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Ramping Up, in Packaging: Durst + Koenig & Bauer

Bob Leahey
 Apr 17, 2019

Companies focused on digital printing for packaging got a reminder recently that two important suppliers, Durst Phototechnik and Koenig & Bauer, are joining forces, with the goal of making production-level digital printers for both folding carton and corrugated applications. Durst (Italy) and Koenig & Bauer (Germany) signed a 50/50 joint venture agreement on April 10 in Munich, to establish “Koenig & Bauer Durst GmbH.” First revealed in December 2018, the new venture will be registered in Wurzburg, Germany, where Koenig & Bauer is headquartered, but will be a separate entity with its own managing director, and it will cooperate closely with both parent companies. The companies expect that regulatory approvals will be granted within a few weeks, and that business operations will begin in late May.

Durst SPC 130 Single Pass Corrugated Printer

The newly combined forces have the potential to succeed in both folding cartons and corrugated – packaging applications where multiple vendors are now jockeying for position as suppliers of high-speed digital print technology. Koenig & Bauer is one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of analog presses for packaging, with hundreds of clients worldwide that print folding cartons or flexible packaging on its presses. Meanwhile the company is steeped in the topic of digital corrugated, given its partnership with HP to supply the transport for HP T1100 (2014), the 2.5meter/110” thermal inkjet web that pre-prints corrugated liner media with HP thermal inkjet. As to Durst, the Italian company manufactures a big line of multi-pass flatbed printers for sign, display, and other graphics printing, including the automated Durst Delta WT250 (2016) for corrugated. Durst is also a veteran supplier of single pass inkjet, first for ceramics (Durst Gamma) and, since 2017, Durst Delta SPC130 (1.3meter/51“) for corrugated.

KBA VariJET 106

Corrugated with high color graphics

Durst’s single pass Delta SPC130 will, in fact, be one of three printers to make up the initial product portfolio of the new joint venture; the other two will be Koenig & Bauer CorruJET 170, a single-pass corrugated printer, and KBA VariJET 106, a B1-sized inkjet printer for folding cartons. CorruJET, a new printer, is based on Koenig & Bauer’s RotaJET inkjet web press (Fujifilm Dimatix Samba heads, aqueous inks) for commercial printing and post-prints sheets of corrugated up to 1.7m/67”wide at up to 6,000 sheet per hour. As to KBA VariJET, it was first sighted at drupa 2016 and was to be built on Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106, a sheet-fed offset press, plus a DFE and inkjet print engine from Xerox Impika; now Durst will be the digital technology provider.

Why pay attention to “Koenig & Bauer Durst”? One reason is that so much is at stake in a rapidly developing digital packaging market. According to InfoTrends’ 2018 market estimate and forecast reports, six companies supply production-level color digital printers for folding cartons, and generated $412 million in print value worldwide in that year (20% CAGR, 2017-2022); for corrugated the tallies were at least 11 companies with single pass printers and $982 million in print value, (51% CAGR). For each of these application segments color digital printing accounts for much less than 1% of print volume today, but that is changing as a raft of digital competitors strive to stake out positions. Koenig & Bauer and Durst are credible, complementary suppliers that together will have high synergy in product development and marketing. We expect “K&BD” to offer competition to vendors such as Barberan, EFI, HP, and others in corrugated and HP, Heidelberg, and Landa in folding cartons, based on the new company’s portfolio of three printers, a line that will likely expand over time.

Next Up for Vendor Shows: Xeikon Café in Belgium

Bob Leahey
 Mar 8, 2017

At this time of year vendors and users of digital print technology have a spate of events that qualify as vendor-specific tradeshows, ones hosted or sponsored by individual equipment suppliers. Among the best known are two that just took place, namely Hunkeler Innovation Days (February 20-23 in Lucerne) and Dscoop (March 1-4 in Phoenix, Arizona, for HP users). A third event, coming soon, is a pure play in digitally printed packaging and well worth visiting—the Xeikon Café that will take place in Belgium on March 27-30.

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KBA VariJET 106 & The Making of ‘The B1 drupa’

Bob Leahey
 May 25, 2016

KBA-Sheetfed Solutions, a division of German press manufacturer KBA, announced recently it will offer a B1 sheet fed inkjet press called KBA VariJET 106 for printing folding cartons. The new press will be built on the platform of KBA Rapida 106, a sheet fed offset press, and on an inkjet print engine and DFE by Xerox Impika. According to KBA, KBA VariJET 106 will print 4,500 sheets per hour in B1 size (750 x 1060mm/29.5 x 41.7 inches) and will be modular in nature, allowing custom configurations to include Read more »

Highcon Ramps Up: Lots to Show at drupa 2016

Bob Leahey
 Mar 23, 2016

Highcon, the digital finishing system supplier, recently held a three day event at its headquarters in Israel to show technology developments that it will soon unveil at drupa 2016 in Germany. The short version of our report on this “pre-drupa” gathering:

  • Since its debut at drupa 2012, Highcon has placed 25 of its “Euclid”  and “Euclid II” devices globally
  • In 2016 it will add a new portfolio of digital cutting and creasing systems and related tools, the Highcon Beam, Highcon Euclid III and the Highcon Pulse.
  • These products will give carton converters and other printers new access to Highcon’s unique finishing, and also to two applications new at Highcon, 3D printing and variable data cutting.

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Label Expo Preview: What to Look for in Brussels Next Week

Bob Leahey
 Sep 23, 2015

Label Expo, the premier tradeshow for the label industry, will take place September 29 to October 2 in Brussels. Now decades old, this is the show that never seems to fade, and also one where the role of digital printing technologies always seems to grow. InfoTrends will attend and make a detailed report about it to clients but for now we offer a quick preview of what we expect to see:

A huge HP booth: The stand’s core equipment will be HP Indigo WS6800 (labels and other applications) and 20000 (a 30” web, for flexible packaging and for labels also), but there will be many other products. Ones particular to HP Indigo presses will include a white ink specifically for shrink sleeves and new yellow and magenta inks with enhanced lightfastness, also software upgrades, including a VDP tool for Adobe Illustrator, within HP SmartStream Designer prepress. Some exhibits will be from partners to HP Indigo (finishing Read more »

InfoTrends Launches the “Ultimate Guide” to Color Digital Presses for Label, Package Printing

Bob Leahey
 Feb 18, 2013

This month InfoTrends’ on-line research will include an important addition – the Ultimate Guide to color digital label and packaging (CDLP) presses. The Ultimate Guide Online is a series of databases utilized by print and marketing service providers, as well as industry suppliers, to compare hardware and software solutions. The new Ultimate Guide to CDLP joins the established Ultimate Guides for Roll-Fed Devices, Cut-Sheet Devices, and various software guides, such as Enterprise TransPromo, Multi-Channel Communications, Variable Data Publishing, Web-to-Print solutions, and Print MIS.

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