Mosaic is First U.S. Install of a KBA Rapida 75 Five-Color Press

CHEVERLY, MD—04/14/09—KBA North America, a global press manufacturer based in Williston, VT, and Dallas, announces that Mosaic, a carbon neutral waterless printing company specializing in commercial, digital, UV and waterless printing, has installed the first KBA Rapida 75 five-color 29-inch sheetfed press plus aqueous coater in the U.S. at its Cheverly, MD, location. The firm took possession of the press in January 2009.

“Being a high quality print provider in the commercial sheetfed industry requires being resourceful and flexible,” says Joel Zelepsky, Mosaic’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. “With its 23×29″ footprint, the new KBA Rapida 75 compliments the many sizes of turnkey print solutions we provide our customers 24/7. Plus the new press is a faster and a more versatile upgrade to our KBA Karat 20×28-inch press, which over the years was a tremendous workhorse for us. This 23×29-inch size fills a need for our smaller-size projects, gives us the versatility to put much more suitable work on this press rather than our larger 40-inch sheetfed presses, while allowing us to enjoy the same modern marvels of print technology on our larger presses.”

Color control, waste reduction, high print quality

The KBA Rapida 75 five-color press is equipped with the popular KBA Densitronic full scanning densitometer and color control system as well as special cooling for waterless printing. These systems significantly reduce waste (water and paper) while maintaining the highest print quality.

Environmental awareness and responsibility is a key component of Mosaic’s corporate climate leadership. Purchasing the Rapida 75 with its waterless printing technology and aqueous coater provide a perfect fit to MOSAIC’s family of existing sheetfed presses, says Zelepsky. “Although it is a smaller size, its environmental impact in using less water, paper, and VOCs fits right in with our corporate environmental direction,” he says.

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