New first-of-its-kind modular hybrid press designed for folding carton printers integrates KBA Rapida platform and Xerox inkjet technology.
September 13, 2016
by Canadian Packaging staff
KBA Sheetfed Solutions, a business unit of the Koenig & Bauer Group (KBA), and Xerox have announced a partnership to develop an industrial digital sheetfed press for the folding carton market.
The KBA VariJET 106 Powered by Xerox integrates Xerox Impika inkjet technology into the KBA Rapida 106 press platform. The modular KBA VariJET will permit the combination of conventional printing and finishing technologies with digital inkjet printing in a hybrid press. It can be configured with up to seven inkjet colors and it offers print speeds of up to 4,500 sph (sheets per hour) in 29.5 x 41.7 inches at 1,400 dpi (dots per inch) per hour. Its modular concept enables the combination of digital inkjet printing with optional in-line capabilities such as printing units, coating, cold foil application, rotary die-cutting, creasing and perforating.
Digitally printed packaging worldwide will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of roughly 16 percent between 2015 and 2020. Within that, digitally printed folding cartons will see a CAGR of 40 percent. The KBA VariJET 106 press brings the benefits of digital printing such as running multiple versions of the same carton as well as customized cartons, opening up new business opportunities for industrial production printers. Wide format cartons, for items like cosmetics, food and pharmaceutical products, until now has relied on traditional analog offset production printing.
“As a leader in package printing our customers are confirming that this is exactly the product they need for the market opportunity that exists,” says KBA-Sheetfed Solutions chief executive officer Ralf Sammeck. “Xerox’s inkjet technology coupled with our packaging expertise combines proven technologies to bring the right product to market at the right time.”
“By combining digital capabilities like cross media marketing, digital storefronts, and automated workflows with those of classic offset printing, our customers will be able to offer new products not seen in the traditional packaging market to their customers,” says Xerox Graphic Communications Business Group general manager Robert Stabler. “The KBA VariJET 106 Powered by Xerox will have the flexibility, format and speed to help print providers capture this growing market opportunity.”
KBA will be participating at Graph Expo 2016 in Orlando from September 25-28, 2016 at Booth 1435 and at the Digital Packaging Summit 2016 that will take place October 31 – November 2, 2016 at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
KBA North America is located in Dallas, TX and is a member of the KBA Group. Established almost 200 years ago 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, inkjet presses and systems, flexographic presses, commercial and newspaper web presses, special presses for banknotes, securities, metal-decorating, smart cards, glass and plastic decorating. For more information visit www.kba.com.