On 1 June 2019, Koenig & Bauer announced that its sales and service responsibility for products of the core business units in the Turkish market has been passed to Koenig & Bauer Duran. The decision was followed by the acquisition of Duran’s folding carton business by Koenig & Bauer. It offers existing users and prospective customers of Koenig & Bauer sheetfed and web presses, rotary or flatbed die-cutters and other products and services closer and direct access to the manufacturer.
Tolgahan Toskaya, a specialist in the Turkish print industry, was appointed for the position of general manager with responsibility for sales and service, Koenig & Bauer Duran. The local sales and service teams remain under the leadership of Rolf Köhle and Can Zümrüt, respectively, while staff members are moved to Koenig & Bauer Duran. The sales and service offices were accommodated at the Koenig & Bauer Duran premises in Istanbul.
The objective for expanding sales responsibilities to Koenig & Bauer Duran was to become a market leader in Turkey. The company reports that the major international packaging groups have installed Rapida presses in their Turkish plants. Large-format Rapidas are reported to be the key means of production in Turkish companies such as Barem Ambalaj, Camis Ambalaj, Duran-Dogan, Omkasan and Kombassan. For two years, Turkey has been one of the ten most important markets for sheetfed offset presses for Koenig & Bauer.