Problem-solving competence through close cooperation between machine builder and converterKoenig & Bauer and BIRKAN strengthen commitment to the consumables segment and introduces new printing blanket

  • Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions and BIRKAN signing a strategic partnership
  • To mark the launch of the new partnership the new “MasterSECURE“ printing blanket is introduced

Pleasure at the conclusion of the strategic partnership between Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions and BIRKAN GmbH (left to right): Tina Floder, Product/Process Manager Consumables Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions, Dominik Sterk, Manager Service Products Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions, Stefanie Klein, Managing Director BIRKAN GmbH, Josef Wittenberger, Managing Director Operation BIRKAN GmbH

In line with the mission of supporting its customers as a full-service provider in all matters relating to the production of banknotes and high-security printing products, Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions is signing a strategic partnership with BIRKAN GmbH to expand its portfolio in the area of consumables and strengthen the ambition of a unique printing ecosystem for the special needs of high-security printers.

Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions will gradually offer its customers optimized and certified consumables.

BIRKAN GmbH, with its almost one hundred years of tradition in the manufacture and finishing of printing consumables, is characterized by its cooperation with internationally recognized suppliers. In this partnership, BIRKAN GmbH is responsible for the procurement and finishing of printing blankets as well as other consumables and advises Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions and its customers in the lean provision of printing blankets and other consumables.

Advantages for you as  customer of Koenig & Bauer BNS:

  • Qualified and certified products (for your K&B BNS machine) from a single source
  • Secure supply chain and stability for production
  • Problem-solving competence through close cooperation between machine builder and converter
  • Strengthened responsiveness to customer requests
  • All-round advice on printing technology issues

To mark the launch of the new partnership, the teams from BIRKAN and Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions are launching the new “MasterSECURE“  printing blanket for the Super Simultan and Super Orlof Intaglio (collector cylinder) machine classes, which was developed and extensively tested as a replacement for the predecessor product discontinued by the manufacturer.

This product is characterized by the following features and thus stands out from the predecessor product:

  • consistent printing results
  • excellent sheet release
  • higher production stability and longer service life
  • excellent print reproduction  
  • sustainability indicators and conformity with EU regulations (manufacturing process)

This product is now available exclusively from Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions. “MasterSECURE“  can be customized for any format and (if needed) equipped with tension bars.

Koenig & Bauer Banknote Solutions is committed to its customers and aims to ensure the best possible production results. The use of consumables certified by Koenig & Bauer is a contribution to stable production with comprehensive support.


Dagmar Ringel
Director Corporate Communications

Friedrich-Koenig-Straße 4
97080 Würzburg

T: +49 931 909-6756

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