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Richardson Printing Expands Capabilities with Installation of Two Komori Presses

Press release from the issuing company

Rolling Meadows, IL, August 22, 2006 -- Komori America Corporation, a premier manufacturer of sheetfed and web offset printing presses, today announced Richardson Printing, a full-service commercial print provider, has recently installed a six-color Lithrone S40 perfector (LS640P) with coater and a six-color Lithrone 28 (NL628) with coater at its new 115,000 square-foot facility in Kansas City. Named as one of Kansas City's 100 Fastest Growing Businesses in recent years, Richardson Printing has been a Komori customer since 1982, serving the transportation, pharmaceutical, publishing and manufacturing industries, as well as a variety of creative and advertising agencies. The advanced technology of the new presses make it possible for Richardson to answer customer demands for four-, five- and six-color applications that include complex catalog and booklet work, annual reports, dealer kits, high-end posters and more. An additional key driver in the selection of the presses was the CIP4/JDF connectivity that makes it possible to have a real-time view of press operating conditions, optimizing workflow processes. The speed both presses deliver is providing Richardson Printing with a smoother workflow, quicker press proofs for customers and a faster time to market with all applications. Offering sheetfed quality and near-web productivity, the LS640P delivers both higher efficiency and quality because it prints up to 4/2 colors on both sides of the sheets in a single pass. The company reports makeready times have been decreased to less than 30 minutes since installing the press, and it has expanded its booklet work with the ability to run 15,000 sheets per hour of 16-page signature booklets with up to six-color coating on coated stock. Richardson's customers are now able to press check both sides of a job at one time, significantly reducing the turnaround time of complicated print jobs. The fast makeready and labor-saving automation of the NL628 is also contributing to reduced costs and meeting the time to market demands by answering requirements for low cost, short turnaround and high quality printing necessary for competing in a short-run color market. "Delivering on the promise of exceptional service and a continued investment in state-of-the-art equipment has been the key to our growth," said James Barker, owner of Richardson Printing. "We've had a 20-year relationship with Komori that has been very satisfying. I am so glad we have these new presses. They allow us to compete with larger printers in terms of volume and turnaround times, while still providing the exceptional quality that has been the hallmark of our performance throughout our nearly 80 years of business." "Richardson Printing is a leader in the Kansas City print marketplace, having outperformed others with its strong focus on customer service," said Mike VanCalbergh, vice president of sales for Komori's Midwest region. "The company bought its first Komori in 1982 and has been on an impressive growth path ever since. We are proud to be associated with such a fine organization and look forward to an exciting future with them as they explore all the advanced capabilities their new presses can provide."

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