Danish Publisher Orders KBA Cortina

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By: E&P Staff

Danish media house Morso Folkeblad, Nykobing Mors, has ordered a Cortina press from KBA. The order marks the second sale in Denmark of KBA’s waterless, keyless, shaftless Cortina.

Morso Folkeblad plans to use the press early next year to switch quickly from coldest newspaper printing to heatset semi-commercial products. “Alongside our own flagship daily we contract print a raft of freesheets, advertising inserts and other products, with the focus on short to medium runs,” Morso Folkeblad Chairman Ejnar Clausen said in a statement. “With the new press we are planning to expand into magazines so as to tap an alternative source of income to compensate for shrinking newspaper circulations.”

“Our broad product spread and increasingly sophisticated customer demands have created a need for much greater flexibility, faster makeready and outstanding color quality,” Clausen continued, adding that the Cortina was chosen for its automatic plate changing, low waste, high output, and ability to print coldset and heatset products with the same inks, which minimizes changeover times.

The 75,000-cph two-around Cortina features a 22-inch cut-off and a maximum web width of 621 inches. The single compact color tower includes automatic color-register controls, blanket washing, a central ink feed, automatic plate change, automatic roller locks and remotely adjustable bearings. The company plans to add a second color tower in the future.

The order includes a Pastomat reelstand and KBA Patras M reel-handling system, jaw folder with two turner bars and two formers, cut-off register controls, heatset dryer with integrated afterburning and various options, among them stitching, perforating or scoring and gluing ancillaries, and delivery as a broadsheet, a tabloid or with a quarterfold. Console controls will feature presetting software.

Morso Folkeblad’s order is the 14th for a Cortina since KBA introduced the press in 2000. Nine press lines, totaling 34 four-high towers, already have gone live.

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