PRINT 05 Sheetfed/Web Offset presses — Perfecting Personified

By Mark Michelson


Growing interest in digital press offerings notwithstanding, the estimated 62,000 attendees at PRINT 05 & CONVERTING 05 surely didn’t go home with the impression that the traditional sheetfed offset market has lost its luster, especially given all of the big iron dominating the show floor during the seven-day-long exhibition last month.

Sealing the deal for nine new Komori six-color, 40˝ Lithrone presses at various Consolidated Graphics facilities are, front row from the left: Robert Birmingham, Consolidated Graphics; John Marotta, Komori America; back row: Yoshiharu Komori, Komori Corp.; George Abboud, Consolidated Graphics; Stephan Carter, Komori America; and Satoshi Mochida, Komori Corp.

Ralf Sammeck (left), KBA North America; Willy Herzig, Paragraphics Inc.; and Randy Perkins celebrate the sale to Paragraphics of the six-color, 41˝ Rapida 105 sheetfed press with coater and hybrid UV capabilities that ran in the KBA booth.

Standing in front of the Akiyama 10-color, 40˝ Jprint purchased by Millbrook Printing, Grand Ledge, MI, are (from the left): Robert Treadwell, Akiyama; Millbrook’s Andrew Shackelford, Michael Mironiuk and Larry Winkler; and Ron Pohl from Akiyama dealer Mid-State Litho.

During a special ceremony, Lakewood, OH-based Phil Vedda & Sons Printing was presented with a certificate documenting its purchase of the 5,000th unit of the Speedmaster CD 74 press manufactured by Heidelberg. Pictured, from left, are: Dave Jaros, Heidelberg sales representative; James Dunn, president, Heidelberg USA; and Joe Vedda, Jim Vedda and their spouses with Bernhard Schreier, Heidelberg chairman.

The management teams of Monarch Litho and MAN Roland Inc. pose in front of a Roland 900 XXL, of which Monarch bought a six-color, 73˝ 900 XXL with coater as part of a five-press order for its three facilities. Shown, from the left: MAN Roland’s Erwin Geyer, Yves Rogivue and Vince Laino; Monarch Litho’s Jose Antonio Badia, George Lopez and Guillermo Lopez; and MAN Roland’s Rick Parks.

Lithographic sheetfed machines were abundant. Industry trends toward long and stacked 10-color perfectors, larger sheet size formats, merging commercial and package printing markets, UV and hybrid capabilities, roll sheeters for web paper savings and in-line finishing options were evident throughout the booths filling the South Hall of Chicago’s McCormick Place.

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