Koenig & Bauer (UK) Ltd’s Production Excellence Award is awarded annually to customers who demonstrate production excellence. This year’s prize went to Taylor Bloxham, a company which has not only demonstrated production excellence, but is a poster child for modern, reinvented print businesses.
The award commemorates the commissioning in November 1814, of the first ever power-driven press. It was designed and built by Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Bauer for the Times newspaper in London, speeding up production five fold. More significantly the technology was the foundation for what was to become one of the world’s leading printing press manufacturers.
Koenig & Bauer are also celebrating their own reinvention this year. The company’s KBA 4.0 strategy uses electronics and the internet to provide expanded services for customers, for maintenance and proactive order processing, all based on performance monitoring. KBA 4.0 is what printing in the 21st century is all about, according to Sven Strzelczyk, Koenig & Bauer’s vice president of sales. Mr Strzelczyk (don’t even try to say it out loud) is based in Radebeul, Germany and has been with Koenig & Bauer since 1991, before the Internet’s tentacles started reaching into every aspect of modern life and business.