Leonhard Kurz acquires finishing machinery business from Steinemann
The coating manufacturer Leonhard Kurz (Fürth, Germany) has taken over the print finishing division of the Swiss mechanical engineering company Steinemann Technology. In future, the division will be managed as an independent subsidiary under the Kurz umbrella. Kurz intends to maintain and expand its location in St. Gallen; products will continue to be sold under the Steinemann brand and complement the Kurz Digital Metal product family. The Steinemann range of finishing machines is to be continued in its entirety and supplemented by additional services. The current range includes the Colibri full-surface coating system with roller unit for UV coating and the dmax digital inkjet coating system for spot and relief coating, which can be expanded to include the dfoil module for digital metallization.
Kurz has been involved in the development of digital finishing since the beginning of the decade. The company already offers two machine concepts for digital metal effects, the DM-Jetliner series for finishing integrated into the printing process and the DM-Luxliner for independent offline metallization before or after colour printing. With the Steinemann solutions, the company is expanding its portfolio to include offline systems for fast and efficient finishing of B1 and B2 format sheets. The dmax machine with dfoil module also allows sheets to be coated and metallized in a single pass.
Ljubisa Drinic, head of the business area application at Kurz, explains: "Kurz is a pioneer of digital finishing. Long before there were solutions from other manufacturers, we developed our first machines and brought them to market. With the integration of Steinemann, we will continue this pioneering achievement. Steinemann machines deliver unique product quality and a high industrial standard of digital finishing, which we consider to be the market leader. The new Kurz subsidiary will combine the Swiss engineering services with our comprehensive know-how in coating technology".
With its increased involvement in the field of digital finishing machines, Kurz intends to give new impetus to the printing market. "Finishing is a strong response to falling print orders. We are pulling in the same direction with all manufacturers of finishing systems in order to emphasize the importance of printed products," explains Stéphane Royère, head of business area industrial at Kurz. "Kurz does not compete even with an expanded product range. We complement the range of finishing solutions and work together to make the added value of printed matter visible and tangible," says Royère.