RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology Debuts Full Press Lineup at Open House in Japan
HIROSHIMA, JAPAN—March 26, 2014—Newly formed RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology spotlighted its full portfolio of sheetfed offset press technology at an open house earlier this month at its Japan headquarters. The event drew more than 300 print industry leaders worldwide.
New offerings in package printing, general commercial printing, specialty printing, security printing and LED-UV instant curing were demonstrated at the RYOBI MHI headquarters manufacturing facility outside of Hiroshima.
Representatives from the company’s U.S. and Canadian distribution group, Graphic Systems North America, attended the open house with customers. GSNA markets and sells to commercial, in-plant, specialty and package printers.
RYOBI MHI president Hideki Domoto said the new company’s press technology enables printers to enter lucrative new markets, reduce manufacturing costs, cut the total cost of press ownership and improve the environmental performance. RYOBI MHI brings together the best technology from Ryobi and Mitsubishi, which combined have more than 140 years of press manufacturing expertise. RYOBI MHI ranks among the largest press manufacturers worldwide.
RYOBI MHI offers a total of 16 main sheetfed press models, each available in a wide range of custom configurations. These include six separate 44″ and 41″ presses, six separate presses in two- to eight-up format, and the broadest selection of small format offset presses.
GSNA is authorized to sell all RYOBI MHI presses and technologies, but focuses on the following:
- RYOBI 920 series: The Ryobi flagship eight-up press available in up to 10 colors with convertible perfector and coater. Runs up to 16,200 sph.
- RYOBI 750 series: The Ryobi six-up press available in up to 10 colors with convertible perfector and coater. Runs up to 16,000 sph.
- RYOBI 520 series: This two-up press is available in up to six colors with convertible perfector and coater. Runs up to 15,000 sph.
- RYOBI LED-UV Instant Curing System: This instant drying technology, co-developed with Panasonic, is built into Ryobi’s two-, six- and eight-up presses. Energy usage and cost is cut up to 80 percent vs. conventional dryers and no spray powders or special ducting is needed. Print is completely dry immediately upon delivery and synthetic substrates do not shrink.
- RYOBI UV Casting and Foiling System: Used with the RYOBI 750G series, this technology enables inline production of a large variety of high-value specialty and security printing, including holography and foiling.
“RYOBI MHI delivers the right mix of technologies that profit-driven printers require today,” explained Don Barbour, co-founder of GSNA and owner of Paper Handling Solutions, Marietta, GA.
“High-speed printing and perfecting. Fully automatic simultaneous plate changing. Instant drying. Automated digital workflows. Push-button color and registration adjustment. Compact press footprints. Important environmental advances. When you put it all together, RYOBI MHI delivers precisely what printers need to succeed—now and into the future.”
About Graphic Systems North America (GSNA)
GSNA delivers the full line of RYOBI MHI sheetfed offset presses and technologies together with immediate support and parts fulfillment to commercial, in-plant, packaging and other specialty printers.
Formed in 2013 with co-headquarters in four U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, the GSNA group has more than $60 million in revenue and the single largest press sales, service and parts team in North America. GSNA serves all 50 states and Canada.
More than 30 print industry sales consultants offer sophisticated business analytics to support capital equipment decisions. Fifty-plus factory-trained technicians and parts professionals deliver real-time support from Ryobi’s engineering and technical team in Japan. Six separate spare parts depots across three North American time zones are closely aligned to ensure printers have quick, often overnight access to parts.
GSNA also oversees a network of 20 printing equipment dealer-partners in North America.
RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of sheetfed offset printing presses, hardware, software and peripherals. Its high-speed, advanced automation, multicolor presses are respected worldwide for unsurpassed print quality, low total cost of ownership, ease of operation and extreme reliability.