The press on show in Bangkok is a new-generation Rapida 75 in a five-color coater configuration with raised foundations to accommodate packaging production with higher piles. Further features of the half-format press include SAPC plate changers, central format setting, CleanTronic Synchro washing systems, and ErgoTronic SpectroDrive for ink density measurements. In a series of production demonstrations, fair visitors will be able to witness the live printing of high-quality posters, maps and brochures, which will subsequently be finished on an M80 folder from MBO. The presentation of the M80 folder on the KBA stand is a first practical outcome of the cooperation agreement concluded between the two companies at China Print in May (see Press Release 13-040 dated 16.05.2013). Specialists from both KBA and MBO will be on hand to answer questions regarding the full range of products and services from the two companies.
For KBA and MBO, Thailand is one of the growth markets in Asia. While other companies are reducing the size of their organisations, managing director Stefan Segger was able to announce the company's best-ever annual result to mark the 10th anniversary of KBA Asia-Pacific in 2012. KBA Asia-Pacific – and in future also MBO – will be supported in future sales and service activities in Thailand by Bangkok-based partner Intergraphics Co. Ltd. The latest sheetfed installations in the region include a six-color Rapida 105 with coater at Printing Solutions in Bangkok, a Rapida 145 at Sahakij Packaging in Bang Khun Thian, and a four-color Rapida 75 at Matichon in Nonthaburi.