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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    news-1787 Tue, 25 Aug 2020 13:02:18 +0200 Superior Litho Triples Its Overall Job Throughput and Impression Output With Its New Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145 57-Inch Seven-Color Press http://us.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/superior-litho-triples-its-overall-job-throughput-and-impression-output-with-its-new-koenig-bauer-rapida-145-57-inch-seven-color-press/
  • Superior’s first seven-color press opens doors to new products and increases production flexibility
  • Quality, support, quick response, and extremely reliable service form the backbone to a strong partnership with Koenig & Bauer
  • Waste production and make-ready reduced by 25%
  • Over the past year Superior Lithographics, a Los Angeles-based large format printing specialist of litho sheets and top sheets for the corrugated box industry as well as printing and converting folding cartons, has seen impressive improvements in many vital areas including product quality and data on product consistency stemming from state-of-the-art color and quality measuring systems outfitted on its new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145 seven-color 57-inch press.

    “Since our new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145 57-inch seven color press was installed last summer, we’ve seen incredible improvements within our facility,” says Jeff Ku, Vice President of Operations for Superior. “Our data has shown a 32% increase in overall sheet throughput. We’ve also seen an impressive 25% decrease in make-ready time. All this has resulted in our company experiencing an overall growth in business.”

    In addition to obtaining the highest quality print for its customers, Superior Lithographics also has a passion for sustainability that they pursue by utilizing recycled materials, solar panels, and new press technology that has reduced its waste production by 25%.

    Catering its folding cartons to a mix of well-known regional retail food vendors, Superior has adapted to the trend toward short orders and a premium on color consistency. An important consideration on the new Rapida is its 100% inspection system, which “can catch errors that an operator can’t catch between press pulls and ensures that all sheets are alike,” explains Ku. Having the new Rapida 145 designed as Superior’s first seven-color press, the firm’s sales force can offer new products and increase its production flexibility.

    “Speed, quality, and consistency are our calling cards,” says Ku. “That’s what has propelled our sales to grow by 16% in one year and find ourselves at capacity even with production running 24/7. We’re seeing growth in both of our main sectors; our existing corrugated market remains strong with 60% of our business even as we push further into the folding carton segment, which makes up 40% of our production.”

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    news-1773 Wed, 29 Jul 2020 07:15:00 +0200 Koenig & Bauer publishes its H1 report 2020 http://us.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-veroeffentlicht-halbjahresbericht-2020/
  • Delivery and pandemic-related revenue decline by 20.1%
  • Order intake 16.2% below prior year, considerably better than industry trend
  • Earnings significantly impacted by low revenue
  • On the cost side, massively counteracted with short-time working from 1 April 2020 and other measures
  • Equity ratio of 32.2%
  • In addition to the general investment restraint on the part of many customers in the corona crisis, travel bans, lockdowns and other restrictions significantly affected the business figures of the Koenig & Bauer group in the first half of 2020. The restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic particularly impeded deliveries of the presses to the international customers as well as the worldwide deployment of the assembly staff and service technicians. At €480.2m, orders were 16.2% lower than in the previous year, although this was better than the sector trend for printing presses published by industry association VDMA. At €404.5m, revenue fell short of the previous year by 20.1%. On the cost side, massive measures were taken to address the effects of the crisis, introducing short-time working from 1 April 2020 alongside other steps. EBIT improved substantially from –€34.9m in Q1 to –€6m in Q2. For the first half of the year, EBIT was –€40.9m after €0.6m in the previous year. At –€44.2m, net earnings as of 30 June corresponds to earnings per share of –€2.68.

    Despite substantially lower trade receivables and higher customer prepayments, the half-year loss and the increase in inventories had major impacts on cash flows from operating activities, which came to –€68.6m (2019: –€96.5m). The equity ratio stood at 32.2% at the end of June 2020.

    Die bei der virtuellen Messe Koenig & Bauer Live im Juni neu vorgestellte High-End-Maschine Rapida 106 X für das Bogenoffset-Mittelformat setzt neue Leistungsmaßstäbe im industriellen Druck (1)

    Segment performance

    Despite the substantial gains with large-format sheetfed offset presses and folder gluers, order intake in the Sheetfed segment declined by 12.9% over the previous year’s figure of €330.6m to €288m due to lower orders for medium and half-format presses. Revenue of €205.5m was 20.6% lower than the previous year’s figure (€258.9m) for delivery-related reasons and due to the effects of the pandemic. With the book-to-bill ratio coming to 1.4, order backlog rose from €261.6m to €265.9m. Due to lower revenue, EBIT of –€17.4m was below the previous year (–€1.3m).

    Order intake in the Digital & Web segment came to €56.7m, down from €89.9m in the previous year, due to lower orders in the web offset press business and for flexible packaging printing. At €51.6m, revenue was down on the previous year (€64.5m). The order backlog contracted from €111.2m to €71.2m. The lower revenue had a significant impact on the EBIT of –€12.1m (2019: –€10.8m).

    The decline in order intake in the Special segment from €175.3m to €150.7m reflects lower orders for security printing, marking and coding as well as glass direct printing. In metal decorating, there was an increase in new business. Revenue fell from €204.9m to €160.1m. The order backlog reached €278.1m after €316m in the previous year. After €6.3m in the previous year, EBIT came to –€10.3m in the first half of 2020 for revenue-related reasons.

    Die Umsätze und Bestellungen der im Verpackungssektor eingesetzten Bogenoffset-Großformatmaschinen und Faltschachtelklebemaschinen legten auch in der Krise zu (2)


    CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “In view of the high volatility and the great uncertainties surrounding the severity and duration of the coronavirus pandemic and the success of health, economic and monetary policies, the further global economic development is uncertain. Given these uncertain underlying conditions, it is currently not yet possible to issue any revenue and earnings guidance for 2020 for our group. The management board is working intensively on the Performance 2024 efficiency programme to increase the operating profitability. We have applied for a KfW loan to supplement the existing syndicated credit facilities. In addition, improvements in working capital and cash flow are at the top of the agenda together with the strategic focus on packaging printing and digital services.”

    Figures at a glance

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

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    news-1645 Thu, 19 Mar 2020 07:25:00 +0100 Koenig & Bauer publishes its annual report for 2019: On Future Track http://us.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-veroeffentlicht-geschaeftsbericht-2019-auf-zukunftskurs/
  • Managing the possible consequences of the corona crisis is currently a top priority, professional project organisation already established
  • Good order intake in Q4 2019, although not all expected orders were placed in security printing and metal decorating
  • Follow-up orders of strategic importance in digital decor and corrugated printing received after the close of the financial year 2019
  • Group revenue in 2019 at the previous year’s level
  • EBIT margin of 4.6% below target due to some special items
  • Significant cash flow improvement in Q4
  • Equity ratio of 34.3%
  • Suspension of the dividend payment for 2019 in view of the significantly increased uncertainties caused by the corona crisis
  • Impacts of the corona crisis on group performance in 2020 are currently completely open
  • With its strategic focus on the growth market of packaging, Koenig & Bauer is on track to reduce the dependency on politically volatile und lumpy security printing business by increasing revenue and earnings in this area. Through the acquisition of Iberica and Duran, the joint venture with Durst as well as various partnerships in the software field, the portfolio for packaging printing markets was expanded further. Following a testing phase of the CorruCUT sheetfed flexo press for analogue direct printing on corrugated board, the prestigious pilot customer and development partner Klingele accepted the newly developed machine after a demanding factory acceptance test. The machine is now producing in two shifts at the Klingele plant in Delmenhorst near Bremen, Germany. With the CorruFLEX order from Thimm Packaging Systems, Koenig & Bauer received a strategically important follow-up order in corrugated board printing. Interprint ordered the third RotaJET for digital decor printing. After the sixth press sale for digital decor printing and the key order from Tetra Pak for digital full-colour beverage carton printing, the RotaJET digital printing platform is particularly successful in the market. The service initiative launched in 2016 is also bearing fruit. The service revenue share in the Koenig & Bauer group increased significantly from 25.9% in the previous year to 28.2%.

    Der Service-Umsatzanteil konnte 2019 im Konzern auf 28,2 % gesteigert werden (1)

    CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “The end markets we address are fundamentally intact with packaging printing showing good structural growth. However, growth requires normal business years. Due to the increasing economic uncertainty, we decided to invest significantly in reducing manufacturing costs and to join forces more strongly within the group. With these measures, we aim to position ourselves to a greater extent independent of the economy and more competitively for the future.”

    Dr Andreas Pleßke, the Management Board member responsible for the Performance 2024 programme explains further details: “With the Performance 2024 programme, we are currently targeting reducing costs by over €70m by 2024 with one-off costs of €30m to €40m. We expect the package of measures to be expanded further. The focus of the various projects aimed at optimising group-wide structures and processes is on considerably reducing manufacturing costs to achieve a significant improvement in the earnings situation in the new machine business. This includes design-to-cost projects, purchasing optimisations and some further measures. Bundling tasks as shared services as well as the reduction of holding costs and SG&A expenses are also on the agenda.”

    CFO Dr Mathias Dähn adds: “In addition to the cost-cutting projects, the efficiency programme aims to reduce lead times in assembly and accelerate customer acceptance. In addition to shorter delivery times, this will lead to a drop in working capital and a cash flow improvement. Moreover, we work with further activities and a sophisticated controlling of all measures with permanent monitoring on the significant reduction in working capital. We see considerable potential for improvement, particularly in security printing in terms of inventories and receivables through optimised sales management and stepping up export financing. The comprehensive package of measures also aims at a more even distribution of revenue over the year in the Sheetfed segment.”

    Business performance in 2019 in the Koenig & Bauer group

    Not all expected orders in security printing and metal decorating were awarded in 2019, therefore order intake and order backlog of €1,141.3m and €533.7m respectively were below the figures for the prior year (€1,222m and €610.9m respectively) favoured by the major Egyptian order. With €1,218.5m, group revenue reached the level of the prior year (2018: €1,226m). Earning were burdened by high investments in the growth offensive 2023. While a lack of profit contributions due to delayed or shifted contract closings and higher costs in order processing further reduced earnings, one-time income had a positive effect. On balance, a margin of 4.6% was achieved with EBIT of €56m (2018: €87.4m and 7.1% respectively). At €38.4m, group net profit (previous year: €64m) translates into earnings per share of €2.31 in 2019 (2018: €3.86). In view of the significantly increased uncertainties caused by the corona crisis, the Management Board and Supervisory Board will propose to the annual general meeting to suspend the dividend payment for the financial year 2019 and to carry forward the retained profit generated by the holding company Koenig & Bauer AG to new account. The fundamental policy of distributing 15% to 35% of group net profit remains unaffected.

    Mit eigenen Entwicklungen, Akquisitionen und Kooperationen hat sich Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed zum One-Stop-Shop-Partner im Wachstumsmarkt Faltschachteln entwickelt (2)

    Business performance in 2019 in the segments

    In addition to the strong service business, more orders for large- and medium-format presses led to growth in order intake in the Sheetfed segment of 8.9% to €625.3m (2018: €574.3m). Compared to 2018 (€615.9m), revenue increased by 2.6% to €631.8m. The slightly lower order backlog of €183.4m compared to the previous year (€189.9m) remained at a good level. Due to the product and regional mix and higher order processing costs, EBIT of €19.4m was below the figure from the prior year (€35.4m).

    In Digital & Web, order intake of €144.9m was 18% below the prior-year’s figure of €176.6m. In addition to the shrinking web offset service business, lower orders in flexible packaging printing were the main reason for this decline. Revenue increased by 7.4% from €153.3m to €164.6m. On balance, the order backlog decreased from €85.8m to €66.1m at the end of 2019. The EBIT of –€16.5m (previous year: –€10.2m) was burdened by high market-entry and growth-related expenses as well as the negative result in flexible packaging printing.

    In the Special segment, order intake of €406.7m was below the prior-year’s figure of €505.1m, which was impacted by a major order in security printing. After €491.5m in the previous year, revenue of €463.9m was achieved. Order backlog at the end of 2019 was €287.3m (31 December 2018: €344.5m). As a result of the lower revenue, product mix and unexpected project expenses for the major security printing order, EBIT amounted to €43.9m after €48.2m in the previous year despite one-time income.

    Above-average balance sheet ratios

    In addition to the high investment expenditures and the dividend payment, cash flows were influenced by one-time effects such as the significant capital lock-up resulted from the major Egyptian order. Accordingly, cash flows from operating activities of –€7.9m and free cash flow of –€52.3m were below the prior-year figures (€66.3m and –€19.5m respectively). The long-term credit facility syndicated by renowned banks is strengthening the group’s stability. In terms of balance sheet ratios, the Koenig & Bauer group is well-positioned with an equity ratio of 34.3%.

    Guidance for 2020

    CFO Mathias Dähn: “Even before the outbreak of the coronavirus, global economic conditions were demanding. Given the daily worsening global economic situation due to the coronavirus, the impacts on our company and the achievement of our planning are currently completely open. For 2020, we are planning to achieve a largely stable group revenue compared to the previous year and the prior year's EBIT level without the around €10m in special expenses from the efficiency programme. Managing the possible consequences of the corona crisis is currently a top priority.”

    Figures at a glance

    The Annual Report can be downloaded as a PDF file from here.  

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    news-1622 Wed, 04 Mar 2020 20:43:00 +0100 Cedar Graphics Achieves 30% Increase in Productivity and Increased Customer Satisfaction With Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 http://us.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/cedar-graphics-achieves-30-increase-in-productivity-and-increased-customer-satisfaction-with-koenig-bauer-rapida-106/ •        Popular fully-automated press is helping to drive in new customers from the pharmaceutical and short-run packaging markets

    •        Its high-end customer base of designers and ad agencies sees even more efficiencies, quicker turn times, and higher quality 

    •        New press technology such as industry leading color control systems and simultaneous production processes yields 40% additional capacity

    Ever since it was established in 1986, Cedar Graphics has had a firm focus on delivering high-end quality printing at its expansive Hiawatha, Iowa facility. But in today’s world of printing in which designers and ad agencies are constantly pushing the envelope with creative artwork, intricate four-color builds, and massive ink coverage, Cedar’s owners rely on their knowledgeable employees and array of advanced technology, including their Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 LED perfector press, which anchors its pressroom.

    “Our Rapida 106 four-over-four press has flat out knocked the socks off of our customers,” says Scott Burnett, production manager at Cedar Graphics. “Whether it be during tours from our annual Think to Ink open house, or during requested customer press checks, our customers all walk away impressed at how quickly the Rapida 106 press matches the desired color reference and how effortlessly the press reaches top speeds of up to 18.000 sph. Not only has this allowed us to continue to exceed our customers’ expectations, but word of mouth has spread and we have been contacted by new customers that we weren’t currently servicing.”

    When the press was installed in 2017, it distinguished itself with ground-breaking automated features that have proven to provide Cedar with massive gains in productivity and additional capacity. “Our makeready times have decreased by 50% and we’ve seen a reduction in makeready stock by 35% to 40%,” says Burnett. “We’ve also been able to eliminate two shifts (four operators) and repurpose those employees in our digital pressroom, thus allowing us much needed capacity in that area.”  

    What else has the press given Cedar Graphics?

    With a goal to offer complete customer satisfaction, the new Rapida 106 LED has allowed Cedar to enhance and improve on the markets and high-end customers that it serves. Its makeready technology advancements, like DriveTronic SPC, and QualiTonic in-line color control, lets Cedar gain even more efficiencies, quicker turn times, and higher quality to its customers.  “We’re now driving in new customers from the pharmaceutical market to print on 40# stock to short run packaging in which we are printing on 24 pt. board,” says Burnett. “We accomplish this production by perfecting four-over-four at high end speeds up to a maximum of 18,000 sph.”

    When asked which of the many features on press have helped Cedar the most, Burnett is quick to point out the Koenig & Bauer QualiTronic system and System Brunner. The QualiTronic system, he says, has amazing quick to color capabilities as well as the consistency of color from first sheet to last sheet. It is second to none, he adds.  

    In Burnett’s estimation, System Brunner Instrument Flight software is industry-changing technology.   Never before has a printer been able to measure and control gray balance inline on press, he says. It measures every sheet for density, TVI (tone value increase), and gray balance. Instrument Flight then takes these measurements and will raise or lower the density in each color across the sheet to keep the press in perfect gray balance based on the standard the press operator has entered into the software. “Instrument Flight is an amazing color control software that gives us the ability to keep our print jobs in a completely higher level of control,” says Burnett. “It allows us to achieve and maintain true color at all times.”

    “Our innovative brands and creative customers are always pushing the envelope for eye-catching or tactile coatings and varnish combinations,” says Justin McDonald, marketing director at Cedar Graphics. “Recently, we’ve been testing LED soft touch coating. With so many customers enjoying both the look and feel of soft touch coating on their printed material, we are always looking at improving this process in quality, durability, and turn time.” 

    Plus, the press has given Cedar the means to produce work that they couldn’t have done before. Recently, the firm received a very difficult print project for a catalog that contained four color gray builds both in the product itself and the background color as well, recalls Burnett. By utilizing the System Brunner Instrument Flight software on its Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106, Cedar’s skilled press operators were able to control color via gray balance and keep the four color gray builds looking consistent throughout the catalog. “Controlling color by density alone is something that would have been extremely difficult, if not impossible, before,” he says


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    news-1613 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 21:10:29 +0100 Ellis Packaging Increases Net Output by 30% With Fourth Koenig & Bauer-Iberica Optima 106 K Die Cutter http://us.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/ellis-packaging-increases-net-output-by-30-with-fourth-koenig-bauer-iberica-optima-106-k-die-cutter/ •        Fourth high-speed automated Koenig & Bauer-Iberica die cutter at its Pickering facility becomes key post-press machine

    •        Important capital investment improves speed, throughput, and turnaround for its pharmaceutical, consumer goods and food packaging customers

    •        New Optima 106 K die cutter contributes to higher net output, lower waste, and improved quality

    •        Largest privately owned manufacturer of folding cartons in Canada

    At the modern two-story facility for Canadian packaging specialist Ellis Packaging, a member of the Ellis Group, the country’s largest privately-held manufacturer of folding cartons, a wide variety of product formats race through the 85,000 sq ft plant on a daily basis destined for the food, confectionary, liquor, personal care and pharmaceutical industries. What sets this manufacturer apart from its competitors is its ability to focus on customer service---whether they be new or existing---each and every day.

    “Our customers demand short turnaround,” says Cathie Ellis, president, who oversees the business along with her brother Dave among three facilities. “To provide that level of quality service, we’ve invested nearly $15 million in new equipment. Most recently, we added our fourth high-speed Koenig & Bauer-Iberica die cutter here at our Pickering facility. Since the installation, we’ve seen our net output, which factors in press speed, makeready times, and down time, improve by an impressive 25-30%. Due to the significant improvement in our productivity, we’ve seen a major increase in the amount of savings because we’re not running the die cutters in overtime.”

    Members of Ellis Packaging and Koenig & Bauer celebrate the recent installation of the Koenig & Bauer-Iberica Optima K die cutter. First row: Rob Orfalian, Ellis Press Operator; Rob Levesque, Die-Cutting Lead Hand; and David Singh, Ellis Press Operator. Second row: Tom Fitzgerald, Koenig & Bauer product manager; Cathie Ellis, president of Ellis Packaging; and Mitch Spooner, Manager of Die-Cutting & Finishing Operations. Third row: Aleks Lajtman, Koenig & Bauer Regional Sales Manager, Canada; Don Smart, Ellis Plant Manager; and Joe Lang, Ellis Press Operator.

    The post-press department at Ellis is critical to its success. Since nearly 70% of Ellis’s operation is sheetfed production, it requires an efficient die-cutting department that is productive and reliable so that it can quickly process orders and move those jobs along into gluing in short lead times. Customer lead time requirements are continuously getting more demanding, says Ellis, and having efficient, reliable equipment in all its operating areas is critical to the firm’s success. 

    Improved makeready times, user friendliness, enhanced productivity

    According to Ellis, the Optima 106 fulfills all of those requirements. Its operator friendly controls provide ease of handling for the Ellis team. Her operators find the controls to be easier to understand and find all of the functions to handle the machine. “Our operators love it,” she says enthusiastically. “Makeready times have improved due to click lock and other automation.”

    The Optima 106 K’s impressive features contribute to reduced makeready times and lower operating costs. Some of Ellis’s products require very efficient setup times to be cost effective, she explains, and the slick pneumatically actuated quick lock system for locking up dies helps to reduce makeready times. In turn, she says, the die cutter helps to keep costs low on short run work. Conversely, Ellis has other customers and product formats where vendor managed inventory is part of its value proposition, and subsequently, those run quantities tend to be much longer where speed and press uptime is critical.

    Investing in the Koenig & Bauer-Iberica die cutter was an easy decision for the team at Ellis. For more than two decades Iberica die cutters have made major contributions to the growth at Ellis. Replacing an existing Iberica die cutter presented minimal learning curve to the staff. This fourth die cutter follows three new Koenig & Bauer-Iberica Optima 106 K 40-inch diecutters, two for Ellis Paper Box and one for Ellis Packaging. In fact, Ellis Mississauga was the first Iberica-Koenig & Bauer installation.

    First woman named as Printing Leader of the Year

    Recently, Cathie Ellis was recognized for her leadership and named Printing Leader of the Year at the 14th annual Canadian Printing Awards, organized by PrintAction and its parent company Annex Business Media. She has worked for the family business dating back to its early days in the 1980s. Over the past 30 years, she has performed many jobs throughout the operation and rose through the company, officially taking the reins from her father Bill in 2010 as president. At the helm of Ellis Packaging today, she continues to direct the company with the same passion, core values, investment and integrity passed down by her predecessor, mentor and father.

    “It was truly an honor and quite remarkable to be the first woman to receive the award,” she says. “I feel that pursuit of excellence starts with a vision and is executed by quite an amazing team. My father Bill was the best mentor I could have asked for and I have continued to follow his core values and beliefs – invest in your equipment and people and the rest will take care of itself.”

    Founded in 1946 in Ontario, Canada, The Ellis Group is comprised of over 250 employees at Ellis Packaging, Ellis Paper Box and Ellis Packaging West servicing and specializing in the food, confectionary, pharmaceutical, neutraceutical and beverage industries. It has earned a superior reputation for the design, production and distribution of paperboard packaging. Its customers are comprised of North America's largest brand name companies due to its expert handling of projects from initial consultation, design and pre-press through to production and distribution.

    Interesting website: www.ellispkg.com

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    news-1601 Thu, 06 Feb 2020 18:48:11 +0100 Coral Graphics Maintains Leading Edge With Two Ultra-Modern Koenig & Bauer Duran Omega Carton Folder Gluers http://us.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/coral-graphics-maintains-leading-edge-with-two-ultra-modern-koenig-bauer-duran-omega-carton-folder-gluers/ •        New Omega folder gluer allows new inhouse capabilities and a 20% increase in total job throughput

    •        Significant investment is part of a $2 million purchase to benefit its clients and expand its post press solutions

    •        Louisville location serves the publishing, healthcare, packaging and home entertainment markets

    Louisville has a long tradition of showcasing the best-in-class. Since 1875, the Kentucky Derby has been held there, and the Coral Graphics team, a leading printer and subsidiary of the Bertelsmann Printing Group, likes to quip that it offers the same high quality and speed of those thoroughbreds running in that premier race. To maintain its leading edge, Coral Graphics has made a variety of investments at its centrally-located 100,000 sq ft facility in order to supplement its portfolio with high-quality finishing solutions and in 2019 invested approximately two million U.S. dollars in a number of new machines for the Louisville site, which serves the publishing, healthcare, packaging, and home entertainment markets.

    In recent months, for example, the Louisville team has bolstered its post press department with a number of new machines including two ultra-modern Omega carton folder gluer machines with hot and cold glue application: an Omega Intro 110 and an Omega Allpro 110. Additional investments have been made in a saddle stitcher, several folder units and stackers, two automated cutters, a collator and booklet maker, and new packaging machines. The team in Louisville is hiring new members too.

    “We now have more powerful and sophisticated machines than at any time in our history,” says Coral’s General Manager Mike Murray. “That makes us 20% faster and better, because we have more control over the whole production process. Our customers benefit from that locally, and so does our entire network.” And the new equipment provides a further advantage: In the recent past, Coral Graphics Louisville has been allocating finishing work to external service providers from a budget of about ten million U.S. dollars per year. With the new machines, these jobs can now be performed in-house.

    Coral was extremely pleased with the quick installation and training for its two Omega machines. The folder/gluers are producing straight line, double wall, crash lock and optional four- and six- corner with single finger servo fold for high speed precision as well as inner partition, Z-fold, conical crash lock and CD boxes at a maximum belt speed of 400 m/ min for the Allpro and 300 m/min for the Intro. Both Omega folder/gluers handle a wide range of substrates from cartonboard to corrugated, are extremely versatile and capable of producing the most complex range of carton styles, which minimizes makeready and maximizes productivity and profitability. All Omega gluers are equipped with touch screen control panels, and modems for diagnostic purposes that are designed for strength and reliability.

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    news-1581 Thu, 09 Jan 2020 13:38:05 +0100 Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica Launches New Evo XC Compact CI Flexo Press http://us.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-flexotecnica-launches-new-evo-xc-compact-ci-flexo-press/
  • Aimed at flexible packaging printers who seek a space-saving solution and considerable energy savings
  • Outstanding printing quality at reduced investment costs
  • Printing speeds up to 400m/min, ultra fast job changeovers
  • Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica recently launched a brand new high performance compact CI flexo press---the Evo XC---to join its well-established line of Evo models. The eight-color press offers one of the smallest footprints in the industry and is available in two different versions with a maximum repeat length of up to 850 mm and printing speeds up to 400 m/min.

    “This press represents state-of-the-art technology for newcomers as well as experienced printers (e.g. from the rotogravure industry) who want to enter the CI flexo market in a budget-friendly way,” says Preston Neetzel, sales director-flexo  of the Web & Specialty Press Division at Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica. “We developed the Evo XC to enable efficient printing with environment-friendly water-based inks not only on paper, but also on plastic films. The Evo XC is aimed at flexible packaging printers who are seeking a space-saving solution and considerable energy savings at the same time. This small-sized machine can be an additional press to an existing wide-web machine converter in order to achieve a new level of cost-efficiency.”

    Koenig & Bauer-Flexotecnica is launching the Evo XC, a brand new high performance compact CI flexo press, to join its well-established line of Evo models.

    Wrapped in the iconic Koenig & Bauer design, the Evo XC features traditionally solid machine engineering in combination with the intuitive HMI, a completely new dryer concept as well as the latest digital Industry 4.0 features, which herald a new era in terms of output efficiency, production uptime and operator-friendliness.

    Its key features include:

    ·       Iconic machine design: the clear and minimalist design concept of this printing press increases safety while reducing failures in operator workflow due to a new level of accessibility.

    ·       Human machine interface: a new intelligent HMI with large 24-inch touch screens has been introduced to promote simple and intuitive job data input and control of the press functions.

    ·       PrintTronic automatic impression settings: this proven technology ensures automatic control of print impression positions with minimized material waste and increased production uptime. Integrated in the HMI, PrintTronic delivers practical benefits such as quicker printing impression adjustment on all printing decks at once, no requirement for video cameras or additional external equipment, no need for dedicated marks or RFID imbedded sleeves, no ink consumption during the process and compatibility with any type of material, plates or inks.

    ·       Doctor blade chamber: this system achieves outstanding printing results because adjustments are made automatically for accurate and fast job changeovers. A fast clamping system and extra long-lasting doctor blades provide easy operation and low maintenance. An optimized interior geometry of the chamber with a reduced volume results in additional ink savings and ensures smooth operation with hardly any ink spitting

    ·       DryTronic: In order to meet the demands for efficient drying of solvents and water-based inks for both inter-deck as well as final dryer stages, Koenig & Bauer has introduced an enhanced inter-color drying system for efficient heat transfer to the web while at the same time reducing heat loss. Due to an optimized configuration, the dryers generate effective airflow – even at high printing speeds – to promote homogeneous drying. Accurate temperature control of the system ensures constant drying and low energy consumption without sacrificing print quality or damaging the web. An important benefit of the novel drying system between colors is its compact and ergonomic design that improves operator-friendliness for maintenance and cleaning.

    ·       WashTronic: The WashTronic system optimizes the inking supply and allows the ink to be changed more quickly. Due to less ink in the circuit, a higher productivity level can be achieved, especially with increasingly shorter jobs. The integrated arrangement of the system reduces the total footprint of the press while remaining ergonomic for the operator at the same time.

    The new Evo XC from Flexotecnica made its maiden debut at the K2019 fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, where it drew crowds to view its several live demonstrations each day and will next appear at the Koenig & Bauer booth at Drupa 2020 in Düsseldorf.

    Koenig & Bauer (US) is located in Dallas, Texas and a member of the Koenig & Bauer Group, which was established over 200 years ago in Würzburg, Germany. Koenig & Bauer’s claim, “We’re on it.” gets to the heart of Koenig & Bauer’s values and competencies for all target groups. The group's product range is the broadest in the industry; its portfolio includes sheetfed offset presses in all format classes, post press die cutting, folder gluers, inkjet presses and systems, flexographic presses, commercial and newspaper web presses, corrugated presses, special presses for banknotes, securities, metal-decorating, glass and plastic decorating. For more information visit the company's web site at www.koenig-bauer.com.

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    news-1442 Thu, 25 Jul 2019 11:25:30 +0200 Carlson Print Group Expands Its Specialty Print Expertise With First New Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 PRO Six-Color Press http://us.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/carlson-print-group-expands-its-specialty-print-expertise-with-first-new-koenig-bauer-rapida-105-pro-six-color-press/
  • New Rapida 105 PRO 41-inch fully automated LED-UV press is scheduled to be delivered this fall 
  • Increased need for additional capacity drives investment for new high speed press
  • Color critical customers demand fast turnaround for multiple substrate jobs
  • On a busy street in a bustling industrial office park, it would be easy to miss a gray unobtrusive one-story manufacturing facility without a second glance. But enter the doors at the Carlson Print Group’s headquarters in Eden Prairie, south of Minneapolis, visitors will find some of the most eye-popping customized print pieces produced by a well-positioned leader in specialty print products for some of the most recognizable brands in the world.

    “We’ve developed a well-earned reputation in the industry to design and produce some of the coolest and most inventive work for our wide variety of nationwide clientele in the Fortune 100 to 500 list of businesses who want to stand out and are willing to invest in award-winning attention-grabbing projects,” says Darren Carlson, chief executive officer of Carlson Print Group. “Gaining the new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 PRO 41-inch six-color press this fall with all of its bells and whistles will provide our clients with bold, unique products and help us to increase our capacity as we continue to expand our business.”

    Photo 1: The Carlson Print Group management team is excited to receive their new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 PRO. Left to right: Earl Guinter, Sales Manager; Darin Tysdal, Chief Financial Officer; Darren Carlson, CEO and President; Dan Dallum, Corporate Vice President; Douglas Mohagen, Plant Manager; and Rod Franson, Technical Print Specialist.

    Ever since it was established the Carlson Print Group has set itself apart by offering specialized print techniques to some of the most exclusive brands in the country. Its goal is to deliver added value to a client’s brand and products with unique mediums in print that differentiate them in their market and above their competition. Carlson uses a wide array of specialty print and coatings techniques in this endeavor, such as its Cast n’ Cure, lenticular, texture/soft touch, motion coat, pearlescent, color foil, reticulating varnish, and Chrome FX. It offers extensive pattern options to add prisms of color on any print or packaging piece. Lately, its clients have been increasingly requesting the ability to involve the senses through eyesight and touch, which might involve special raised coatings.

    Having this palette of choices available to its customers, Carlson chose the popular medium-sized Rapida 105 PRO to give it the ability to run these complicated jobs faster through the plant, using less makeready, and ultimately provide on-demand solutions. Press operators are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new press because its new, intuitive operating concept allows all functions to be controlled via touchscreen.

    “Internally, we have performed in-depth analysis and found that the Rapida 105 PRO will increase our productivity,” says Earl Guinter, Carlson’s sales manager. With a larger standard sheet format of 29 x 41 in and reaching speeds of 17,000 sph, the latest model at Carlson will give them the size and speed to increase its growing capacity needs. One of the Rapida 105 PRO’s key features, which addresses this concern, is the full preset capabilities from the feeder through the printing units to delivery. All of the settings at the feeder and delivery can be stored according to job type, which can be leveraged with repeat jobs or orders printed on the same substrate.

    The highest quality color is one of Carlson’s biggest targets that always requires its greatest attention, says Guinter. For example, a new account in the high-end cosmetic market that demands super critical color for its print projects will be a perfect fit for the new press, he says. Equipped with a trio of superior color control systems--- ErgoTronic Color Control, ErgoTronic LAB, QualiTronic Color Control---the new Rapida 105 PRO will provide Carlson’s press operators with color control that insures that their printed product maintains superior color consistency from the beginning of their production run to the end. These systems will also give Carlson the ability to measure print quality and execute automatic color correction with QualiTronic ColorControl inline measuring equipment. This new holistic color control will be ideal for ensuring perfect customer press checks.

    To better answer its clients’ ideas and requirements, Carlson has become a leading expert in printing on the latest substrates, and using a variety of inks, coatings and finishes to allow them to create beautiful, customized print pieces. One of its many highlights is its ability to print lenticular, in which special lenses are used to produce printed images with an illusion of depth, or the ability to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles, which clients use as a powerful tool to reach out and demand attention. Giving it maximum ability and flexibility to use these different substrates is a Koenig & Bauer exclusive package for board, plastic, and lightweight on the new Rapida 105 PRO. Operators will enjoy the press’ gripper systems that do not need adjusting even when making extreme substrate changes.

    With this ability to print on a variety of substrates, Carlson specified that the new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 PRO be equipped with LED-UV lamps. “LED-UV is ideal for all of our applications. We look forward to enjoying all of its many benefits,” says Guinter. “Our firm prides itself on being technically relevant with the latest trends, all in an effort to meet the demands of our customers. Having the press equipped with LED-UV lamps enables us to continue to use different substrates, such as plastics, that will provide amazing results and won’t be prone to drying or distortion.”

    Behind the creative and unique printed pieces, Carlson Print Group has assembled a dedicated team of over 100 employees to produce its award-winning work. No stranger to the award’s stage, Carlson recently won two Gold Ink awards for its Marvel Universe Live Program and its annual calendar, which Carlson uses to showcase its specialized printing and finishing techniques. Previous calendars have utilized inline cold foil, Cast n’ Cure coating, Soft Touch gloss, texture coatings, embossing, and matte varnishes.

    Once the new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 PRO is operational this fall at Carlson’s 74,000 sq ft facility, management believes it will open doors to even more high-end packaging opportunities.

    “What really made a difference in our decision to partner with Koenig & Bauer for the first time were the similarities between our two companies,” recalls Guinter. “Both of our firms have expanded into new exciting markets. Both of our companies keep up-to-date on the latest trends and technical solutions that help us become more competitive and profitable in our businesses.”

    Carlson Print Group is pioneering new dimensions in print with the latest in imaging and finishing technologies. The Eden Prairie, MN firm prints on virtually any substrate, from the lightweight paper publication grades to a variety of synthetics including various forms of plastic. No matter what the job, from short run digital solutions to large-scale litho print projects, the quality of its work is matched only by its dedication to service. 

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    news-1117 Thu, 23 Aug 2018 10:20:00 +0200 Koenig & Bauer Rapida LiveApp Is Selected For The Prestigious 2018 InterTech Technology Award http://us.koenig-bauer.com/en/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-rapida-liveapp-is-selected-for-the-prestigious-2018-intertech-technology-award-1/
  • Offers control of press operations and critical press information right at a press operators’ fingertips on easy-to-carry mobile smartphone devices
  • Integrates video content to help an operator interactively learn and also implement important machine processes such as blanket changing or roller adjustment.
  • Incorporates both a maintenance manager and functions for inventory management.  
  • The Rapida LiveApp will be honored at this year’s InterTech Technology Awards on September 30 at PRINT 18 in Chicago (1)

    Koenig & Bauer (US) is honored to learn that its Rapida LiveApp has been selected by an independent panel of judges for the prestigious Printing Industries of America (PIA) 2018 InterTech Technology Award. The Rapida LiveApp, the first of its kind in the industry, was one of twelve of the 29 entries to be chosen to receive an InterTech Technology Award. It was deemed by the judges as meeting the award criteria of being truly innovative and expected to have a major impact on the graphic communications industry. The InterTech Technology Award will be presented before an audience of industry leaders during the 2018 Premier Print Awards and InterTech Technology Awards Reception & Ceremony, Sept. 30 at the J.W. Marriott in Chicago during the Print 18 trade fair.

    “The Rapida LiveApp shows the power of apps to add value in the pressroom,” said Jim Workman, vice president of PIA’s Center for Technology and Research. “The judges found the entire app innovative, especially noting its ability to track and communicate maintenance issues and provide easy access to training resources.”

    The Rapida LiveApp demonstrates how Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed embodies its corporate vision of setting industry standards in terms of customer focus, innovative solutions, and proactive services. The app provides printers with state-of-the-art tools for a wide range of sheetfed offset applications.

    Comprehensive range of functionalities

    The Rapida LiveApp offers dual functionality. On the one hand, press operators can start or stop their Rapida sheetfed offset press from a mobile location, adjust settings and perform operational tasks as well as obtain information on press status and print jobs. The maintenance manager displays a list of pending maintenance tasks and simplifies these tasks by providing relevant instructions and videos. Successful maintenance can be confirmed and commented upon interactively.

    On the other hand, the app includes a powerful tool for warehouse management and control, including batch recording and tracking. Inks, coatings and printing aids used can also be clearly assigned to the respective print jobs. Ordering processes are automatically triggered when minimum quantities are not met.

    “We are honored to be chosen for this prestigious award from PIA,” says Thomas Göcke, head of marketing and CRM at Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed. “With the Rapida LiveApp we are the first in the graphic arts industry to offer our users a completely new experience when it comes to the operation of sheetfed offset presses. We are delighted that print users and independent institutions appreciate this so much. It is truly an innovative operating concept.”

    The Rapida LiveApp incorporates a modern operating philosophy into print and warehouse management (2)

    Eric Frank, senior vice president of marketing and product management at Koenig & Bauer (US) adds: “The special added value provided by the app lies in the mobile operation and the maintenance manager, which explains the necessary maintenance tasks step-by-step and documents these tasks at the same time.”

    Project manager Stefan Singer, head of electrical engineering at Koenig & Bauer in Radebeul, is impressed by the success of the product: “It fills my colleagues and I with pride that the app is so well received by the industry.”

    The Rapida LiveApp has also received several awards in Europe, including the German Design Award in the category "Excellent Communications Design - Apps" and the "automation award". The InterTech Technology Award is the first prize in recognition of this pioneering operating philosophy for sheetfed offset presses in the U.S., from the world's largest printing association.

    Since 1978, the InterTech™ Technology Awards have honored technologies predicted to shape the future of print and graphics communications. Past honorees have introduced entirely new products and services that have revolutionized ways of working and enabled printers to operate more efficiently. 

    Koenig & Bauer (US) is located in Dallas, Texas and a member of the Koenig & Bauer Group, which was established 200 years ago in Würzburg, Germany. Koenig & Bauer’s claim, “We’re on it.” gets to the heart of Koenig & Bauer’s values and competencies for all target groups. The group's product range is the broadest in the industry; its portfolio includes sheetfed offset presses in all format classes, post press die-cutters, inkjet presses and systems, flexographic presses, commercial and newspaper web presses, corrugated presses, special presses for banknotes, securities, metal-decorating, smart cards, glass and plastic decorating. For more information visit the company's web site at www.koenig-bauer.com.

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