KBA Comet launches into action at IGPP in Khartoum

Premium-quality colour printing in Sudan with high-tech press from Koenig & Bauer

Würzburg, (PresseBox) - The quality and colour content of the diverse daily and weekly titles printed under contract by Khartoumbased International Group Printing Press (IGPP) in Sudan have received a huge boost following the successful startup of a singlewidth KBA Comet newspaper press.

The new installation - the first of its kind in the country - is part of a growth strategy pursued by Yassir Hamad Madani, who along with two partners set up the company in 2005 on an industrial site on the outskirts of the city.

Professional production launch

Says Mr Madani: "Coupled with our highpowered prepress and mailroom technology the startup of the KBA Comet has substantially enhanced both our output and our production flexibility. Our customers are delighted with the superb image and colour quality delivered by the new press, while its huge potential means we are well equipped to meet future market demands. In fact, we are already contemplating an extension." Madani was equally impressed by the performance of KBA's installation team, who commissioned the press under challenging circumstances: "We have never experienced such a smooth press startup as with the KBA Comet," says Madani.

Automated and highly flexible press

The 75,000cph floormounted KBA Comet has a 578mm (22.75in) cutoff and a web width variable between 630 and 870mm (24.85 - 34.25in), with 760mm (30in) the standard. The three Pastoline reelstands are embedded in a KBA Patras M reelhandling system. The two fourhigh towers feature automatic ink pumping, colourregister controls and pneumatic fanout compensation. The superstructure for the KF 3B jaw folder (2:3:3 cylinder system) has a single former. Extras include gluing, perforating and quarterfold capabilities. Console technology for the press line includes inkkey presetting and a RIP interface. Remote maintenance is possible via a diagnostics PC.

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