KBA appoints Neetzel to provide management support for its CI Flexo Team in Canada and the U.S.

Preston Neetzel.

Koenig & Bauer (KBA) has promoted Preston Neetzel to the position of Director of Flexo Sales. In this new role, he’ll expand his current direct sales responsibilities by providing his proven expertise to KBA’s CI Flexo Team in Canada and the U.S.  During the past 18 months, Neetzel reported to Jeff Dietz, VP of KBA’s Web & Specialty Division as its Technical Sales Manager for Koenig & Bauer-Flexotecnica. With more than 30 years of leadership in the flexible packaging industry, Neetzel became a key contributor to the organization as he brought his vast technical knowledge and experiences to Koenig & Bauer-Flexotecnica customers by helping them choose the best equipment tailored for their specific production needs. He demonstrated strong technical expertise that ensured KBA’s proactive approach and ultimate customer relationship experience. He also provided its flexographic printers with expanded value beyond the specific equipment that was sold and serviced by the OEM.

Prior to joining Koenig & Bauer, Neetzel consulted directly with a variety of North American established and start-up flexible packaging companies providing operational procedures, efficiency reviews and selection of manufacturing equipment. As plant manager of a leading wide-web flexographic and converting packaging firm, Neetzel oversaw all of the manufacturing and warehouse/distribution, as well as the installation of a new flexographic system. He developed professional relationships and worked across scores of different executive and managerial levels– including sales, finance, purchasing, production operations and maintenance. He has also consistently maintained his on-going technical knowledge through professional industry training such as seminars and course work.

Jeff Dietz.

“Since joining Koenig & Bauer in April of 2018, Preston has proven to be a significant asset to our organization and a valued resource to our customers,” said Jeff Dietz, Vice President of the Web & Specialty Division at KBA. “His years of experience in plant management and consulting have translated seamlessly over to a commercial role, providing our customers with a wealth of industry knowledge. He’s demonstrated hands-on experience working with all facets of the flexo process, and has made himself a valued resource for both our customers and our organization.”

Koenig & Bauer (US) is located in Dallas, Texas and is a member of the Koenig & Bauer Group, which was established over 200 years ago in Würzburg, Germany. The group’s product range is one of the broadest in the industry and includes sheetfed offset presses in all format classes, post-press die cutters, folder/gluers, inkjet presses and systems, flexographic presses, commercial and newspaper web presses, corrugated presses, special presses for banknotes and securities, metal decorating, and glass and plastic decorating.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.