The successful world première saw orders for sheetfed offset presses in all format classes, and numerous orders received for the Rapida 105 in particular. The event was one of the best tradeshow results ever for the German press manufacturer in China. Koenig & Bauer showcased its extensive product and service portfolio on a stand of over 1,000 square metres. The Rapida 105 unveiling was one of the highlights of the tradeshow, and also caused a stir among trade-only printers. Visitors were impressed by demonstrations performed on the new medium-format press (maximum sheet size 720/740 mm x 1,050 mm), with its high production output and fast job changeovers. The first two days saw several companies sign purchase contracts, and by the time the event ended, many more orders were received from printers across China. Along with the medium-format models, considerable interest was also shown in Koenig & Bauer’s large-format sheetfed offset presses from the Rapida 145 and Rapida 164 Series. This, said Koenig & Bauer, can be attributed to specific demands for high-quality packaging, especially for mobile telephones and other electronic products.
The Rapida 105’s long list of features adopted from other medium-format series presses – such as the feed table with a single suction belt, extensive pre-set capabilities, and comprehensive measuring and control systems – helped to make the Rapida 105 a crowd favourite. Walter Zehner, CEO of Koenig & Bauer Greater China, added: “The Rapida 105 has been very popular with our Chinese customers for several decades. The new generation was developed in accordance with their particular needs, and is geared specifically to the challenges that arise in everyday print production operations.” Due to extensive configuration options and wide substrate flexibility, the new generation 105 is considered an ideal choice for packaging, commercial and even label printing.