WKS Druckholding is investing in the largest commercial web press in the world.

WKS Druckholding is investing in the largest commercial web press in the world. The drupa stand of manroland web systems in Hall 6 does not experience something like this every day of the week: The project involves a dual-web 80-page LITHOMAN with a total paper web width of 4.5 meters representing a 160-page press, making this an exceptional event for all those involved. WKS has now signed the deal with manroland web systems in Düsseldorf. The LITHOMAN shall primarily be deployed in the production of magazines, catalogues and supplements. A competitor‘s press is to be replaced and in future eight manroland rotary presses ranging from 48 to 80 pages shall be in use at both WKS bases in Wassenberg and Essen. With this investment, WKS Managing Director Dr. Ralph Dittmann continues to pursue the path of technological leadership and once again places his trust in Augsburg printing press technology. “Working with manroland web systems has really paid off for us, the LITHOMAN production systems have proved to be highly successful as regards printing stability, quality and most particularly productivity.” Peter Kuisle, a member of the Management team at manroland web systems: “WKS’s confidence in the new manroland web systems affirms and motivates us in our work. We were able to provide suitable high-end solutions to meet WKS’s special requirements in relation to the production process and product diversity.” Back in 2009, the emergence of WKS from the merger of Westend Druckereibetriebe GmbH in Essen and Kraft-Schlötels GmbH in Wassenberg saw the creation of one of the leading web offset printing houses in central Europe. In making this major new investment, Vibro – the financial investor behind the affiliated WKS companies – is setting a mark and as previously announced, is expanding its involvement in the printer market.