Printers Meet Demand With Offset Investments

Diamond Packaging of Rochester, N.Y. used a Heidelberg 41˝ Speedmaster XL 105 offset press to take first-place honors in the Folding Cartons-Offset category in packagePRINTING’s 2012 Excellence Awards competition.
While maintaining the highest quality of printing standards, large-format offset press manufacturers are helping their customers meet the challenges of flexible and efficient production operations.

Foster Printing Co.

Foster Printing Co., a large-format trade printer based in Santa Ana, Calif., purchased a KBA Rapida 205 81˝ large-format 6-color UV press set for installation in the fourth quarter of 2012. The new press joins two KBA large-format 64˝ presses—a 5-color conventional and a 6-color UV—at the firm’s 46,000 sq. ft. facility.

Established in 1922, the company’s customers include brokers, printers, designers, corrugators, and distributors. The majority of its work is color packaging, POP displays, signage, and posters.

“Over the last four years we have seen tremendous growth in our business,” says Kris Blackburn, VP of sales at Foster Printing. “Sales over the past year and a half have been especially good for us. We constantly had customers asking if we could print anything larger than our 64˝ capabilities. Those customers, along with solid research into new potential customers, pushed us to finally decide on making this important purchase.

“We will now be able to service all of our customers’ offset printing needs,” continues Blackburn. “We plan to capitalize on the ability to print multiple forms for customers—some that may fit our 64˝ KBA presses and others that fit our 81˝ press. It will also give us an advantage in productivity by being able to go multiple up on the Rapida 205 81˝ press where we would only be able to go one-up on the 64˝press.”

Having moved to a new larger facility last year, the company has the space for the new press addition, along with peripheral equipment. This includes a new fully-automated platesetter for the CtP department giving Foster the ability to produce both 64˝ and 81˝plates, and a new automated cutting system. “All of these purchases feature automated systems that will help us turn jobs quickly from pre-production, to press, to post-production,” says Blackburn.

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