KBA says it has held on to leadership in the "upper and highest performance" classes for new newspaper presses, despite a "drastically shrinking" market.
Stefan Segger, who moved from Asia to become sales director at KBA Digital & Web this year, says the company's portfolio is evidence the maker has no intention of surrendering this position: "Against the background of the market developments in newspaper printing, we are quite satisfied with the orders received.
"Further projects are in the pipeline and decisions are expected soon."
He says customer interest centres around flexible presses with practice-oriented automation, offered by KBA's trio of Commander CL, Commander CT and Cortina. "All three presses are new developments launched since the turn of the century, and we are already counting more than 60 installations in Europe, America and Asia," he says.
The last 12 months have seen orders received from Mittelrhein Verlag in Koblenz for a further Commander CT 6/2, from Mitteldeutsche Zeitung in Halle and Druck-und Pressehaus Naumann in Gelnhausen for two Commander CL presses, and from CPI on the island of La Réunion for a waterless KBA Cortina. In addition Coldset Printing Partners in Paal-Beringen, Belgium, placed an order for two double-width Cortina presses earlier this month.
This year, a Commander CL went on stream at Aschendorff in Münster, and a second press of this type will be starting production at Oppermann Druck und Verlags-GmbH in Rodenberg this month.