Agi-Shorewood Installs Eagle Hot Foiling System from Graphic Art Systems
OCEAN, NJ—April 20, 2012—Graphic Art Systems, a leading developer and manufacturer of foil enhancement equipment for the printing industry, announced it has installed its Eco-Eagle hot foil system at AGI-Shorewood, one of the largest and most-innovative specialty packaging businesses with operations in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. The Eco-Eagle hot foil system was installed at the company’s facility in Danville, VA.
“Our company has worked with Graphic Art Systems for 15 years,” reports Jeff Laming, technology center manager. “We have a number of Eagle hot foiling systems in our other facilities across the U.S. and the newest unit here in Danville. While we did research other systems on the market, we felt that our long-term partnership with Graphic Art Systems as well as the cost difference became the key considerations to choose another high-quality Eagle system.”
AGI-Shorewood plans to use the new Eagle system for its high-end cosmetic, tobacco and other decorative printing for the consumer market as well as provide tests for its Asian and Latin American customers.
“We are honored to continue our strong partnership with AGI-Shorewood,” says Michael King, president of Graphic Art Systems. “AGI-Shorewood is one of the premier innovators in the international packaging industry and we are always pleased to work with any of its facilities.”
In addition to the new Eco-Eagle offline hot foil system, AGI-Shorewood is operating a new state-of-the-art, 12-color web-fed gravure printing system in its testing center in Danville. These new capabilities allow the testing center to provide full service graphics and stamping for its entire organization.
AGI-Shorewood chose Graphic Art System after careful consideration for its long history and reputation, its superb engineering capabilities, and the extensive background of its president Mike King and its team of support engineers.
“Customer service is one of the key advantages to working with Mike King,” says Laming. “He is always available to help us with questions, to come in and trouble-shoot at our locations, even if the equipment is non-Eagle. Whether it is a machine issue or service problem, Mike makes himself available. He is a true expert and is very knowledgeable on what’s new in the industry.”
Graphic Art Systems, known as “The Foil Experts,” has been the leader in the design and manufacturing of retrofit hot foil stamping equipment for over 20 years. Its Eagle Systems equipment has dominated the hot foil market with hundreds of installations worldwide.
Recently Michael King, owner of Graphic Art Systems, applied his decades of specialization in foil enhancement equipment to the development of the Eco-Eagle Cold Foil System for sheetfed offset presses. The Eco-Eagle is the most technologically-advanced, versatile and cost efficient cold foil system in the world.
The environmentally-friendly Eco-Eagle uses less power than a hairdryer to operate and was designed to eliminate foil dust caused by machines using the old dancer roller system. It has the ability to run unlimited multiple narrow webs of the same size or different sizes, or one large web depending on the job.
The Eco-Eagle is operator-friendly, requires no mechanical, electrical or computer adjustments and can be retrofit to new or existing 28˝ to 80˝ sheetfed offset presses from major press manufacturers. Installations typically are achieved between three to five days and production is running by the sixth day.
About Graphic Art Systems
Michael B. King, president of Graphic Art Systems, has been the producer of the Eagle brand of retrofit hot stamping and cold foil enhancement systems for over 20 years. The Eagle brand of foil equipment has over 350 installations in more than 15 countries. Graphic Art Systems is headquartered in Ocean, NJ, where all R&D, manufacturing and production of its Eagle systems is performed. The Eagle system products offered today are for both the hot and cold foil markets.
AGI-Shorewood is a specialized global packaging company that makes innovative products for the world’s premier consumer products companies. Key consumer-packaging segments it serves include entertainment and media, tobacco, beauty and personal care, cosmetics and fragrance, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, consumer electronics, golf, confectionary and specialty foods, beverages, and specialty gravure. With this transaction and following the closing on Shorewood’s Packaging’s Chinese businesses later this month, the company will employ nearly 4,000 people worldwide, operating 24 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. It maintains eight creative services offices in the United States, U.K., France and Australia.
Source: Graphic Art Systems.