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Alfa Print takes another Rapida - Number five in three years

Press release from the issuing company

May 31, 2007 -- The new high-speed Rapida 105 will already be going into production in Sundbyberg on the outskirts of Stockholm in early summer. It will then be the fifth Rapida sheetfed offset press to be delivered to Alfa Print within just three years. Managing director Lars Adolfsson and his team were at KBA in Radebeul on 10th May for final testing of the new eight-colour perfector press for 4-over-4 production. Their latest medium-format acquisition, a representative of the 18,000 sph generation, incorporates extensive automation features, including FAPC fully automatic plate changing, ACR-Control (video register) and automatic ink supplies. It is also to be integrated into the company's existing LogoTronic printshop network. Alfa Print is specialised on the printing of high-quality business products, in particular corporate reports and sophisticated sales literature. A second important pillar is the printing of maps and marine charts, and the product portfolio is rounded off by school textbooks and coffee-table books. The company counts 70 employees and returns an annual turnover of around SKR 200 mill. (approx. EUR 25 mill.) with its three Rapida 105 presses (a further eight-colour version, a five-colour coater and a four colour perfector) and a four-colour Rapida 142. As Lars Adolfsson explains, Alfa Print is thus the largest sheetfed offset print company operating from a single location in Sweden. Lean production and careful resource management (born out by environmental and FSC certification) are trademarks of the company. In a quality test conducted among 100 Swedish print companies by the trade journal Grafiskt Forum, Alfa Print achieved a commendable second place, not least thanks to its modern equipment base. The organisers had sent out demanding test files to the participating companies, and then provided for central evaluation of the test prints returned. For Lars Adolfsson, first place is already the declared goal for the company in any future comparisons of this kind.