KBA Solidifies Super Large-Format Lead in Unites States with Rapida Press

DALLAS—January 29, 2013—KBA North America is pleased to announce that its lead in the large-format market is solidified with the continued success of its award-winning 81˝ Rapida 205 sheetfed press—the largest press in the world. In the United States, this high-quality behemoth is producing a variety of work at nearly 20 sites with unprecedented achievement. Two of these KBA customers have distinguished themselves by investing in the Rapida 205 twice with two of these 81˝ presses sitting side-by-side in their U.S. facilities.

“We continue to appreciate the fanfare by customers and print buyers about the high quality delivered on the Rapida 205,” says Mark Hischar, president and CEO of KBA North America. “This award-winning press, which received the PIA InterTech Award in 2005, is 50 times faster than standard wide-format ink jet printers and offers the highest offset quality whether it is producing indoor or outdoor jobs, UV or conventional, paper or plastic. Due to these amazing benefits, we have seen a steady interest from wide format printers with ink jet units gravitating toward our large-format offset presses. The Rapida 205 handles it all with ease and allows printers to expand their capabilities and rise to the next level of productivity.”

For example, Foster Printing Company, a large-format trade printer based in Santa Ana, CA, installed its six-color, 81˝ KBA Rapida 205 large-format UV press in October 2012. The new press, the largest in the world, joined two current KBA large-format 64˝ presses—a five-color conventional and a six-color UV—at the firm’s 46,000-square-foot facility.

“Over the last four years we have seen tremendous growth in our business,” says Kris Blackburn, vice president of sales at Foster Printing Company. “Sales over the past year and a half have been especially good to us. Due to this growth, we have been considering the purchase of a third KBA press—the 81˝ Rapida 205 press—for over three years but really started to focus on it one year prior. We constantly had customers asking if we could print anything larger than our 64˝ capabilities. Those customers, along with solid research into new potential customers, pushed us to finally decide on making this important purchase.”

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