Rand Graphics of Wichita, KS, to Add a Six-Color, 41″ KBA Rapida 105 Sheetfed Offset Press in the Fall

From the left, Randy Vautravers, president of Rand Graphics; and Douglas Whitacre, KBA vice president, discuss the firm’s second KBA press—a new six-color, 41" KBA Rapida 105 press with coater, UV, and a plastics package.

DALLAS—July 22, 2014—KBA North America announces that Rand Graphics, a Wichita, KS, print specialist in point-of-purchase applications, will be adding a second KBA press—a new six-color, 41″ KBA Rapida 105 press with coater, UV, and a plastics package—to its arsenal. The new press is due for delivery early fall of 2014.

“The key to our success has been the ability to be flexible and offer our customers exactly what they need,” said Randy Vautravers, president of Rand Graphics. “What differentiates us is the ability to print on non-standard substrates with a combination of litho, screen and digital presses. We print on plastics, vinyls, rigid vinyls, PRV, PETG, and other unique substrates in addition to conventional papers. Our existing KBA Rapida 205 provides us with the ability to litho print up to 59×81″ on a variety of substrates, especially plastic. Seeing the quality and speed of our existing KBA press made it an easy decision for us to add a new 41″ model for additional work. We’re trading in an older non-KBA model for this new KBA Rapida 105 press.”

Rand installed its first KBA press—a five-color, 81″ Rapida 205 sheetfed press with coater, the largest press model in the world—in June 2011. That press gave Rand the opportunity to create new work and an opportunity to gain in efficiency, faster throughput, and flexibility while making Rand one of the few printers in the country with the award-winning press, Vautravers noted at the time. Since its installation, the Rapida 205 has provided significant benefits, making Rand much more efficient, significantly reducing its makeready, increase its speed, reduce spoilage, and allowing the company to produce and output more jobs.

About Rand Graphics
Rand Graphics was founded in 1965 by Ralph Vautravers, who remains the current chairman. The Wichita, KS-based firm with 190 employees caters to major retailers, corporations, and ad agencies all across the country. Today the firm operates a litho division and a large-format facility measuring 300,000-square-foot in total where it specializes in point-of-purchase applications, including brochures, catalogs, books, postcards, door hangers, and static-cling work.

About KBA North America
KBA North America is located in Dallas, and a member of the KBA Group. Established almost 200 years ago in Wuerzburg, Germany, Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) is the oldest and second largest press manufacturer worldwide. KBA’s banner, ‘People & Print’, reflects its dual focus as a leading innovator for print entrepreneurs. The group’s product range is the broadest in the industry; its portfolio includes commercial and newspaper web presses, sheetfed offset presses in all format classes, inkjet systems and presses, flexographic presses, special presses for banknotes, securities, metal-decorating, smart cards, glass and plastic decorating.

Source: KBA.

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