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KBA has tied with RR Donnelley to develop a digital press that will debut at next year's Drupa, forming a partnership both parties expect to "reinvigorate" the industry.

The companies have signed an agreement to develop, manufacturer and sell piezoelectric-based digital inkjet machines for the commercial, newspaper, packaging and security sectors.

Through the partnership, KBA has licensed RR Donnelley's Apollo digital technology to use in its own presses. The culmination of this operation will debut at the 2012 installment of Drupa in Dusseldorf.

According to Helge Hansen, chief executive of KBA, the manufacturer has spent the last 18 months assessing "both current and future digital printing technologies from around the world".

"It's more than a sales and service agreement for existing technology. We look forward to jointly reinvigorating this industry with new digital imaging platforms."