The new organisational structure for the business with CI flexo presses is starting to bear fruit – the first two CI flexo presses assembled in Würzburg have left the factory after successful acceptance testing. Within the framework of the P24x efficiency programme, and as part of the plan to establish dedicated competence centres, Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica’s assembly operations were relocated from Tavazzano to Würzburg. The management offices of Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica will remain in Tavazzano, as will the research and development, sales and service, and various administrative units.
According to Koenig & Bauer Board Member Christoph Müller, implementation of the strategic realignment has been a complete success to date: “It really is a perfect example of Italian-German team work. Our Italian colleagues have supported their counterparts here in Würzburg in every possible way. And the same support has been extended in other areas, such as the design, purchasing or project management departments. Here, too, everyone is working hand in hand.”
And that was all achieved despite the fact that the first two presses, an Evo XC for Hovat Limited in the UK and an Evo XD for German company Perga, presented a particular challenge for the entire team: The presses were designed and pre-assembled in Italy before being transferred to Würzburg for final assembly and factory acceptance testing. “Hand-overs like this call for very good communication and the motivation to work together in a team. A passion for engineering and the professional attitude of every single person involved enabled us to complete the presses as planned. I am really proud of the whole team,” Müller added.
The state-of-the-art Evo XD for Perga GmbH with its eight printing units, a new dryer generation and innovative drive and control technologies is tailored to delivering high-quality results on the most diverse substrates. It is suitable for web widths up to 1320 mm and repeat lengths up to 1070 mm. The technical highlights include a high-efficiency, energy-saving ventilation system for the intermediate and bridge dryers. The Evo XC for Hovat Limited is a compact, high-performance CI flexo press. With a total of eight printing units and an extremely small footprint, there are two versions available for a maximum repeat length of up to 850 mm and for printing speeds up to 400 m/min. It also incorporates a new dryer concept and an array of digital Industry 4.0 functions. The press concept is ideal for the profitable production of short and medium runs with film, paper and laminated substrates.