Contract Printer Orders Customized KBA Colora

By: E&P Staff

Colasanto Group’s Rome-based Editorial has ordered a customized KBA Colora three-tower press from Koenig & Bauer AG to provide greater flexibility in printing many titles.

Scheduled to go into production at a contract printing plant in Medicina, near Bologna, at the end of the year, the press will hold three plates across the two-around cylinder rather than the conventional four of a doublewide press, allowing each four-color tower to print 12 broadsheet or 24 tabloid pages per revolution.

With other plants near Milan, Rome and Naples, Colasanto Group prints 40 international, national and local newspapers, as well as various weekly and monthly titles. For proximity to Central Europe, it also has three plants in Belgium.

Like the KBA Continent the group has run at its plant near Rome since 2005, most of the group’s more than 20 presses singelwide, one-around machines. Experience with the Continent led to KBA’s selection for the customized Colora, according Michele Colasanto, head of the Colasanto Group. He further noted that each plate cylinder can accommodate either six single plates or two full-width plates.

The floor-mounted 75,000-copy-per-hour Colora will primarily print tabloid copies and is engineered for the 24.4-inch cut-off, now most common in Italy, according to KBA. Maximum web width is 53 inches. The sale includes three KBA Pastomat reelstands with Patras M reel handling and a KBA KF 3 jaw folder with a two-former superstructure. Control is from an EAE console with diagnostics PC for online remote maintenance.

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