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KBA wins $70 million WAN press deal

Thursday, 11 August 2005
By Print 21 Online Article

The package consists of a Colora press line and a semi-commercial Comet press to replace WAN’s existing Goss installations. The presses are expected to be installed by late 2006, lifting KBA’s presence in Australia to 20 press lines across the newspaper and commercial markets. It previously installed a Comet press at the Gold Coast Bulletin last year.

KBA Australasia managing director Rhys Burton marks the deal as a major achievement for his company, positioning it well within the Australian market. “KBA is has traditionally been perceived by the market as a strong competitor, and this project will only serve to cement that.”

“The market is generally comfortable with a new supplier who is doing well, and there is nothing like securing this level of business to reinforce those perceptions,” Burton says.

(Right: WAN ceo Ian Law, seated right, with KBA’s Walter Schumacher, signing off the $70mill press deal in Perth, watched over from the left by Winfried Schenker, Christine Bötsch and Rhys Burton from KBA, as well as WAN company secretary Bernard Yates).

WAN CEO Ian Law claims KBA snared the installations says because of its post-sales support and willingness to customise the presses. “The combination of double-width Colora and single-width Comet allows plenty of room for growth,” he says. “We think the combination will offer a much broader choice in terms of the types of products we can publish for our own newspapers, or for external customers.”

Clocking in at over $70 million, the complete press package encompasses 24 reelstands, 24 towers with 192 couples, six folders and automated reel handling systems. The parallel configuration of the presses will allow two heatset webs from the Comet to be diverted alongside to the Colora, enabling it to deliver coldset tabs with heatset covers or inner sections.

The Colora four-high tower press line will be engineered for a 578mm cut-off, a web width variable between 1,220mm and 1,728mm and a maximum speed of 75,000 copies per hour. The Comet semi-commercial press will have the same cut-off and a maximum web width of 1,000mm, capable of delivering 64-page coldset tabloids, 96-page coldset/heatset tabloids or 32-page heatset tabloids.

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