Fifth KBA RotaJET for decor printing to Swiss Krono

Efficient digital printing for décor and interiors

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During a visit to the Würzburg demo center: (back row, l-r) Ingo Lehnhoff, managing director Swiss Krono Tex Germany; Christoph Müller, management board member Koenig & Bauer; (front row, l-r) Bernd Hillebrand, sales manager Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Hendrik Hecht, managing director Swiss Krono Tex Germany; Frank Oldorff, project manager Swiss Krono Tex; Sebastian Dicke, product development Swiss Krono Tex; Oliver Baar, digital business development & marketing for Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed
During a visit to the Würzburg demo center: (back row, l-r) Ingo Lehnhoff, managing director Swiss Krono Tex Germany; Christoph Müller, management board member Koenig & Bauer; (front row, l-r) Bernd Hillebrand, sales manager Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed; Hendrik Hecht, managing director Swiss Krono Tex Germany; Frank Oldorff, project manager Swiss Krono Tex; Sebastian Dicke, product development Swiss Krono Tex; Oliver Baar, digital business development & marketing for Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed

Swiss Krono is investing in a RotaJET 225 from Koenig & Bauer for its production facility in Heiligengrabe in the north of Germany. This is the fifth press to be sold to a customer active in the growth market of digital decor printing. Within this category, Swiss Krono is the second producer of wood-based materials to invest in Koenig & Bauer’s digital printing solution.

The new RotaJET 225 for Swiss Krono in Heiligengrabe
The new RotaJET 225 for Swiss Krono in Heiligengrabe

“With the two different machine classes (L and VL) and three web widths (138cm, 168cm and 225cm) of our RotaJET, we can offer our customers market- and region-specific solutions for the most varied decor applications. We are especially pleased that Swiss Krono has opted for a RotaJET 225,” says Koenig & Bauer board member Christoph Müller. The new digital web press will be entering production in Heiligengrabe in the summer of 2020. Ingo Lehnhoff, managing director of Swiss Krono Tex in Germany says, “The RotaJET 225 from Koenig & Bauer supports the highly efficient realization of shorter runs and we can now bring new decors and products to the market faster than ever before.”

The Swiss Krono Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of wood-based products for interiors, flooring and building materials. The group currently employs a staff of 5100 at its manufacturing sites in Switzerland, France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia and the USA. In FY 2017-18 fiscal year, the company generated sales of CHF 2.0 billion. The group’s products are distributed to over 120 countries worldwide.

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