“Move X-treme. Discover your possibilities” – This is the umbrella theme under which ACTEGA Terra, Koenig & Bauer and Sappi have continued their successful joint calendar project over the last few years. The new 2018 calendar, hot off the press, depicts athletes who push themselves to their limits, whether in speed skating, white water kayaking or motocross. Steely resolve and perfect preparation can lead to outstanding sporting success. The rewards: strong emotions, a great deal of public interest and the satisfaction of having accomplished something extraordinary. These are reactions similar to those experienced by three companies from the worlds of speciality papers, quality printing and overprint varnishes for high-quality finishing as they produce their annual calendar.
Choosing a theme is usually the first step when planning a calendar. Previous themes have included exotic landscapes, distant cities, underwater worlds, animals and textures. For the 2018 edition, the team was once again on the lookout for images that express activity and inspire emotion. The images also needed to be suitable for high-quality finishes using varnish. As in previous years, the brilliant white cellulose carton Algro Design from Sappi was chosen as the substrate. This choice sets the calendar apart from the commodity printing paper typically used for calendar production.
“Across all 12 months, ‘Move X-treme’ takes the viewer into the world of performance athletes and extreme sports. We have once again purposely kept the calendar section quite small since the focus of the product is not its function as a calendar, but rather, its role as high-quality wall decoration and a presentation medium,” explains Timo Kondziela, Marketing Director at ACTEGA Terra GmbH. The calendar is a look book for high quality print, combining varied varnish effects and technologies designed to inspire companies to apply the those same inline finishing processes to their own projects.
ACTEGA Terra who want to give its premium calendar a look that would truly set it apart; for that reason, Sappi Algro Design Card cellulose carton, made from fresh fibres, was chosen as an ideal substrate for high-end applications, guaranteeing maximum precision and consistent high quality. Its bright white finish and consistent surface enable clearer, livelier printed images, ensuring increased contrast while giving an impression of greater space.
Sven Kretzschmar, Process Engineer and Finishing Expert at KBA-Sheetfed, says, “Producing the ACTEGA calendar presents a great opportunity for all parties to jointly develop, test and implement innovative inline finishing processes. Algro Design is a high-quality material that shows finishing effects off to their best advantage. The better the coating of the carton board, the more impressive the effect. And Algro Design ticks all those boxes.”
The 82 x 58.5 cm calendar was produced at Koenig & Bauer in Radebeul, using a six-colour Rapida 105 PRO sheetfed offset press with twin coaters. This modern medium format printer is able to execute nearly all finishing processes except screen printing, which was added offline. For the calendar, many sheets required multiple processes in order to realise the desired varnish effects.
‘Move X-treme’ is a limited edition calendar and is not for sale. More than 5,000 copies have been produced and distributed to customers and business partners as a high-quality gift and coveted collector’s item.
As in previous years, additional inspirational information on the inks used, the production and finishing details as well as the history behind the images is available on the microsite "www.calendar-insights.de".
About ACTEGA Terra
ACTEGA Terra GmbH, headquartered in Lehrte, Germany (near Hanover), is Europe's market leader in overprint varnishes. Specialising in water-based coatings, UV coatings, special effect coatings and coatings based on sustainable raw materials, ACTEGA Terra develops and produces a wide product range for packaging, labels and commercial printers. The company offers coatings for carton, paper, films and more, which can be used in offset, screen and flexo printing. www.actega.com/terra
KBA-Sheetfed Solutions AG & Co. KG headquartered in Radebeul near Dresden is the business unit at Koenig & Bauer Group responsible for the sheet-fed offset press market segment. As a subsidiary of Koenig & Bauer AG, KBA-Sheetfed Solutions undertakes the development, sales, design and after-sales service for Rapida systems, from half to super-sized formats, including consulting and training. The company is a recognised market and technology leader in large format and packaging printing. In medium format, too, the world's second-largest sheetfed press manufacturer is setting the standards for make-ready times, printing performance, new processes and user-oriented machine configurations. www.koenig-bauer.com
Sappi Europe SA is the leading European producer of coated fine paper used in premium magazines, catalogues, books and high-end print advertising. The company has its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Sappi Europe is renowned for innovation and quality. Its graphic paper brands include Magno™, Quatro™, Vantage™, Royal, Galerie™ and GalerieArt™ ranges. Algro®, Leine®, Parade® and Fusion® are the brands for innovative solutions of speciality papers and boards.
Sappi papers are produced in mills accredited with ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification and EMAS registration for all our mills in the EU. Sappi European mills hold chain-of-custody certification under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) and/or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™) schemes.
Sappi Europe SA is a division of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with 12,000 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries, sales offices in 50 countries, and customers in over 150 countries around the world. Learn more about Sappi at www.sappi.com.