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PLM Group Gives Largest Single Postpress Equipment Order for Heidelberg

Press release from the issuing company

Nov 27, 2006 -- The PLM Group, headquartered in Ontario, Canada, recently placed a major order with Heidelberg. The order comprises a high-performance Speedmaster XL 105 UV press with eight printing and two coating units and six fully automated Stahlfolder TH 82 folders, nine Speedbander pack deliveries, and eight mailing stations for gluing and perforating. These postpress units constitute the largest single order ever for the Ludwigsburg site, which carried out four complex test jobs that helped clinch the deal with the customer. The automated Stahlfolder TH 82 folders and the Speedbander pack deliveries are being used for the first time in the Canadian market. Installation at the PLM Group is due to be completed by the end of the year. "These new machines will boost print and finishing speed, increase throughput and significantly reduce our operating costs," explains Dave Stuart, President of the PLM Group. The company, founded in 1987, employs 450 staff and, with sales of almost 83 million Euro (117.2 million Canadian Dollars in 2005), is one of the largest print shops in Canada. The PLM Group offers solutions for all printing needs, including brochures, leaflets, and catalogs. Extensive prepress capability and comprehensive mailing production round off the range of services. All six folders are equipped with a Speedbander, which outputs counted, sleeve-wrapped packs. Functions such as the counting, pressing, jogging and sleeve-wrapping of folded sheets are fully automated and rationalize the workflows down-stream of the folder. The other three Speedbander units are used with the existing saddlestitchers. The success story of the new generation of Stahlfolder TH/KH folders continues. Meanwhile over 2,000 of these machines have been supplied throughout the world. The high level of automation, modular design concept, and integration into the workflow enable a wide range of applications for individual needs. The generation of Stahlfolder TH/KH folders was showcased at drupa 2004. They were awarded the red dot "best of the best" design prize in the same year. In 2005, the TH/KH series received the PIA/GATFF Technology Award.

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