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KBA Signs Contract With Lithographix for Rapida 205 81-Inch Press

Press release from the issuing company

KBA North America, a leading sheetfed offset press manufacturer based in Williston, Vt., is announcing that Lithographix, Inc., a leading Los Angeles commercial printer, has agreed to purchase a super large format Rapida 205 81-inch six-color sheetfed press with coater, the first of its kind on the West Coast. The new press is due to be delivered in the spring of 2005. “Lithographix purchased a new KBA Rapida 205 81-inch press due to its outstanding current technology, which has changed dramatically over the last 30 years,” says George Wolden, senior vice president of manufacturing at Lithographix. “KBA's attention to detail, in terms of design and engineering, is well thought out for a large format press. With the 81-inch we will be able to serve targeted markets in a much more efficient manner with the same quality that Lithographix is known for.” In early 2004, Lithographix announced that it was planning to move to a state-of-the-art 275,000 sq ft building in Hawthorne, Calif. by October 2004. The new larger facility will offer a comfortable relaxing environment for its customers and other valued-added services. The company has also expanded its capabilities to include a new ad and outdoor/display division known as VisionGraphix. The new KBA Rapida 205 81-inch sheetfed press will be the first KBA press at Lithographix. The Lithographix press line-up includes five eight-color 40-inch presses with aqueous coating and extended delivery, one six-color 40-inch with aqueous coating and extended delivery, two eight-color 38-inch gapless web with sheeter, and one six-color half-web. "It is a privilege to be able to earn the business of such a high profile, highly respected quality printer as Lithographix,” says Angel Beltran del Rio, KBA North America’s district sales manager. “I would like to welcome them to the KBA family."