1409 Thu, 06 Jun 2019 10:45:16 +0200 Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica expands sales network in Southeast Asia https://nordic.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-flexotecnica-expands-sales-network-in-southeast-asia/
  • Growth market flexo printing
  • Expansion of the global sales network
  • Rieckermann assumes agency responsibilities in Southeast Asia
  • In response to the ever-increasing demand for flexible packaging in Asia, Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica has further expanded its sales capacities. Industrial solution provider, Rieckermann, will in future be assuming responsibility for sales activities in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

    Cooperation was finalised at Chinaplas 2019 (centre): Dr. Peter Lechner, managing director of Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica, and Kristian Rieck, Rieckermann’s Director of Plastic and Converting

    “Through the cooperation with Rieckermann, we now have an experienced partner at our side on the Asian market,” says Dr. Peter Lechner, managing director of Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica. “I am certain that the very good local network will help us to be even more successful in Southeast Asia.” The two companies finalised their cooperation agreement at this year’s Chinaplas trade fair in Guangzhou. “Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica offers precisely what more and more Asian customers are demanding – high quality, a broad product portfolio and environment-friendly technologies,” says Kristian Rieck, Rieckermann’s Director of Plastic and Converting. Flexible packaging is the fastest growing sector of the consumer and industrial packaging market.

    About Rieckermann

    Rieckermann is a reliable service and technology provider for industrial production and processes. Since 1892, Rieckermann has built its expertise and established its core competence in selected markets and industries, such as pharmaceuticals, plastics and converting, and food processing. It is a privately-owned family business, which develops and realize customized, high-quality solutions along the whole value chain for a range of international customers, focusing on Asia and the Middle East. The company is currently represented by 750 employees based at 26 offices in 19 countries from Europe to the Middle East, and all over Asia.

    Rieckermann’s comprehensive range of services include:

    • Consultancy, Engineering & Project Management
    • Machinery, Equipment & Industrial Plants
    • Technical Services
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    news-1404 Fri, 24 May 2019 10:14:28 +0200 Koenig & Bauer spreads the word on digital transformation and connected services (3/3) https://nordic.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-spreads-the-word-on-digital-transformation-and-connected-services-33/
  • Live demonstration of a complete Koenig & Bauer packaging workflow with flat-bed die-cutter and folder-gluer
  • Autonomous printing with AutoRun in medium and large formats
  • Rapida LiveApps in practice
  • Breakout sessions: High-volume and luxury packaging production
  • Comparison between folding cartons produced using seven-colour Extended Gamut Printing and those printed with spot colours; there were no discernible differences (7)
    On 20th and 21st May, Koenig & Bauer invited print professionals from all over the world to an open house spotlighting the potential for digital transformation and data-driven services in packaging printing under the motto “Koenig & Bauer 4.0 – Packaging Printing & Connected Services” (see also Press Release 031/2019).

    The open house picked up the thread of a customer event held under the same name last year. For the first time, it was now possible to show the complete process chain for packaging production in a live demonstration – from creation of the jobs in the MIS, via printing and die-cutting through to completion of the folding cartons. Koenig & Bauer has thus positioned itself as a one-stop partner for all the needs of this growth market.

    Panel discussion with acknowledged experts (left to right): Stefan Segger (Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed), Dr. Peter Lechner (Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica), Franc Freixes (Koenig & Bauer Iberica), Markus Müller (Koenig & Bauer Coding) and Pinar Kucukaras (Koenig & Bauer Duran) provided information on Koenig & Bauer technology solutions for packaging printing (1)

    As participants in a panel discussion, Stefan Segger (Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed), Dr. Peter Lechner (Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica), Franc Freixes (Koenig & Bauer Iberica), Markus Müller (Koenig & Bauer Coding) and Pinar Kucukaras (Koenig & Bauer Duran) provided key information on their current technology solutions for packaging printing.

    The visitors were subsequently able to follow the definition of pharmaceuticals packaging jobs in Optimus Dash. In addition to the basic job data, this involved also specification of the substrates and coatings, the required quantities of different product versions, the corresponding die-cutting formes and much more besides. All process steps through to incorporation into the production schedule were shown live. One key benefit of Optimus Dash is a packaging module with which production jobs, including die-cutting, can be created automatically. The result is a fully imposed PDF.

    As autonomous production continued, Dirk Winkler explained the functions of the Rapida LiveApps for press control, maintenance, inventory management and consumables tracking (2)

    Live packaging printing and conversion

    Cut, creased and stripped perfectly on an Ipress 106 K PRO from Koenig & Bauer Iberica (3)
    A six-colour Rapida 105 PRO with inline coater was on hand for the print production. After plate changing, inking of the rollers and automatic register correction, the press produced several print jobs fully autonomously in an AutoRun process. In other words, it switched automatically between production and makeready upon completion of each job in the defined sequence. The operator simply selected the job list, which was then processed as a whole without any further intervention.

    Dirk Winkler, head of print technology at Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, used the time freed up by the autonomous process to explain the underlying quality control concept and to present the Rapida LiveApps. The ErgoTronicApp can be viewed as a mobile console which provides access to the full scope of press functions. The operator can call up all relevant information from the press on a mobile device, for example job data, production times, press status messages and maintenance reminders, including help texts describing the tasks to be completed. With the ProductionApp, on the other hand, it is possible to manage store room inventories and track consumables batches. Even retrospectively, the app provides a precise overview of which print jobs were produced with which batches of substrates, inks and other consumables.

    After printing, the sheets were passed directly to the Ipress 106 K PRO for die-cutting, creasing and stripping. Folding and gluing, finally, was handled by an Omega Allpro 110. The visitors were thus able to convince themselves that the promise of high speeds also applies to post-press processes, and were for the first time able to take home a finished folding carton.

    For the first time, an Omega Allpro 110 folder-gluer from Koenig & Bauer Duran was integrated into the live packaging production workflow (4)

    Breakout sessions on high-volume and luxury packaging production

    Thomas Göcke, head of marketing & CRM at Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, presented the company’s IoT based service process (5)
    Two breakout sessions were devoted to new solutions for the printing and finishing of both high-volume and luxury packaging. Alongside, experts from Koenig & Bauer and Optimus offered detailed information on MIS solutions for the applications concerned.

    For the high volume session, production was assigned to a brand new Rapida 145 whose extensive feature list included a high-speed package for printing outputs up to 18,000 sheets/hr, AutoRun, DriveTronic SPC, SFC, SRW and VariDry dryer systems of the latest generation. It produced three typical but very different food and non-food packaging jobs at maximum speed – in an autonomous process and with non-stop pile changes. Low-migration inks were used.

    High-speed production on a Rapida 145 (sheet format 1,060 x 1,450 mm) with pile logistics and comprehensive automation features (8)

    A seven-colour Rapida 106 coater press then repeated production of the packaging from the morning demonstration, though now using Extended Gamut Printing with seven colours in an Esko Equinox workflow. It was thus possible to make a direct comparison between the folding cartons produced with standard and spot colours. The quality and colour reproduction were found to be identical.

    High-volume packaging production on a Rapida 106 at speeds up to 20,000 sheets/hr (6)

    Visitors who chose to attend the luxury packaging session were again able to witness a complete process chain: A six-colour Rapida 106 in a double-coating configuration printed one job with opaque white, LED-UV inks, UV coating and a micro-embossing effect applied through the second coating tower, and a second with UV adhesive, cold foil application, LED-UV inks and high-gloss UV coating. These jobs were subsequently embossed, creased, cut, scored and stripped on the rotary die-cutter Rapida RDC 106. The individual blanks, finally, were separated on a Laserck Master Blanker.

    Embossing, creasing, die-cutting, scoring and stripping on a Rapida RDC 106. The rotary die-cutter processes the sheets at speeds matching the output of modern sheetfed offset presses (9)

    The print professionals who came to Radebeul returned home after exciting days packed with a wealth of new information, and must now decide which processes and know-how they will be implementing in their own companies. Certain, however, is that they will soon be experiencing many of the new automation and service tools introduced during the open house in their regular communication with Koenig & Bauer.    

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    news-1402 Thu, 23 May 2019 13:54:31 +0200 Raimund Klinkner is new supervisory board chairman at Koenig & Bauer https://nordic.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/raimund-klinkner-is-new-supervisory-board-chairman-at-koenig-bauer/
  • Supervisory board elects Prof. Dr.-Ing. Raimund Klinkner as its new chairman
  • Dr. Martin Hoyos leaves the board after the AGM on 22.05.2019
  • Dr. Johannes Liechtenstein appointed as a new member of the supervisory board
  • Board member Dagmar Rehm confirmed for a further mandate  
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Raimund Klinkner (1)
    On 22nd May, the supervisory board of Koenig & Bauer AG elected Prof. Dr.-Ing. Raimund Klinkner as its new chairman. He takes over from Dr. Martin Hoyos, who is stepping down for age reasons. P Prof. Dr.-Ing. Raimund Klinkner (54) has assumed his new role with immediate effect.

    Raimund Klinkner studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich and subsequently received a doctorate from Dresden University of Technology. He then held various positions in logistics planning and plant control at Porsche. After moving to Gildemeister, he was deputy CEO responsible for production and logistics, before becoming chief executive officer at Knorr-Bremse. Since 2012, he is managing partner of Institute for Management Excellence GmbH.

    “With Raimund Klinkner, we have gained a supervisory board chairman whose comprehensive knowledge in the fields of logistics and production is certain to prove invaluable for the work of the board,” said Claus Bolza-Schünemann, president and CEO of Koenig & Bauer AG.

    “I am very honoured to have been elected to the position of supervisory board chairman. Over its more than 200-year history, Koenig & Bauer has continually set the standards for the print industry. Digital transformation is now an enormous opportunity for the whole group – with new challenges which I look forward to tackling together with the supervisory board, the management board and indeed all employees of the company,” said a visibly delighted Prof. Klinkner after his election as new chairman of the supervisory board.

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Raimund Klinkner at his presentation to the Annual General Meeting of Koenig & Bauer (2)

    Foresight and patience on the road to successful restructuring

    “Speaking on behalf of the management board and the whole workforce of Koenig & Bauer, I would like to thank Martin Hoyos for his very successful work as chairman of the supervisory board of Koenig & Bauer AG,” said Claus Bolza-Schünemann in his laudatory speech for the departing chairman. When Martin Hoyos took up the post, the Koenig & Bauer Group was in the middle of a comprehensive restructuring programme. His five-year term saw decisive changes implemented at all the company’s locations. At the same time, the oldest printing press manufacturer in the world has entered new markets with new products. The acquisitions of companies such as Iberica, Duran and All‑Print have enabled consistent expansion of the group portfolio, while the joint venture Koenig & Bauer Durst sets the course for developments in digital print.

    Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “With foresight, patience, perseverance and boundless interest, also for the tiniest details, Martin Hoyos lent intensive support to the company. In the year of his departure, the group is looking back over the most successful business year in its history – there could hardly be a more satisfying moment to say farewell.” 

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    news-1400 Thu, 23 May 2019 11:23:04 +0200 Koenig & Bauer spreads the word on digital transformation and connected services (2/3) https://nordic.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-spreads-the-word-on-digital-transformation-and-connected-services-23/
  • End-to-end print company workflow in practice
  • Autonomous printing with AutoRun
  • Automated job changeovers with FlyingJobChange
  • Breakout sessions: High-volume commercial printing and label production
  • On 16th and 17th May, Koenig & Bauer invited print professionals from all over the world to an open house spotlighting the potential for digital transformation and data-driven services in commercial printing under the motto “Koenig & Bauer 4.0 – Commercial Printing & Connected Services” (see also Press Release 031/2019).

    LED-UV production at 18,000 sheets/hr on a Rapida 76: The technology permits immediate further processing of the freshly printed sheets (1)

    The event began with a print demonstration on a Rapida 76. It was set up to print a job using the LED‑UV technology and served to show that commercial printing comprises more than just 4-over-4 perfecting. Dirk Winker, head of print technology at Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, took the opportunity to present benefits of the LED-UV technology for commercial printers: Constant high print quality, even greater substrate flexibility, fast further processing and – last but not least – an active contribution to environmental protection.

    To keep track of a typically wide-ranging portfolio of commercial jobs, and to ensure that the right products are printed and ready for delivery at the right time, an end-to-end workflow with MIS integration is imperative. Alexander Stern, workflow expert at Koenig & Bauer, explained two concepts from the production perspective:

    • Standardisation and specialisation on defined products
    • Unrestricted product variability and creation of a flexible management system to maintain production efficiency irrespective of the complexity

    Alexander Stern (l) explained the Koenig & Bauer workflow concept, which visualises the individual processes along the entire value chain (2)

    Both approaches are practice-proven and represent functioning business models for the future. The Koenig & Bauer workflow visualises the individual processes along the entire value chain. Optimus Dash controls company processes in real time and offers the necessary flexibility – from order tracking and production, via inventory control and sales administration, through to the management of external services, an interface to accounting and much more besides. Benefits to be derived from this comprehensive functionality include perfect communication between all company departments, lean management practices, the identification of optimisation potential and a clear cost focus.

    Fully automatic workflow

    Dirk Winkler (l) demonstrated production of a series of commercial jobs in an AutoRun process on a Rapida 105 PRO (3)
    A series of typical commercial jobs was defined and sent to a six-colour Rapida 105 PRO with inline coating for production. Key features of this press include a shaftless DriveTronic feeder, DriveTronic SRW, CleanTronic washing systems and the facility to disengage unused inking units. For the demonstration, the press printed fully autonomously in an AutoRun process, during which the operator simply monitors the preselected printing and makeready processes without the need for manual intervention. In this scenario, the Rapida 105 PRO switches automatically between production and makeready at the end of each job. As soon as the measuring systems signal that the quality is good, production of the next job commences without further intervention. AutoRun thus offers the following benefits:

    • Fully automatic workflow
    • Optimum utilisation of simultaneous processes
    • Shortest possible makeready times between jobs
    • Minimised start-up waste before starting of the sheet counter

    The quality assurance systems on the press are important elements of an fully automatic workflow. This means above all the inline measuring system QualiTronic ColorControl, which helps to maintain constant print quality over the whole length of a run. In conjunction with QualiTronic PrintCheck, a parallel sheet inspection can be performed, while QualiTronic PDFCheck additionally compares the printed sheets against the pre-press PDF file. Job-specific reports provide for consistent documentation of the print quality. A traffic-light system informs the printer as to the measured quality.

    Thomas Göcke, head of marketing & CRM at Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, in conversation with moderator Sven Oswald (l), explained the contents of a Performance Report, which presents key production data from the installed presses in clearly structured graphical form (5)

    Printing was followed by cutting. Optimus Dash sends a cutting program to the Perfecta 132 cutting line via the JDF workflow, ensuring that this stage, too, is completed reliably and without errors. On the basis of the arising production times, Optimus generates a cost breakdown with just a few mouse clicks. Terminals linked directly to the post-press machines acquire the relevant production data for the MIS. The open house audience was thus able to witness a fully integrated printshop workflow from data input through to the finished product.

    The printed sheets were subsequently passed to a Perfecta 132 cutting line. This processing step was similarly integrated into the JDF workflow (4)

    Breakout sessions: High-volume commercial printing and label production

    Breakout sessions were devoted specifically to high-volume commercial printing and to label production with corresponding finishing, as well as to more detailed insights into the workings of an MIS. F

    or the high volume session, production was assigned to two Rapida 106 presses in eight-colour configurations for 4 over-4 perfecting one a conventional press and the other with LED-UV capabilities. On the conventional press, QualiTronic PDFCheck demonstrated three different measuring system functions: Inline colour measurement, sheet inspection and comparison of the printed sheet against a pre-press PDF. New here is the fact that all three functions are realised by a single camera system.

    When attention turned to the LED-UV press, the visitors could experience at first hand that sheets taken directly from the delivery of the Rapida 106 were already dry and could be passed on for immediate further processing. A diversity of LED-UV jobs was printed without manual intervention by the operator thanks to ErgoTronic AutoRun. As a finale, the highest level of production automation was shown: FlyingJobChange. While one section of the press was in production, makeready for the subsequent job was performed automatically on the remaining units. After automatic engaging and disengaging of the relevant printing units, production of the new job began with practically no interruption: Job changeover time was effectively reduced to zero.

    During the breakout sessions, medium-format sheetfed offset presses of the Rapida 106 series produced a variety of commercial jobs at speeds up to 20,000 sheets/hr (6)

    During the other breakout session, the visitors first saw printing and inline finishing on the half-format Rapida 75 PRO. The chosen job demonstrated eye-catching drip-off effects. A six-colour Rapida 106 with cold foil module, coater and RS 106 reel-to-sheet feeder subsequently produced labels at speeds up to 20,000 sheets/hr. All the jobs were followed up with live die-cutting on the Rapida RDC 106. This provided evident proof of the many advantages of a rotary process, including fast makeready even with varying sheet formats, fast job changeovers, exceptional substrate flexibility and high production speeds, all paired with a simple operating concept.

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    news-1398 Wed, 22 May 2019 08:19:59 +0200 Shareholders support growth offensive 2023 https://nordic.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/shareholders-support-growth-offensive-2023/ In addition to details of the group’s good business performance in 2018, in which it achieved the highest EBIT in its 201-year history, the highlights of the annual general meeting held at the Vogel Convention Center (VCC) in Würzburg touched on numerous innovations, the Koenig & Bauer 4.0 digitisation concept and the group’s business targets. On the strength of the good order and project situation ensuring full capacity utilisation across the entire group as well as the further progress made in the group projects targeted at service business and cutting costs, the management board is confident to achieve organic growth of around 4% in revenue and an EBIT margin of around 6% in 2019 in the group. This factors in the margin impact of the growth offensive 2023 to which management is attaching high priority. With all initiatives and projects, the management board is aiming to increase group revenue to around €1.5bn with an EBIT margin of between 7% and 10% until 2023.

    As in previous years, Koenig & Bauer AG’s 94th annual general meeting was held at the Vogel Convention Center (VCC) in Würzburg (1)

    Progress made in strategic alignment towards achieving sustainable profitable growth

    CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “The entry into the market for folder gluers through the acquisition of Duran and the joint venture with inkjet pioneer Durst for digital folding carton and corrugated printing are key strategic milestones. Following the signing of the agreement on 10 April, we received anti-trust clearance at the beginning of May for the commencement of business by the new joint venture Koenig & Bauer Durst. We are convinced that the joint venture will benefit from both companies’ spirit and that something quite unique will arise. With the acquisition of Swedish company All-Print Holding by our subsidiary Koenig & Bauer Coding, we are strengthening our presence in the marking and coding market in Scandinavia and substantially expanding our market position in tertiary packaging. The increased orders in packaging printing, which is seeing structural growth and is less cyclical in nature, are particularly gratifying. Driven by large orders in security printing, we were able to maintain our international market leadership. Our mature RotaJET digital printing platform offers encouraging revenue and earnings potential in decor and flexible packaging printing.”

    In his address to the shareholders, CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann touched upon the latest product innovations and data-based value-added solutions such as predictive maintenance and benchmark analyses in service business (2)

    Shareholders approve dividend proposal of €1

    Reflecting the group’s good earnings situation, a dividend of €1 per share was proposed. The shareholders accepted this proposal with a large majority. The dividend is based on Koenig & Bauer AG’s retained profit of €16.5m. Says CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “With a distribution rate of 25.9% of group net profit, we want our shareholders to participate in our success and we continue our dividend policy with a figure which is nearer to the top end of our target corridor of 15% to 35%.”

    Approval for all other items of the agenda

    Alongside the discharge of duties with regard to the members of the management and supervisory board, shareholders elected KPMG Bayerische Treuhandgesellschaft in Nuremberg as public auditors and group auditors in 2019. In addition, they elected Mrs Dagmar Rehm, Professor Raimund Klinkner and Dr Johannes Liechtenstein to the supervisory board. As well as this, the proposed amendments to the articles of association providing for the inclusion of an age limit for the members of the management board and the supervisory board and for a new version of the supervisory board compensation were adopted. The shareholders approved the 2023 integrity initiative and the related indemnification.

     

     

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    news-1396 Mon, 20 May 2019 09:43:21 +0200 Koenig & Bauer spreads the word on digital transformation and connected services (1/3) https://nordic.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-spreads-the-word-on-digital-transformation-and-connected-services-13/
  • Over 1,100 trade visitors from 40 countries on five continents
  • Keynote by innovation and creativity expert Gerriet Danz
  • Koenig & Bauer: Cross-sector pioneer of digitisation
  • New customer-centric offers based on digital transformation
  • Predictive maintenance becomes reality
  • Digital innovation for printers all over the world: Between 16th and 21st May, Koenig & Bauer presents a raft of new customer-centric offers based on digital transformation, as well as new and further developed data-driven services, during a series of four open house events at its facility in Radebeul. While the first two days were devoted specifically to the needs and wishes of commercial printers, their counterparts in the packaging sector becomes the centre of attention after the weekend.

    More than 1,000 print professionals from 40 countries accepted invitations to the four-day event. They were treated not only to comprehensive information on the possibilities to streamline and optimise their production processes through digitisation, but also to a whole new experience of the benefits to be derived for their business from a close relationship with Koenig & Bauer and its new data-driven services.

    Ralf Sammeck, CEO of Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed and member of the executive board of Koenig & Bauer, welcomed more than 1,100 print professionals from 40 countries to the two events spotlighting the benefits of digital transformation at Koenig & Bauer in Radebeul (1)

    Stable partnerships create confidence

    Ralf Sammeck, CEO of Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed and member of the executive board of Koenig & Bauer, and Thomas Göcke, head of marketing & CRM, welcomed the visitors and presented the company’s new image campaign. Under the banner “We print your world”, it seeks to communicate the boundless diversity of print products: Koenig & Bauer brings together the most varied inks and substrates, substrates and technologies, technologies and people. In doing so, the oldest printing press manufacturer in the world also presents the broadest product portfolio in the industry – a single source of solutions which enable print companies all over the world to attain their individual goals.

    Ralf Sammeck made special mention of the company’s strong economic figures, with increasing turnover and a growing order book. That gives users extra confidence when making decisions on their key means of production. Through a number of partnerships and take-overs, Koenig & Bauer has expanded its portfolio far beyond its original core competences. The recent acquisitions of Iberica and Duran, a joint venture with Durst and cooperation agreements with Optimus and Esko underline this successful strategy. With end-to-end solutions, Koenig & Bauer promotes quality maximisation, increased productivity and transparency. Ralf Sammeck: “Our overarching goal is to make our users profitable and successful.”

    Leading print companies from both the commercial and packaging segments are opting for technology from Koenig & Bauer. That applies not only to high-speed Rapida sheetfed offset presses, but equally to the rotary die-cutter Rapida RDC 106, which is revolutionising the die-cutting process, to flat-bed die-cutters such as the Ipress 106 K PRO, and to the folder-gluer Omega Allpro 110.

    Many Koenig & Bauer solutions are prize-winning developments: The Rapida LiveApps, for example, received an Intertech Technology Award in 2018. This year, the jury of the iF Design Award was full of praise for the design language and stylish appearance of the VariJET 106. And Koenig & Bauer has also picked up a German Brand Award for branding excellence in industry and engineering.

    Approaches to the development of new products and services

    In his inspiring keynote, innovation and creativity expert Gerriet Danz explained how utopian visions and science fiction can be translated into reality and thus into new revenue, how resistance can be turned around into success, and how changed perspectives enable us to shape the future (2)
    In an inspiring keynote, innovation and creativity expert Gerriet Danz explained how utopian visions and science fiction can be translated into reality and thus into new revenue. Taking examples from historical practice, he showed how resistance can be turned around into success.

    One of his essential principles: Only those who are prepared to adopt new perspectives will subsequently shape the future. Just think about the new dimension added to printing by 3D printers, about former film producers who have become manufacturers of cosmetics products, or about combined solutions such as the drone-cum-flying motorcycle being tested by the police in Dubai.

    Those who ask the right questions will receive answers for the future. The appeal made by Gerriet Danz: Make use of creativity techniques and the right questions to lend new impetus to the print industry.

    Data-driven services for a new customer experience

    For a number of years already, Koenig & Bauer has itself supplied one of the best examples of how creative thinking and digital data can give rise to new customer experiences and innovative services. The company has earned a wide reputation as a cross-sector pioneer for the digitisation of business processes. The starting point for most product-related customer services is the wealth of information contained in press operating data and the associated log files. The following solutions are offered by Koenig & Bauer:

    PressCall improves communication in connection with remote maintenance. At the press of a button on the console, all necessary information is sent directly to the hotline technician. Communication is optimised and there are no delays due to language barriers. A customer ticket is automatically created in the CRM system. Solution-finding becomes faster and more efficient, reducing downtime and increasing availability accordingly.

    Live presentation of Visual PressSupport: Photos, video clips, audio and commenting functions allow precise description of the current situation at the press. In this way, the functionality of remote maintenance is extended to include assistance in case of process-related or mechanical problems (4)

    Visual PressSupport is another tool which simplifies communication during remote maintenance and raises the cooperation between customer and service department to a new level. Photos, video clips, audio and commenting functions via a mobile device allow more precise description of the current situation at the press. At the same time, Visual PressSupport has extended the functionality of remote maintenance to include assistance in case of process-related or mechanical problems. Everything is documented in the service module of the CRM platform Salesforce, and full information is thus immediately available to all involved persons and departments. Visual PressSupport can also be used independently of remote maintenance.

    Performance and inspection data at a glance

    Users with a remote maintenance contract receive a monthly Performance Report. This report visualises key performance indicators of the installed presses in clearly structured graphical form and provides an overview of all relevant production data at a glance. In addition, the performance data can be compared both internally and externally with other presses used in a comparable manner – all  anonymously, of course. This helps to reveal potential for optimisation, reduces unplanned downtimes and enables pertinent maintenance work to be planned in advance. Performance and availability are improved.

    A Press Inspection Report presents the results of a press inspection in a similarly structured summary. The user is informed of any potential for technical improvement and can see at a glance the reasons for recommended maintenance work, including the expected duration. The necessary measures are also prioritised in accordance with the possible impact on press availability and the urgency of replacement for individual spare parts.

    IoT-based service process

    To provide a central point of contact, Koenig & Bauer has set up a Customer Community. This portal is where users find all digital service offers: They can create new tickets, view existing tickets and performance reports, and make use of many other data-driven services. In this way, users and manufacturer have access to identical data at all times and can base their cooperation decisions on the same information status. With the Customer Community, Koenig & Bauer has brought all digital services together under one umbrella.

    Thomas Göcke (r), head of marketing & CRM at Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed, here in conversation with moderator Sven Oswald, provided an overview of the data-driven services which Koenig & Bauer already offers its users today (3)

    Thomas Göcke showed how predictive maintenance is becoming reality. Artificial intelligence methods enable disturbances to be foreseen before they actually affect production or, in the worst case, result in unplanned downtime. If the data from a press indicate the pending failure of a back-up battery, for example, intervention and replacement can be coordinated in good time. This spares the user an annoying data loss and there is no need to spend time re-entering the stored press settings.

    “The challenge is to acquire vast amounts of data and to evaluate these data with high performance and precision,” says Göcke. “To this end, Empolis Industrial Analytics supplies rule mining and machine learning methods of artificial intelligence, for example artificial ignorance, with which data relating to normal behaviour can be filtered out of the overall data streams.”

    From job definition in the MIS, via print and finishing through to subsequent costing analysis, the visitors were able to witness fully automatic printshop workflows for commercial and packaging production during the live shows (5)

    Koenig & Bauer is currently developing an IoT-based service process: On the basis of data from a Rapida press, emerging faults and irregularities are detected and analysed automatically to determine the cause already before a problem is noticed by the operator. The service manager receives a full overview of the situation on the press concerned and can make arrangements for a remote maintenance session and possibly a service visit. The technician on site is able to rectify the fault within the framework of the planned visit, and the risk of a sudden production interruption is averted. Any necessary downtime can be scheduled in advance. The user benefits from more reliable production and improved performance. Through his ServiceApp, the technician has access to the full service history of the press, and can even submit his service report directly from a mobile device.

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    news-1392 Thu, 16 May 2019 07:59:00 +0200 Retrofit at highest level offers long-term peace of mind https://nordic.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/retrofit-at-highest-level-offers-long-term-peace-of-mind/
  • Retrofit offers long-term peace of mind
  • Software now right up to date
  • 1,000,000 copies every day
  • Realisation without interrupting production  
  • New subassembly control systems and components for a Cortina press at the French print centre of L´Imprimerie: The print centre operates two 6/2 Cortina presses which have now been in production for almost 10 years ago. “We print 1,000,000 copies a day, and this retrofit guarantees the necessary production certainty,” says L´Imprimerie plant manager Gilles Deschamps. New software representing the latest state of the art has already been installed on three of the ten printing towers. Two further printing towers are to be brought up to date with the new software and associated components later in the year. Martin Schoeps, head of service management for Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed: “Our goal was to realise the retrofit measures in such a way that the customer could continue to print all the required jobs every day. And thanks to the excellent cooperation with the technical departments at L´Imprimerie, that was achieved very successfully in every respect.” The press installation comprises a total of ten reelstands, ten triple-width printing towers and two double folders. Both Cortinas came on stream at a new facility near Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris at the end of 2008.

    Successful acceptance of the newly installed software (left to right): Najib Moumni, head of service Koenig & Bauer France; Gilles Deschamps, plant manager L´Imprimerie; Markus Schreiber-Petzlitz, service manager Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed

    1,000,000 copies every day

    With “Le Figaro”, “Les Echos” and “Le Monde”, three of the leading daily newspapers in France are printed on the presses from Koenig & Bauer. In addition, the print centre is responsible for approx. 50 magazines and periodicals (weekly and monthly issues as well as one shoots). It belongs to the Riccobono Group and prints up to 1,000,000 copies every day.

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    news-1390 Tue, 14 May 2019 07:28:54 +0200 German Printing Organization VDMB Visits Koenig & Bauer (US) Customer Everett Graphics https://nordic.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/german-printing-organization-vdmb-visits-koenig-bauer-us-customer-everett-graphics/ A group of nearly 20 representatives from the German printing organization known as VDMB (Verband Druck- und Medien Bayern), which has been on a week-long trip traveling to the Silicon Valley of California visiting progressive firms both in and outside the print industry, spent half a day on Thursday May 9 at Everett Graphics, a leading northern California folding carton printer headquartered in Oakland, CA. The group, comprised of owners and CEOs of Bavarian printing firms, witnessed an enlightening tour of Everett’s duo of highly-automated enhanced performance Koenig & Bauer presses: a Rapida 106 41-inch and Rapida 145 57-inch large format press in action. Whit Everett, president and CEO of Everett Graphics, welcomed the group to his 82,000 sq ft manufacturing facility, along with Marcus Schoen, Koenig & Bauer (US) sales manager.

    Holger Busch, Managing Director of VDMB (Verband Druck und Medien Bayern) (front, 5th from left), visited Everett Graphics on a trip to the Silicon Valley together with other members of the organization. Everett uses a Rapida 145 from Koenig & Bauer. Reinhard Marschall from Koenig & Bauer (DE) GmbH (front, 3rd from left) was one of the members of the trip

    The group arrived at Everett’s headquarters along a quiet tree-lined industrial area not far from the San Leandro Bay. This premier designer and manufacturer of quality packaging primarily catering to the food industry is situated in a modern two-story gleaming white facility where the firm is fully committed to being environmentally responsible and adhering to strict government and state regulations. Everett has consistently geared its business strategy towards pro-environmental printing through its choice of substrates, its production technology, and its social responsibility towards its customers and its region. Schoen discussed the unique capabilities and products produced by Everett while providing a press demo for the group. The newest Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145 press allows Everett to run e and f-fluted materials at higher speeds than ever and gives them the ability to print high quality, offset work, directly onto micro-flute substrates in large format. The meeting ended with a light lunch for the entire group.

    In addition to visiting Everett Graphics, the group was scheduled to visit the most important well-known IT and high-tech U.S.-based firms such as Google and LinkedIn, where they gained insights from managers outside of the print industry to gain inspiration for their own businesses.

    As the voice of the industry, the Association Druck und Medien Bayern e. V. (VDMB) represents the interests of its member companies to the public, the policy and the market and collective bargaining partners. The association is a highly competent, dedicated service partner with extensive consulting and qualification offerings and a unique platform for exchange among industry peers. The VDMB is geared to a central mission: to sustainably strengthen the competitive power of its member companies in the rapid transformation of the media markets.

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    news-1388 Mon, 13 May 2019 12:38:32 +0200 Another Commander CT for modern print centre in Aarau https://nordic.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/another-commander-ct-for-modern-print-centre-in-aarau/
  • High quality demands placed on the products
  • Expansion of the modern print centre
  • Double-width Commander CT
  • Newspaper and magazine production  
  • Within the framework of plans to consolidate its strong position on the Swiss newspaper and magazine market, Mittelland Zeitungsdruck AG, a company of the CH Media group, has decided to invest in a further Commander CT from Koenig & Bauer. The new press is set to come on stream in spring 2020. Roland Kühne, director of operations and technology at CH Media: “Our customers place very high quality demands on their products, and our current Commander CT has enabled us to meet these demands at all times. When the increasing capacity utilisation made expansion of our modern print centre in Aarau imperative, it was for us a logical step to invest in another Commander CT from Koenig & Bauer.” Peter Wanner, publisher and chairman of the CH Media board of directors: “As far as we are concerned, the various media products – print, online and mobile – all belong together. Parallel to the strengthening of our digital offerings, the new press also serves to reinforce our print business.” The first Commander CT from Koenig & Bauer went into production in 2014.  

    The new Commander CT for Mittelland Zeitungsdruck AG

    One of the leading media companies in Switzerland

    Mittelland Zeitungsdruck AG is a company of the CH Media group, which publishes a broad range of newspaper titles including the dailies “az Aargauer Zeitung”, “St. Galler Tagblatt” and “Luzerner Zeitung” and the weekly “Schweiz am Wochenende”. CH Media is dedicated to multimedia networking with its regional online news portals, e-papers, and iPad and mobile phone applications. Various high-circulation weekly and twice-weekly newspapers, as well as trade and special-interest magazines, round of the product and service portfolio. CH Media was formed as a joint venture of the AZ and NZZ media groups, and commenced its independent operations on 1st October 2018. AZ Medien has integrated all its previous business units with the exception of Watson, while NZZ has transferred its entire regional media business to the new company. CH Media reaches around two million people in the Germany-speaking regions of Switzerland. With turnover amounting to approx. 480 million CHF and over 2,000 employees, CH Media is one of the country’s largest media companies.

    Automation, flexible production and high quality

    The new Commander CT comprises three four-high towers for 4/4 production, together with a KF5 jaw folder and three Pastomat reelstands with Patras M reel logistics. The printing towers feature both fully automatic plate changing systems and automatic roller locks, and ensure ergonomic operation with lifts on both sides. The towers can also be split down the middle to provide optimum access for maintenance work. A comprehensive package of automation modules, such as CleanTronic cylinder washing systems, colour and cut-off register controls, and a colour measuring and control system, simplify handling and reduce makeready, production waste and maintenance requirements to a minimum. The Commander CT is controlled via an ErgoTronic console with EasyTronic for optimised press start-up and automated run-down.

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