Based in Dobruška, near Hradec Králové, Grafitec employs 400 people. Over the past few years Grafitec has focused considerable resources on product development, driving year-on-year sales growth of over 50 per cent in 2004.
Key markets for its Polly Prestige and Polly Performer presses for a sheet size of 520 x 740mm and 485 x 660mm respectively have been Europe and the United States.
At drupa 2004, the company launched a new generation of the Polly Prestige 74DE for two, four, five or six colours plus optional coater, with which it is targeting medium-sized printers and further expansion in Latin America and Asia.
Grafitec’s product line will complement KBA’s Rapida 74, Rapida 74 G and 74 Karat whose higher level of automation, broader choice of substrates (including plastic and board), inline finishing options and configurations (long perfectors) address the high end of the market.
The Polly series targets small to medium sized printshops, printers in emerging markets and new players in the classic multicolour commercial market – three areas where KBA sees enormous potential for growth.
Petr Skrla, Grafitec’s CEO, comments: “The transaction gives Grafitec a strong parent company with significant financial, R&D and distribution resources. This will allow the company to continue its impressive sales performance and improve its manufacturing base, while maintaining its strong customer focus".
Says Albrecht Bolza-Schunemann, president and CEO of KBA, “Grafitec strengthens our strategic position in small-format presses and our market position in Central and Eastern Europe. We believe we will be able to continue to service and further grow Grafitec’s customer base".