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With two new LITHOMAN systems, Slovenská Grafia says goodbye to gravure printing

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Press release from the issuing company

Replacing two gravure printing presses was not a sudden decision – and yet, in the end, it was the clear choice. After comprehensive consulting and numerous reference visits, Slovenská Grafia is convinced of the LITHOMAN's performance capabilities.

As the oldest printing company in Slovakia, Slovenská Grafia can glance back at a long history of important developments. In 1935, the first publications printed in color came off the presses. The year 1956 marked the first production of color magazines on gravure and offset rotary presses. Technology for the filmless production of printing formes in gravure printing was already introduced in 1997. And now the decision for the latest stage of development has been reached.

Two giant leaps into the future

With the investment in two new LITHOMAN systems, Slovenská Grafia, a member of the grafobal group, has implemented a complete conversion to modern offset printing. Quality, reliability and cost-effectiveness were the deciding factors for the LITHOMAN presses. Concrete statements from manroland relating to waste, availability, press service life and quality criteria, as well as reference visits to customers with long-term experience with the LITHOMAN, were instrumental in the final decision. An additional important point was the local support and excellent service on the part of the manroland market organization, as well as the positive experiences with the comprehensive service range. The two new systems are a perfect fit for Slovenská Grafia's strategy of guaranteeing professional, flexible services in a wide variety of formats to meet customer requirements.

The company's largest customers include the publishing houses Burda Eastern Europe and Burda Prague, Ringier Axel Springer Slovakia and Ringier Axel Springer Czech Republic, Sanoma Budapest, Ringier Budapest and Bauer Media. In the advertising printing segment, major clients are retail chains such as NAY, BILLA, Douglas, and Metro Cash and Carry. Clients in the catalog printing segment include OTTO, Halens, Bon Prix, Bakker, and well-known travel agencies. "We are pleased to be able to support Slovenská Grafia with the retention and expansion of this demanding clientele," says manroland sales manager Ulrich Pfefferer.


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