4 million euros invested - saving almost an extra 25 tonnes of CO2 annually

Since June 2020, the first 10-colour perfecting press in the world, with varnishing unit and push-to-stop operating concept, has been operating at full throttle at B&K, viz. at 18,000 sheets per hour in straight printing and recto-verso. "The latest 2020 generation of the Speedmaster XL 106 is incredibly fast, and saves us up to four hours working time per day", comments Jörn Kalbhenn, Director and Proprietor of B&K. "With this printing press, we greatly reduce losses caused by operating the equipment and running the processes, i.e. waste paper and refuse, taking our efficiency to the next level, right up to autonomous printing", states Jörn Kalbhenn. Simultaneously, B&K reduces CO2 emissions by up to 45 tonnes annually, and thus 30 per cent in comparison to the previous system, with the sheet-fed offset machine by Heidelberg.

As a special feature, the machine has its turn after the fourth printing unit, so that, for example, 4/4-colour plus two special colours plus varnish can be printed. "We often make use of this form of refinement in the production of magazine covers. For finishing covers for magazines such as InStyle, Grazia, Focus, Bunte, Elle, Freundin or TV-Spielfilm, for example, which we produce for well-known publishers", comments Wolfram Oertel, Sales Director at B&K.

Both the installation of the new Speedmaster XL 106-10-P+L and the construction of the consignment warehouse took place during the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring, i.e. under difficult conditions, and the B&K team was instructed to adhere to the corresponding precautionary measures.