1 March 2011
KBA announces inkjet development deal with R.R. Donnelley
TORONTO—Things are moving in the digital market with several new deals having recently been announced.

Press manufacturer KBA has revealed it’s entering into a deal with R.R. Donnelley to develop, manufacture, and sell piezoelectric inkjet products for the packaging, commercial and newspaper markets.

R.R. Donnelley, the giant U.S.-based print shop, has been developing its own inkjet technology for some time. KBA, which announced some time ago it was working on a digital strategy, says its new inkjet press will be unveiled at Drupa in 2012.

This marks the third recent announcement regarding digital arrangements. In late February Heidelberg announced it will distribute Ricoh digital presses to complement its Anicolor press. A few days ago, Kodak and Konica Minolta also announced a global distribution deal, which at this time does not apply to Canada.

The full text of the KBA release follows:

RR Donnelley & Sons Company (NASDAQ:RRD) and Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) of Wurzburg, Germany announced today an agreement to develop, manufacture and sell next generation piezoelectric digital inkjet printing solutions to the packaging, securities, commercial, and newspaper segments. Under the terms of the agreement, RR Donnelley will license its Apollo and other digital imaging technologies to KBA which will incorporate them into its press offerings. KBA’s new digital press will be introduced in May 2012 at the Drupa international print show in Dusseldorf, Germany. Further details will be published later.

“RR Donnelley and KBA have long been leaders and innovators in our respective industries,” said Thomas J. Quinlan III, RR Donnelley’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to having the combined R&D resources of nearly 1,000 engineers and imaging scientists bring forward the next generation of digital imaging technologies. This relationship will benefit the customers we serve today and enable RR Donnelley innovations to be introduced to customers in segments that we do not yet address.”


“Seeking to expand the industry’s broadest product range, KBA has spent the last 18 months assessing both current and future digital printing technologies from around the world,” said Helge Hansen, CEO of KBA. “In our analysis, it was clear that RR Donnelley was uniquely positioned to partner with us from a digital print technology, experience, and scale perspective. It’s more than a sales and service agreement for existing technology. We look forward to jointly reinvigorating this industry with new digital imaging platforms.”


RR Donnelley (NASDAQ:RRD) is a global provider of integrated communications. Founded more than 146 years ago, the company works collaboratively with more than 60,000 customers worldwide to develop custom communications solutions that reduce costs, enhance ROI and ensure compliance. Drawing on a range of proprietary and commercially available digital and conventional technologies deployed across four continents, the company employs a suite of leading Internet based capabilities and other resources to provide premedia, printing, logistics and business process outsourcing products and services to leading clients in virtually every private and public sector.


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