Kraft-Schlötels in Wassenberg and manroland web systems again make history by launching the first 120-page and the second 160-page LITHOMAN

Kraft-Schlötels, a sub company of WKS Druckholding, and manroland web systems are looking back on a long and successful partnership with many groundbreaking highlights for the printing industry. Now the two companies have realized another unique project: by combining an existing 48-page with a 72-page LITHOMAN, the world’s first 120-page commercial press started its production in Wassenberg. Furthermore, the second 160-page press has been launched at the same time.

According to this world premiere, WKS gave a big celebration in Wassenberg on May 2nd, 2017. Many customers and suppliers of WKS as well as guests from the politics have been invited. Dr. Barbara Hendricks (Minister for Environment, Nature Protection, Construction and Reactor Safety) arrived from Berlin to give a welcoming speech. In the course of the celebration, there were even two technological highlights that have been presented: the second 160-page press that will enable an even more efficient production in Wassenberg and the world’s first 120-page press.

With these investments, WKS strictly follows the strategy of using latest technologies and therefore again opted for the press technology from Augsburg as for many years now. “The cooperation with manroland web systems has paid off in all respects. All of our LITHOMAN presslines are doing an excellent job regarding production stability, quality and productivity. manroland web systems knows about the demands of the high volume sector. After a very good cooperation and realization of the complex project for the first two 160-page presses, it was totally clear that we again opted for the team from Augsburg to combine our 48- and 72-page presses”, Dr. Dittmann, Managing Director of the WKS Group states.

Within the changing environment of the advertising and media landscape, the printing industry hast to reposition itself constantly. Due to a changing market environment, printing companies have to react with improved business models and production processes. This development needs and supports a pioneering spirit, which manroland web systems and WKS follow with groundbreaking innovations for the high volume printing sector. Due to this pioneering spirit, both companies are amongst the leading of the printing industry.

At the event in Wassenberg: (f.l.) Michael Viehof (WKS Group), Sandra-Sibylle Schoofs (ALDI SÜD), Jeannette Thull (ALDI SÜD), Dr. Paul Albert Deimel (Managing Director bvdm), Dr. Barbara Hendricks (Minister for Environment, Nature Protection, Construction and Reactor Safety), Manfred Winkens (Mayor of Wassenberg), Dr. Ralph Dittmann (WKS Group).

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