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K-1 Packaging Group Adds New Technology From Esko

June 15, 2012
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MIAMISBURG, OH—June 12, 2012—K-1 Packaging Group of City of Industry, CA, is taking business to the next level with the installation of an Esko Kongsberg XL22 digital finishing table and Studio Visualizer software. This latest implementation joins a suite of Esko packaging technology, including the CDI Spark XT, DeskPack software, Nexus workflow, and ArtiosCAD structural design software. K-1 continually looks to Esko for solutions in the packaging arena, and feels that it "is the only supplier in the world that offers true comprehensive integration to packaging design and prepress," says Mike Tsai, president and co-owner of K-1.

A second-generation family-owned company, K-1 was established in 1993 as a duplicator shop with a single used A.B. Dick one-color press. This was the shop's mainstay of production through 1997, when the company's original founders decided to move the business into packaging, following tremors that the Internet was spearheading a migration to a paperless society. While that dire prediction has not yet fully materialized, the shift for K-1 was fortuitous; from its humble beginnings as a small duplicator shop, the company has grown into a successful packaging converting specialist with 88 employees and an annual turnover of $25 million. The company serves clients in the processed food, cosmetics, nutritional and dietary supplements, and personal care products industries.

Running Mark Andy and Nilpeter flexo presses, two KBA Rapida 105 presses, and an HP Indigo WS6000 digital press, K-1 produces folding and litho laminated cartons, rigid set-up boxes, flexible packaging, and pressure-sensitive labels. It also possesses a complete spectrum of finishing capabilities, including foil-stamping, UV coating, embossing, diecutting and folding/gluing.

Until 2003, all of K-1's printing presses were purchased second-hand. That year, K-1 purchased its first brand-spanking new KBA Rapida 105. "It was a historical moment for us," says Tsai. "When it was being installed, my father and uncle, K-1's original founders, were quite emotional about it. The press cost over $2 million and years before, they had wondered whether they would see the day before their retirement that the company could afford a new printing press. And there it was, happening in front of their eyes."

Advanced technology
From there on in, K-1 has continued to make use of the most advanced technology, particularly from Esko. A CDI flexo plate imager, installed in 2004, gave K-1 chemical-free thermal plate processing, a 50 percent reduction in total imaging and processing time, and the ability to image finer and more consistent dots, improving the overall print quality of the image as well as press productivity.


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