Koenig & Bauer Unveils Next Generation Packaging Press

Koenig & Bauer Unveil Next Generation Press

The Koenig & Bauer XD Pro CI Flexo next generation press has been launched to meet market demands for short-run production agility for added-value sustainable flexible packaging. 

Designed for cost-efficient premium print quality on a wide range of printing widths from 1000-1400mm and substrate thicknesses, using solvent and water-based inks at speeds of up to 500m/min, the XD Pro can be configured with 8 colour printing decks as well as with 10. Additional downstream units can provide coating, laminating or patterned lacquering. All processes are completed in a single pass.

Typical printing substrates for the Koenig & Bauer XD Pro CI Flexo press include film, breathable, stretchable and shrinkable laminates and paper in a variety of print lengths ranging from 330-850mm. Customised configurations through modular design incorporate many options, all ensuring an outstanding price-performance ratio.

‘With the trend towards packaging recyclability gathering speed, the focus is on the design and production of the original package in a more sustainable way with thinner and more easily recyclable materials,’ said Christoph Müller, CEO of Koenig & Bauer’s Segment Digital and Webfed division. ‘The XD Pro further expands our portfolio in flexible packaging. We believe it will become the product of choice to overcome many of the market challenges, and we are confident of having significant sales successes.’

Oliver Baar, Koenig & Bauer Digital and Webfed Director of Product Management, Commercial, said, ‘The XD Pro combines almost 50 years of Italian flexo market experience with German engineering. It represents the best in its class and adds value for money to customers by providing outstanding performance reliability, process consistency and versatility from state-of-the-art technology.

‘This is an ideal press conceived to meet just-in-time market requirements for more production agility of short runs, as it features unrivalled ergonomic design with easier accessibility to the print units, plus advanced automation for fast changeover times with minimum waste. The modular design of the new generation, fully automatic, flexographic central impression press allows the combination in-line of different product printing and finishing as well as converting modules incorporating special applications and complementary printing techniques such as rotogravure, offset or digital.’


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