Ty Blankenship from WholesalePocketFolder.com is joined by Chris Manley of RMGT to talk about how LED UV offset printing is bringing down the crossover point between offset & digital and introduces more flexibility into the product portfolio.
Long Perfector with LED UV Bolsters All RMGT Pressroom
TOLEDO, OH — November 10, 2015 — Metzgers Printing + Mailing announces that it has commissioned their new RMGT 9210P 5/5 10 Color 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 in the world 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,” says Tom Metzger, Chairman and CEO of Metzgers. “This investment in one-pass printing will springboard even further growth and makes 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 their consistent pursuit of the most innovative and cost effective means available to produce their customer’s work. Tom Metzger comments, “Our decision-making process is 100% 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 2014 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 5 over 5 with coater configuration along with all of today’s relevant UV curing technology became the clear direction,” according to Foerster. 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 by far 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% 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.” says Tom Metzger.
“Metzgers and Graphco were both founded in September of 1976 and our companies have largely grown up together,” says Chris Manley, President of Graphco. “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. With the third generation of the Metzgers family joining the company, the original Mission Statement stays the same: “We ensure the vitality and growth of our business by consistently exceeding the expectations of our customers and ourselves. We must treat customers and fellow workers as we would like to be treated -- with fairness, honesty, and a high standard of ethics. Working and living within this mission will assure our company of continued success.”
Learn more about Metzgers Printing + Mailing at www.metzgers.com
About RMGT (RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology)
RMGT is among the world’s largest manufacturers of sheet-fed offset printing presses and the world leader in LED-UV technology with over 165 placements worldwide. Our high-speed, fully-automated presses are respected worldwide for unsurpassed print quality, low total cost of ownership, extreme ease of operation, and unmatched reliability. In partnership with Panasonic, RMGT released LED-UV Curing for Print at DRUPA 2008 and we now offer the only G3 LED-UV technology on the market. Headquartered outside of Hiroshima Japan, RMGT is a joint venture company bringing together the best technology and manufacturing expertise of Ryobi Limited and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The enhanced product lineup and strengthened manufacturing prowess makes RMGT an indispensable brand for the printing industry.
Learn more about RMGT at www.ryobimhi.com
World Leader in LED UV Curing for Offset Presses Opening Regional Demo Centers in 2016
MARIETTA, GA — November 3, 2015 — Since the RMGT (Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology) Atlanta Demonstration Center opened to the North American Printing Industry in October of 2013, over 100 North American printers have experienced live VIP demonstrations of the most sought after print technology from RMGT, the world leader in LED UV curing and pressroom automation. Fully automated RMGT 9 Series 8-Up presses have been the platform for live demonstrations of the industry leading Smart RPC (Simultaneous Plate Changing) Technology, Smart Insta.Color make-ready automation and RMGT/Panasonic’s G3 LED UV Curing Technology. Graphic Systems North America (GSNA), the Authorized Distributor for RMGT offset presses in North America, also announces that a number of additional Demonstration Centers will be opening throughout the U.S. during 2016.
Until the recent announcement by another company also based in Georgia, the Atlanta RMGT Demonstration Center had been the only major press manufacturer in North America showcasing LED UV curing live and on press. This recent endorsement of RMGT's nearly 8 year commitment to providing the lowest energy cost and most consistent UV curing in the industry comes on the heals of the 100th live RMGT VIP demonstration just last week. “We are excited to see the other major press manufacturers coming around,” states Kozac Takata, Manager of International Sales and Marketing, RMGT. “The high level of acceptance in North America follows our experience world wide with over 200 LED UV equipped RMGT presses in operation every day.” To learn more about RMGT and our G3 LED UV Curing Technology go to http://bitly.com/LED-UV.
“Our go to market strategy continues to be getting closer to our customers. We’ve learned that once a printing firm’s owner sees what RMGT brings to the table the natural next step is investment so we will continue to bring our technology closer and closer to our customers.” states Chris Manley of Graphco, RMGT’s Midwest Distributor. "Whether that technology presentation takes place at major trade shows like Graph Expo, at our very successful Open House Events or at live VIP demonstrations which will shortly take place regionally, RMGT remains committed to the North American Print Market.”
“Seeing is believing with LED UV,” states Takata. “Our customers worldwide have learned that the question is not whether RMGT’s well-evolved LED UV technology is ready but instead whether they are ready for all the production, quality and cost advantages LED UV brings to any pressroom.” A case in point is Paducah Printing’s owner Bruce Shulman, who came to the very first RMGT Open House in October of 2013. Bruce was able to learn about the RMGT press and Panasonic's G3 LED UV curing technology during that event. Next month, Paducah Printing’s 138-year-old pressroom will become the home of a new RMGT 9 Series press with in-line coating and Panasonic’s G3 High Power LED UV curing technology. This makes Paducah Printing the first Kentucky printer to offer their customers access to the latest in print technology and quality.
“We would like to thank the North American print community for the outstanding support we have received thus far and we plan to repay their Commit to Print outlook by bringing RMGT’s industry leading technology closer than ever.” Adds Chris Manley of Graphco. “Our regional approach is only possible with the heightened demand for RMGT presses and we look forward to sharing our message throughout North America.”
About Graphic Systems North America (GSNA)
GSNA is the largest independent source of printing equipment, technical service and parts in North America. GSNA delivers exclusive access to RMGT's full line of offset and digital presses for commercial, packaging and in-plant printers in the U.S. and Canada, together with immediate technical support and parts fulfillment. Formed in July 2013 with co-headquarters in four U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, the GSNA group has more than $60 million in revenue and constitutes the single largest offset press sales and service team in North America.
Learn more about GSNA at www.ryobimhi.com