Koninklijke Drukkerij Em. de Jong orders KBA commercial web offset presses in double pack

Würzburg, (PresseBox) - By ordering a 32- and 24-page rotary commercial offset press from Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA), Koninklijke Drukkerij Em. de Jong b.v. in the Dutch-Belgian border area of Baarle-Nassau is continuing the long-standing partnership between the two companies and further expanding its facilities.

Founded in 1906 by Tjeerd de Jong, the printing firm has become a popular supplier for a wide range of printed matter in Europe, thanks to continuous investments beyond the borders of the Benelux countries. The impressive de Jong/Janssen print media group emerged within a very few years from the merger with Kampert in Oss (1998), Janssen/Pers Rotatiedruk in Gennep (2003) and Webstar in Beuningen (2006). de Jong celebrated its 100th anniversary last year with a huge party. 350 employees are now working on a 25,000 m² area in Baarle-Nassau, supported by ten rotary commercial offset presses, all from KBA, a coldset roller and six sheetfed presses.

Automated roller locks for optimum printing conditions
A Compacta 408 (32 pages in landscape format) which went into production in 2005 will be joined by a sister press in the same design in January 2008. As a major new feature of commercial web offset printing, the new web press has been fitted with the automatic roller locks that have been well-established in newspaper printing for many years (installed more than 20,000 times) and maintain the optimum roller impression pressure in the printing unit, thereby ensuring the optimum printing conditions and reducing maintenance considerably, as the time-consuming task of manually adjusting the rollers is no longer necessary.

A Compacta 318, the first 24-page commercial web offset press for de Jong, will follow in the late summer of 2008. In addition to four blanket-to-blanket printing units, it will also have an additional imprinter for the flying imprinter change, a superstructure with two formers for special overhead productions and the P3 pin folder. The Compacta 318 is the ideal addition to the current fleet of 8-, 16- and 32-page presses. The large volume of 12- and 24-page printed products at de Jong can thus be produced particularly economically. Both web presses are fed via the Patras A automatic reel transport system.

Following the somewhat modest demand for rotary commercial offset presses in the Benelux countries over the past two years, this is the first major investment by a Dutch printshop in this segment since 2004.

Koenig & Bauer AG

Die Unternehmensgruppe Koenig & Bauer ist mit dem breitesten Produktprogramm der Branche einer der größten Druckmaschinenhersteller der Welt. Muttergesellschaft ist die 1817 gegründete Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) mit den Werken Würzburg, Frankenthal, Radebeul und Trennfeld.

Zur engeren KBA-Gruppe gehören außerdem die Maschinenfabrik KBA-Mödling AG bei Wien in Österreich, KBA-GIORI S.A. in Lausanne, Schweiz, KBA-Metronic AG in Veitshöchheim bei Würzburg, KBA-MetalPrint GmbH in Stuttgart und KBA-Grafitec s.r.o. in Dobruška, Tschechische Republik. KBA hat mit der KBA North America Inc. in Williston im Bundesstaat Vermont eine eigene Niederlassung für den Vertrieb und Service in den USA und Kanada.

Weitere Vertriebs- und Servicegesellschaften in Großbritannien, Frankreich, Italien, der Schweiz, Dänemark, Finnland, Schweden, Brasilien, Russland, Polen, China, Australien, Malaysia und Singapur sowie ein globales Netz von Vertretungen sorgen für den weltweiten Absatz der KBA-Druckmaschinen. Rund 8.300 Mitarbeiter sind derzeit in der KBA-Gruppe tätig.

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