ABB's Kirk on team-up with 3TCon­trol, HKMB

Newspapers & Technology Magazine - - Industry Mergers & Acquisitions - ▶ MARY VAN ME­TER PUB­LISHER & EDI­TOR t p

Switzer­land-based ABB Print­ing, 3TCon­trol Pre­ci­sion Sys­tems, a Span­ish sup­plier of den­sity con­trol and print au­to­ma­tion sys­tems, and Euro­pean pub­lisher HKMB have struck a deal mak­ing 3TCon­trol the global pre­ferred sup­plier of press reg­is­ter and ink den­sity con­trol sys­tems to ABB Print­ing. HKMB op­er­ates 10 news­pa­per print­ing plants across Ger­many and Poland. The col­lab­o­ra­tion has al­ready pro­duced re­sults, with an or­der placed by Schib­sted Me­dia Group’s Ber­gens Ti­dende in Ber­gen, Nor­way, for full in­te­gra­tion of the 3TCon­trol press reg­is­ter and ink den­sity con­trol sys­tems with the ABB press con­trol sys­tem. News & Tech pub­lisher Mary L. Van Me­ter asked Stephen Kirk, ABB's head of mar­ket­ing for print­ing, what to ex­pect from the part­ner­ship.

News & Tech: How do cus­tomers of ABB and 3T ben­e­fit from the co­op­er­a­tion?

The mea­sure­ments from the 3T sys­tem can give the ABB con­trol and press man­age­ment sys­tems very valu­able in­for­ma­tion about the be­hav­ior of

Kirk:

the press. For ex­am­ple, as the 3T sys­tem mea­sures reg­is­ter de­vi­a­tions for ev­ery page, we can build up a pic­ture of in­ac­cu­ra­cies in the plate mount­ing and com­pen­sate for this in the po­si­tion­ing of the page im­age on the plate.

News & Tech: Is the re­la­tion­ship be­tween ABB and 3T exclusive?

No, both com­pa­nies are free to work with other sup­pli­ers, but it is only with the com­bi­na­tion of ABB and 3T that all the tech­ni­cal benefits can be achieved.

Kirk:

News & Tech: What at­tracted ABB and 3T to each other?

At ABB, we are con­vinced that 3T has the best tech­ni­cal so­lu­tion for reg­is­ter and ink den­sity con­trol. The fact that news­pa­per printer HKMB was so im­pressed with the sys­tem that they de­cided to in­vest in the com­pany was a very pos­i­tive sign for ABB. Look­ing in the other di­rec­tion, 3T de­cided that ABB has a fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity that no other sup­plier has.

Kirk:

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