Koenig & Bauer News Feed http://www.koenig-bauer.com/ en Koenig & Bauer AG Sat, 23 Mar 2019 04:01:14 +0100 Sat, 23 Mar 2019 04:01:14 +0100 news-1326 Thu, 21 Mar 2019 07:19:00 +0100 Koenig & Bauer is targeting group revenue of around €1.5bn with EBIT margin of between 7% and 10% until 2023 https://us.koenig-bauer.com/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-strebt-rund-15-mrd-EUR-konzernumsatz-mit-7-10-ebit-marge-bis-2023-an/
  • Highest EBIT in the company’s 201-year history
  • 7.1% EBIT margin substantially surpassing the mean for the German engineering sector
  • Revenue in 2018 limited by parts availability
  • Good order situation
  • Strong cash flows from operating activities
  • Equity ratio of 38.5%
  • 2.7% dividend yield with higher proposed dividend of €1 per share
  • Guidance for 2019: organic revenue growth of up to 4% and EBIT margin of around 6%
  • With the progress achieved in the structurally growing and less cyclical packaging printing, the Koenig & Bauer group made further advances in its strategically aligning towards sustainable profitable growth. CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “Driven by a record order intake, we have been able to widen our share of the global flexible packaging printing market to 9%. Revenue in marking and coding has risen by around 50% in the last three years. Since the acquisition of flatbed die-cutter business in 2016, revenue in this business field has climbed by more than 50%. The entry into the market for folder gluers and the planned joint venture with inkjet pioneer Durst for folding carton and corrugated printing are further milestones.” CFO Mathias Dähn: “Pleasing revenue and earnings potential can arise with our RotaJET digital printing platform for decor and flexible packaging printing following a greater substitution of the hitherto standard analogue printing processes and an increase in the internally-sourced production of decoration papers in the furniture and flooring industry. After a comprehensive evaluation process, the renowned packaging group Tetra Pak has opted for our large-format RotaJET for full-colour digital printing of beverage carton packaging. We have received two more RotaJET orders for digital decor printing.”

    Der Service-Umsatzanteil konnte 2018 im Konzern auf 25,9 % gesteigert werden (1)

    Earnings target for 2018 well achieved

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

    High order backlog

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

    Dividend of €1 per share proposed

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

    Im größten Geschäftsfeld Faltschachteldruck konnte Koenig & Bauer die Weltmarkt- und Technologieführerschaft stärken (2)

    Sheetfed limited by parts availability

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

    Growth expenses burden Digital & Web earnings

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

    Revenue up in Special

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

    Mit guten Aufträgen im Sicherheitsdruck hat Koenig & Bauer die Marktführerschaft mit über 90 % Weltmarktanteil gehalten (3)

    Strong financial power and balance sheet

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

    Guidance for 2019

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

    Medium-term targets until 2023

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

    Figures at a glance 

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

    news-1325 Tue, 19 Mar 2019 23:26:36 +0100 Koenig & Bauer (US/CA) Grows its Proactive Customer-Centric Focus in Sheetfed Service https://us.koenig-bauer.com/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-usca-grows-its-proactive-customer-centric-focus-in-sheetfed-service/
  • New highly connected press technology for proactive services
  • Pre-installation meetings through post-installation remote maintenance ensures total press availability for maximum throughput
  • Enhanced service programs addresses market needs for operator training  
  • For a top-notch service department to excel and exceed the expectations of its clientele, it requires a variety of critical key components: experienced and skilled service technicians, committed service managers, and a well-established firm quickly providing parts, new customer-centric technology, and an outstanding relationship paired with advice and guidance. The service team at Koenig & Bauer continues to display all of these attributes and capabilities that span the customer experience from its first pre-installation meetings throughout the entire duration of the press installation and operation providing customers with long-term service solutions to ensure their outstanding success.

    “Our service department’s ongoing commitment is to our customers and their success and our people, who make the difference,” says Chris Talbert, vice president of service and operations of Koenig & Bauer. “We focus on training our customer’s team to ensure that they are achieving the highest uptime and throughput. We form partnerships with our customers and continue to advise them about new technology and advancements. Our unique philosophy is to provide a tailored solution for each of our customers. What sets Koenig & Bauer apart from other press manufacturers is our investment in pro-active connected services to support a printer’s long-term success.”

    Talbert, who has risen through the ranks at Koenig & Bauer for the past 15 years, has a three-pronged goal to provide the highest level of service: regionalized approach, pro-active response, and positive customer-centric attitude.

    “It’s extremely important that we address a customer’s needs quickly,” says Talbert. “We’re a critical department within the company that is built upon knowledge, skill, and continuous education. In today’s fast pace, our department requires a pro-active approach where we evaluate the demands of our customer to improve their productivity and pre-emptively address concerns. We know that customers need to deliver print products faster than ever before. For them time is money. Press uptime is a critical factor. Any type of press downtime has to be resolved in the shortest time possible.”

    Talbert and his team maintain a close relationship with their German counterparts and foster camaraderie between the two countries. In addition to daily communications, German management and technicians visit customers and the Dallas headquarters on a monthly basis contributing and sharing ideas and experiences.

    “Our effort is to ensure that the customer feels comfortable and connected when interacting with the service department,” says Talbert. “This starts with our pre-installation meetings where all of the coordination takes place before the press arrives. Our service team meets with the customer’s team well before the new equipment arrives at the facility, starting with a unique and custom-designed pre-installation meeting and a new relationship is formed  Every pre-install meeting is unique and custom-designed for each customer to ensure a seamless and on-time startup. Our job is to lessen the customer’s pre-installation concerns. We want our customer to feel comfortable when calling us throughout the entire process.”

    Talbert continues to strengthen his team with talented technicians that are serving as pro-active coordinators who implement his specific regional approach. Earlier this year, Koenig & Bauer welcomed two new regional service managers: Kevin Dorsett and Josh Tod who exemplify the knowledge as well as the values of a 200-year old company.  Dorsett has a B.S. in Computer Engineering Technology from the University of Houston and was previously the director of customer support for an international digital inkjet press manufacturer where he was responsible for all service activities in the US / Mexico and led a team of 22 field engineers. Tod was promoted to the position of regional service manager. He brings over 17 years of highly technical knowledge and experience with Koenig & Bauer as well as management experience as a former customer.

    Under the watchful eyes of Michael Eichler, sales director of Service Select, a team of five experienced and accomplished customer service specialists with well over 100 years of combined experience have been chosen to represent the company across the country. They work hand-in-hand with the firm’s sales department offering technical advice such as upgrading to new advanced equipment.  They also offer retrofits programs and system upgrades to improve make-ready times, enhance print quality and increase overall equipment efficiency to help extend the life span and efficiency of the press.  Among other offerings are press inspections to proactively identify problems before a downtime event occurs, along with print quality tests to ensure high standards are maintained.

    “Each of my team members has slightly different backgrounds and unique skills,” says Eichler. “But as a team, their combined unique backgrounds utilize that experience to cross-train each other and share that knowledge. Our goal is to be pro-active and provide early recognition service solutions by offering advice on press performance, operating cost savings, better efficiency, and enhanced productivity, all in an effort to meet evolving customer demands, introduce new innovation and product development, and increase the performance of the press.”

    Eichler’s team encompasses all regions of the U.S.: Steve Oswald, who has more than 30 years of experience, was hired for the Midwest territory after serving as a plant manager of a commercial printer; Richard Donato is a UV specialist who joined the company after serving as a technical director of manufacturing for a Koenig & Bauer UV printer; Stefan Schwarz oversees the West and brings electrical knowledge and press performance analysis skills; and both Mathias Olk and John Starrett, who handle the south-central and southeast respectively, were previously Koenig & Bauer print demonstrators who transitioned into customer service roles.

    Koenig & Bauer’s service department prides itself on leading the industry with the latest technology systems to improve a customer’s quality and production. Its remote maintenance hotline, available at any time, whether by phone or e-mail, is one such vital tool. Remote maintenance experts can call up diagnostic software and control data via a direct online link. Almost 80% of all cases are solved successfully by remote maintenance, says Talbert, and it ensures that the correct parts and technicians are sent to the customer site, if so needed. The online link via VPN guarantees maximum data security through special hardware encryption measures, therefore, the firm’s remote maintenance experts can secure fast and cost-effective access to a customer’s installed machines.

    In addition, Koenig & Bauer offers an enhanced remote service package that includes Visual Press Support.  Modern augmented reality technologies bring intelligent support directly to a customer’s mobile device (smartphone or tablet). Through its new interactive live video tool Visual Press Support, the team of remote maintenance specialists has exactly the same view of a customer’s machine as the local technician and can thus provide optimum assistance and instructions to analyze and resolve problems. At the same time, a customer’s technician can communicate directly with the remote specialists by phone or chat – all from any point on the actual production line, without needing to interrupt work.

    “When a printer purchases a new Koenig & Bauer press, they know they’ll always have professionals at their side throughout the entire life cycle of the press,” says Talbert. “As we contend with shorter response times, higher customer expectations, and more technologically advanced equipment, the customer service department becomes even more integral in the total success of the company. Taken another way, think of a triangle with the customer solidly in the center and at each point is service, sales, and operations working together to give them the best experience possible. Our approach is to create trust and long-term loyalty to the Koenig & Bauer brand.”



    news-1312 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 22:35:32 +0100 You’re Hired! Koenig & Bauer (US) Launches New Unique Apprenticeship Programs https://us.koenig-bauer.com/news/details/article/youre-hired-koenig-bauer-us-launches-new-unique-apprenticeship-programs/
  • First of its kind program in the U.S. to target hands-on technical students
  • Two initial hires are women graduates who have begun program
  • Program encompasses field training in the U.S. and classes at the Koenig & Bauer German factory
  • Partnered with Texas State Technical College for qualified candidates
  • In light of the tight labor market and the acute need for qualified candidates to join the printing industry, Koenig & Bauer (US) took the decisive step to invest in its future and develop new unique apprenticeship programs to fill its technical positions. For the past two years, the Dallas-based division has been working in collaboration with the Training and Human Resources Departments at its factory in Germany along with Texas State Technical College (TSTC) to establish a unique Technician Apprenticeship Program and recruit qualified students. The purpose of the program is to attract and develop new technical talent for the printing industry. 

    “When we speak to college students, we emphasize that we are offering a long-term fulfilling career, not simply a job,” says Ericka Luneau, Koenig & Bauer (US) Human Resource director. “This is a huge unique opportunity that they might have never considered before. We interviewed a lot of candidates looking for the passion and excitement to join our industry. We are pleased to announce that our first applicants have been chosen—two extremely competent women, who are currently participating in our programs.”

    Left to right: Kaitlin Sullivan joined Koenig & Bauer (US) as an Electrician Apprentice and Amanda Beltran has entered the company’s apprenticeship program in its machine shop as a new Machinist Apprentice.

    In mid-Janaury 2019, both Kaitlin Sullivan, a recent TSTC graduate with a A.S. Degree in Wind Energy Technology (WET), joined Koenig & Bauer as an Electrician Apprentice and, at the same time, Amanda Beltran joined the company’s apprenticeship program in its machine shop as a new Machinist Apprentice; she graduated with an A.S. in Mechatronics Technology, a complex interdisciplinary field that combines the study of mechanics, electronics, automation and computers.

    Both women took different educational paths to eventually choose an exciting career at Koenig & Bauer (US). After being introduced to Koenig & Bauer at a campus career fair, both graduates changed their job trajectories and became excited about the print industry and working on large complex printing presses.  

    “When we visited Amanda and Kaitlin’s classrooms, it opened up their eyes to a new industry and changed their career course,” says Luneau. “Our program had all of the elements that they desired.”

    Sullivan is based in Dallas and is reporting to a regional service manager. She will work in the field with mentors for the next few months until she moves to Germany this spring. Beltran will be based in the Dallas machine shop but her training will also include some fieldwork and specialized training in Germany. Since both women are the first in these particular apprenticeship programs, Koenig & Bauer (US) is encouraging them to provide feedback on how the program can be improved.

    To be considered for the program, applicants are required to have a two-year related technical degree. The 18-month program encompasses field training with mentors here in the U.S., classes at the German Apprenticeship School located at the Radebeul factory near Dresden, German language classes, work experience in its assembly hall at the factory, and specialized training in its training center at the factory. Apprentices are paid a salary and given a housing and transportation allowance while living in Germany. They will live and train in Germany for a period up to one year with intermittent field training here in the U.S. Upon completion of the program, an apprentice will resume a service technician position in the field here in the U.S., usually near an airport due to the necessary extensive travel.

    After many visits with faculty and an in-depth evaluation of its technical programs, Koenig & Bauer (US) chose to partner with Texas State Technical College (TSTC) to recruit qualified candidates for its Apprenticeship Program. Luneau said that they liked the TSTC model as it is a nice blend of theory and hands-on education including extensive safety training. Koenig & Bauer (US) also appreciated the opportunity to visit students in the classroom with a team of members: Chris Travis, the director of technology, who provided information on opportunities in print; current electricians and mechanical engineers who answered questions about technical aspects; and Ericka Luneau who discussed salary and benefits. Although Koenig & Bauer (US) hopes to add to the Apprenticeship Program year-after-year, it is currently a limited program with approximately two openings per year. 

    “The instructors at TSTC have been phenomenal,” says Luneau. “We have partnered with them to identify their ‘bright star’ students as they enter the school, not just their graduating class. We prefer to establish a relationship with them early on before they become enticed into a different industry.”

    Although the program is in its infancy stage, Koenig & Bauer (US) is planning to extend and duplicate it across the country. “Our plan is to partner with other colleges, perhaps in the Northeast or Midwest, where we have large clusters of customers,” says Luneau. “Our president and CEO, Mark Hischar, is very supportive of the program and sees it as part of his vision for growth in the U.S. He went to Germany to explain the program and gain its enthusiastic support. Our entire organization backs it as well.”



    news-1301 Tue, 05 Feb 2019 22:17:35 +0100 Great American Packaging Invests In Koenig & Bauer-Flexotecnica EVO-XD Press https://us.koenig-bauer.com/news/details/article/great-american-packaging-invests-in-koenig-bauer-flexotecnica-evo-xd-press/
  • New press will drive opportunities for sustainability and more sophisticated branded packaging
  • Southern California printer experienced rapid growth rate of 75% in last eight years
  • Creating more sophisticated images in both process and spot color
  • Press will be installed at the firm’s 40,000 sq ft headquarters in Los Angeles
  • In today’s flexible packaging market, there are two main drivers influencing brands and their customers: a demand for both sustainability and more sophisticated colorful branding. Sustainability is a key trend especially for manufacturers of food and retail products. New mandates from government and major retailers are driving the demand for eco-friendly alternatives to non-recyclable multilayer stand-up pouches and films. Manufacturers are also being asked to produce recyclable multi-layer pouches and films with sophisticated colorful artwork in a cost-effective manner.

    It is in this environment that Great American Packaging, a vertically-integrated manufacturer of custom printed flexible packaging, is being asked to extrude, print, and convert top notch branded products for businesses in a wide range of styles and sizes.  Founded more than 50 years ago, the well-known firm has placed a premium on expanding its deep ties with its existing customers as well as focusing on new customer growth.

    This path has proven very fruitful. “We have grown and evolved exponentially in recent years,” says Greg Gurewitz, GAP’s CEO. “Our firm has added technologically advanced equipment, steadily enhanced our workforce, and set our sights on new and exciting products. It is this evolution that has allowed us to a serve a larger, more complex customer base, while still caring for the loyal and dedicated customers who got us here. In the last eight years, we have grown an astounding 75%.”

    Left to right: The Great American Packaging team---Marlene Gurewitz, executive; Greg Gurewitz, CEO; Bruce Carter, president; and Beth Smith, marketing and project manager;--- chose the new Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica EVO-XD press for the new capabilities and increase in productivity it brings to GAP’s production environment.

    To meet its ever-evolving consumer demand, Great American Packaging decided to purchase a new Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica EVO-XD eight-color press. Bruce Carter, GAP’s president, explains that the decision grew from the firm’s need for extra capacity due to its high growth, an ability to process print, to improve quality in terms of better control and error detection, and to become more cost competitive.  

    “We are excited about the opportunities the new Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica EVO-XD press will bring to Great American Packaging,” says Carter. “The new capabilities and increase in productivity it brings will be key in delivering success in our production environment. The new press will give us the tools and resources to grow into new markets we have not yet been able to penetrate.  The EVO-XD will bring us greater efficiency and productivity through increased printing widths, faster printing speeds, quicker changeovers, better quality control and process print capabilities. This competitive advantage will allow us to produce recyclable multi-layer pouches and films with sophisticated artwork in a cost-effective way.”

    The Flexotecnica EVO-XD eight-color press will be the main workhorse press for Great American Packaging.  It will increase the six-color custom printed products currently being produced to eight colors as well as allow the firm to create multi-color images in both process and spot color to meet the demands of all of its customers and the ever-increasing demand for sophisticated images and branding. Art and decoration on flexible packaging is one of the key differentiators in the market place today.  The management team at Great American Packaging has set goals to provide better, more highly decorated products for its customers and consumers.

    Great American’s press operators are eager to take advantage of the high level of automation on the EVO-XD, which include optical error detection, automated viscosity control, auto washup, auto impression setting, servo control, memory of all-important job settings, automatic splicing, and automatic tension control.

    “When we compared the major flexographic press manufacturers, we found Koenig & Bauer to offer the right combination of build quality, company size, technology, and commitment to the U.S. market, sales support and value to make it the right choice for our company,” says Gurewitz. “They offered superior reliability paired with a sleek and functional design. We were especially won over by the cutting-edge support systems for maintenance and repair. Interactive glasses allow our print operators to connect with a Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica technician and give them a real-time view of our equipment.”

    Founded more than 50 years ago in Los Angeles, Great American Packaging is a family-owned-and-operated, multimillion-dollar company with multiple extruders, printing presses and converting equipment. It is located in the heart of the city’s manufacturing district in a 40,000 sq ft facility. While the firm now operates as a mature, sizable company, its core beliefs in customer collaboration, problem solving and industry-best standards drive Great American Packaging’s operations at every level, every day.  For more information, visit the company’s website at www.greatampack.com.



    news-1296 Tue, 29 Jan 2019 22:56:10 +0100 K-1 Packaging Ignites Capacity and Capabilities With Second New Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 Eight-Color Press https://us.koenig-bauer.com/news/details/article/k-1-packaging-ignites-capacity-and-capabilities-with-second-new-koenig-bauer-rapida-105-eight-color-press/
  • Loyal Koenig & Bauer customer continues valued partnership by installing its fourth Rapida press
  • QualiTronic ColorControl inline color measurement and control camera system monitors and maintains color consistency for color critical work and provides useful data for clients
  • UV printing capability boosts throughput and turnaround
  • When an iconic Los Angeles Lakers basketball star retires from the game and needs a high-end custom-designed durable packaging creation to market his treasured autographed jersey, where do they turn? When a movie premier is taking place with A-list invitees to receive luxurious custom-designed swag boxes, who gets the nod to produce them? If a well-known perfume manufacturer is launching a new scent, it turns to K-1 Packaging to impress and dazzle consumers with its new luxury product. Not far from the towering Hollywood sign in the Los Angeles hills amid the glitz and glamour of the area’s celebrity-driven market sits the gleaming modern facility of the K-1 Packaging Group, a designer and manufacturer of high-end, graphic packaging materials.

    Known for its strict process control throughout its entire operation to ensure accuracy and precision, its dedicated artisans, and its cost-efficient quality production using high-end technology, K-1 has positioned itself as an essential manufacturer of customized packaging solutions.

    “Our main objective is to add value to a brand’s product by making it stand out on a store shelf and become more exciting and presentable,” says Mike Tsai, president of K-1 Packaging Group. “We produce unique eye-catching packaging designs and deliver premium quality all under the roof at our City of Industry headquarters. Our one-stop shop saves our customers time and minimizes communication between too many vendors.”

    Due to its strong steady growth, Mike Tsai, (right) president of K-1 Packaging Group, has ordered a second Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 eight-color press, which will sit side-by-side with an existing Rapida 105 41-inch eight-color press, from Marcus Schoen (left), his Koenig & Bauer sales manager.

    With its strong, steady growth, K-1 Packaging is addressing its valued customers’ needs with additional new press technology in the form of a second Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 eight-color press, which will sit side-by-side with an existing Rapida 105 41-inch eight-color press. Having double the power of two presses allows K-1 the flexibility to easily move jobs between the two models depending on scheduling and other requirements. While much of the new press is identical to the current model, the investment, which is due to be delivered in early 2019, is teeming with modern automated technology, such as fully automated plate loading.

    With color critical packaging a mainstay of its business, K-1 chose to power its new press with Koenig & Bauer’s popular QualiTronic ColorControl system, which it had included in its earlier Koenig & Bauer press model. K-1 found that this inline color measurement and control camera system that monitors and maintains color consistency by taking a snapshot of every printed sheet remains a vital component. The system produces measurement values that serve as a basis for fast dynamic inline control of the ink key settings. Furthermore, the system is able to output measurement reports for K-1 as well as its clients.

    To provide fast turnaround and cater to the wide variety of packaging it encounters, K-1 specifically configured its new Rapida 105 press with a board package and UV capabilities. The board package will allow K-1 to expands its production portfolio and gain greater flexibility with a broader array of possible substrates to accommodate its customer’s wishes. Like the board package, UV capabilities provide the printer with more flexibility in terms of a wider range of substrates in which it can print on. K-1 has come to rely on UV capabilities to produce its highly-critical multi-color and specialized work in one pass. Having UV on its most recent Koenig & Bauer Rapida press allowed the firm to grow market share in this area of high-end carton work and is an essential tool on the upcoming Rapida press.

    “Our partnership with Koenig & Bauer is a strong on-going basis,” says Tsai. “We feel they are dedicated to continually assist us as we grow and support us with proven solutions. No other press manufacturer is as committed to the printing industry as Koenig & Bauer and they continue to provide industry leading innovations. We’ve had a very positive experience with the reliability and performance of our Koenig & Bauer press models for nearly 20 years. This is an important investment for our firm and its future as well as our loyal customers and our combined continued growth.”

    K-1 Packaging Group is a provider of custom packaging solutions for consumer products. The company offers fully integrated services from start to finish, conceptualizes, designs, prototypes, validates, and manufactures. It serves industries ranging from food and beverage, beauty and cosmetic supply, media software and hardware, nutri- and pharmaceutical, to various other consumer products. It is an ISO 9001: 2015 and G7 Master Certified company, which demonstrates its commitment to quality. K-1 is also environmentally responsible by using bio-renewable agri-based inks, 100% wind energy plant, and offering FSC and SFI substrates to its customers. 



    news-1274 Mon, 07 Jan 2019 22:24:06 +0100 Excitement Builds at Globus Printing For Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 41-Inch Six-Color Plus UV Coater Press https://us.koenig-bauer.com/news/details/article/excitement-builds-at-globus-printing-for-koenig-bauer-rapida-105-41-inch-six-color-plus-uv-coater-press/
  • New and first Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 41-inch will be installed in early 2019
  • Replacing two current presses with one Koenig & Bauer
  • Inline UV coating and color control management systems on new Rapida press boost productivity and efficiency 
  • With over six decades under its belt, business continues to prosper at the 160,000 sq ft facility of Globus Printing and Packaging in Minster, OH that sits north of Dayton on the border near Indiana in a beautiful rural area. The keys to its success, explains president Dennis Schmiesing, are its incredible hard-working employees who display its great work ethic and Midwest values, its commitment to investing in new technology and finding like-minded partners, and its confidence to branch off into new areas. With its well-established catalog and bookwork humming along, Globus is steering new business toward food and product carton business within its loyal constituency of Midwest clientele.

    Recently Schmiesing made a strategic decision to add folding carton construction onto the production line at this 100-employee firm. But operating at maximum capacity meant that the firm needed to turn to a speedy and efficient new automated press. After diligent research into various press manufacturers, Schmiesing chose to partner with Koenig & Bauer for the first time and placed an order for a new Rapida 105 41-inch six-color UV press to be delivered in early 2019.

    As Globus Printing and Packaging moves into folding carton production, its team eagerly awaits its first Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 41-inch six-color UV press. They are (left to right bottom row) Dennis Schmiesing, president; Tony Schmiesing, design & inside sales - packaging division; and Tim Schmiesing, owner. (Top row, left to right) Jason Barlage, plant manager; and Alex Schmiesing, quality manager.

    “As we began to explore new ways to enhance our business, we came to the conclusion that a viable path existed in the form of folding cartons,” says Schmiesing. “Folding carton production became a natural progression for our company for future growth and a tremendous opportunity. This will be our first Koenig & Bauer press but we felt that its leading reputation as a quality manufacturer of presses especially for the packaging and folding carton market made it a preferable selection along with the fact that it provided all of the features we required at a reasonable price.”

    Operating at top speeds and providing increased output, the new fully-automated Rapida 105 set for Globus will be replacing two older non-Koenig & Bauer presses—a 40-inch and 29-inch. It will be installed along with the firm’s book production capabilities: an existing web press and a new folder producing 30,000 signatures per hour.

    “We have high expectations for the new Rapida and are convinced we’ll be seeing impressive new levels of efficiency and productivity,” says Schmiesing. “With all of its automation and considerably higher speed, we believe we’ll reduce makeready by half and double our output. We’re responding to our customers’ growing needs and maintaining our strong commitment to continually invest in the best equipment for our business.”

    What set the Rapida apart in the eyes of Schmiesing was not only its speed and automation but the ability to incorporate UV coating inline and the notable Koenig & Bauer color control system for both its book production and carton manufacturing customers. Currently the firm is employing an offline UV coater but the Rapida will deliver much faster inline production and immediate drying especially for gloss UV on opaque white book covers. Due to the extensive substrate range capabilit of the 29-inch non-Koenig & Bauer press, Schmiesing plans to move book cover production onto the Rapida 105, giving the firm faster makeready on its four-up covers and less waste. Its new packaging customers are particularly demanding to have no color variation on its cartons that must look exactly the same on store shelves. Koenig & Bauer’s popular inline QualiTronic Color Control capability will help press operators ensure that critical color is balanced and maintained throughout the press run. The Rapida’s inline color control and register control of the sheet are all computer controlled and linked to prepress, thus quickly getting the press preset for operation. The system also provides detailed reporting and measurement documentation to pinpoint the accuracy of each sheet as it is printed. Its camera system reads every printed sheet with the same high quality camera that is found on Koenig & Bauer’s currency press models.

    “Since our father established the business in 1957, we’ve taken on the responsibility to build the company with ingenuity and move forward into the next generation. This new Rapida press from Koenig & Bauer well positions us for the future,” says Schmiesing.

    Established in 1957, Globus Printing and Packaging is a full-service printer and folding carton manufacturer located in Minster, Ohio. Globus Printing and Packaging has complete printing and binding capabilities for printed product as well as packaging products where they specialize in the production of commercial catalogs, annuals, workbooks and folding cartons. Additional services offered include kitting and assembly, mail fulfillment and warehousing. For additional information about Globus Printing and Packaging, please contact our Globus Sales Division at 1-800-968-0797.



    news-1258 Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:57:30 +0100 Game On: Cartamundi USA Invests In Superior Koenig & Bauer Rapida Press Technology https://us.koenig-bauer.com/news/details/article/game-on-cartamundi-usa-invests-in-superior-koenig-bauer-rapida-press-technology/
  • New feature-rich Rapida offset press will be installed at year’s end
  • Cartamundi is known for its quality, creativity, and innovation
  • Massachusetts plant is the largest games manufacturing facility in North America 
  • The massive East Longmeadow, MA manufacturing facility of Cartamundi USA will be taking delivery of a new large format Koenig & Bauer Rapida press. The new press will be a key component as the facility, which produces 30 million well-known board games a year and is aggressively pursuing additional new business by growing its customer base in the main game aisle, such as new lines of products from other game distributors, as well as seeking local companies to take advantage of its core competencies. This critical investment with its key press-manufacturing partner will provide a number of enhancements at this 1.2 million sq ft facility.

    Known for producing popular board games under contract for a leading toy and board game firm, this sprawling facility and its pressroom are required to produce game boxes that are color consistent throughout long and short runs and printed with the highest quality to attract purchasers and collectible owners on crowded store shelves.

    Specialty items, such as movie versions of all types of games, as well as well-established games require the highest degree of color management. Cartamundi has added Koenig & Bauer’s QualiTronic ColorControl for inline color control with touchscreen on its new large format press. This system measures every sheet for constant print quality over the whole length of a run. The inline color control also provides detailed reporting and measurement documentation to pinpoint the accuracy of each sheet as it is printed---critically important for game boxes that need consistent color across store shelves.

    The Cartamundi pressroom is also driven by fast makeready and quick turnaround in order to efficiently produce the large volumes of work now and in the future. Management’s two immediate goals are to generate new business from existing clients and add new customers to its portfolio. In order to be competitive, the firm is taking advantage of Koenig & Bauer’s innovative technology and incorporating its DriveTronic SIS sidelay-free infeed, and fully automated plate changing system on the incoming Rapida press. This system will boost production, making it even more efficient and profitable, as well as furthering faster turnaround, and increasing output. Ultrafast makeready will be enjoyed due to simultaneous plate changing.

    Having the latest automation on its new Koenig & Bauer press is key for Cartamundi because it receives unlimited creative challenges from its customers for specialty anniversary editions, collector’s items, vintage board and traditional games. The Cartamundi Group continues to invest in the facility ever since it purchased the factory in 2015 to expand its production of card and board games around the world. It has increased staffing by 13.5% to 480 employees.

    The new Koenig & Bauer Rapida press upcoming installation follows other recent steps taken at the facility, such as bolstering crucial positions in customer-facing areas as account representatives and project managers. The new press and these positions are creating a sharper focus on customer service and quality. 



    news-1111 Thu, 23 Aug 2018 10:20:00 +0200 Koenig & Bauer Rapida LiveApp Is Selected For The Prestigious 2018 InterTech Technology Award https://us.koenig-bauer.com/news/details/article/rapida-liveapp-mit-dem-renommierten-intertech-technology-award-2018-ausgezeichnet/
  • 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.

    news-1095 Wed, 01 Aug 2018 06:58:00 +0200 Strong order intake of €454.4m in the second quarter https://us.koenig-bauer.com/news/details/article/starker-auftragseingang-von-4544-mio-EUR-im-zweiten-quartal/
  • 17.2% rise in orders in H1
  • Large orders in security printing and order gains in packaging printing
  • Greater accumulation of deliveries in H2 than in the previous year
  • EBIT below prior year due to delivery-related lower revenue
  • With a book-to-bill ratio of 1.37 order backlog grows to an extraordinarily high €805.8m
  • Good cash flows from operating activities of €17.4m
  • Equity ratio of 35.6%    
  • With order intake reaching a particularly high €454.4m in the second quarter and the order backlog rising to €805.8m at the end of the first half, the Koenig & Bauer Group is on track to meet its targets for 2018. Strong security business and more orders in packaging printing caused order intake to rise by 17.2% to €705.3m in the first half of 2018 (2017: €601.9m). Driven by the good Q2 figure of €297.1m, group revenue came to €514.4m but fell short of the previous year’s figure of €538.9m due to the even greater accumulation of delivery dates in the second half of the year. This was also reflected in EBIT, which at €10.6m was lower than in 2017 (€16.3m).

    Weltneuheit: Flachbettstanze Ipress 106 K PRO mit bewährtem Anleger der Rapida-Maschinen für den wachsenden Faltschachtelmarkt (1)

    Sheetfed expands market leadership in large-format

    The Sheetfed segment reached a strong order intake of €326.3m, exactly matching the previous year’s figure, which had been influenced by the Print China fair. President and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “Substantial growth was achieved in large-format cardboard printing. As the world market leader in folding carton printing, we are benefiting from heightened capital spending of the international packaging printers.” EBIT of €7.7m was below the previous year’s figure (€12.1m) due to the delivery-related decline in revenue from €307.8m in 2017 to €283m.

    Despite the encouraging growth in new business in flexible packaging, orders in Digital & Web (€84.7m) were slightly down on the previous year (€85.7m) due to fewer orders for newspaper web presses and services. In addition to the market-entry costs for corrugated and flexible packaging in particular, EBIT was significantly burdened by the decline in revenue from €68.3m to €55.8m. CFO Mathias Dähn: “This was materially due to the decline in revenue from digital printing presses as a result of subdued demand. However, we see significantly greater short and medium-term potential in the large corrugated and foil printing markets, which are expanding at above-average rates. The targeted expenses required for future growth will leave traces on our cost position, exerting pressure on segment earnings.”

    Driven by large orders in security printing and growth in marking and coding, order intake in the Special segment rose by 52.8% to €330.6m (2017: €216.3m). With revenue rising slightly from €189.2m to €195m, EBIT came to €14.4m, thus matching the previous year’s figure (€14.6m). President and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “With the major order received from Giesecke+Devrient for the delivery of several press lines for the production of ultra-secure banknotes in Egypt, we have a high degree of capacity utilisation in security printing until well into 2019.”

    Strong financial and balance sheet profile

    Cash flows from operating activities rose substantially over the previous year (€–20m) to €17.4m. The free cash flow was burdened by the final payment instalment of €34.8m made in Q1 for the external funding of a part of the pension provisions. In addition to net liquidity of €48.1m and securities of €14.6m that can be liquidated at any time, the group also has access to syndicated credit facilities. The equity ratio stood at 35.6% at the end of the first half of 2018.

    Nach anstehender Kundenabnahme Auslieferung der digitalen CorruJET-Bogenmaschine an bekannten Wellpappendrucker (2)

    Group targets for 2018

    In 2018, the management board expects to achieve organic growth of around 4% in group revenue and an EBIT margin of around 7%. With many projects still in the pipeline in all business fields, the forecast is based on the high order backlog of €805.8m as of the end of the first half year together with further progress being made in the group-wide service initiative and the cost-cutting projects in security printing, purchasing and production. These projects should cause earnings to rise by €70m over 2016 by 2021.

    CFO Mathias Dähn: “The achievement of the targets 2018 requires the execution of orders on time in the second half of the year and particularly in Q4 with the accumulation of press installations. Given the high capacity utilisation and external and internal delivery bottlenecks in parts, this is a challenging task to which we pay particular attention. However, we consider it to be particularly important to utilise the opportunities for growth being offered by the market in new press business in order to widen the installed base as the foundation for further growth in service business.”

    Medium-term goals until 2021

    Depending on global economy, end markets and the necessary investments in growth, management is targeting a group-wide organic revenue growth rate of around 4% p.a. and an EBIT margin of between 4% and 9% by 2021. Product innovations in corrugated printing and 2-piece can decorating are not included in the medium-term targets, neither revenue nor costs. President and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “In addition to our printing, finishing, coding and postpress solutions for cardboard, banknotes, cans, glass and hollow containers and other products, we are particularly focusing on corrugated board and flexible packaging. With the focus on the growing packaging printing, we want to boost our revenue and profitability as well as the stability of our business on a sustained basis.”      

    Figures at a glance 

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


    news-1019 Mon, 21 May 2018 23:21:10 +0200 Commercial Printer Brown Printing Sees Incredible Growth After Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 Installation https://us.koenig-bauer.com/news/details/article/commercial-printer-brown-printing-sees-incredible-growth-after-koenig-bauer-rapida-106-installation/
  • Makeready reduced by 50% and production run time reduced by 35%
  • Replaced existing sheetfed press with firm’s first-ever new Rapida 106 41-inch
  • Loyal customers cite quality, expert service, and family-owned values 
  • How does a commercial printer with nearly 80 years of experience plan for success in a fast-changing industry? In the case of Brown Printing, a Portland, OR, family-owned business, it is creating a truly differentiated experience for its customers with the help of a new fully automated Rapida 106 41-inch six-color UV press. The firm decided to purchase its new press to maximize the advanced technologies and unique innovations from Koenig & Bauer selected specifically by its executive team to continue its growth into the next generation of ownership.

     “We have developed a reputation for giving our clients personalized attention, professional knowledge, competitive pricing and timeliness,” says Randy Murray, Brown’s vice president. “Using environmentally-friendly practices, our goal is to provide our customers with a quality print job, no matter how large or complex. When a newly-installed existing 40-inch sheetfed press was not performing as promised, my team and I began to seek out a new press manufacturer that could deliver exactly the technology and automation needed to provide our level of quality to our customers. In a decisive move, we removed the existing press and replaced it with the new Rapida 106 press. Since its installation five months ago, we’ve reduced our production run time by 35%, found that we have less preplanning for each job, and most surprising, we’ve reduced our makeready times by 50% and even more on difficult runs. The print quality is excellent and we’re just getting started.”

    Left to right: The team at Brown Printing: Peter Ochs, Brown’s lead pressman; Shawn Irish, pressroom manager; Randy Murray, vice president; and Don Murray, president/owner; are finding that their new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 press is producing more work more efficiently than ever before.

    Murray was also pleased with the fast start-up of the new Rapida 106 allowing his firm to bring in new unexpected business. For example, Brown has just finished a large push of catalogs that it would not have had the capability to complete without the new Rapida 106. By equipping the new press with full UV technology, Brown has been able to win new work for jobs such as specialty coating and packaging. 

    “Our goal is to keep ahead of our competition,” says Murray. “Now that we have full UV printing and coating, high speed output, and color control with our new Rapida 106, we are able to differentiate ourselves in our market. We’re seeing rapid growth because we have the ability to turn projects fast at the highest quality.” 

    Since its start as a family-run business in the early 20th century, Brown has evolved into a solid full-service commercial printer with offset and digital press options. Over the last eight decades, the company has built its reputation on being a first-adopter of new technology. “Ten years ago, we were a 20-inch two-color shop; our decision to move into a 40-inch press with UV as well as adding digital printing capabilities has made a huge positive impact for us,” says Murray. “We’re going to continue to invest in new technology. It allows us to be more competitive and produce higher quality work.” 

    Quality is one of the key mainstays of Brown’s success. Its customers note that Brown’s print output is exceptional and unmatched by any other printer. It was important to Murray to include the Koenig & Bauer’s QualiTronic ColorControl inline color measuring system on its new Rapida 106 to maintain its color expertise and enhanced color accuracy for its customers. This unique system uses an inter-deck camera system integrated directly into the press. The control strips can be positioned either at the front or in the center of the sheet. This ensures that printing jobs maintain color integrity on all customer work and provide limitless printing applications. 

    “We are extremely impressed with the expert method that Koenig & Bauer builds its presses,” says Murray. “Our Rapida 106 is a strong, well built machine equipped with unique automation that allows us to produce more work more efficiently than ever before. We needed a new press that could accommodate our continued fast growth. The advanced technology on the Rapida 106 increases our company’s output capacity and has immediately delivered efficiency and cost savings. It’s no wonder that it has gained a reputation as the makeready and production output world champion in medium format.” 

    Its healthy mix of high-end commercial customers from the Pacific Northwest are drawn to the firm’s personable approach and convenient location near the famous Rose Garden in downtown Portland. Customer service is one of its strong distinctions amid the current competitive landscape as well as its specialty equipment and services that help clients with projects that require letterpress, foil stamping, embossing and its ability to offer custom ink mixes. The firm maximizes the value and beauty of each of its perfectly printed products with a variety of finishing techniques such as die-cutting, folding, gluing, and kiss cutting. 

    With a strong anchor in the commercial printing market, Brown has begun to diversify its services by adding packaging to its repertory. To accommodate a variety of run lengths, Brown is utilizing the state-of-the-art automation modules, such as the DriveTronic SIS sidelay-free infeed, on the Rapida 106 to quickly complete job changeovers and shorter production deadlines.  The fast run speeds of the Rapida 106 equate to less time on-press as well as shorter delivery times. Since its installation, the press has performed at optimum conditions and become Brown’s “go-to” press. 

    Brown Printing is a family-owned commercial printing company providing a complete range of services for clients large and small. The Portland, OR business offers a full range of services—from simple one-color jobs to six-color inline printing with in-house foil stamp and die-cut. For nearly 80 years, it has gained a reputation for giving its clients personalized attention, professional knowledge, competitive pricing and timeliness. Using environmentally friendly practices, its goal is to provide its customers with a quality print job, no matter how large or complex.