Koenig & Bauer group – Growth in packaging printing markets

GERMANY • Driven by strong security press business and growth in packaging printing markets, order intake in the Koenig & Bauer group rose by 4.4% over the previous year to €943.2m in the first nine months of 2018. Group revenue came to €788.8m but fell short of the previous year’s figure of €847.7m.

Despite the growth in flexible packaging printing, order intake for Digital & Web was up only slightly on the previous year’s figure due to fewer orders for newspaper and digital printing presses. Together with market-entry and growth-related expenses for corrugated board and flexible packaging, the lower revenue exerted pressure on EBIT in this segment.

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Additional growth offensive 2023
Describing the so-called additional growth offensive 2023, CFO Mathias Dähn says: “For a stronger profitable growth, we want to actively exploit the currently available market opportunities in corrugated board printing, flexible packaging and 2-piece can decorating alongside our service initiative. The same thing applies to marking & coding and postpress equipment such as rotary and flatbed die-cutters. Based on an addressed total market volume of currently around €2bn p.a. for machines, these business fields are expanding at annual rates of between 2% and 10% as they are benefiting from growth in consumer spending and demand for packaging around the world as well as long-term trends such as e-commerce, more sophisticated packaging and smaller sizes due to more single-person households.“

„With newly developed products such as CorruCUT, CorruFLEX and CorruJET for corrugated board printing, CS MetalCan for 2-piece can decorating and the Rapida RDC 106 rotary die-cutter, we want to stand out from the competition with improved total cost of ownership, shorter make-ready times for ever more frequent job changes, greater ease of operation and high production output. The same thing also applies to our new and enhanced products for flexible packaging printing, flatbed die-cutters and marking & coding.”

Management board change
The supervisory board has appointed its member Dr Andreas Pleßke to the management board for five years with effect from 1 December 2018 for managing the Special segment. His area of responsibility also includes the optimisation of the internal production network. Furthermore, the company has been able to find Prof Dr-Ing Raimund Klinkner as his successor to the supervisory board.

The Koenig & Bauer group – with annual revenue of over €1.2bn and 5,700 employees – describes itself as a global market and technology leader in security printing and in important packaging printing markets.

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