Kurz makes Swiss finishing acquisition

Kurz makes Swiss finishing acquisition
Foil solutions supplier Kurz acquires print finishing division of Switzerland-based Steinemann Technology

Kurz, a supplier of foil-based solutions for security and surface decoration, has moved to expand its range in Australia and New Zealand with the acquisition of the print finishing division of Switzerland-based Steinemann Technology.

The division will run as an independent subsidiary with Kurz planning to use the Steinemann brand alongside its own digital metal product family.

Kurz Australia managing director Stephen Pratt says the incorporation of Steinemann marks the next step in Kurz’ continued work in digital foiling technologies.

“Steinemann’s foil machines deliver exceptional product quality, and digital foiling results of a high industrial standard that we consider to be market leading,” Pratt said.

“They offer flat or raised foil with embossing effects at speeds up to 5,000 sheets per hour and up to 40 metres/130 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.”

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 foil 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. This acquisition will allow it to extend its portfolio to include offline systems for finishing B1 and B2 format sheets.

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