KBA inkjet web press to target books, magazines and commercial print

According to KBA, “200 years after the first cylinder press was unveiled by company founders Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Bauer in London, KBA will be the only traditional press manufacturer to launch an own-brand digital inkjet press at Drupa 2012, the definitive print media trade fair in Düsseldorf.”

German website www.print.de reproted that the press uses Kyocera printheads and water-based inks and has a maximum web width of 762mm and a minimum repeat length of 203mm.

The four-colour press was said to have a print speed of around 150m/min in two-sided print mode and is aimed at the production of short runs of personalised books, magazines and commercial print.

KBA has yet to officially publish any specs on the press, although it released an image alongside last week’s announcement of its preliminary results for 2011.

The manufacturer said it had “bucked the industry trend” by posting a pre-tax group profit for the third year in a row, with the total coming in at the “single-digit millions”.

Group sales were said to be “marginally lower” than last year’s €1.2bn ($1.5bn), while an order backlog of more than €800m at the year end exceeded last year’s €441m by over 80%.

KBA’s official figures for 2011 will be published on 30 March.

This article originally appeared at printweek.com

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