…and plannig for more. Final closure is expected in September 2022. Celmacch will operate under the Koenig & Bauer Celmacch name. Company offices and its approx. 50 employees will remain in Desenzano del Garda, Italy
“We have arrived on the market for direct post-printing on corrugated board,” says Koenig & Bauer executive board member Christoph Müller.
“The partnership with Celmacch will allow us to continue to drive innovations in this segment and further strengthen our market position.”
“Ever since the early 1990s, Koenig & Bauer has been building a strong presence in the growing packaging market with its acquisitions. I am convinced that our two companies complement each other perfectly in terms of expertise. Our collaboration as partners is the best prerequisite for successfully expanding our joint business on the corrugated board market,” explains Dr Stephen Kimmich, CFO at Koenig & Bauer.
“Celmacch has been looking for a partner for long-term cooperation and has found one in Koenig & Bauer,” says Luca Celotti, General Manager of Celmacch.
“Our existing product portfolio ideally positions it for further growth. Koenig & Bauer provides us with access to a worldwide sales and service network with more than 2,000 staff. This combination will enable us to establish a more international and therefore scalable market presence.
“As the founding family, we want to actively shape this path together with our new partner and further increase the production capacities at the Desenzano del Garda site.”
Koenig & Bauer, the printing press manufacturer with the broadest product portfolio in the industry, and Celmacch Group S.r.l., one of the leading manufacturers of high board line flexo presses and rotary die-cutters for the corrugated board industry, signed a contract laying the foundations to collaborate on development and marketing activities on the growth market for corrugated board.
For the first phase of the partnership, the focus will be placed on joint sales and service activities, further product development and expansion of the company’s assembly capacities. Koenig & Bauer has secured options to successively increase its stake in Celmacch Group S.r.l. beyond the initial 49 per cent holding.
Celmacch has gathered over 40 years of experience on the growth market for corrugated board, a segment that Koenig & Bauer also caters to with its CorruCUT and CorruFLEX presses. It is a financially healthy company that has increased its turnover to around €20 million since the relaunch of the Chroma product family in 2019.
The Chroma Evo series from Celmacch represents a competitive starting point for ventures in the world of modular rotary die-cutters and flexo printing presses, while the Chroma High Tech models satisfy demands for high levels of automation.
The CorruCUT and CorruFLEX presses from Koenig & Bauer stand for high performance in the production of both die-cut corrugated boxes and printed corrugated sheets, and define the standards in terms of automation and performance.
There are plans to unite all the different models under the shared product name Chroma. This will make Koenig & Bauer Celmacch the only supplier with presses to cover all price and performance classes.