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KBA Proclaims PRINT 13 in Chicago a Rousing Success

KBA North America is calling PRINT 13 one of its most successful shows due to the high volume of quality customer visits throughout the five day event. To add to its success, KBA finalized a contract for a new KBA Rapida 164 64-inch six-color press going to Meredith-Webb Printing Company.  The eagerness of attendees was keenly apparent to learn more about KBA’s technological advances–in offset, web, and digital–as well as learn about the state of the printing industry from NAPL senior vice president and chief economist Andy Paparozzi, who provided two dynamic presentations at the KBA booth.

“This has been an excellent show for KBA,” says Mark Hischar, president and CEO of KBA North America. “Our associates were busy introducing and explaining to our customers and prospects why KBA’s industry-first technology will help them broaden their customer base, move into new markets, and increase their efficiency and bottom line. We were honored to have our KBA Group president and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann join us to provide an international perspective and meet one-on-one with customers and prospects. And we were extremely pleased to welcome Meredith-Webb executives Kelly and Travers Webb, who signed a contract to install their third KBA press in three years at their facility in Burlington, NC. We expect further announcements in the coming months due to the success derived from this show.”

Meredith-Webb Printing Company, a national commercial printing company with services ranging from direct mail to packaging, joined KBA executives on the first day of the show to ink their contract for the purchase of its third KBA press in three years. The new Rapida 164 64-inch six-color ten-unit press with double coaters, UV capabilities, and KBA QualiTronic Professional inline color control, will be delivered to the company’s Burlington, NC facility in January 2014. The Rapida 164 will join Meredith-Webb’s 64-inch Rapida 162a seven-color with coater and UV capabilities, delivered in 2013, and the Rapida 106 41-inch 10-unit UV press, installed in 2010.  

At the annual KBA press conference, attended by journalists from as far away as Russia, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, and Brazil, the KBA Group president and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann reiterated the healthy financial status of the company. “We have a strong positive balance sheet and a backorder of press sales for the next year,” he reported. “We are the only press manufacturer to record these strong positive financial results for the past four years. We are continuing to place a strong emphasis on print as we continue to diversify and expand our portfolio with the latest acquisition of the high-end German direct-to-container decoration press manufacturer Kammann Maschinebau, the world leader in glass container printing. Here in North America, we continue to grow our market share and, in fact, have signed an extraordinary number of new contracts this summer as we continue to add customers to the KBA family.”

Attendees were engaged in learning more about KBA’s wide range of printing presses, its solutions for commercial printing, folding carton packaging, newspaper, flexible packaging, plastic cards, security printing, digital printing, signage and POP, metal decorating, and glass and plastic container decorating. Its new entry into the digital market–the KBA RotaJET 76 inkjet web press–proved to be a popular topic with attendees lining up for detailed explanations about the press’s high-volume capabilities, especially in book, newspaper production and direct mail.

On the third day of the show, KBA provided the forum for NAPL senior vice president and chief economist Andy Paparozzi to unveil his State of the Industry report, which was sponsored by KBA. Paparozzi provided a riveting delivery of the report’s findings. “This is still a challenging environment,” he said. “But printers can succeed by creating opportunities, becoming an expert for their customers, asking the right questions and listening to their customers, and thumping their chests and providing detailed descriptions to differentiate themselves from their competition. This is no time to be modest.”

KBA North America is located in Dallas, Texas and a member of the KBA Group. Established almost 200 years ago in Wuerzburg, Germany, Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) is the oldest and second largest press manufacturer worldwide. KBA’s banner, ‘People & Print’, reflects its dual focus as a leading innovator for print entrepreneurs. The group’s product range is the broadest in the industry; its portfolio includes commercial and newspaper web presses, sheetfed offset presses in all format classes, inkjet systems and presses, special presses for banknotes, securities, metal-decorating, smart cards, glass and plastic decorating, and flexible substrate systems.

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Meredith-Webb Signs PRINT 13 Contract for Newly-Launched Rapida 164 – Its Third KBA Press

KBA North America is pleased to announce that Meredith-Webb Printing Company, a Burlington, NC printer has signed a contract at PRINT 13 for the purchase of a newly-launched KBA Rapida 164 64-inch six-color 10-unit press with double coaters, UV capabilities, and the new KBA ErgoTronic console. The new press, its third from KBA in three years, will be delivered to Meredith-Webb’s facility in January 2014. PRINT 13 is the largest and most innovative global exhibition of digital, offset and hybrid technologies in 2013. It took place September 8-12, 2013 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

“We have formed a strong partnership with KBA over the last several years,” says Kelly Webb, executive vice president at Meredith-Webb. “This newly-launched large format press from KBA will provide us with an unprecedented level of speed and turnaround. In an on-demand world where digital and inkjet capabilities drive shorter and shorter turnarounds, this new press, coupled with two additional 64” presses, will provide additional capacity and backup. Plus, the new KBA Rapida 164 with its double coating embellishments and special UV capabilities will allow us to grow our specialty business printing and give our customers much more flexibility. KBA continues to introduce new press models with superb features that increase production, quality and provide the flexibility to meet customer demands.”

The new KBA Rapida 164 will join the Rapida162a 64-inch seven-color press with coater and UV capabilities that was delivered to Meredith-Webb the first quarter of 2013 and its KBA Rapida 106 41-inch 10-unit UV press, which was installed in 2010.

“Ever since we installed our first KBA press, we have experienced steady growth by adding new clients and providing new services to our existing clientele,” says Kelly Webb. “During the last few years, we’ve seen our customer base broaden significantly.  Speed to market is critical to our customer base.  Our Rapida presses have made a positive impact on our ability to meet our customer’s demanding delivery requirements.  The speed and quality set us apart from the competition.  We offer the complete package: a knowledgeable sales force, creative CAD design, dedicated customer service, quality control department that oversees the entire process, and a logistical team experienced in meeting the requirements of a test market to a national rollout.”

“The move to KBA in 2010 has been a huge success”, says Travers Webb, president.  “Our print products demand high levels of innovation and print quality. These KBA presses are an integral part in responding to those demands. Having the new Rapida 164 with double coaters and UV capabilities will allow us to take our customers to a new higher dimension in large format printing with special applications and treatments. KBA has provided excellent service and support as we move forward with the vision started in 1952 by our founder, George T. Webb, Jr.”

The new KBA Rapida 164 press, introduced in February 2013, redefines the benchmarks in the 47.4 x 64.57-inch format class. It reaches maximum production speed up to 15,000 sph with KBA’s high-speed upgrade. Equipped with dedicated drive technology and a high level of automation, the Rapida 164 features DriveTronic SIS sidelay-free infeed, the KBA QualiTronic Professional inline color control, and the new ErgoTronic console with integrated measuring systems. Along with automatic plate changing, there is also the option of DriveTronic SPC dedicated drives at the plate cylinders that support simultaneous plate changes in all printing units in only 100 seconds. Additional makeready processes, such as washing with CleanTronic Synchro, are also simultaneously possible. Similar to medium-format presses, when changing plates KBA Plate-Ident features on-press plate recognition, pre-registration and checks that the plates are correctly positioned. Even coating forms can be changed automatically while the press is printing, as can anilox roller sleeves. The high-flow doctor-blade chamber with a reduced filling volume is also a new feature. The increased speed at which the ink flows supports faster production speeds and optimized sheet brakes for commercial and packaging printing ensure an outstanding pile formation. Additional new features found in the Rapida 164 include the AirTronic delivery, and the energy-saving VariDryBlue drying systems.

The 95-employee firm has proudly earned the chain-of-custody certifications endorsed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC) as part of the company’s commitment to achieve its environmental initiatives.  Meredith-Webb also earned the G7 Master qualification, the “seal of approval” from the IDEAlliance as a G7 Master Printer, which proves that the firm possesses the technology and tools to consistently deliver the highest quality printing in the world, based on the most stringent international standards.

KBA North America is located in Dallas, Texas and a member of the KBA Group. Established almost 200 years ago in Wuerzburg, Germany, Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) is the oldest and second largest press manufacturer worldwide. KBA’s banner, ‘People & Print’, reflects its dual focus as a leading innovator for print entrepreneurs. The group’s product range is the broadest in the industry; its portfolio includes commercial and newspaper web presses, sheetfed offset presses in all format classes, inkjet systems and presses, special presses for banknotes, securities, metal-decorating, smart cards, glass and plastic decorating, and flexible substrate systems.

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In the wake of growing demand by retailers and major food brands, food packaging companies are stepping up their efforts to satisfy customers by seeking Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification. Speaking Tuesday at Pack Expo 2013, Chip Wood, director of food and agriculture business development for SCS Global Services (SCS), described multiple factors driving food packagers toward this globally-recognized level of food safety certification, then walked the audience step-by-step through the process.

 

“As the packaging industry gears itself up for SQF, the world’s most widely recognized Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) level certification, industry members should be well acquainted with the rigors of the program as well as the opportunities it represents,” Wood says.

 

Citing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Wood identified the top four food problems -deficient employee training, contamination of raw materials, poor plant and equipment sanitation, and poor plant design and construction. He then explained key components of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), sweeping food safety legislation signed into law in 2011, and described how each of these components are addressed under the SQF program.

 

“The FSMA’s formula of audits, prevention, compliance, and response is comprehensively addressed within SQF,” he adds. “It provides a systematic approach to employee training, inspections, mandatory recalls, record access and administrative detention, product traceability, and laboratory testing.”

 

In addition to new regulations and buyer specifications, he listed additional factors driving a growing number of food packaging companies to get SQF-trained and certified. These factors include growing awareness of the risks posed by food-borne illness, knowledge of the increased virulence of some pathogens, better detection capabilities, global supply chain issues, protection of reputation, and reduced quality assurance costs.

 

According to Wood, SCS offers a full suite of SQF food safety services. These services include: fully-accredited SQF training; pre-certification exercises which enable companies to undergo mock audits and determine their readiness levels; an extensive SQF consultant network to help companies navigate the terrain; and top-level SQF auditing and certification covering all food categories. HACCP training classes specifically geared to the packaging industry are already being scheduled for early 2014.

 

SCS Global Services (SCS) has been a global leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing and standards development for three decades. SCS programs span a wide cross-section of sectors, recognizing exemplary performance in natural resource management, green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, retailing and more. In addition to food products, SCS certifies sustainably grown cut flowers and plants.

 

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SGK Appoints Scott Lucas Managing Director, Brand Development

New Position Created To Oversee Brandimage And Anthem Operations In Cincinnati

SGK (NYSE: SGK), formerly marketed as Schawk, Inc., a leading global brand development, activation and deployment company that drives brand performance, announced that it has appointed Scott Lucas to the new position of managing director, brand development to oversee its Brandimage and Anthem operations in Cincinnati.

The brand development group of SGK drives brand performance by creating desirability through two brands; Brandimage and Anthem. Brandimage creates brands through the development of brand equity design and brings them ‘to the shelf’ to seduce shoppers at the point of decision. Anthem sells brands from the ‘shelf out’ by amplifying and elevating brand desirability.

“I am excited to lead the brand development teams in Cincinnati and to leverage our business-driven design model to drive brand performance for our global and regional clients,” said Lucas.

“As brand performance is a function of desirability and profitability, it is gratifying to be a part of an organization that recognizes the relationship between brands, branding, and business.”

Eric Ashworth, president, stated, “It’s great to see that we’ve got the right leader in such an important role and in such an important market for SGK. His arrival brings a lot to not only the Cincinnati team but also the company as a whole. I am confident that Scott and team will elevate the ‘desirability’ of packaging all the way up to the shelf and ‘amplify’ its unique design language all the way down the aisle and out the door to help drive brands that perform.”

Prior to joining SGK, Lucas had a 10-year distinguished career with Interbrand. He served as executive director, new business at Interbrand Cincinnati where he established and led a Cincinnati-based team responsible for new business development, marketing and public relations for the North American consumer packaged goods (CPG) practice. Before his move to Cincinnati, he served as managing director, consumer branding, at Interbrand New York.

Previous roles earlier in his career included business-building executive experience in New York at branding and design consultancies, including his own firm.

Lucas earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Villanova University.

SGK is a leading global brand development, activation and deployment company that drives brand performance. By creating brands, helping sell brands, producing brand assets and protecting brand equities, we help our clients achieve higher brand performance. SGK’s global footprint spans more than 20 countries. SGK was formerly marketed as Schawk, Inc. For more information visit: http://www.sgkinc.com.

Brandimage is a global consultancy of brand equity architects and designers. Brandimage creates brands that drive brand performance. Brandimage is part of the brand development group of SGK. For more information visit: http://www.brand-image.com.

Anthem is a global creative agency that actively connects brands with people by amplifying desirability—creating an insatiable thirst for brands from package design to brand campaign. Anthem sells brands to drive performance. Anthem is part of the brand development group of SGK (NYSE: SGK). For more information on Anthem, visit http://www.anthemww.com.

 

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