KBA-MetalPrint is a member of the Koenig & Bauer Group (KBA). As a global systems provider to the metal packaging industry, KBA-MetalPrint offers solutions for the decoration of two- and three-piece cans. The portfolio for the three-piece market includes printing presses and coating machines, as well as drying ovens and exhaust air purification systems.
The objective of the partnership between Sun Chemical and KBA-MetalPrint on the three-piece market is close cooperation in all matters relating to printing inks. The refers not only to the future inclusion of inks from Sun Chemical into the starter kits supplied with MetalStar 3 and Mailänder 280 metal decorating presses, but also professional support.
The starter kits for MetalStar 3 and Mailänder presses include either the high-performance UV ink series DAICURE 5LM, the conventional ink series SunTrio DAIMETAL or the highly flexible SunTrio TOBA series, depending on the particular needs.
Sun Chemical and KBA-MetalPrint have recognized that there is significant demand for close and long-term process technology support among users who have purchased a new, high-tech printing press and are now setting out to utilize their expanded production capacities. Together, they will be working on further optimization of the customer’s installations from both the technical and application-related perspectives.
A further objective of the new cooperation is to drive specific developments in printing inks tailored to the special needs of the metal decorating market. The strategic global partnership covers also joint marketing activities in connection with trade fairs and customer events, such as the KBA-MetalPrint Symposiums with subsequent presentation of a new 6-color UV MetalStar 3, which were held at metal packaging specialist Pirlo in Kufstein, Austria.
The cooperation agreement with Sun Chemical was announced at METPACK 2017 in Essen. From left, Carlo Musso, corporate VP and group managing director Southern Europe; Rudi Lenz, president and CEO Sun Chemical; Ralf Gumbel, managing director KBA-MetalPrint; Klaus Schmidt, marketing director KBA; Yoshiyuki Nakanishi, president DIC Corporation; Hideo Ishii, director DIC Corporation; Felipe Mellado, chief marketing officer and board member; Inaki Llona – global business leader, Metal Deco Inks.
The starter kit for the MetalStar 3 now includes inks from Sun Chemical.