Graphic Technologies Installs Second Bobst SPanthera, Upgrades Diecutting Capabilities
NILES, IL—11/27/07—Graphic Technologies, a leading finisher to the graphic arts industry, and second largest in the US, recently installed a second Bobst SPanthera 106-LER Autoplaten® diecutter (with in-line blanking) to their metropolitan Chicago operation. This installation comes just three months after the installation of their first. This is the newest addition to their growing equipment list which now includes over 15 diecutters and foil stamping and embossing presses. In addition, Graphic Technologies offers a full compliment of finishing capabilities including folding, folding–gluing, laminating, kitting, in-house tool production and a full structural design lab.
The new installation further enhances the company’s ability to efficiently convert a wide range of materials. “Technologies and consumer trends are continually changing, so you’re never quite sure what the customer may want next,” says Graphic Technologies’ General Manager Tim Uchwat. “With the SPanthera we can convert everything from light papers up to 30 pt. board and micro flute corrugated. Combine this with the machine’s in-line blanking, quick make-ready, registration capabilities and speed and it’s easy to see how versatility and efficiency becomes a valuable asset to our operation and a benefit to our customers.” The SPanthera offers enhanced print-to-cut registration and 9,000 sheet-per-hour top speed.
Graphic Technologies (formerly Graphic Converting – Niles, Illinois) is a division of the JohnsByrne Company. The Niles, Illinois based sheet fed printer purchased Graphic Technologies in 2006. “We had a long and mutually successful working relationship,” says Jack Gustafson – COO of JohnsByrne. “When the opportunity to make Graphic Technologies part of our organization came about, it made perfect sense. It allowed us to grow our business and provide a new level of innovation, convenience and efficiency to our customers.”
With the addition of Graphic Technologies, JohnsByrne now considers itself more of a full line manufacturer than just an industry leading printer or top of the line trade finisher. “We’re involved with many of our customers’ projects from concept to shipping,” says Gustafson. “We’re providing full manufacturing services to our customers including structural design, printing, finishing and kitting, whatever is necessary to complete the job.”