KBA And Xerox Announce Folding Carton Digital Sheetfed Press Partnership


KBA Sheetfed Solutions and Xerox have partnered to develop an industrial digital sheetfed press for the folding carton market. Wide format cartons, for items like cosmetics, food and pharmaceutical products, until now have relied on traditional analogue offset production printing.
The KBA VariJET 106, powered by Xerox, integrates Xerox Impika inkjet technology into the KBA Rapida 106 press platform. The press, in the final stages of development, will print 4500 B1 750 x 1060 millimeters (29.5 x 41.7 inches) sheets per hour. Its modular concept enables the combination of digital inkjet printing with optional in-line capabilities such as coating, cold foil application, rotary die-cutting, creasing and perforating.
Digitally printed packaging worldwide will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of roughly 16 percent between 2015 and 2020. Within that, digitally printed folding cartons will see a CAGR of 40 percent. The KBA VariJET 106 press brings the benefits of digital printing such as running multiple versions of the same carton as well as customising cartons, opening up new business opportunities for industrial production printers.
‘As a leader in package printing, our customers are confirming that this is exactly the product they need for the market opportunity that exists,’ said Ralf Sammeck, CEO of KBA-Sheetfed Solutions. ‘Xerox’s inkjet technology, coupled with our packaging expertise, combines proven technologies to bring the right product to market at the right time.’
‘By combining digital capabilities like cross media marketing, digital storefronts and automated workflows with those of classic offset printing, our customers will be able to offer new products not seen in the traditional packaging market to their customers,’ said Robert Stabler, general manager, Graphic Communications Business Group, Xerox. ‘The KBA VariJET 106 Powered by Xerox will have the flexibility, format and speed to help print providers capture this growing market opportunity.’
KBA and Xerox will share additional details on the new press concept during presentations at their respective stands at drupa.

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