MOSAIC: Focused on Sustainability

MOSAIC pressman Carlos Pastor operates a five-color 29" KBA Rapida 75 sheetfed press.

MOSAIC co-owners Brendan Connors and Joe Fontana pose outside of their Cheverly, MD-based facility.

In addition to waterless printing, MOSAIC also offers traditional offset, UV and digital printing to the four vertical markets it serves: creative agencies/designers, corporations, as well as the membership market (associations and trade unions) and government. This entails national direct mail printing and distribution services; training and educational curriculum services; point-of-sale; lenticular; packaging; books and manuals; cross-media campaigns; multimedia program development; Website development and hosting; and custom programming.

For smaller based offset and digital copying jobs, the company relies on its MOSAIC Express small offset print outlet in downtown Washington, DC. Since acquiring the company, the shop has grown to a staff of 13 employees, and offers full collating, direct mail, variable data and DVD duplication services, in addition to small-format offset and DocuTech output capabilities.

MOSAIC also employs a full-time staff of programmers and developers at its 70,000-square-foot headquarters facility to customize Web-based programs for its clients’ specific needs. Customers can use MOSAIC’s M-Power Web-to-print system to place orders, as well as access their jobs and files 24/7 via Cypress, an online digital asset management interface.

“For years, we have been developing custom programs for our clients,” Fontana explains. “Some of our clients not only want their platform to look a certain way, but also need it to integrate into their systems.”

Green Equipment

To further bolster its sustainable practices, early last year the company installed the first five-color, 29˝ KBA Rapida 75 sheetfed press in North America with aqueous coater, densitronic full scanning densitometer and color control system, as well as special cooling for waterless printing. Like the 28˝ KBA Karat it replaced, this new press has a similar environmental impact by using less water, paper, and printing with zero VOC-based inks. According to Zelepsky, the Rapida 75 was the perfect short-run press to complement MOSAIC’s larger 40˝ presses.

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