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KBA Builds 1,000th Large-format Press

October 19, 2009  By

KBA North America claims it has solidified “its long-time market lead in the large-format segment” based on the completion of the 1,000th ‘big” Rapida press model at its factory in Radebeul, Germany.

”KBA continues to set the pace in large-format presses,” says John Raithel, Senior VP of sheetfed sales in the U.S. “We’re proud to announce that we’ve assembled the 1,000th large-format press. Large-format presses are complex products and our 90 years of experience has enabled us to continually introduce new innovations.” Most recently, KBA introduced new advances into its Rapida 162a perfectors, including what the company calls “special post-perfector drum shells” with an anti-marking coat, new Windows-based console software with job-change program, and remote Internet-based maintenance.

Around 15 percent of all Rapida large-format presses built today, according to the company, have a perfecting capability. KBA expects this trend to continue, based on changing technology adoption in specific sectors, such as new 8-colour perfectors being placed in the commercial and magazine sectors. There are around 30 such KBA presses in operation worldwide today. KBA states it has captured a global market share of 60 percent in the large-format press arena.


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