RR Donnelley and KBA Partner Up on Next-Generation Inkjet Printing Platforms
CHICAGO—March 1, 2011—R. R. Donnelley & Sons Co. and KBA AG of Wuerzburg, Germany, announced an agreement to develop, manufacture and sell next-generation inkjet printing solutions for the packaging, securities, commercial and newspaper segments. Under the terms of the agreement, RR Donnelley will license its Apollo and other piezoelectric imaging technologies to KBA, which will incorporate them into its press offerings.
KBA’s new digital presses will be introduced in May 2012 at the Drupa international print show in Dusseldorf, Germany. Further details on the cooperation will be released later.
“RR Donnelley and KBA have long been leaders and innovators in our respective industries,” said Thomas J. Quinlan III, RR Donnelley’s president and CEO. “We look forward to having the combined R&D resources of nearly 1,000 engineers and imaging scientists bring forward the next generation of digital imaging technologies. This relationship will benefit the customers we serve today and enable RR Donnelley innovations to be introduced to customers in segments that we do not yet address.”
“Seeking to expand the industry's broadest product range, KBA has spent the last 18 months assessing both current and future digital printing technologies from around the world,” said Helge Hansen, CEO of KBA. “In our analysis, it was clear that RR Donnelley was uniquely positioned to partner with us from a digital print technology, experience and scale perspective. It’s more than a sales and service agreement for existing technology. We look forward to jointly reinvigorating this industry with new digital imaging platforms.”
About RR Donnelley
RR Donnelley (Nasdaq:RRD) is a global provider of integrated communications. Founded more than 146 years ago, the company works collaboratively with more than 60,000 customers worldwide to develop custom communications solutions that reduce costs, enhance ROI and ensure compliance. Drawing on a range of proprietary and commercially available digital and conventional technologies deployed across four continents, the company employs a suite of leading Internet based capabilities and other resources to provide premedia, printing, logistics and business process outsourcing products and services to leading clients in virtually every private and public sector. www.rrdonnelley.com
About Koenig & Bauer AG
Established 194 years ago in Wuerzburg, Germany, Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA), the parent of the KBA group, is the oldest and second largest press manufacturer worldwide. KBA's banner, ‘People & Print,’ reflects its dual focus as a driver of innovation for print entrepreneurs. The group's product range is the broadest in the industry, imparting a unique level of expertise and exceptional competence in mastering technological challenges. The product portfolio includes commercial and newspaper web presses, sheetfed offset presses in all format classes, special presses for books, inserts, banknotes, securities, metal-decorating, smart cards; CDs and DVDs plus inkjet and other coding systems. For more information, visit www.kba.com
About KBA North America
KBA North America is located in Dallas, and a member of the KBA Group. KBA is one of the largest press manufacturers worldwide, with the broadest product range in the industry, and a key supplier to the global media industry. KBA’s core competence is the development and manufacture of technologically innovative printing systems and peripherals. The parent company is Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) with facilities in Würzburg and Radebeul, Germany.
Source: Company press release.