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Rapida sale signals KBA’s Japan commitment

KBA has increased its sales and service activities in Japan with the founding of the new subsidiary KBA Japan Company in Tokyo. The managing director of the new company is Kenneth Hansen who, as CEO of manroland Northeast Asia, was responsible for the Korean and Japanese markets for eight years before moving to KBA.

Tokyo-based packaging printer Taisei will be taking delivery of the first highly automated medium format Rapida 106 in the new year – as an 8-colour press configured to handle both board and plastics films with alternating UV/conventional operation. Taisei prints backlit display graphics for the vending machine industry. The substrates are transparent films (polyethylene) in thicknesses between 0.2 and 0.4mm.

The equipment chosen for the Rapida for Taisei includes the sidelay-free infeed DriveTronic SIS, DriveTronic SPC direct drive technology for simultaneous plate changing, the Plate Ident system for plate identification and automatic pre-registration, CleanTronic UV washing systems and an Emission Extraction System for the delivery.

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