Costa Rican Customer Extends KBA Comet, Adds Sheetfed Presses

By: E&P Staff

Four years after purchasing an eight-tower KBA Comet singlewide press with heatset capability, Grupo Naci?n, San Jos?, Costa Rica, ordered two additional towers, as well as three sheetfed presses, its first from KBA.

KBA is providing a complete service package embracing staff training, preventive maintenance and the supply of spare parts.

The Comet extension will allow the company to increase page counts of its four dailies — the recently launched tabloid La Teja and university paper La vuelta en U, and its established titles, La Naci?n and El D?a. The heatset capability is used during the day to print contract work that includes catalogs and flyers.

The sheetfed purchase consists of identical new-generation Rapida 105 B1 five-color presses, each with coater, double extended delivery, shaftless feeder, no-sidelay SIS infeed, automatic plate changing, Technotrans Inkline ink pumping, and board, UV and hybrid printing capabilities. The Rapidas will replace four presses from other manufacturers. Grupo Naci?n chose the Rapidas to meet rising demand for inline-coated UV and hybrid printed products, and it aims to expand into coated magazines and commercial products, including work on heavier stock.

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