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TKS JETLEADER 1500 receives prestigious 2014 InterTech Technology award

Monday, July 21, 2014

Press release from the issuing company

The Printing Industries of America (PIA) has awarded TKS a 2014 InterTech Technology award for the JETLEADER 1500 digital ink jet press. Every year the PIA issues awards for technologies that can have a significant impact in the Graphic communications industry.  

An independent panel of judges reviews and evaluates many technology nominations in all aspects of the printing industry, from the equipment side to software. The various recipients for this year’s awards will get their InterTech Starts at this year’s Graph Expo show in Chicago (September 28 to October 1).

“TKS is very excited to have the JETLEADER 1500 receive this recognition for technology that can move the printing industry forward and create new revenue and business opportunities with digital printing, ”, said Mike Shafer Vice President of Sales for TKS (USA).  

Dr. Mark Bohan, Vice President of Technology and Research said “the judges were impressed in several areas with the JETLEADER 1500. 

  • The open source ink policy 
  • The new Variable cutoff folder
  • Well thought out engineering
  • Robust construction
  • Product flexibility

Mr. Ryutaro Shiba, President of TKS said that “receiving this recognition in the North American market is very important because there are so many business opportunities to incorporate the JETLEADER 1500 and its flexibility into a business model with the printing companies”. 

TKS now has three JETLEADERS running in production. Two at Topweb in Chicago and one at Hawaii Hochi in Honolulu. TKS will be at this year’s Graph Expo to discuss the press equipment in more detail.



By Charles Gehman on Jul 21, 2014

TKS is not exactly a "household" name in the US industry, unless you are in the Newspaper business. I had the opportunity to look very closely at the JETLEADER 1500 around the last Drupa, and I was very, very impressed with the company and the technology.

Congratulations to Mr. Ryutaro Shiba and the TKS team on this prestigious award!


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