Koenig & Bauer (KBA) took to the road informing printers of the latest sheetfed offset trends in the printing industry as part of the seventh KBA road show through China in the first half of October.
Main topics at the six events in Tainan, Taipei, Dongguan, Kunming, Ningbo and Taiyuan included inline finishing technologies for packaging production, migration-free printing as well as the introduction of the KBA RotaJET 76 digital web press, the medium-format Rapida 105 sheetfed offset press and the new large-format Rapida 145 and Rapida 164 press series. A further highlight at some event locations was the presentation of the 19-unit Rapida 106 with inert curing and cold-foil finishing capabilities at Amcor in Rickenbach, Switzerland. The press is unique the world over.
As in previous years, once again printing houses opened their doors as part of the road show to enrich theory with practical demonstrations. Participants were treated to a live demo of a seven-colour Rapida 105 with coater and UV capabilities at Yunnan Junhe Printing Company. Ningbo Beike Packaging Company invited guests to see its new Rapida 145 in action, the first large-format press of this series in China. The printing firm received this press which was showcased at China Print in May. The highly automated five-colour press with coater predominantly prints packaging and displays.
Along with Jürgen Veil, key account manager packaging at KBA and a well-known speaker at the road shows throughout China, Andreas Hatzelmann from KBA sales, Lianbiao Wang sales manager at KBA China and Andreas Friedrich general manager web sales and service (North/East Asia) were also on hand to present the latest innovations from KBA. Between 80 and 200 print professionals, mostly from packaging printing firms, took part in the single events.