KBA, Durst to create digital packaging press

KBA, Durst to create digital packaging press
VariJet Press for digital folding carton printing planned for drupa 2020 debut

 KBA and Durst are undertaking a new joint venture, based in Germany, to develop, manufacture, and distribute water-based, single-pass digital printing presses for folding carton and corrugated board.

The press created under the joint venture, VariJet, is set to be debuted at drupa 2020, while the ink and service business around the press will be handled by KBA and Durst under the agreement.

Claus Bolza-Schünemann, CEO, Koenig & Bauer, says, “We are looking forward to joint innovations and further developments in future-oriented digital printing technology for folding carton and corrugated board, and not least to the added value this will offer to our customers. With its wealth of existing know-how, extensive inkjet experience and high-quality solutions, Durst Phototechnik AG is the ideal partner with whom to pursue the defined objectives. As digital printing pioneers, the company has been developing inkjet applications for 25 years, successful across digital printing on ceramics, textiles and corrugated board.”

Christoph Gamper, CEO, Durst, says, “Durst is a technology leader in the field of inkjet printing and has already contributed to the digital transformation of production processes in various branches. In the printing industry and in surface decoration, in particular, Durst printing systems are deemed to set the standards with regard to print quality and productivity.

“The partnership with Koenig & Bauer now opens up new prospects, as Koenig & Bauer commands not only engineering expertise, but also good access to the market. By combining our know-how, we are in an ideal position to develop and offer fully automatic production lines and will thus also be able to contribute to digital transformation in the folding carton and corrugated industry."

Source: Australian Printer

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