Metzgers Expands Capabilities with 10-Color RMGT Press With LED-UV
(Editor's Note: Be sure to watch the PI Xchange video interview Mark Michelson conducted with Tom Metzger, chairman of Metzgers Printing + Mailing, which will air this Thursday afternoon.)
TOLEDO, Ohio—November 10, 2015—Metzgers Printing + Mailing announced that it has commissioned their new 10-Color, RMGT 9210P 5/5 Long Perfector, which is now in full production. The Metzgers RMGT 9 Series press is the largest and most highly equipped machine of its kind and features the entire suite of RMGT Smart Insta.Color process automation plus best in class energy efficiency. RMGT’s LED UV, Hi-Cure UV and IR Drying technology provide maximum flexibility to meet all production needs.
“We are thrilled to offer the highest print quality, special effects printing, and faster turnaround to our customers throughout the Midwest,” Tom Metzger, chairman and CEO of Metzgers, said. “This investment in one-pass printing will springboard even further growth and make a strong statement about our commitment to leadership in the Midwest Print Market. We investigated other options and the new RMGT Ten with LED UV is the perfect fit for Metzgers.”
Metzgers continued organic growth is due largely to aggressive sales promotion, constant staff development and the consistent pursuit of the most innovative and cost effective means available to produce customer’s work. Metzger comments, “Our decision-making process is 100 percent customer-focused and this move bolsters our commercial print capability and will make us more relevant in the high quality label, packaging and plastics markets as well.”
This customer-centric approach led Metzgers to develop some of the industry’s earliest Web-to-print storefronts, as well as a major move into wide-format and display printing, so the investment in proven technology like LED-UV curing and a fully-automated RMGT long perfector fits their innovation model perfectly.
The search for innovation led Metzgers evaluation team to GRAPH EXPO 14 where they first saw the RMGT 9 Series press in action. Working with their Graphco representative Allie Foerster, the Metzger team reviewed production records and actual customer jobs to determine the best path moving forward.
“Graphco’s business analytics and consulting with the Metzgers sales team clearly showed that CMYK plus PMS and specialty UV varnishes would best meet their demanding customer’s needs. The five-over-five with coater configuration along with all of today’s relevant UV curing technology became the clear direction,” Foerster said.
Providing higher value-added print has been Metzgers mainstay for years and offering this quality in a one-and-done workflow makes good sense for their very selective customer base.
While reducing, reusing and recycling is a good start, the Metzgers Green Printing Initiative recognizes that good stewards must invest to truly protect planet Earth and this RMGT 9 Series press has the smallest carbon footprint in the full size press arena. In 2010 over 10,000 square feet of solar panels were installed on the rooftops of two of the three Metzgers buildings. This Solar Array now generates over 144,000 kilowatt hours annually and in fact produces over 35 percent of the new presses energy requirement without any carbon emissions.
The RMGT G3 LED-UV curing technology protects Metzgers pressmen as well since LED-UV inks don’t emit VOCs.
“While productivity and print quality were the most decisive factors in our decision to go with RMGT, staying with our Green Printing Initiative was extremely important as well. You simply can’t beat LED UV for low emissions printing and the color fidelity of instant curing sets our print quality apart from the competition,” Metzger said.
“Metzgers and Graphco were both founded in September of 1976 and our companies have largely grown up together,” Chris Manley, president of Graphco, said. “The Metzgers/Graphco partnership transcends business and we count Tom and many of the 140 staff members as family friends. Our continued role in the growth of such a fine organization is among our proudest accomplishments in nearly 40 years in business.”
About Metzgers Printing + Mailing
Metzgers Printing + Mailing continues to lead the Midwest print industry with best-in-class digital and offset printing, wide-format and display printing, highly specialized fulfillment services and customer-oriented Web-to-print storefronts from its 140,000-square-foot complex in Toledo, Ohio.
About RMGT (RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology)
RMGT manufactures sheet-fed offset printing presses and LED-UV technology with over 165 placements worldwide. Its high-speed, fully-automated presses are respected worldwide for print quality, low total cost of ownership, extreme ease of operation and unmatched reliability.
Graphco provides offset, digital and print finishing solutions. Along with other GSNA members, it imports the RMGT line of new offset printing presses featuring LED-UV curing technology, Smart Insta.Color automated makeready and Packaging Edition presses. All RMGT presses offer best-in-class reliability and durability. The Graphco Technical Service Team stands behind every RMGT press.