STIGE Invests in First KBA Rapida 162 with Inline Coater
Monday, April 30, 2012
Press release from the issuing company
Even in Italy's crisis-buffeted publishing and commercial sector there are signs of a recovery. At the end of last year a Rapida 162 five-colour coater press went live at Turin-based Societa Torinese Industre Grafiche Editorial (STIGE), one of the biggest offset operations in Europe. While it is the company's seventh Rapida since 2002, it is the first KBA press to feature inline coating.
Success among the big boys
Since STIGE was founded in 1927 three generations of family management and entrepreneurial vision have seen it develop into a sizeable graphic enterprise. Its web and sheetfed offset operation in Turin meets international benchmarks. Cutting-edge production kit at its two 20,000m² (215,000ft²) and 15,000m² (161,500ft²) plants in San Mauro Torinese enable it to hold its own among the industry majors.
Shifting markets pose challenges
He goes on: “Exports account for 65 per cent of our output, so we must compensate for flagging orders in individual countries. Books and magazines each generate 30 per cent of sales, catalogues around ten per cent and the rest is divided among other commercials. Currency fluctuations and our competitors' lower labour costs pose major challenges that can only be overcome by enhancing efficiency and product innovation.”
KBA innovative and reliable
Michele Santoro, head of STIGE's sheetfed offset division, says: “We signed the contract for the Rapida 162 five-colour coater press at MedPrint in Rome last year because we were persuaded that this new generation of large-format presses combined innovation and reliability. The press is very fast - it can print 13,000 sheets per hour - and delivers substantial time savings through automatic plate changing and CleanTronic Synchro simultaneous washing. The inline coating option with acrylic and UV coatings saves us even more time and money because this work was previously outsourced.”
Palpable quality benefits
The large-format Rapidas at STIGE primarily print books along with magazine and catalogue covers. Five million books and ten million paperbacks a year add up to a sizeable volume that is now being produced with even greater efficiency and in an even better quality.
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