Philipp Lithographing Adding a Third KBA Rapida Large-Format Sheetfed Press

Peter Buening, president and CEO of Philipp Litho, along with his daughter, Stacy Buening, vice president and general counsel, visit the KBA factory in Germany to see where their new Rapida 145 six-color press was built.

DALLAS—August 7, 2012—KBA North America announces that Philipp Lithographing, a leading ultra-high-quality, large-format printer based in Grafton, WI, will be adding a third large-format KBA press to its arsenal. A new 57˝ Rapida 145 six-color press will be delivered in September for installation alongside the printer’s existing KBA Rapida 205 81˝ and Rapida 162A 64˝ presses on the pressroom floor.

“Having been in business for nearly 100 years, we have built an excellent reputation as a dependable, ultra-high-quality, fast-turnaround firm with superior value-added service,” says Peter Buening, president and CEO of Philipp Litho. “Our customers like to give us challenging jobs because they know we can handle them. To continue to maintain this level of service, we decided to invest in a new large-format KBA press to produce our existing work faster and more efficiently and to open up our capacity to allow for even more throughput.”

Buening and his management team first learned about the new press from an introductory presentation by the KBA sales and technical force before the press was officially unveiled at drupa 2012 in May. What left an impression, says Buening, were the unique features not available on any other press of this size from any other competitors.

Of specific interest was the Rapida 145’s extremely fast makeready, minimal makeready sheets, fast running speeds, and the KBA QualiTronic color control, which scans the sheets in the press while running and automatically adjusts density. Furthermore, the overall press size fits nicely within the company’s 55,000-sq.ft. plant and the maximum sheet size of 41×57˝ will accommodate much of Philipp’s work currently being run on the 64˝ press.

“We applaud Philipp Litho for taking the initiative to invest in this “Step-Change Technology”, says Steve Korn, KBA director of national and key accounts. “This capital investment will yield the benefits of expedited job to job change-over and higher throughput at lower operating costs and it will quite simply provide Philipp Litho with a competitive edge in the marketplace for many, many years to come.”

Philipp Litho has built a solid customer base in the large-format market providing printed sheets for the point-of-purchase (POP) display industry and top sheets and litho labels for the corrugated industry. Buening says the point-of-purchase market is growing and is relatively unaffected by offshore manufacturing. He finds that many corrugated companies have moved into the POP display market because it lends itself to their food and consumer product clients.

“As always, marketing allows little time for production, so lead times are very short,” notes Buening. “It is not uncommon for us to receive files in the morning from a client, get a proof out later that day, be on press with their job the next day, and ship a few hours later.” T

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