Pressemitteilung BoxID: 180699 (Koenig & Bauer AG)
  • Koenig & Bauer AG
  • Friedrich-Koenig-Str. 4
  • 97080 Würzburg
  • Ansprechpartner
  • Klaus Schmidt
  • +49 (931) 909-4290

KBA at the crest of the waterless wave

In both sheetfed and web

(PresseBox) (Würzburg, ) KBA started pioneering anilox keyless inking back in the 1980s and 1990s, and this technology has since been adopted by another German press manufacturer. Although waterless offset technology had existed since the 1970s, KBA determined to make it a viable proposition, and in association with ink and plate manufacturers set about developing to market maturity not only a waterless press and the underlying process but also the relevant consumables.

Today, waterless and keyless systems are still unique to KBA, even though shrinking circulations have driven demand for more economic and ecological production methods. This is evidenced by the brisk sales of the waterless Cortina in the traditionally conservative newspaper sector.

At Print '97 in Chicago KBA unveiled the 74 Karat, a dampener-free B2 (29in) digital offset press with Gravuflow inking units. At Drupa 2000 there followed KBA's waterless, keyless Cortina newspaper press and at Drupa 2004 the Genius 52UV compact B3 (201/2in) press and the Rapida 74G (Gravuflow) B2 press featuring a similar inking system. The latest models of these presses are on display in the waterless section of the KBA stand, where they are demonstrating the many qualities - such as minimum waste generation - that promote cost-effective green printing. The 74 Karat's environmental credentials include the ability to support new business models based on a web-to-print scenario.

A Rapida 105 attained "emission tested" accreditation in 2000 and since then all Rapidas have been awarded eco-certification by the competent German authority, BG Druck- und Papiertechnik, which is recognised in numerous other countries. Accreditation applies to print production on both paper and board with conventional, hybrid and UV inks as well as aqueous and UV coatings, and covers numerous issues including VOC, noise and ozone emissions, powder consumption and ink misting. Reducing emissions automatically improves health and safety at the workplace.

KBA's commitment to the environment is reflected in its close collaboration with like-minded players from other branches of industry. Alongside BG Druck- und Papiertechnik, at Drupa 2008 these include ClimatePartner, a specialist in carbon reduction and carbon-neutral printing, and Wesso, a hydrotechnology company that has developed an organically decomposable, non-hazardous dampening additive with germicidal properties.