Kurz has acquired the print finishing division of Switzerland-based Steinemann Technology, an international leader in industrial print finishing systems. This acquisition will allow it to extend its portfolio to include offline systems for finishing B1 and B2 format sheets.
Kurz intends to run the division as an independent subsidiary and plans to use the Steinemann brand alongside its own digital metal product family. The company will support the full range of Steinemann print finishing machines, supplementing them with complementary services.
Stephen Pratt, Kurz Australia managing director, said the incorporation of Steinemann is the next step in the Kurz pioneering work in digital foiling technologies. He said, “The Steinemann dfoil machines deliver exceptional product quality, and digital foiling results of a high industrial standard that we consider to be market leading.
“They offer flat or raised foil with embossing effects at speeds up to five thousand sheets per hour, and up to forty metres or one hundred and thirty feet per minute. Their embellishing is of the highest quality with perfect surfaces and the finest structures, and allows digital foiling and varnishing in one run for maximum productivity.
“By extending our product offerings we are expanding the range of available print finishing solutions in Australia and New Zealand, and Kurz will work together with Steinemann to add further value for our extensive customer base,” said Pratt.
Steinemann’s current offerings include the Colibri full surface varnishing unit with roller coater for UV varnish, as well as the dmax digital inkjet varnishing unit for spot and relief varnishing, which can be extended with the dfoil module for digital metallisation.
Kurz already offers two solutions for digital metal effects: the DM-Jetliner series for in-line print enhancement, and the DM-Luxliner for independent, sheet-fed off-line metallisation before or after colour printing.