FUJIFILM, Krause and The Spokesman-Review: A Perfect Match
Press release from the issuing company
VALHALLA, N.Y. (April 2007) -- The recent purchase of a new CTP solution from FUJIFILM Graphic Systems U.S.A., Inc. by The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash., proves to be more than a win-win. It's a win-win-win.
The Spokesman-Review has inked a deal with FUJIFILM to install two new Krause LS-Jet 170 violet computer-to-plate devices, along with two Krause BlueFin processors and FUJIFILM's LP-NNV violet newspaper plates. "The LS-Jet 170 devices seem to be a perfect match for our output schedules, which include commercial print products as well as our daily newspaper, The Spokesman-Review," explains Mike Hollingworth, IT manager-production for the paper. "And, we'll be able to attach these new lines to our existing Nela punch benders."
When deciding on a new CTP solution, Hollingworth said he and his team put emphasis on the quality and consistency of the plate itself, and didn't focus solely on the CTP device. "That process naturally led us to FUJIFILM. Producing violet plates is admittedly a more complex process for a manufacturer, but not if you build a plant to do just that," said Hollingworth, making reference to FUJIFILM's plate manufacturing facility in Greenwood, S.C. "We have a high level of confidence in FUJIFILM; they've made a commitment to the newspaper market both in quality and price."
Last year, FUJIFILM entered into an agreement with German-based Krause, making FUJIFILM the exclusive dealer for Krause products in the United States, creating a powerful partnership in the newspaper market.
Renowned for the quality of its equipment, Krause has been providing the printing industry with reliable products since 1855 and it's their history, couple with the company's manufacturing excellence, that was so impressive to Hollingworth. "The speed and precision of the Krause LS-Jet is simply amazing and the level of engineering is evident the minute you lift the lid," he says. "We liked the fact that Krause is a diversified company and has a long history of producing CTP equipment. In fact, they installed their first CTP device in 1989.
"We are also pleased with their ability to adapt to changes in laser technology, yet fully support existing equipment in the field. Plus it is apparent that Krause has created a device capable of handling high plate volumes with precision."
Another important factor to Hollingworth when looking at a new solution was the support and the effort that would be made "to make sure we are operating at a high level day in and day out."
Hollingworth concluded, "Both FUJIFILM and Krause have created a support environment that is pretty rare today, and we are certain it will continue to serve us well."
For more information about the Krause LS-Jet family of violet platesetters, the BlueFin processors or FUJIFILM's line of newspaper plates, please visit us online at www.fujifilmgs.com. These products and solutions are available from FUJIFILM Graphic Systems U.S.A., Inc.
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