Koenig & Bauer launches new Rapida 105 generation
Koenig & Bauer has premiered a new generation of Rapida 105 sheetfed offset presses at China Print 2021. In a series of practice-oriented live shows each day, a demonstration of the six-colour coater press with extended delivery (max. sheet format 720/740 × 1,050 mm) was held. It will used for producing a broad spectrum of products on board (high-quality folding cartons and door hangers) and paper (landscape and animal posters).
The press was designed based off the Rapida 106 and Rapida 106 X series, and is distinguished by the upgrades to its automation components, increased printing speeds and a host of Rapida-typical design solutions. The sheet guiding system is a component that has undergone further optimisation. The upgrades will equip print companies to master current and future challenges in equal measure.
It has high substrate flexibility (0.06 – 0.7 mm as standard, or up to 1.2 mm with an optional package for board handling or corrugated substrates) and a wide range of configuration options with up to eight printing units, as well as perfecting units for 4-over-4 production, inline coating facilities, cold foil units, web-to-sheet feeders and multiple logistics options.
Targeted at commercial, packaging and label printers, the Rapida 105 will enable print companies to make their products even better and more flexible than ever before. In addition, a range of systems for register and colour measurement and control, as well as production monitoring with QualiTronic PrintCheck, guarantee perfect print quality.
China – a key sheetfed offset market
Koenig & Bauer is currently reaping the benefits of positive post-pandemic economic developments in China. Sheetfed offset presses of the Rapida series are extremely popular on the Chinese market, and demand for them has remained stable for several months now. The majority of the new investments are being made by larger print companies at present.
“The new Rapida 105 generation is the right product at the right time,” said Dietmar Heyduck, senior VP of Sales at Koenig & Bauer Sheetfed. “It is characterised by both the latest technologies and an ultramodern design.”
The current trend emerging in China tends to favour sheetfed offset systems with six or more colours and inline finishing options. Alongside highly complex equipment variants, customer demands primarily focus on automation solutions for faster makeready and for boosting production efficiency.