Chinese Premiere of KBA Rapida 75 UV
Koenig & Bauer AG
Press release date: January 24, 2014
At the beginning of this year a UV version of the half-size KBA Rapida 75 was unveiled in China under the banner "Big Goals with Small Format". More than 150 visitors seized the opportunity to attend this open house event.
Two years ago Taizhou Xindali, a young company, fired up a five-colour and a six-colour Rapida 105 which features UV capabilities. They were joined recently by two raised special-format Rapida 75s (605 x 750mm/ 23.8 x 29.5in) with nonstop facilities. The six-colour press is the first in its series in China to be equipped with UV kit, and it is essential at Taizhou Xindali as the company prints primarily on various types of film (PE/PP/PVC) as well as on board with a metallic coating. In 2013 annual sales came in at RMB 80m ($13.6m), with over 30 per cent generated abroad. This was a 30 per cent increase on the year before. The firm which is managed by twin brothers, Zaiding and Zaiquing Xu, has just under 80 employees on its payroll.
Fully equipped for printing on film
The Rapida 75 presented in both the practical and theoretical parts of the open house is equipped with central format adjustment, KBA CleanTronic washing systems for rollers and blankets, differential drives in the dampeners and further automated features. The equipment in the inking unit for UV mixed operation, a board-handling and anti-static package as well as air-cushioned sheet travel all make the press perfectly suited to printing on non-absorbent substrates. Along with UV dryers in the extended delivery, two further UV interdeck dryers that can be inserted at multiple docking stations in the press are also available. In addition, an EES (Emission Extraction System) reduces emissions and unpleasant odours around the delivery.
When welcoming the guests Zaiding Xu reflected on his firm’s partnership with KBA. "Xindali now has the edge over our competitors thanks to KBA’s cutting-edge technology," Xu says. KBA sales director Dietmar Heyduck referred to KBA’s strong technological position in the packaging printing market and assured the company of KBA’s continued support with the new presses. Lianbiao Wang, sales manager for sheetfed presses in China, then gave some outstanding examples of previous press installations in packaging firms. Regional sales manager Yugao Gong presented the Rapida 75 and its components for UV production. As part of the practical part of the event, three different jobs were produced including a calendar in poster form celebrating the Chinese year of the horse, and which symbolises the immediate success of the Rapida 75. Many participants expressed their interest in the Rapida 75 during the event which could lead to a post-event boost in business.
KBA has a good reputation in the region of Taizhou in China with nearly 20 KBA presses in operation ranging from half, medium to large format. Various KBA users lined the streets with large posters expressing their pride at belonging to the big KBA family.
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