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KBA receives more orders

The global success story of the 8-page KBA Comet press from Koenig & Bauer is about to gain a new chapter in Central Africa. The first installation in Cameroon is scheduled to come on stream at Société de Presse et d’Editions du Cameroun (SOPECAM) in the capital Yaoundé in autumn this year. Since the initial launch at drupa 1995 – from the very beginning with shaftless drives on the individual subassemblies – the four-high tower press has clocked up around 200 installations with newspaper, semi-commercial and book printers around the world, in many cases in combination with heatset dryers. The KBA Comet for Cameroon will be engineered for a maximum output of 75,000 cph with a cut-off length of 578 mm (22 ¾ in). The standard web width is 760 mm (29.9 in), though the press will be capable of handling variable widths from 578 to 870 mm (22 ¾ to 34 ¼ in). In addition to 32-page full-colour tabloid products, it will also be possible to print 48-page tabloid newspapers with up to 16 full-colour pages.

Besides, German print and media group Mayer & Söhne in Aichach has become the latest in a long line of customers for KBA’s compact Commander CT. It will be the seventh installation in the country within eight months. In Europe and North America KBA has now sold a total of twenty Commander CT presses or 99 double- and triple-wide towers, some with dryers for semi-commercials. For the Berliner format, the Commander CT will be engineered, with a maximum web width of 1,260 mm (49.6 in) and a 470 mm (18.5 in) cut-off. It will have a maximum output of 47,000 full-colour 32-page copies per hour.

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