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KBA to discuss new opportunities, latest technology at Graph Expo

Sep 8, 2010 12:00 AM

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Dallas-based KBA North America boasts the largest printing press manufacturer booth (1255) at Graph Expo 2010, October 3-6 in Chicago. The company will present its full line of presses for the commercial, packaging, newspaper and specialty markets along with unique printing techniques and substrates.

“We are proud to maintain our long-time support of the graphic arts industry and show KBA’s continual financial and technical strength to the North American market with our complete line of presses and print solutions,” says Mark Hischar, president and CEO, KBA North America. “We invite attendees to join us to discuss their press needs with our knowledgeable sales and application staff, and examine our outstanding samples of printing techniques and substrates produced on our high-quality press line.”

KBA offers its Rapida presses for the packaging segment. The new Rapida 75 29-inch, six-page, half-size press offers environmentally friendly attributes. The new E-model, based on the Rapida 75 half-size press unveiled at Drupa 2008, just made its debut in two to eight units. For printers seeking versatility, a small-footprint, and production performance, the popular choice is the Genius 52UV. This press, the recipient of the prestigious PIA InterTech award, is the world’s first waterless UV sheetfed offset press. It handles a maximum sheet size of 14 3/16 x 20 inches and can print up to 32 pt. stock.

For the commercial market, the KBA Rapida 106 41-inch high-performance sheetfed press, dubbed the “makeready champion” for its 18,000-sph output and cutting-edge automation, continues to attract sales. Unique patented features include the KBA Logotronic Professional management system, the KBA Densitronic combined density and color measuring system for quality control, as well as the Drivetronic feeder, with presetting capabilities to help reduce waste and allow for rapid job changes.

Web printers and newspaper printing publishers are invited to learn about the new KBA C16 and Commander CT web line. During the past six months, orders for large newspaper presses surged for KBA. “Newspaper publishers continue to look for ways to improve production not only of their daily editions, but of free-standing inserts and other commercial products,” says Hischar. “The diversity and flexibility of KBA newspaper and semi-commercial web presses is helping them to achieve the productivity they need.” The New York Daily News, for example, replaced eight presses with three KBA Commander CT web presses that will enable the paper to be printed in color on every page. Last fall, Transcontinental, the largest independent newspaper printer in Canada, purchased four Commander CT webs.