Komori America Partners with Highcon to Sell, Support Digital Finishing Solutions
YAVNE, Israel — November 1, 2016 — Komori America and Highcon, a global provider of digital cutting and creasing solutions, have entered into a strategic selling agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Komori America will sell and support the entire Highcon product line, including the world’s first production speed digital cutting and creasing machine. The partnership is integral to Komori’s overall strategy to create new value and richer communications through "connected print" — the ability to effectively connect various processes to Komori’s diverse functions with the latest technologies.
Komori sees the Highcon digital finishing solutions as the perfect complement to its fleet of offset presses as well as the new 29" Impremia IS29 inkjet, sheetfed UV printing system. In addition to removing bottlenecks in the postpress process, the Highcon solutions also deliver increased design flexibility with its ability to produce intricate cutouts, etching, unique scoring capability and cut over creasing, perfect for print providers who want to offer a wide range of applications from unique packaging solutions to customization with variable data cutting, web-to-pack and even 3D modeling.
“We are very excited about this partnership because it underscores Komori’s commitment to helping our customers develop a successful path to becoming a print media enterprise with the ability to cover both analog and digital workflows — from print to finishing. It will allow our customers greater flexibility for delivering innovative applications and a faster time to market,” says Jacki Hudmon, Sr. VP new business development for Komori America.
Ron Kukla, Highcon sales director, Americas added, “The partnership with Komori America Corporation will help us reach a wide range of digital and conventional customers. The recognition of our revolutionary technology by Komori with their 100 years of focus on reliability and quality is a powerful endorsement. We look forward to the installation of the Highcon Euclid III at the Komori demo center towards the end of the year.”
Founded in 2009 by Aviv Ratzman and Michael Zimmer, Highcon developed a truly innovative digital cutting and creasing solution that is transforming the post-print market. Highcon now offers converters, printers and trade finishers a product portfolio that covers a wide range of formats, substrates and applications: from general commercial and packaging products to variable data cutting, 3D modeling and an online web-to-pack solution. The Highcon solutions replace the expensive and slow conventional die making and setup process with a digital technology that bridges the gap between design creativity and production capability, delivering improved responsiveness, design flexibility and the ability to perform a wide range of applications in-house. Highcon products are installed at customer sites all over the world.
About Komori America
Tokyo-based Komori Corp., a premier manufacturer of printing presses, provides world-class technology especially suited for today’s highly competitive printing marketplace. Delivering the highest level in print quality coupled with impressively fast makeready and open systems architecture, Komori presses help printers achieve the higher productivity and efficiency levels essential for increased margins and business growth. Komori America is headquartered in Rolling Meadows, Ill., and manages a sales and service organization throughout North America.
Source: Komori America and Highcon.