Successful compact class in the exhibition spotlight

KBA at IFRA Expo 2010 in Hamburg

(PresseBox) ( Würzburg, )
Futureoriented technologies for enhanced flexibility, profitability and quality in newspaper and semicommercial printing stand at the focus of the presentations planned by KBA for the forthcoming IFRA Expo in Hamburg (Hall 4, Stand 4-310). The main spotlight is to be placed on the extremely successful compact newspaper press class, with the waterless Cortina and its wetoffset counterpart Commander CT. Coexhibitor is once more Indian press manufacturer The Printers House (TPH), with whom KBA maintains a strategic partnership.

Thanks to its innovative product range, KBA has benefited to an aboveaverage extent from the upswing in investments in the newspaper branch over the past few months. As world market leader in newspaper printing technologies, it has secured a share of close on 50% of the new investments in the branch, with the highly automated presses Cortina and Commander CT dominating the orders received from the established markets such as Western Europe and North America. Through the sale of the 18th Cortina press line to a customer in Sweden, the number of waterless fourhigh towers ordered has climbed to 84. Sixteen Cortina presses with a total of 68 fourhigh towers in 4/1, 4/2 and 6/2 configurations are already demonstrating their prowess in daily coldset and heatset production. Through a combination of costeffective operation, production flexibility and an exemplary environmental balance, they are admirable proof that waterless print has today become a serious alternative.

Alongside the successful Cortina, demand is also picking up for the similarly compact wetoffset press Commander CT. In the meantime, orders have been booked for 15 Commander CT presses with a total of 82 towers in double- and triplewidth versions. Following up a major deal comprising four doublewidth KBA Commander CT lines, and thus 22 fourhigh towers at one sweep, with the Express Newspapers Group (West Ferry Printers) in London, an Austrian and three German newspaper printers have each put their name down for a triplewidth KBA Commander CT 6/2 for web widths up to 2,100 mm. A triplewidth press of this type with 15 towers has now been in production with the New York Daily News for almost a year, and further doublewidth installations have been completed for German and Spanish newspapers. Next out in the coming weeks, four triplewidth hybrid presses with a total of 16 compact towers and six hotair dryers will be on their way to the Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver facilities of the Canadian print group Transcontinental Inc. On the socalled emerging markets, on the other hand, classic fourhigh tower presses in 2/1, 2/2, 4/1 or 4/2 configurations are still the presses of choice. One typical example is the KBA Commander with hotair dryers ordered by the Jordan Press Foundation in Amman. After all, KBA is no less committed to further development of its conventional press models.

Given the continued economic uncertainty in important markets and the structural upheavals affecting the media branch, business with new newspaper presses has not yet recovered from the drastic downturn of the past two years. It is also unlikely that the market will manage a full return to the high pre crisis figures in the foreseeable future. Nevertheless, KBA expects a mediumterm revival to an annual world market volume of around €700 million. The shares of the highpopulation, highgrowth markets such as China, India, Indonesia, Turkey or Brazil will no doubt continue to increase, while turnovers in Western Europe, North America and Japan look set to recede, not least for demographic reasons. KBA is already prepared for such eventualities.

KBA will be offering further information on technical and market developments at its IFRA Expo press conference, to be held at 1.30 p.m. on 4th October in Conference Room "Prag" on the second floor of the foyer area of the "Hamburg Mitte" exhibition centre.
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