KBA strengthens its presence in the packaging market
Following the entry into the digital print market at Drupa 2012 with an own product, the Koenig & Bauer Group has strengthened its footing in the market for packaging with the acquisition of two companies in recent months.
This segment benefits from increasing levels of prosperity, consumption and the trend towards self-service markets in rapidly expanding industrial countries such as China, India, Brazil and Turkey. KBA is the longstanding market leader in printing systems for folding carton and metal packaging with its sheetfed offset facility in Radebeul near Dresden and subsidiary KBA-MetalPrint in Stuttgart.
KBA entered the expanding niche market for directly decorating luxury glass packaging and other hollow containers with the majority takeover of Kammann Maschinenbau in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany, concluded at the beginning of September. Following a long period of negotiations, the majority acquisition of Italian press manufacturer Flexotecnica based in Tavazzano near Milan was finalised in early December. This paves the way for the broadly-positioned press manufacturer into the key print market for flexible packaging (especially films). Next year the two youngest KBA subsidiaries will be renamed KBA-Kammann and KBA-Flexotecnica. Both companies have a total of some 280 employees in development and engineering, assembly, sales and service, while most of the manufacturing activities have been outsourced. Together the firms generate annual sales in the mid-double-digit million euro range.