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KBA Rapida 75 and MBO M80 folder win over Indian printers

KBA and its cooperation partner MBO once again shared a stand at the Indian trade show PAMEX in Greater Noida from 14 to 17 November. This follows the premiere of MBO folders on the KBA stand at Pack Print International in August in Bangkok.

KBA's Indian agency Indo-Polygraph Machinery was also on hand for extra support. Visitors at the show were treated to live print demonstrations of a four-colour KBA Rapida 75 equipped with an M80 folding system from MBO. The demos were well received by the visiting print professionals.

High-quality postcards and posters which were printed live on a slightly larger Rapida 75 for a sheet size of 605 x 750mm (23.8 x 29.53in) were eagerly snapped up. The exhibition press was equipped, among many other features, with central format adjustment, nonstop facilities, CleanTronic blanket and roller washing systems as well as differential drives in the dampening units. The press has a maximum output of 15,000sph. MBO won over print experts with its M80 folding system which was presented live for the first time to an audience of Indian printers. The M80 is currently the most cutting-edge folder in its market segment due to its modular construction and the possibility for it to be extended and automated further at a later date. MBO also presented two KL112.1 small folders from its subsidiary Herzog+Heymann.

With its large population, above-average economic growth rate and huge number of printing firms, India is a key growth region for KBA. The high-performance medium-format Rapida 106 in particular is proving very popular with packaging printers. An example of this is the plinth-mounted Rapida 106 with two coaters for Parksons Packaging. Further big packaging players in the Indian subcontinent to place their trust in Rapida sheetfed offset technology include TCPL Packaging, Sai Packaging and ITC. Along with several contracts completed at Pamex, KBA is expecting a boost to orders after the trade show.

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