KBA News Feed http://www.kba.com/ en Koenig & Bauer AG Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:07:59 +0200 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:07:59 +0200 news-744 Wed, 06 Sep 2017 01:10:03 +0200 Everett Graphics Continues to Elevate Innovation With its New KBA Rapida 145 Six-Color Press https://us.kba.com/news/details/article/everett-graphics-continues-to-elevate-innovation-with-its-new-kba-rapida-145-six-color-press/
  • Business strategy consistently geared towards pro-environmental printing
  • Expands their capabilities into large format printing
  • New press addresses needs for additional customer applications
  • To be successful in today’s competitive and ever-changing market, no matter what industry you serve, a business needs to have its pulse on upcoming government regulations, be ever mindful of changing trends, and take a positive and proactive approach. That’s been the stance of leading northern California folding carton manufacturer Everett Graphics.  

    As California leads the nation in adopting additional pro-environmental policies, businesses like Everett are showing their resourcefulness in catering to these new needs. But Everett goes quite a few steps further. While many print shops offer eco-friendly printing, Everett has consistently geared its business strategy towards pro-environmental printing through its choice of substrates, its production technology, and its social responsibility towards its customers and its region.

    Whit Everett, president and CEO of Everett Graphics, stands in front of his direct print-on-micro-flute KBA Rapida 106 press, which will soon be joined with an enhanced-performance highly-automated KBA Rapida 145 57-inch press---its first large format---at its Oakland, CA facility.

    Throughout its nearly 40 years in business, Everett has chosen its equipment very carefully to align with its business philosophy. During the past decade, KBA has become a partner with Everett supplying it with new sheetfed offset technology. Thus it was no great surprise when the firm ordered another enhanced-performance highly-automated KBA Rapida 145 57-inch press---its first large format---to augment its KBA Rapida 106 41-inch press at its Oakland facility. This premier designer and manufacturer of quality packaging primarily catering to the food industry is currently installing its new Rapida 145. 

    “Being a California-based company that is one of, if not the most environmental progressive state in the country, we are shaped a lot by our state’s environmental outlook and planning,” says Whit Everett, president and CEO. “To remain competitive and successful we are trying to stay one step ahead of the markets and our customer’s needs.  We are aggressively innovating ways to replace Styrofoam and plastics in packaging, which is being driven by local legislation. With the upcoming restrictions being placed on the use of plastics and Styrofoam by the state of California and by the desires of our customers, we are moving more aggressively into the produce, poultry and meat markets, as we create innovative recyclable, compostable alternatives for these products.” 

    That’s where the new KBA press plays its important role at Everett. “With this new KBA press, we will be able to run e and f-fluted materials at higher speeds than ever,” says Everett. “It will differentiate us from our competitors because we now have the ability print high quality, offset work, directly onto micro-flute substrates in large format. Other companies have to print a top sheet then laminate it to single face. We save an entire process, which enables us to be more efficient and faster.” 

    Headquartered in a quiet tree-lined industrial area not far from the San Leandro Bay, Everett is situated in a modern two-story gleaming white facility with 82,000 sq ft of manufacturing space.  To accommodate its move into large format from 41-inch to 57-inch presses, the firm also invested in several other areas. 

    When Everett decided to purchase a large-format press, it examined both KBA and another press manufacturer. Both firms, says Everett, boasted that their presses had the capabilities of printing directly onto micro-flute substrates. What tipped the order toward KBA was its solid five year partnership between the two firms plus its customer service and KBA’s dedication to innovation and problem solving. 

    “In 2012 I was looking for a press that could handle extra-heavy, rigid substrates as well as corrugated,” says Everett. “It led to purchasing our first, direct print-on-micro-flute KBA Rapida 106 press, which changed the way we served our customers and our markets. This ambitious new investment brought to fruition the ability to operate a one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art litho printing press and enabled us to lead the way in the highly efficient production of 100% recyclable packaging solutions. Partnering with KBA on this one-of a kind press made a huge positive impact on our business.” 

    Today, Everett Graphics counts its food related business market as its fastest growing, it is approximately 73% of the firm’s business. Additional industries being served are health and beauty (12%) and pharmaceutical/medical (8%). The firm, ever ambitious, is seeking out new markets, such as produce, poultry, seafood, meats, and recreational cannabis. 

    Founded in 1980, Everett is a leading producer of innovative, folding-carton packaging solutions, designed and manufactured in Northern California. Everett produces environmentally friendly packaging in partnership with startups and Fortune 500 companies around the globe. From structural design to manufacturing, shipping, and logistics, Everett has the tools it takes to create award-winning customized packaging solutions.


    news-737 Tue, 29 Aug 2017 22:58:38 +0200 High Anticipation as Foremost Graphics Invests in First-Ever KBA Rapida 106 at New Packaging Facility https://us.kba.com/news/details/article/high-anticipation-as-foremost-graphics-invests-in-first-ever-kba-rapida-106-at-new-packaging-facility/
  • KBA’s consistency and reputation put Foremost in the best position for success
  • Multi-million dollar investment in new equipment
  • Expansion into fast-growing packaging segment
  • Replacing two presses with one KBA running at 18,000 sph
  • There’s high anticipation for this upcoming fall season at Foremost Graphics in Michigan and it’s not due to college football. That’s when the 100-employee firm will move its fast-growing packaging division from an old multi-floor furniture factory to a newly remodeled state of the art 80,000 sq ft facility outside of Grand Rapids and install its first-ever KBA Rapida 106 41-inch sheetfed press. Along with the press, new ERP software and additional material handling equipment will provide improved workflows and shared resources with its existing corporate headquarters in the city of Walker, MI. 

    “We’re at an exciting crossroads in our packaging business. We’ve invested millions of dollars in new equipment, including the KBA press, as well as in a new facility,” says Paul Kelly, president of Foremost Graphics. “Our goal is to facilitate the strong expansion in the packaging segment of our business, where we see equal growth opportunities in market segments including health and beauty, automotive and food processing for our national client base.” 

    Originally formed as a commercial and flexographic printer, Foremost Graphics Group LLC entered the packaging sector two years ago when it acquired the print packaging business from Cedar Springs-based Display Pack Inc.  Since then, Foremost Graphics has developed its growth strategy around the folding-carton packaging industry, which encompasses paper-based packages used primarily for consumer items. 

    The Foremost Graphics team is eagerly anticipating its first-ever KBA Rapida 106 41-inch sheetfed press. From left to right: Mark Oosting - Partner - Packaging Sales Development; Tim Karel - Partner - VP Sales & Marketing; Paul Kelly - Partner - President/Managing Partner; and Brian VanderHooning - Partner - VP National Accounts.

    Since adding packaging to its broad portfolio of services, the firm has taken an aggressive stance to partner with folding carton buyers and differentiate itself from its competition. Foremost has had its pulse on the packaging industry seeing the proliferation of products on today’s market shelf as opposed to 10 years ago and the keen sense that marketers want their products to stand out, look different and unique. Foremost is offering its expertise to these marketing managers and brand owners who require flexibility, color fidelity, and smaller volume runs of multiple designs, as well as, longer runs of specialty packaging. 

    That’s where the new KBA Rapida 106 41-inch press comes into play as the key workhorse for Foremost. Kelly and his management team decided that the KBA Rapida 106, as opposed to other press manufacturer competitors, will double its capacity, allow for faster changeovers, expand its range of substrates, and improve efficiency throughout its workflow. 

    “This new KBA press answers the demands that our customers are requesting,” says Kelly. “We’re currently running paperboard and PVC plastic but we see expanded caliper and plastics with our new KBA press. We really like the feeder system of the KBA, which should allow us to consistently run at higher speeds. We also think the plastics package will provide a competitive advantage and we expect the camera system to assist with our quality initiatives. Our new KBA Rapida 106 is state of the art technology when running heavier substrates and plastics and will be used primarily for packaging products. This single press should allow us to produce all our current business with the highest quality and best throughput while providing additional capacity for growth. We are pretty conservative in our projections but we anticipate at least 50% more throughput on the KBA than on our two current presses.” 

    The impetus to add the new KBA press came from communication with Foremost’s customers who are seeking efficiency and speed-to-market. Foremost’s full service offering - from engineering and structural design through production and inventory management – allows the firm to reduce time and cost in bringing its customers’ products to market. Foremost prides itself on total solutions for its customers and its ability to respond quickly to their needs. 

    “One of the many things that makes our company special is that we’ve created a lot of successful solutions for customers, both in the commercial and the packaging space,” Kelly said. “Because we’re relatively small, we’re able to work with our customers to create unique solutions and do it relatively quickly, whereas sometimes a bigger boat is harder to turn. We can be pretty nimble in that space and has been very successful for us over the years.” 

    The management team at Foremost sees a bright future ahead. “If we were looking into a crystal ball, we see continued investment to diversify our product and service offerings in both packaging and commercial print markets,” says Kelly. “Our five-year goal has a 100% sales increase coming from organic and acquisition growth strategies. Our goal is to continue to streamline our workflows to become as efficient and cost-effective as possible so we can pass these savings along to our customers. Continuous change is expected and we have proven that we can adapt to a changing business environment. Market diversification and cross training of our employees will be increasingly important as we attempt to serve our customers. Lead-times and run-lengths will continue to shrink as our customers adjust to serving more markets more quickly.” 

    Foremost Graphics is an independent printing, packaging and marketing communications supplier based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The company was formed in 2002 as a merger of two local companies—Printing Arts Co., established in the 1930s, and Foremost Graphics, founded in 1967. With deep roots in West Michigan, the firm puts its innovation, service and quality to work for customers in the Great Lakes region and beyond.




    news-722 Wed, 09 Aug 2017 07:33:00 +0200 Koenig & Bauer growing in the service business and in the packaging and digital printing markets https://us.kba.com/news/details/article/koenig-bauer-waechst-im-service-und-in-den-verpackungs-und-digitaldruckmaerkten/
  • Good order intake of €602m
  • Revenue of €539m down slightly on the previous year due to more deliveries in H2
  • High order backlog of €621m
  • EBIT of €16.3m
  • Favourable customer response to new and enhanced solutions
  • Guidance for 2017 confirmed: revenue of up to €1.25bn and an EBIT margin of around 6%   
  • After a good start to the year in which Koenig & Bauer celebrates its 200th anniversary, the group is able to report favourable business performance in the second quarter of 2017. “The successful trade shows Print China in Beijing, interpack in Düsseldorf and METPACK in Essen contributed to a substantial year-on-year increase in order intake in packaging solutions for cardboard, metal decorating, marking and coding and glass and hollow container printing. Despite this growth and the expansion of service business, the order intake of €601.9m was slightly down on the previous year’s figure of €618.8m, which had been spurred by major security press orders,” explained CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann. With group revenue dropping slightly to €538.9m compared with the previous year due to more deliveries in H2, the order backlog remained high at €620.5m.  

    EBIT came to €16.3m. “The previous year’s figure of €20.7m had been influenced by a strong catch-up effect in Q2 (€4.9m) from the execution of a large security press project and higher revenue,” said CFO Dr Mathias Dähn. The group net profit of €15.2m (2016: €17.2m) is equivalent to proportionate earnings per share of €0.93 (2016: €1.05).  

    “In addition to the continued expansion of service business, profitable growth will be particularly driven by our existing and new solutions for printing, finishing and postpress processing of packaging as well as our industrial digital printing applications,” explained Dr Mathias Dähn. Claus Bolza-Schünemann mentioned the strong customer interest in the newly developed CS MetalCan solution for printing two-piece beverage cans. Sales launch is to commence in 2018 following the completion of intensive field testing.  

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    Group earnings boosted by the substantial increase in Sheetfed profit

    Order intake in the Sheetfed segment grew by 12.2% to €326.3m thanks to increased service business and more orders for medium-format presses. The flatbed die-cutters for postprint processing of cardboard and corrugated also made a gratifying contribution to growth. Revenue rose by 5.5% from €291.7m in the previous year to €307.8m. The additional revenue with better margins and lower costs resulted in a substantial increase in segment profit to €12.1m (2016: €8.6m).  

    Solid order intake of €85.7m was achieved in the Digital & Web segment. With revenue declining to €68.3m (2016: €75.5m), the order backlog rose from €92.3m to €93.6m. The EBIT of –€ 2.8m (2016: –€2.7m) came under pressure from KBA-Flexotecnica, which contributed a figure of –€3.1m. Optimisation efforts at the Italian subsidiary target to speed up the growth course in the future market of flexible packaging. Without the flexo activities, Digital & Web posted a clear improvement in earnings.  

    Despite the growth in orders for packaging printing solutions, new business in the Special segment dropped to €216.3m, down from €269.5m in the previous year, in which major security press contracts had been received. At €189.2m, segment revenue fell short of the previous year (€222.9m) due to more deliveries in H2. EBIT came to €14.6m, translating into a gratifying margin of 7.7%. The previous year’s figure of €22.1m had been influenced by a high catch-up effect of €4.9m from a large security press project.  

    The innovative CS MetalCan metal decorating press is revolutionising the printing of 2-piece beverage cans with unrivalled makeready times and ten inking units (2)

    Increase in equity ratio to 32.6%

    Despite the higher customer prepayments, cash flows from operating activities came to –€20m compared with the previous year’s figure of –€10.6m. In addition to higher inventories for the planned revenue growth in the second half of the year this was due to the increased receivables resulting from an accumulation of deliveries shortly before the end of the first half. Aside from higher capital spending, the free cash flow of –€65.5m was burdened by the first payment instalments of €32.4m for the external funding of a part of the pension provisions. With its funds of €127.5m, securities of €14.7m that can be liquidated at any time as well as the high cash and guarantee facilities, Koenig & Bauer has a stable funding base. The equity ratio rose relative to the slightly increased balance sheet total to 32.6% (end of 2016: 31.1%).  

    The group workforce increased by 158 over the previous year to 5,359 employees as of 30 June. In addition to targeted recruiting in the service business and for new applications for the packaging and digital printing markets, 71 employees joined the group through the acquisition of KBA-Iberica Die Cutters for the growing die-cutter market.  

    Guidance for 2017 confirmed

    The order backlog of €620.5m at the end of the first half, expanding service business, steady demand in the packaging markets and promising customer projects in security and digital printing, the management board expects revenue growth to accelerate with a positive effect on earnings in the further course of the year. In the absence of any material deterioration in global economic and political conditions impacting its international business, group management expects to achieve organic growth of up to €1.25bn in group revenue and an EBIT margin of around 6% in 2017.

    news-713 Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:34:00 +0200 Bolger Vision Beyond Print Adds Innovative KBA Rapida 105 UV Press https://us.kba.com/news/details/article/bolger-vision-beyond-print-adds-innovative-kba-rapida-105-uv-press/
  • One new KBA Rapida 105 replaces two-and-a-half presses
  • Becomes key workhorse
  • Adds more UV capabilities
  • The Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul have long held a rich tradition of being the home to many well-known names in the printing industry. But among the leading printers in this crowded market space, one has decided to set seismic goals amid the competitive field in an effort to reap benefits for both its prized customers and its own 200 employee internal team. Bolger Vision Beyond Print, a commercial printer and customized technology solutions company led by CEO dik Bolger, has long needed a sister press to accompany its KBA Rapida 105 10-color long perfector press to provide its sales force with additional capacity for its growing sales volume. Later this summer, the pressroom will be accommodating that need with the installation of a new KBA Rapida 105 six-color press with UV and full automation.

    “The new KBA Rapida 105 six-color press will become our key workhorse,” says Bolger. “Our clients love our existing KBA 10-color perfector but we’re selling out of hours on the press. Not only will the new press give us extra capacity but it will also help us expand our luxury and education markets, as well as custom packaging. Now that we’re moving into our busy season in late summer, we’re depending on the new Rapida 105 six-color with all of its automation to cut our makeready times in half and double our run speed, which will have a multi-million dollar impact to our top line sales.” 

    Bolger CEO dik Bolger is all smiles in front of his new KBA Rapida 105 six-color press with UV and full automation.

    Bolger has been deftly overseeing the firm’s diverse portfolio, purchasing new growth business, adopting new workflow techniques, and continuing to be a pioneer for the environment. Of the many markets it serves, Bolger drilled down on its health care clients, which make up 30% of its business, and the demand by its luxury market for a high level of service and quality.

    “Our goal is to go above and beyond our clients’ expectations and provide them with the highest level of service and quality,” says Bolger. “For example, our healthcare market continues to grow and our clients expect a high level of security. To that end, we have numerous audits during the year to inspect our security systems. Like our health care customers, our luxury market clients have very high quality expectations. Our combination of services---litho, digital, large format, assembly, and mailing---are perfectly in tune to produce the highest level of luxury products for our clients.”

    Bolger says that his press operators are clearly anticipating the arrival of the new KBA press with its comprehensive kit of fully automated technology. In an effort to maximize sheet drying and boost throughput, Bolger had the new Rapida 105 equipped with the popular KBA VariDry system assuring drying at maximum press speeds. The firm included the KBA CleanTronic system, which allows its UV interdeck dryers to remain in standby mode during blanket washing and helps regain valuable production time. To add extra automated systems to advance its quality and color management control, Bolger added the KBA ErgoTronic ColorDrive automatic color measuring system and automatic camera register ACR measuring system onto the new Rapida 105. Bolger also selected to add UV to boost this capability for its clients, especially for its uncoated paper work. Unlike its competitors, Bolger employs inhouse application developers whose sole purpose is to make it easier for Bolger pressman to complete some of the industry’s most complex specialty coating jobs as recognized by the numerous Printing Industry of Minnesota awards recently received. The firm will now have two presses with UV capabilities. 

    Adding the new press is one piece of Bolger’s successful puzzle. But the firm can also include its recent acquisitions and its environmental friendly posture to its continued momentum. The acquisition of Western Graphics in 2016 bolstered Bolger’s reputation and culture even further. The St. Paul, Minnesota-based provider of commercial and digital print, wide-format graphics, variable data management, and literature and inventory fulfillment services had a lean manufacturing philosophy that Bolger admired and adopted. This process of instituting a cost-effective streamlined mindset allowed Bolger to begin competing with smaller shops. “We’ve gained more clients in the manufacturing segment preparing instruction manuals and booklets all with a significant reduction of operator touches in prepress and press,” says Bolger. “We believe the automation on our new upcoming Rapida 105 will continue to provide us with the most cost-efficient sheetfed printing process.”

    Earlier this year, Bolger continued its environmental friendly goal by being named a certified printing facility by the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the leading authority in sustainable printing certifications. “We are proud to be SGP certified,” says Bolger. “It has and will change the way we produce our work. We’ve also learned that having our environmental sustainability certification makes an impact on potential clients. We’ve asked them after we’ve made our request for proposal (RFP), why did you choose Bolger? Their answer is our passion for our work and our environmental stance. It’s a winning combination for everyone involved.”

    “We just completed our ten year plan for the company,” says Bolger. “We want to continue to be a sustainable, independent leader posting $100 million in sales. The new KBA Rapida 105 press will be a key player in reaching that milestone. There’s lots of excitement among our customers and our employees relating to the installation of the new press. It’s a clear message that we’re investing in the future of our customers as well as our own business.”

    Steve Korn, KBA’s Director of National and Key Accounts, adds, “This new KBA Rapida 105 press investment made by Bolger Vision Beyond Print signals that one of the top printers in the Twin Cities has elected to again invest with KBA to provide access to higher technology for its existing and increasing roster of clients. We at KBA are truly honored to be part of Bolger Vision Beyond Print’s strategic investment plan. This capital investment initiative will propel manufacturing efficiencies and the resulting impact will be an important increase in both top line volume and bottom line profitability.”

    He continues, “We at KBA appreciate the strong partnership that we have enjoyed Bolger Vision Beyond Print. We applaud dik Bolger and his entire team on what they’ve achieved, their extraordinary growth in sales both organically as well as by acquisitions.  We are positive that this new KBA Rapida 105 press will cost-effectively drive more volume through Bolger Vision Beyond Print’s manufacturing platform, provide continuing growth, and continue Bolger Vision Beyond Print’s high quality and on-time service for many years to come.”

    For over 80 years, Bolger Vision Beyond Print, a family-owned business has been delivering results for its Minneapolis-St. Paul clients, as well as national customers. Bolger was a pioneer in integrating customized communication services into a seamless, integrated process and continues to work closely with customers to provide imaginative solutions for their communication needs, using the latest technology available in print. Bolger has implemented sophisticated tools to protect sensitive data for particularly the healthcare and financial industries, leading the industry in creating a secure environment and establishing secure practices for managing sensitive customer data.



    news-703 Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:10:29 +0200 KBA Rapida 145 Press With UV Launches J.W. Moore Printing Into New Era https://us.kba.com/news/details/article/kba-rapida-145-press-with-uv-launches-jw-moore-printing-into-new-era/
  • Will become workhorse press producing 50% of its packaging
  • Improving efficiency and turnaround for its loyal customers
  • Sees growth in plastics and synthetic printing
  • Like many Sun Belt cities, Memphis has spread beyond its core downtown to promote outward expansion and increase its population growth. In similar fashion to this birthplace of rock and roll, J.W. Moore Printing has continued to spread beyond its core services to increase its solid growth. What was established as a reputable customer-centric commercial printing business has blossomed in the past two decades to serve the burgeoning packaging industry. Now the third-generation family firm is poised to pivot again, this time to increase its footprint into a new growing realm of plastics and synthetic printing. 

    Adapting to a new landscape in the commercial and packaging printing industry, J.W. Moore is eagerly looking ahead to the installation of a new KBA Rapida 145 six-color sheetfed press plus coater at its facility located in south Memphis near the international airport in an industrial park. Not far away, crowds gather to visit Elvis Presley’s Graceland, but J.W. Moore continues to draw hard working, dedicated craftsmen to produce expert packaging for the corrugated and medical markets. 

    Left to right: The management team at J.W. Moore: Matt Moore, Gary Moore, and Michael Moore, eagerly await their new KBA Rapida 145 six-color sheetfed press plus coater. 

    “Our client base consists of local, national and international companies, many of whom have been with us since our beginning,” says Matt Moore, J.W. Moore’s president. “90% of our clients are packaging related; the other 10% is a mix of commercial, specialty, and fulfillment. We’re proud of our heritage and our future. J. W. Moore is a third generation family owned business opened by Jack Moore in 1958.  With 59 years of experience, we have what it takes to handle our client’s specific printing needs.  We constantly monitor the multiple complexities inherent in every print job so that, from their perspective, the process is as simple as possible. Not only do we have one of the largest presses in the Mid-South, but we also utilize several presses of varying sizes and capabilities to fit the job.”

    But the upcoming installation of the new KBA Rapida 145 will provide the firm with great opportunity, especially as it grows into the plastic/synthetic markets. While other printers have stumbled, J.W. Moore has continued to grow, necessitating more equipment to deliver additional capacity. Moore’s management team wants its customers to know that it is investing in the latest innovative technology that will transform its pressroom. For faster drying and output, the KBA VariDry UV system will give the firm new capabilities while the patented KBA Sensoric Infeed System (SIS) will provide precise positioning of the sheet at maximum press speed without operator intervention.  

    New to its workflow is the KBA QualiTronic ColorControl, which will be complemented by the KBA ErgoTronic ColorControl; both will provide the ability to control and monitor color on every single sheet the press produces while improving efficiency and reducing makeready. Featured on the new press is the KBA LogoTronic Professional, which will have the ability to capture press performance for analysis and connect to the firm’s existing KBA Rapida 162a press while providing detailed reports on every activity taking place on the press. Being able to share data between the two KBA presses lends continuity to the pressroom. Once installed, the new KBA Rapida 145 will be the firm’s workhorse, producing over 50% of its deliverables. 

    J.W. Moore owes much of its success to its willingness to be a hands-on ownership group that gets very involved in day-to-day operations and is accessible to its customers.  

    “Our customers really appreciate our availability because they know they can contact us directly at any time,” says Moore. “As an ownership group, we aren’t afraid to get our hands dirty. Plus our employees care deeply about the jobs they produce. We’ve got a talented mix on our pressroom floor---long tenured employees along with new graduates from our trainee programs. We’re all working together to be fast, focused, and flexible.” 

    J.W. Moore is a full service communications and printing company that has been in operation since 1958.  Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest, most reputable commercial offset printers in the Mid-South. Its client base consists of local, national, and international companies; many have been with the firm since it began more then five decades ago. Not only does J.W. Moore operate one of the largest presses in the Mid-South, but it also utilizes several presses of varying sizes and capabilities to fit the job. This gives the firm the unique ability to produce every component of a customer’s job at the same time.


    news-680 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:04:10 +0200 New Rapida 106 LED UV Press Ushers In Double Productivity at Cedar Graphics https://us.kba.com/news/details/article/new-rapida-106-led-uv-press-ushers-in-double-productivity-at-cedar-graphics/
  • First LED-UV press installed at Cedar Graphics
  • KBA press will deliver double productivity
  • New eight color Rapida 106 provides perfecting and high speeds of up to 18,000 sph
  • Strengthens its environmental status
  • Cedar Graphics has built a stellar reputation for delivering high quality work and complicated projects, always pushing the envelope in terms of quality and creativity, and finding solutions for its nationwide customers that demand a variety of eye-grabbing coatings and special effects. To continue this mandate, the Iowa-based commercial and packaging printer is adding another dimension to its pressroom: a new fully-automated eight-color KBA Rapida 106 straight and perfecting LED-UV press—it’s first with this configuration delivering a speedy 18,000 sph and strengthening its environmentally friendly status. 

    “The driving force in our decision to purchase the KBA Rapida 106 press was its productivity and its LED-UV capabilities,” says Hassan Igram, CEO of Cedar Graphics. “We’re anticipating a plethora of benefits for our company and our customers after installation including two times more productivity, improving and streamlining our workflow, delivering the highest quality day after day, servicing our existing diverse group of customers from colleges and universities to DVD packagers to defense contractors with new specialty work, and supporting our own business growth.” 

    Left to right: The team at Cedar Graphics: Justin McDonald, Marketing Solutions Manager; Hassan Igram, Owner and CEO; Scott Burnett, Production Manager; and Humza Igram, President.

    With its glittering Gold Ink awards lining its hallways indicative of its well-deserved name recognition, Cedar Graphics has earned the nickname “first impression printer” for imprinting a superior mental image of the innovative and creative work that it produces. It’s a world class, full-service printing and communications giant boasting a global clientele that includes Fortune 500 companies, publishers, ad agencies, storefronts, and entrepreneurs. The job mix at Cedar skews 65% offset and 30% digital with its newest offering, the wide format production of posters and signage, at 5%. The coherent thread that runs through all of Cedar’s customers is its demand for color consistency. The new KBA Rapida press will anchor the pressroom at Cedar Graphics. 

    “We felt that KBA offered us unique print features that no one else can offer, such as KBA SIS (Sensoric Infeed System) making super-fast press speeds possible, KBA Plate Ident recognizes and registers plates and automatically presets job information preventing errors while saving time and money,” says Humza Igram, president of Cedar Graphics, “as well as the strong investment and support that KBA has put forth in its LED-UV technology. We are on the forefront of UV curing technology and we anticipate that LED-UV will become the next big trend, so we want to stay ahead of our competition.” 

    KBA believes that Cedar Graphics will realize faster lead times with LED-UV technology, increased use of plastic substrates, more finishing options, and less wear-and-tear on equipment, as well as ecological aspects such as high energy savings, lower ozone and CO2 emissions when drying, and elimination of spray powders---all extremely important to this large printing company. 

    Pushing the envelope 

    “We are known for printing amazing products for innovative brands and creatives, as a result our customers are always looking for new substrates and pushing the envelope with eye-catching or tactile coatings and varnish combinations like soft touch, UV grit, or strike-throughs” says Justin McDonald, marketing solutions manager at Cedar Graphics. “We love partnering with these customers to experiment with these specialty substrates and unique coatings. Our new KBA press will give us the flexibility to easily move LED-UV lamps on press depending on these printing demands.  This will help us to utilize all stock types including not only all common paper and board stocks, but also non porous synthetic papers, foil laminated sheets and plastics. Having the ability to achieve faster makeready and less waste will reduce customer costs for these premium substrates and print effects.” 

    When the management team at Cedar Graphics headed by Scott Burnett, Cedar’s production manager, evaluated the KBA Rapida versus other manufacturers, what impressed them the most were a number of highly-automated features such as simultaneous makeready, inline color measuring, fully-automatic format setting and change-over between straight printing and perfecting, a video system for monitoring the sheet travel underneath the perfecting drum and in the swanneck of the delivery, and the strong backing of its Service Select technicians to monitor the performance of the press and its maintenance. What made headlines for them, however, was the KBA SIS, a popular ground breaking side lay free system developed by KBA to reduce make ready times, increase productivity and provide consistent register at high printing speeds. 

    As spring turns to summer in the Hawkeye State, Cedar Graphics, one of the largest printing companies in the U.S. and among the largest sheetfed printers in the Midwest, awaits the delivery of its KBA Rapida press later this year. This family-owned business, which prides itself on being voted numerous times as best commercial printer and providing a robust printing platform with enhanced access to a multitude of marketing solutions, will switch out its older KBA 10-color perfector press for its new KBA Rapida 106 at its 98,000 sq ft facility in Hiawatha.   

    Cedar Graphics is a family owned commercial printer located just north of Cedar Rapids in Hiawatha, Iowa specializing in UV offset, digital, and wide format printing. Since 1986, their unique combination of passionate print people, industry leading equipment, and a single source approach has propelled them into an industry leader and printer of choice for innovative brands, creative agencies, and Fortune 500 companies. To learn more about Cedar Graphics capabilities or to access their collection to printing tips and tutorials visit www.cedargraphicsinc.com.



    news-659 Mon, 15 May 2017 22:08:55 +0200 KBA and New Rapida 106 12-Color Press Solidify Strong Partnership With Canadian Bank Note https://us.kba.com/news/details/article/kba-and-new-rapida-106-12-color-press-solidify-strong-partnership-with-canadian-bank-note/ When you’re tasked with the utmost demanding job of producing high quality secure passports, drivers’ licenses and identity documents on a variety of substrates for customers in Canada and throughout the world, you seek the finest, high tech equipment in the industry. That was the goal of Canadian Bank Note, a well-respected 120-year-old privately-owned firm based in Ottawa. In December 2016, CBN turned to KBA to deliver a uniquely built multimillion-dollar Rapida 106 41-inch 12-color press for its main manufacturing facility to produce secure identity documents.  

    “Ever since we purchased our first KBA Rapida 12-color press in 2003, we have felt that KBA presses are innovative and well-designed,” says Sean Pentland, Senior Director of Pre Press and Print Development, of Canadian Bank Note. “We extensively reviewed and tested all of the lead press manufacturers and KBA came out ahead of them all. KBA understands our unique needs including our high level of security and quality and supports our mandates. We continue to choose KBA due to its deep level of knowledge and reputation in these areas.” 

    KBA has supplied CBN with KBA Rapida presses to its manufacturing facilities in Ottawa. These capital expenditure investments, says CBN, were based on the positive productivity generated by the KBA fleet of presses and the strong partnership forged by the two firms over more than a decade. 

    Lauded for its print production 

    CBN has remained one of the leading producers of secure identity products. With demands from governments looking to create secure documents from counterfeiting, terrorist threats, and theft, it uses its KBA equipment to provide the intricate secure solutions for its customers. 

    But in June 2016, CBN lost the use of one of its KBA Rapida presses due to a devastating blaze at its main print facility. The fire damaged the firm’s 10-year-old KBA press that produced passports and other identity documents. A second brand-new KBA printing press had just been put into production but the older damaged press had to be replaced as soon as possible. 

    KBA jumped into action to help its partner. KBA provided a used press immediately and a new Rapida 106 12-colour press was delivered in record time.   

    Unwavering support 

    “I can’t emphasize enough about the high level of support we received from the entire global KBA group after the fire,” says Pentland. “Whether it was parts, service, sales, technical assistance or accelerating the build of our new machine by many months, (during a very busy time for KBA), KBA’s provided unwavering support seven days a week as our operations were recovering after the fire. To that end, KBA did absolutely everything they could to ensure that we were back in production as soon as possible after the fire.”

    news-643 Tue, 09 May 2017 07:23:00 +0200 Good start to 2017 with strong new business https://us.kba.com/news/details/article/guter-jahresstart-2017-mit-starkem-neugeschaeft/
  • 21% higher order intake
  • Revenue at the previous year’s level
  • Rise in order backlog to €620m
  • Increase in EBIT from €2.1m to €5m
  • Innovative new products for metal decorating presented
  • Guidance for 2017: revenue of up to €1.25bn and an EBIT margin of around 6%  
  • The Koenig & Bauer group commenced on a high note in 2017, the year in which it celebrates its 200th anniversary, with a 20.7% increase in order intake to €321.5m. At €259.1m, group revenue remained at the previous year’s level, while order backlog widened by 6.4% to €619.9m. EBIT came to €5m, substantially exceeding the previous year’s figure of €2.1m. The group net profit of €4.7m (2016: €1.6m) is equivalent to earnings per share of €0.30 (2016: €0.11).  

    “The clear focus on the growth markets of packaging, industrial and digital printing as well as the group-wide service initiative launched at the beginning of 2016 are increasingly paying off. We were able to widen the share of service business in group revenue from 24% in the previous year to 26% in the first quarter of 2017,” explained CFO Dr Mathias Dähn. “We also made good headway in the packaging markets. Our youngest subsidiary KBA-Iberica Die Cutters, which specialises in flatbed die-cutters, posted growth in order intake, revenue and EBIT,” said CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann. “At the beginning of May, we presented two product innovations in our packaging printing business with a high-performance printing solution for two-part beverage cans, a market which had previously not been addressed, and the world’s first digital printing press for migration-free metal decorating.”  

    Driven by bespoke solutions including the networked printing factory (KBA 4.0), the proportion of service business in group revenue widened to 26% in the first quarter of 2017 (1)

    Double-digit percentage growth in order intake in all three segments

    In the Sheetfed segment, more service business and a substantial increase in orders for medium-format presses caused order intake to rise by 12% to €152m. At €150m, revenue fell 3% short of the previous year’s figure of €154.6m. In spite of better margins, EBIT of €4.6m was slightly below the previous year’s figure of €5.7m due to the lower revenue as well as development expenses for new products.  

    The expanding flexo packaging activities have been assigned to the Digital & Web segment since the beginning of the year. The systems for flexible packaging, which is a market of the future, are also web printing presses. With order intake up 18.5% to €57.7m and revenue declining slightly to €30.4m, the order backlog rose from €95.5m to €103.5m. The optimisation of KBA-Flexotecnica (–€1.8m), high R&D expenses and the revenue shortfall left traces on the segment earnings of –€2.3m (2016: –€2.6m).  

    More orders in security printing and glass decorating caused new business in the Special segment to rise by 25.3% to €125.7m. Ahead of the METPACK trade exhibition at the beginning of May, metal decorating orders fell short of the good previous year as expected. Revenue rose by 2.6% to €87.8m (2016: €85.6m). Segment profit increased to €4.6m, up from €1m in the first quarter of 2016.  

    The newly developed metal decorating press CS MetalCan is targeted at the previously non-addressed market of two-part beverage cans, which is growing globally at 3% p.a. (2)

    Solid balance sheet and financial profile

    Higher inventories for the planned revenue growth over the next few quarters as well as increased receivables resulting from an accumulation of deliveries shortly before the end of the quarter exerted pressure on the cash flow from operating activities of –€14.9m. The free cash flow of –€44.4m was additionally burdened by the first payment instalment of €21.3m for the external funding of part of the pension provisions. With its funds of €159.5m, securities of €21.5m that can be liquidated at short notice as well as the high cash and guarantee facilities, Koenig & Bauer has a stable funding base. The equity ratio rose slightly relative to the increased balance sheet total to 31.3% (end of 2016: 31.1%).  

    The group workforce increased by 111 over the previous year to 5,327 employees as of 31 March. In addition to specific recruiting in the expanding service segment and for new applications for the packaging and digital printing markets, 67 employees joined the group with the acquisition of KBA-Iberica Die Cutters.  

    Guidance for 2017

    The management board expects group revenue to grow more dynamically over the further course of the year, leaving a positive effect on earnings. In the absence of any material deterioration in the underlying economic and political conditions impacting international business, group management expects to achieve organic growth to up to €1.25bn in group revenue and an EBIT margin of around 6% in 2017.

    news-642 Thu, 04 May 2017 07:32:03 +0200 Sandusky Packaging Creates New Market Opportunities With KBA Rapida 106, Fastest Press In Its Category https://us.kba.com/news/details/article/sandusky-packaging-creates-new-market-opportunities-with-kba-rapida-106-fastest-press-in-its-category/
  • New UV capability provides additional opportunities
  • Maximum productivity and, at 20,000 sph, fastest press in its category
  • Uniquely configured with System Brunner Instrument Flight technology
  • When you’re responding to the unrelenting demands of your pharmaceutical, food, and automobile packaging customers, speed, precision, and service are required to maintain a positive customer experience. That’s the reasoning behind the recent decision by Sandusky Packaging to choose a new KBA Rapida 106 41-inch seven-color press uniquely configured with System Brunner Instrument Flight---one of the first few presses in the country with this technology---as well as new UV capabilities and a cornucopia of automation. The new press will begin operation in late summer at the firm’s 50,000 sq ft facility set on its six acres of property in northeast Ohio near the shores of Lake Erie.

    (Left to right): Greg Schiefelbein, KBA Regional Sales Manager; Randall Johnson, Sandusky Vice President; and James Longer, Sandusky President, review the upcoming delivery for the new KBA Rapida 106 41-inch seven-color press uniquely configured with System Brunner Instrument Flight---one of the first few presses in the country with this technology---as well as new UV capabilities and a cornucopia of automation.

    “We’re dedicated to responding to fast-moving trends in our industry that will propel us ahead of our competition,” says Jim Longer, president of Sandusky Packaging. “These trends---speed, precision, and service---dictate the need to make internal changes to our facility, which include faster set-ups, spot-on color, faster press speeds, more intuitive software to work in tandem with our press operators, and a wide variety of substrates. After careful and extensive research, we concluded that the KBA Rapida 106 was the best choice for our customers and our future success.”

    Over the years Sandusky management has deftly guided the firm through the mountains of ever-changing requirements enacted upon its pharmaceutical and food-packaging customers, which evenly make up 50% of its current customer base. With an eye toward raising its print quality and color consistency to even higher levels, the firm specified that the new Rapida be equipped with the System Brunner’s Instrument Flight print quality measuring systems with KBA inline QualiTronic Color Control capability. The unique five-star appraisal system notifies the press operator of the print quality achieved under the selected standard and can ensure compliance with different standard specifications every day, which is especially important to the pharmaceutical and food packaging industries that demand high-quality color fidelity.

    Plans to move into the highly competitive and highly demanding cosmetic packaging market will become fruitful with the new Rapida press. Its UV capability will provide faster drying and a variety of new high-end coating techniques and applications. The press also provides a new ability to print on foil board for the cosmetic market. “It’s a great selling point for us,” says Longer.

    What sealed the deal to partner with KBA was the German press manufacturer’s enduring focus on the packaging market, its team of technological experts to work together and provide maximum efficiency for the printer’s new color systems and UV, and its overall business approach.

    “Our success is derived from our continued drive for innovation and enhanced productivity for our customers,” says Randy Johnson, vice president of operations at Sandusky, “as well as our initiation of lean manufacturing and a 5s workplace organization program. As a regional player with national reach, our key is efficient, quick set-ups using 10 to 34 pt substrates and now higher with ever-changing jobs. We’re projecting a 50% gain in productivity due to the speed and automation of the new press and that our turnaround will drop from weeks to days. Our reputation is built on service, quality, on-time delivery, and fair price; we’re proud to say that we have many long-term customers. This press---our new key workhorse---will be a game-changer for our firm and our customers.”

    Sandusky Packaging Corporation (SPC) was founded in 1965 on the shores of Lake Erie between Cleveland and Toledo. Its four owners chose a well-situated six acres of property to build its corporate offices as well as a 50,000 sq ft manufacturing facility. Today, more than five decades later, its second and third generation management team and employees are manufacturing custom folding cartons for a variety of industries including: automotive after-market, pharmaceutical, hardware, food industry, as well as household products, etc.

    KBA North America is located in Dallas, Texas and a member of the KBA Group. Established 200 years ago this year in Würzburg, Germany, Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) is the oldest and second largest press manufacturer worldwide. KBA's banner, 'People & Print', reflects its dual focus as a leading innovator for print entrepreneurs. 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.kba.com.


    news-627 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 07:21:12 +0200 Royle Printing’s New KBA Rapida 105 Press Serves Up Throughput, Uptime, and Makeready https://us.kba.com/news/details/article/royle-printings-new-kba-rapida-105-press-serves-up-throughput-uptime-and-makeready/
  • Named Best Workplace in the Americas by PIA
  • Nearly doubling throughput, stunning uptime, and shorter makeready
  • On-going commitment to provide customers with modern and feature-rich operating platform
  • For nearly 70 years, Royle Printing has established a pattern of selecting the best craftsman from its Wisconsin vicinity steeped in printing culture to produce the highest quality web printing of catalogs, magazines, and corporate collateral. It has sought out “associates”---its term for employees---to enrich its workplace and foster impeccable communication between all 250 employees at its modern facility in Sun Prairie, WI. With an emphasis on service and responsiveness that is rooted in its culture, Royle Printing recently made the decision to purchase a new KBA Rapida 105 five-color press. The new press will significantly increase uptime, reduce makeready, decrease waste, and provide modern and feature-rich sheetfed capacity to Royle’s existing platform.

    Two press operators at Royle Printing eagerly anticipate the new KBA Rapida 105 five-color press being installed at the firm’s Sun Prairie, WI facility.


    “Our sharp growth is indicative of the great care we take in serving our customers, their work, and our associates,” says Chris Carpenter, Royle’s President. “Our success rests on one word—culture---and how we deliver value and service to our clients. Further, it’s critical we treat our employees as important resources with very rewarding careers.”

    Maintaining a vibrant working environment for its employees, Royle continues to invest in new technology and a larger campus. They’re currently constructing a 60,000 sq ft warehouse facility for storage, alleviating the space constraints in their existing location. The new KBA Rapida 105 sheetfed press comes in the wake of the firm’s purchase of its third high-speed web press and a new perfect binder. Carpenter acknowledges that the firm wanted to update its sheetfed capabilities and add capacity due to growth, noting that it’s a good problem to have. The new KBA Rapida press, he says, will play an important role in the firm’s production, producing covers both aqueous and UV coated with LED-UV curing.

    “Our customers continue to believe in print,” says Carpenter. “Whether you are a publisher or a cataloguer, print plays an essential role in our customers marketing and communication mix.”

    As Carpenter and his team look forward to serving their customers; while adjusting to the many changes and challenges impacting the printing industry, one thing will not change…the firm’s commitment to its associates and strong corporate culture. It’s no wonder that the firm has consistently been named to the elite ranking of Best Workplace in the Americas by Printing Industries of America. Our customers, he says, recognize our extraordinary work environment and see value in doing business with a company that invests in its people and its technology. They appreciate our craftsmen and our commitment to attracting and retaining the most skilled talent.

    Steve Korn, KBA’s Director of National and Key Accounts, adds, “This new KBA Rapida 105 press investment made by Royle Printing signals that one of the “Best Workplaces in America” has chosen to invest with KBA to provide access to higher technology for its existing and growing roster of clients. We are truly honored to be part of Royle’s capital investment strategy. This investment will drive further manufacturing efficiencies, and provide greater capacity with the latest industry leading sheetfed press technology. We at KBA appreciate the new partnership that we’ve forged with Royle Printing. We congratulate Chris Carpenter and his entire team on what they’ve accomplished, their remarkable growth in both sales and physical facilities, and even more important, on their extremely talented associates who relentlessly focus on customer satisfaction each and every day. We are certain that this new KBA Rapida 105 press will efficiently drive more volume through Royle’s production facilities, fuel ongoing growth, and continue Royle’s high quality and on-time service for many years to come.”

    Royle Printing is an independently owned and managed printing company specializing in high quality graphic and distribution services. Royle Printing has proudly served the needs of publishers, catalogers and corporate partners for more than 65 years.

    KBA North America is located in Dallas, Texas and a member of the KBA Group. Established 200 years ago this year in Würzburg, Germany, Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) is the oldest and second largest press manufacturer worldwide. KBA's banner, 'People & Print', reflects its dual focus as a leading innovator for print entrepreneurs. 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, glass and plastic decorating. For more information visit the company's web site at www.kba.com.