Polish packaging printer Werner Kenkel has acquired a second sheetfed offset press from Koenig & Bauer (KBA), in a move to cater to the growing packaging market in the country.
The new Rapida 145 with coater and five printing units will print corrugated packaging and is expected to increase the company's production capacity by nearly 80%.
Werner Kenkel has been operating KBA Rapida 162a since 2010.
Werner Kenkel co-owner Damian Kenkel said: "Given the extremely positive experience we have had with our first Rapida 162a, we decided once again on a large-format KBA press.
"For the last four years, our Rapida 162a has predominantly printed packaging products.
"Now after transferring the majority of these jobs to the new Rapida 145, we plan to use its outstanding capabilities for finishing and special effects."
The new Rapida 145 features a board-handling package, non-stop facilities at the feeder, SIS sidelay-free infeed, DriveTronic SPC dedicated plate-cylinder drives with KBA Plate-Ident plate recognition and pre-registration.
It also has CleanTronic Synchro for the simultaneous washing of the blankets and impression cylinders, DriveTronic SRW simultaneous roller washing in the idle units parallel to printing and KBA VariDryBLUE energy-saving drying technology.
The Rapida 145's ErgoTronic ColorControl console is equipped with ErgoTronic Lab and QualiTronic ColorControl for inline colour control.
Image: Both Rapidas are raised and integrated in pile logistics. Photo: courtesy of Koenig & Bauer AG.