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Koenig & Bauer and hubergroup will cooperate on conventional sheetfed offset inks
29 May 2018
  • Strategic partnership for high-quality packages
  • Tested colour qualities for optimum performance
  • Cooperation at global level

Kirchheim near Munich/Germany, May 29, 2018 – Koenig & Bauer recommends the use of conventional sheetfed offset inks from hubergroup for its high-performance Rapida presses. Both companies have agreed on a strategic partnership. The aim of this global partnership is to offer joint users the optimum complete service and quality package. The inks bearing the "Recommended by Koenig & Bauer" quality seal are available from the hubergroup sales network.

Rapida users applying hubergroup inks will benefit from Koenig & Bauer's experience with these inks. Both partners will continue to evaluate and optimize this package to meet changing market requirements. The result is consistent, repeatable and high quality print products. The process standardization achieves a new quality.

Dirk Winkler, head of printing at KBA-Sheetfed, says, “I see particular strengths in the optimum performance and stable ink-water balance. In addition, the combination of press and ink is characterised by very good colour brilliance and high print contrast, a smooth printing and excellent printing of solids. However, the cooperation in the development of new ink systems and their standardization and, of course, the joint support of users, e.g. in the field of food packaging, is crucial.

Thomas Kleps, Head of Sales Europe at hubergroup, emphasizes the advantages of this partnership for print shops: "Our customers have always appreciated hubergroup's special service in application technology and process optimization. The close cooperation with Koenig & Bauer will further expand this know-how, and our joint customers will directly benefit in the area of business development. They will be guaranteed the same high quality of standard and spot inks in all segments of sheetfed offset printing worldwide – be it commercial, packaging, food packaging or labels".

As with other strategic partners, KBA-Sheetfed works with hubergroup on a global scale in the areas of sales, customer training and product development. In addition, the experts from both companies regularly exchange views in strategy workshops.

About hubergroup:

hubergroup is one of the world’s leading specialists for printing inks, coatings and press room auxiliaries, currently comprising 40 companies and 130 sites. This successful, family-owned enterprise, with more than 250 years of experience and expertise in the printing-inks industry, manufactures top-quality products for packaging, commercial and newsprinting. 2017 saw the Group, with its global workforce of more than 3500, generate sales worth some €825 million.

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About Koenig & Bauer:

The Koenig & Bauer Group is a customer-centric partner to the international printing industry with annual revenue of €1.2bn and 5,600 employees. We are the global market and technology leader in security printing and in important packaging printing markets. Throughout its 200-year history, it has been driven by innovation and technological progress. Systematically oriented to meeting customer requirements, our high-tech printing presses and systems permit highly efficient printing, refining and processing. Our services cover a wide range of customer-oriented offerings including networked printing under the “Koenig & Bauer 4.0” label. With its solid balance sheet and high financial strength together with its focus on packaging, digital and industrial printing, Koenig & Bauer is on a profitable growth trajectory.

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