Koenig & Bauer to showcase large-format 4-over-4 perfecting

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koenig & Bauer will be showcasing a highly automated eight colour rapida 145 for 4-over-4 perfecting at the beginning of september 1
koenig & Bauer will be showcasing a highly automated eight colour rapida 145 for 4-over-4 perfecting at the beginning of september 1

‘Large Format meets LED-UV’ is the banner under which Koenig & Bauer is inviting interested commercial printers to presentations of an 8-color Rapida 145 perfector press from 4 to 7 September in Radebul. Introductory lectures and extensive practical demonstrations will offer insights into technologies to make 4-over-4 production even more efficient.

The fully automated press runs perfecting production with sheets up to format 106 x 145 cm and at speeds up to 15,000 sheets per hour. Highlights of the demonstrations include the autonomous printing of flyers, brochures and other typical web-to-print products – also in AutoRun mode. As a world premiere in large format, the 8-color perfector press features LED-UV drying technology. A reel sheeter, furthermore, enables the alternating use of reel and sheet stocks. Tailored solutions for networked production in large-format commercial printing, such as the Rapida LiveApps, the Optimus Dash MIS, LogoTronic Professional and Connected Services, will round off the agenda.

Print professionals interested in attending the presentations can obtain an invitation and all further information through the local sheetfed offset sales partners of Koenig & Bauer.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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