ON the road
A contingent of American journalists were also provided with a tour of the Polar manufacturing facility in Hofheim, along with numerous machine demonstrations. Polar is a partner company to Heidelberg, which sells Polar paper cutters, label systems and paper handling equipment. A full sampling of Polar equipment, including the new Polar generation XS, X and XT, with and without touchscreens, will be on hand in Halls 1 and 2 at Drupa.
KBA Open House Leaves Lasting Impression
DRESDEN, GERMANY—Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) served notice to the worldwide commercial printing community that it will be a manufacturing force at Drupa and beyond. That message, underscored with historic tours, exquisite dining and even a fireworks display, was delivered during KBA's Open House held here March 24-26. It was the largest-ever undertaking for the venerable manufacturer, which has made tremendous inroads the past few years within the North American market.
The web and sheetfed press manufacturer dazzled and delighted more than 40 journalists and 1,400 current and potential customers from 38 countries during its pre-Drupa event, held at its KBA sheetfed headquarters in nearby Radebeul, as well as on-site demonstrations at a local printer, Ellerhold.
The trade press was given a sneak preview on March 23 as the company rolled out its latest innovations of sheetfed and web press models such as the Rapida 74 and 74G, 105, the 130-162a, 205 and Compacta 217, the Genius 52 and 74 Karat presses. Among the innovations flying under the KBA Drupa banner of "People & Print: Driving Advances—Together:"
* Klaus Schmidt, director of marketing, stressed the company's focus on waterless and keyless offset systems, which produce much less waste and provide more consistent print quality.
* The Rapida 130-162a boasts new wrinkles in the feeder, including two wide suction belts without support belts and the return of sheets to the pile after stoppages.