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Heidelberg USA Announces New Product Installation Report

Friday, September 29, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

KENNESAW, Ga. – September 29, 2006 – Heidelberg USA announces the following sample of new product installations: Paulson Press Turns Up the Speed with New Speedmaster XL 105 from Heidelberg Paulson Press, a full-service general commercial printer located in Elk Grove Village, Ill., recently added a 6-color Speedmaster XL 105 to its all-Heidelberg pressroom. According to company President Ben Letto, the ultra-productive XL 105 is helping Paulson serve its clients better and faster – critical capabilities for a company where “Every sheet of product that goes out the door is a part of me,” Letto says, adding, “If you don’t react quickly to your customers’ needs, you get left behind.” While the XL 105 has been fully up and running for only a few weeks, it has already more than doubled Paulson’s throughput of brochures, direct mail and flat envelope printing. “It’s like having a big monster to feed,” Letto says, adding that the company runs the new press at least five days a week, around the clock to keep up with demand. Paulson also operates a pair of 40” Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 102 perfectors, one 5-color and one 2-color; a Suprasetter computer-to-plate device with Heidelberg Saphira thermal plates; as well as three Stahlfolders and two POLAR paper cutters. With 32 employees, the family-run company serves a diversified clientele throughout the Chicagoland area. Colorado Printing Co. Takes on New Challenges with Ease with Speedmaster SM 102 Dan Thurlow, CEO of Colorado Printing Co., is not one to back down from a challenge. Instead of halting production on his shop’s presses while moving to a new 146,000-sq.-foot facility in Grand Junction, Colo., Thurlow and partner Mike Antonucci installed Heidelberg’s 8-color Speedmaster SM 102 with perfector in his new location to ensure continued production during the transition. The shop’s demand has increased so much that both the new SM 102 and the shop’s existing 10-color SM 102 are currently running at maximum speeds, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “The SM 102 is extremely reliable,” said Antonucci. The new press with the Preset Plus Feeder and Delivery has provided an increase in capacity – more capacity from one press than the shop was experiencing with two older presses. Colorado Printing Co. uses almost all Heidelberg products and equipment in both prepress and press, including a 10-color Speedmaster SM 74 and 5-color SM 74 with aqueous coater. “What makes our partnership with Heidelberg work is a combination of good equipment and great service,” said Thurlow, who currently has more than 100 employees. Thurlow and Antonucci also use Heidelberg’s systemservice 36plus. “We are 250 miles from any big city, so quick service is important for us,” they said. Founded in 1947, Colorado Printing Co. is an all four-color commercial printer, specializing in marketing materials and brochures for special interest publications and real estate companies. AJ Images Finishes Ahead with New Bindery Equipment from Heidelberg AJ Images, a printing, bindery, and electronic prepress imaging center located in Roselle, N.J. has turned to Heidelberg to upgrade its postpress equipment. After installing a POLAR 115 XT high-speed cutter last year, the company has now added a Stitchmaster ST 270 saddlestitcher. The new Stitchmaster has brought increased run speed, efficiency, and versatility – all with faster makeready times. This enables AJ Images to be more competitive on short-run, long-run, and more complex jobs. Vice President of Marketing and Sales Arnold Grebel reports that the Stitchmaster ST 270’s pockets are easy to set and the reject caliber, stitcher section and trimmer work flawlessly at any speed. The ST 270 is quieter than any of the other machines in the shop. “We now can handle many complex stitching jobs - pocket folder covers, douglegate folded inserts, reverse rollfolded signatures and even single page inserts with ease,” said Greebel. AJ Images serves a wide range of customers, from high-end corporate clients and advertising agencies, both locally and nationally, to state government agencies. Founded in 1967 by Arnold and Janet Greebel (president), AJ Images currently has 28 employees and is a female-owned and family-run business. Warneke Paper Box Company Speeds Ahead with New Speedmaster CD 102 from Heidelberg Warneke Paper Box Company in Denver, Colo. helps its customers stand out from the crowd with the jobs it produces on its new Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102 8-color with coater and full UV capabilities. According to Owner Steve Warneke, since the installation of the CD 102, the shop has increased productivity by 35 percent with quicker makeready times and faster run speeds. Warneke runs the CD 102 at full speed 50 percent of the time, depending on what kind of board is being used. “The CD 102 has the more automated Preset Plus feeder and delivery, and switches between different substrates quickly,” said Warneke. The all-Heidelberg shop has relied on Heidelberg equipment since it was founded in 1907, including its current 6-color and 2-color Speedmaster CD 102s with coater and 6-color Speedmaster CD 74. “All Heidelbergs print perfectly,” Warneke said. “We even have an 18-year old Heidelberg press that still registers sharp dots.” This specialty printer’s 68 employees produce packaging materials for high-end national clients in the pharmaceutical, medical, food and cosmetic industries. In order to produce high-quality materials, the shop uses foil laminate, foil-type boards and foil stamping boards along with UV and conventional inks and the automatic ink supply system InkLine from Heidelberg. Docuplex Expands, Moves in Speedmaster SM 52 and Printmaster QM 46-2 When Docuplex Graphics, a general commercial printer in Wichita, Kan., moved into a new building in June, it also installed a pair of new Heidelberg presses: a Speedmaster SM 52 5-color perfector with aqueous coater and a 2-color Printmaster QM 46. “New building, new market, higher volume - it all came together at the same time,” says President Jay Ewy, referring to the company’s decision to add more four-color printing (direct mail, sell sheets and booklets) to its repertoire. The company’s primary business has been high-quality, multi-color business-to-business printing – stationery, letterheads, envelopes and agency work - that it now produces on the new P-QM 46. Elsewhere in its shop, Docuplex operates a Heidelberg GTO 2-color press, as well as a Stahl B-20 folder and a Stitchmaster ST 100 saddlestitcher. The company’s 21 employees serve a regional clientele in and around Wichita. PIP Printing Steps up Productivity with QM 46-2 from Heidelberg Business is good and getting dramatically better, and PIP Printing and Document Services of Ocala, Fla. aims to keep it that way. The two-color business printer recently installed a Heidelberg Printmaster QM 46-2 to handle an increasing volume of two-color business and accommodate a growing number of requests for four-color commercial work. “We needed a more productive press,” says Rich Bierema, president and owner, who explains that his company has already run its seven-year-old QM 46-2 to 65 million impressions – and it’s still going strong. In terms of performance, Bierema expects no less from the new press, which replaces a less productive competitive model. “I definitely anticipate a short-term payback on my investment,” he says. Of the Heidelberg systemservice and support he receives on the new press, says Bierema, Heidelberg technicians are unfailingly “professional, knowledgeable, courteous and effective.” PIP Ocala runs the new press across one eight-hour shift, turning out letterheads, business cards, envelopes, mailers and more for a local clientele. Established in 1979, the company has six employees. Stahlfolder TH 82 Folder from Heidelberg “Paying for Itself” at Hatcher Press Hatcher Press, located in San Carlos, Calif., recently installed a Stahlfolder TH 82 folder from Heidelberg to keep pace with its all-Heidelberg pressroom, which includes two Speedmaster SM 102 presses and three Speedmaster CD 102 presses. The company purchased the folder with an automated stacker, which maximizes capacity and improves efficiency by minimizing the time constraints of manual loading. Since the installation, the new TH 82 has enabled Hatcher Press to redistribute folding employees to other areas of the shop. Brice Tarling, president, reports that the new folder has reduced run times by approximately 30 to 35 percent, noting that the Stahlfolder TH 82 is “paying for itself.” In addition, the shop has reduced outsourcing by keeping more complex folding jobs in-house. “This folder is one of the best bindery acquisitions we’ve made in a long time,” says Tarling. Hatcher Press recently added digital capabilities to its roster of services, a milestone that was celebrated with the purchase of a 31-inch POLAR cutter. Founded in 1963, Hatcher Press is a family-owned and operated trade printer. The company’s 63 employees serve primarily local clients, which include other print shops, publishers, graphic designers, advertising agencies and print brokers. Printech Updates Pressroom with Printmaster QM 46-2 Printech, a $7 million general commercial printer located in Stamford, Conn., recently added a Heidelberg Printmaster QM 46-2 to its pressroom to help the firm handle an increase in business volume. While the company’s older Quickmaster 46 press is going strong with 30 million impressions to date, Printech needed the extra capacity to boost its output of business cards, letterheads and other one-to-three-color printing. As a result of the installation, says Printech Vice President Carmine Furci, the company can turn around more jobs faster, while continuing to deliver the quality his customers count on, whether their jobs are produced on Printech’s Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 74 5-color press with coater, its MO 4-color, or one of its small-format QM 46 presses. Printech also operates a POLAR 115 cutter with air table as well as Stahlfolder B20 and B26 folders. The company was established in the early 1990s. Its 48 employees serve a primarily regional clientele. New Speedmaster CD 74 Brings Growth Surprises to Spartan Printing Anticipating the arrival of its new 8-color Speedmaster CD 74 perfecting press from Heidelberg, Spartan Printing deployed extra sales representatives in early 2006 to determine whether they could handle expanding beyond Lansing into all of southern Michigan. According to Vice President of Business Development Randy Root, they need not have worried. “Because of the new equipment, we got an unexpected surprise – our productivity is so high that it allows us to sell jobs to other printers at a good price and still allow them to mark-up and make a profit,” said Root. Spartan Printing saw a 30 percent increase in sales in July 2006 as compared to July 2005, and a 25 percent increase in August after the installation of the new CD 74, which is the first Heidelberg long perfector to be installed in the U.S. in this format class. Spartan Printing has been able to reduce the number of people in its prepress department because of their new equipment, which also includes a Prosetter 74 MCL. Founded in 1970, Spartan Printing produces brochures, pocket folders, direct mailings, annual reports and catalogs for clients in the educational industry, trade associations, insurance companies and furniture manufacturers. This all-Heidelberg shop is family-owned and currently employs 35 workers. Spartan Printing performs all phases of printing in-house, and with their new CD 74, hopes to grow even more; possibly into the packaging sector. Rose Press Flexes Some Small-format Muscle with Second QM 46-2 from Heidelberg According to the president and owner of Rose Press, Inc., Mt. Vernon, N.Y., the keys to business success are good management and reliable equipment. “One makes the other better,” says Pat Mondesando. “We provide the first and Heidelberg provides the second.” The $6.5 million general commercial printer, a Heidelberg customer since it was established in 1987, recently installed a second Printmaster QM 46-2 to augment its small-format capability as the business grows. As a result of the addition, Mondesando says, his company’s standard of quality for small-format work has been “greatly magnified.” With the new press in place, he adds, “We can balance our workflow more easily.” Rose Press operates a fleet of Heidelberg presses, including a 5-color GTO, a 2-color Speedmaster 74, a 6-color Speedmaster 74 DI and others. The company runs both of its QM 46-2s “aggressively” during a single extended shift and relies on word-of-mouth to promote its capabilities. “Our reputation drives it,” Mondesando says, “and part of that reputation is our Heidelberg equipment.” Elsewhere in the plant, the company operates a pair of POLAR cutters and four Stahlfolders. It also uses Heidelberg Speedmaster 74 DI plates and Heidelberg blankets for all of its presses. With 30 employees, Rose Press serves the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut tri-state area.




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