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Sakurai 96 Series, 16-Page Press To Make North American Debut At Graph Expo

Press release from the issuing company

JULY 16, 2007 (SCHAUMBURG, IL) -- Highlighting the Sakurai exhibit at Graph Expo ‘07 will be the new 596SD, a 25” x 38” 5-color press that operates at 16,000 IPH and is available in straight or perfecting models, with or without coater – from four to six printing units. Also featured will be a fully automated Sakurai 466SDC, 20” x 26” 4-color with coater.
Continuing its growth and expansion of press offerings, Sakurai USA, Inc. has introduced the new SD Series Model 96, which is a 25" x 38" size.  The new press series is a 16-page format size and complements Sakurai’s existing sizes of 20" X 26" and 23 5/8" x 31".  The new Sakurai 96 Series is a welcome addition to the SD family of presses, first introduced to the North American market at Graph Expo 2004 and Print 05 in Chicago.  The 96 Series is available in four to six color configurations plus coating and perfecting.
“The new 25” x 38” size has been requested by many Sakurai customers who have been growing into the 16-page format, but had no continuing choice from Sakurai.  This addition will allow Sakurai to maintain their loyal customer base as their needs grow and also appeal to any printer desiring to move up to a fully automated 16 page press”, said Don Bence, Vice President, Sakurai USA, Inc.
The Sakurai 96 Series press has been exhibited in Japan with favorable response and considerable interest and will make its North America debut at Graph Expo ‘07, September 9-12, 2007 in Chicago, IL.
“Sakurai is the first and only press manufacturer to offer a press series which reflects the original North American size, built by North American press manufacturers, before all manufacturing went offshore in the 70's.  Most sheets that run on 16-page format presses today are 25" x 38" and this new size was designed with that in mind.  Staying true to Sakurai's tradition of supplying fully automated - yet economically priced presses, the new Model 96 will be well received by printers facing the extremely competitive market for print”, Bence said.