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Third KBA Compacta 215 for CTP Printers in Johannesburg

CTP Printers Johannesburg recently fired up its third 16pp KBA Compacta 215, reaffirming a longstanding relationship with Koenig & Bauer.

CTP Printers near Isando Road is part of Caxton & CTP Publishers & Printers Limited, one of the biggest media groups in South Africa, with some 5,500 employees. Established in Pretoria in 1902, Caxton & CTP is a major player in the South African print media industry. Its Newspaper Division prints a raft of titles not only in the cities but also in virtually all the provinces. Other activities include publishing, printing, book printing stationery, packaging, labels and inks.

The magazine and commercial arm, to which CTP Printers Johannesburg also belongs, has production plants in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, and is considered a trendsetter in its deployment of printing and finishing technology.

KBA presses have been in operation at Caxton & CTP's 30,000m² (323,000ft²) 178-employee plant near Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport since 1996. Two 16pp Compacta 214s were followed in 1998 and 1999 by two Compacta 215s.

Longstanding partnership

CTP Printers Johannesburg managing director Wally Blumberg was quick to recognise the Compacta 215's impressive performance, hence his decision to order two of these 16pp presses. CTP Printers works director Brian Bain says: "The KBA Compacta 215s have proved their excellence in all three projects and have made a major contribution to the level of performance we can offer today. The third Compacta 215 came on stream smoothly and in a minimum amount of time. The high output and flexibility of these press lines have made KBA a key vendor. The service provided also deserves praise." Press room manager Simon Bagnall agrees, adding: "We have gained a lot of experience with the Compacta 215 over the years. They are fast and can handle a wide choice of folds. They are cost-effective for both long and short runs of commercials and magazines."

Driving advances in unison

Launched fourteen years ago, the Compacta 215 has been one of KBA's most popular models, but in keeping with market trends has now been succeeded by a new, more compact model, the C16. Says Brian Bain: "We watched the C16's market launch last year with keen interest and are confident that it represents a good option for the future. Success is no mystery once you have found the right partner."

Enquiries: Klaus Schmidt

Phone: +49 931 909-4336

E-Mail: klaus.schmidt@kba.com

Website: www.caxton.co.za

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