KBA and Esko strengthen partnership

Koenig & Bauer (KBA) and Esko, both global leaders in the field of packaging printing, recently agreed to further strengthen their partnership. To this end, colour management and workflow solutions from Esko were recently installed at the Koenig & Bauer Customer Centre in Radebeul, Germany and are now available for live presentations. As a solutions provider to the packaging industry, press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer sees Esko as a strong partner when it comes to process-integrated workflow solutions. Accordingly, it’s showcasing Equinox colour management technology, which enables printing with an extended colour gamut, with the necessary RIP architecture being provided by Esko’s Imaging Engine. One of the benefits of an extended colour gamut is that printers can avoid the constant wash-ups that traditionally accompany the use of spot colours. Also, job changeover processes are accelerated and extra production time is gained. This is an especially intriguing option for packaging printers, said the companies. A growing number of brand owners today are accepting the use of an extended colour gamut as an alternative to company-specific or product-specific spot colours. So, it’s all the more important for both companies “to present practically-integrated pre-press and print solutions that meet the highest quality standards.”

However, a wider gamut alone is not sufficient. For the overall process, the stability of all relevant print parameters is also essential. With its advanced measuring and control systems, KBA offers “ideal pre-requisites” for a stable process even over long runs and for repeat jobs. “Packaging printers who come to the Koenig & Bauer Customer Centre can, in the future, not only become acquainted with the latest print and finishing technologies, but also obtain a more comprehensive overview of the integrated process and the range of workflow solutions for packaging production,” said the company. Esko will likewise be using the new presentation opportunities in Radebeul to inform its own customer base.



Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.