German Printer Impressed with World’s First Speedmaster CX 102

Family-owned Druckerei Kern, whose roots go back to the 19th century, is now in its fourth generation and has a workforce of 35 employees, generating sales of EUR 6 million in 2009. For the last ten years, the company has been based in Bexbach. The French branch in Saareguemines mainly produces large-format display stands, banners, and posters for sales promotion using laser technology. In Bexbach, the full-service print shop produces brochures, catalogs, and magazines using offset and digital printing in two-shift operation. The company specializes in personalized direct mailings and postpress operations, featuring a Flexomailer with a sheet reversal facility that it has developed itself and four Stahlfolder units.

Its production operations cater to manufacturers of branded goods and industrial customers, with a very wide range of run levels and grammages. It prints everything, from lightweight paper to 400 gsm cardboard – a further benefit of the new Speedmaster CX 102. “We are looking to be more actively involved in web-to-print in the future and apply our positive experience of transparent production to postpress with the Prinect Postpress Manager,” says Kern, explaining his further plans.

The Speedmaster CX 102 from Heidelberg is the right press at the right time
Lying between the Speedmaster SM 102/CD 102 and the Speedmaster XL 105, the Speedmaster CX 102 from Heidelberg is the ideal press for every customer. As a new market segment in the 70 x 100 cm (27.56 x 39.37 in) format, the Speedmaster CX 102 comes just at the right time for large numbers of customers. The press offers an interesting alternative for many printers who are impressed with XL technology but do not have the quantity of jobs needed to make full use of such a productive press, particularly as it enables them to work with the same plate format. This is confirmed by the high level of interest shown in the Speedmaster CX 102 and the sales successes so far. Over 15 presses were sold by the end of Ipex 2010. The presentation of the Speedmaster CX 102 also attracted a great deal of interest at ExpoPrint in Brazil and at the Open House event for the West region in Germany. Almost 30 presses have now been sold, with buyers including commercial and packaging printers. One in three Speedmaster CX 102 units is equipped with Prinect Inpress Control, which significantly cuts waste and therefore makes a major contribution to ensuring eco-friendly production.

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