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KBA has commenced work on a new flexo and digital press demonstration center at its facility in Würzburg, Germany.
The foundations were laid in January and on March 14, KBA chairman Claus Bolza-Schünemann and Christoph Müller, CEO of the subsidiaries KBA-Digital & Web Solutions and KBA-Flexotecnica laid the foundation stone of the new building.
As counterpart to the demo center for sheet-fed offset presses and processing systems at Radebeul in Saxony, the new demo center will feature a RotaJET digital printing press for commercial, publication and decor printing, a flexo rotary press from KBA-Digital & Web Würzburg’s Italian subsidiary KBA-Flexotecnica and a newly developed sheet-fed flexo press from KBA-Digital & Web for direct printing on corrugated cardboard. The center is due to be ready for occupancy in autumn 2017. Aside from customer demos, testing new developments is also planned.
The group headquarters in Würzburg was chosen as the site for the new demo center to provide suitable, conveniently situated presentation facilities with easy access to Frankfurt International Airport for customers from expanding markets.
With a usable area of around 2,100 sqm, large modernized premises and investment totaling a six million EUR (6.4 million USD), the building project is the latest in a series of new buildings at the Würzburg site, following a new logistics centre and design building in 2001, two new production halls in 2003 and 2008, and a new foundry in 2012.
KBA is to mark its 200th anniversary in September 2017. KBA Group is aligning its activities to growth sectors like packaging, digital and industrial functional printing, with 70 percent of the group’s new press revenue generated in the packaging sector.
‘KBA-Digital & Web builds the world’s largest inkjet roll-fed rotary presses and in future also high performance sheet-fed presses to meet the growing demand for corrugated cardboard packaging,’ commented Bolza-Schünemann. ‘Our Italian subsidiary, KBA-Flexotecnica, offers technically outstanding flexo rotary presses for film, paper and lightweight cardboard packaging. With the widest portfolio of all manufacturers, KBA Group offers print solutions for virtually all markets.
‘We want to present our systems for the above growth sectors live in action at the new demo center. Many of our national and international customers want to see the presses being operated in action before they decide to invest. And of course, we hope that this substantial investment will have a positive impact on our business in these new markets for KBA.’