Koenig & Bauer Durst launches VariJET 106

Koenig & Bauer Durst GmbH has introduced the VariJET 106 modular single pass sheetfed digital printing press for the folding carton market. Launched at Radebeul, near Dresden, the press has been jointly developed by Koenig & Bauer and Durst.

Beta testing is due to start in the coming weeks andthe first units of the VariJET 106 are due to be installed at customer sites in Europe and America in the second half of 2022.

The B1 5,500sph press combines the best of both worlds – digital inkjet and classic offset printing and is based on water-based inkjet processes. The VariJET 106 platform is based on Koenig & Bauer’s standard Rapida 106 platform and Durst printhead electronics, inkjet expertise and Durst workflow and RIP technology which includes Durst Analytics, Smartshop and Workflow.

Using 7 color water-based food compliant inkjet technology (CMYK plus orange, green and violet), the VariJET 106 is suitable for food applications that meet the stringent requirements for food safe primary packaging utilizing proprietary water-based ink technology. The VariJET 106 can produce personalized and individualized print products or alternate between short and medium runs.

Robert Stabler, Managing Director, Koenig & Bauer Durst, said: “This world premiere marks a proud moment – and what a journey it has been! We are really excited by the progress we have made and the opportunities with our VariJET 106 despite these testing times. We have beta sites at an advanced stage of planning. These potential customers already have a vision for mass customization will be working with us in partnership Feedback from our customers is that shorter run lengths, mass customization and the need to be more agile are the compelling reasons for moving to digital production.

“Successful companies need to be able to embrace the trends that are occurring and offer solutions. Brand owners continually want their products to stand out, require shorter lead times, while at the same time eliminate waste and conform to sustainability and track-and-trace requirements. Brand owners are also looking to ensure the new production methods are reliable, compliant and cost effective while converters need to have the capabilities and competencies to mass customize without any compromise on quality. We deliver on this” he adds.

The VariJET 106 is the first product jointly and developed by Koenig & Bauer and Durst. Already in production and part of the Koenig & Bauer Durst portfolio are the Delta SPC 130 Series and the CorruJET 170 Series – aimed at corrugated packaging.

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