KBA-Flexotecnica adds staff, opens Demo and Tech Center, and reports new installations

Jeffrey R. Dietz.
Jeffrey R. Dietz.

KBA-Flexotecnica, a subsidiary of Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA), is bolstering its growth by announcing new staff members, its strong support of North American Flexographic Associations, announcements of ongoing flexographic press installations, and the opening of its new Demo and Print Technology Center at KBA’s Würzburg, Germany headquarters.

Jeffrey R. Dietz, Vice President of KBA’s Web and Specialty Press Division which oversees flexible packaging in North America, added: “As I approach my first year in my capacity, I’m heartened by our growing development of the flexible packaging market. With annual growth rates of 4% to 5%, flexible packaging is the fastest growing packaging segment. Our customers and potential customers recognize that our state-of-the-art presses and our service and training – based here in Dallas, Texas – is critical for their success. We have quality customers who are installing our KBA-Flexotecnica presses at their facilities as we speak. Plus, we have solid plans to increase our market share significantly.”

Mark Cisternino.
Mark Cisternino.

Dietz will be representing KBA-Flexotecnica as a newly-appointed member to the Board of Directors of the Flexographic Technical Association and Board of Trustees of the Foundation of the Flexographic Technical Association. KBA Flexotecnica will also be a formal presenter at the association’s Forum 2018 May 6-9 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“We welcome Jeff to our Board of Directors and Trustees and look forward to his unique perspective that will enhance the efforts of our organization and his important input for the future course of the FTA & FFTA,” said Mark Cisternino, President of the Flexographic Technical Association. “He’ll be an important voice within our governing leadership as we continue to facilitate networking, share ideas, and create innovative industry offerings through our initiatives.”

At its headquarters near Milan, Italy, KBA-Flexotecnica announced that Stefano Squarcina will be joining the company as the new Global Sales and Marketing Director for KBA-Flexotecnica. Squarcina is one of 18 new employees who’ve joined the firm in a technical and sales capacity. This double-digit addition of new hires demonstrates the robust growth of this particular division, said the firm. KBA has also opened a new Demo and Print Technology Center at the company’s Würzburg, Germany headquarters. Customers will be able to evaluate multiple printing platforms, including high speed digital web, high speed sheetfed inkjet, direct to corrugated board, and CI flexo printing technology.

“As KBA North America enters its fifth year in the flexographic market, we’re pleased with the growth we’ve achieved in helping flexographic printers of all shapes and sizes fulfill new customer applications with substrates from flexible to paper to board,” Dietz added. “We see value in the flexographic market, and it’s an important component to the entire Koenig & Bauer organization. Our continual investment in personnel, customer support and a new demo center will enable us to remain a strong presence in this growing market.”

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.