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Colonial Printing Installs Third Komori Press

Friday, June 23, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

Rolling Meadows, IL, June 22, 2006 – Komori America Corporation, a premier manufacturer of sheetfed and web offset printing presses, today announced that Colonial Printing, a commercial sheetfed printer serving a diversified client base that includes advertising and design agencies, corporate marketing departments and universities, has recently installed a six-color Komori Lithrone S40 press with in-line aqueous coater at its Warwick, RI, facility. Colonial Printing’s need to meet customer requirements, the demands of its growing business and a favorable experience with Komori products and services were all cited as driving factors in choosing the LS40. Having seen its business double in size since installing its first 40” six-color Komori press with coater in 2004, Colonial Printing needed a second, highly automated press to continue its impressive growth. “We have been a Komori house since my father founded the business 31 years ago, but up until 2004 we ran only half-size presses,” said Ken Menna, vice president and co-owner of Colonial Printing. “We have faith in Komori and the service has been outstanding—so there was no question we would buy a Komori this time around. The degree of automation on this press just astounds me. It is a true 16,000 sph printing press—that is a very attractive feature for us. Plus, this press will give us the opportunity to broaden our sales horizons and help market our company.” The advanced automation features available on the new LS40 were of major importance to Colonial Printing. Foremost, among other features, was the skeleton-type transfer system that utilizes an air guide to eliminate marking. “That was a huge thing for us since it minimizes contact points between the sheet and the press—especially on the second pass through the press,” said Menna. “Since 85 percent of everything we print goes through the press two times, removing the potential for tracking and marking from the equation during the second pass is titanic.” Colonial’s applications include annual reports, newsletters, advertising inserts and specialty collateral materials developed by designers. Finished pieces range from 1 x 1 in. hang tags to 27 x 39 in. fine art posters, with most products done in 8 ½ x 11 in. and 11 x 17 in. formats. Colonial’s owners also anticipate significant productivity improvements from the new press. Since its crews are already familiar with the first Komori press, it gives the company flexibility in press crew assignments and it is easier to keep production moving. “After a demo of the new LS40 in Chicago, I was shown all the details and refinements, from ease of wash-up to access to form rollers, that Komori had incorporated in the new press to make it even more productive than our earlier model,” said Menna. “It’s truly a ‘press operator’s press’ that really lets an operator shine. We look forward to a higher level of productivity, with jobs done faster and more impressions delivered each business day. And we are going to be more profitable as a result.” “The refinements that make the newest LS40 presses so easy to use reflect the Komori product improvement philosophy,” said Ken Sabol, vice president of sales for Komori’s Eastern Region. “This is what we mean by our commitment to evolving together with customers.”




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