ABB, 3TControl, HKMB tie up
December 6, 2017

ABB Printing, one of the leading suppliers of automation solutions for the newspaper industry, based in Baden, Switzerland, 3TControl Precision Systems, the Spanish supplier of density control and print automation systems, and European publisher HKMB, which operates 10 newspaper printing plants across Germany and Poland, have entered into a cooperation making 3TControl the global preferred supplier of press register and ink density control systems to ABB Printing.

Says Damian Staedeli, head of ABB Printing, “3TControl has a complete and proven product range for newspaper print automation with successful installations worldwide over the past 10 years. They have had many industry firsts, integrated density and register control, invisible microdot technology, all plate register control and water control and they continue to develop and bring new ideas and functionality to market. This creates real value for printers, and real value and benefits for printers is also what ABB Printing stands for.”

3TControl CEO Ian Banerjee says, ” There are many new benefits we can offer through this cooperation to further help printers with better quality and print cost reductions. 3TControl has continued to push the bar higher and together with ABB we can bring new possibilities to market, not only with new functionality for ABB’s top level production management solution MPS Production, but also for customers that wish to only change the underlying electronics. Like us, ABB believe in bringing to market solutions for printers to get more and more out of their existing presses. Building the best automation solutions for newspapers worldwide is our passion and we look forward to going global with ABB Printing.”

L-r: Ian Banerjee (CEO, 3TControl Precision Systems), Damian Staedeli (head of ABB Printing), and Kurt Uebelherr (CEO, HKMB).

Adds KurtÜbelher, HKMB CEO: “We were first a client looking for automation in an increasingly competitive market. We liked the 3TControl system and company a lot. We are a real publishing and printing organisation looking constantly to be more efficient. We are always trying to get more from our print operations and automation is a key part of that. Our involvement in this cooperation helps generate new user ideas and provides a real world demo room for customers to visit and test-drive the system for themselves.

The cooperation between the companies has already borne fruit with an order placed by Schibsted Media Group’s BergensTidende in Bergen, Norway, for the full integration of the 3TControl press register and ink density control systems with the ABB press control system.

November 2017