LAVAL, QUEBEC — December 4, 2018 — Précigrafik recently added an RMGT 7 series LED-UV 5-color offset press to its equipment park. Since this acquisition, the company has already seen significant increases in its production capacity as well as its efficiency to better penetrate a new market: packaging.
Reaching New Horizons
Having just celebrated their 30thanniversary, Precigrafik, based in Sherbrooke, Quebec, offers their clients much more than just printing. In the past ten years, Précigrafik has seen an increase of over 60 percent in business, mainly through acquisitions. “We moved this past July after realizing that we needed more space to continue to grow, even after twice expanding our last location," says Gilles Blais, president of Précigrafik. In constant evolution, the company moved in July 2018 to a brand-new building where most of its 22,000 square feet is occupied by a new state-of-the-art printing facility. Requiring an investment of $4.5 million, the new plant has more than doubled the size of the old one and aims to maintain their competitive edge with the company's client base which represents more than 50,000 Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick SMEs.
Energy and eco-responsibility
"Our new, RMGT 7 Series war machine has increased production capacity by 30 percent while generating impressive energy savings. The press prints at speeds of 16,900 sheets per hour, and since it’s equipped with LED-UV technology, the ink is already completely cured as is reaches the delivery, even at full speeds. As part of Précigrafik's eco-friendly commitment, the LED-UV system provides a safer and cleaner workspace, it can print with no ozone pollution, heat, odor or powder sprays,” continues Mr. Blais. Précigrafik was also the first company in Canada to actively contribute to reforestation through its association with Trees Canada and counts among the ten pioneers in Quebec to obtain eco-responsible certification.
These days, the demand for short-run, fast turnaround and high value-added printing is driving the daily workflow toward higher levels of complexity and specialization. Précigrafik’s RMGT 7 Series 5-color press offers the exceptional reliability and advanced features needed to respond to this trend. With this advanced automatic system, make-ready times are greatly shortened and production of diverse jobs are boosted and optimized through high-speed, high-performance printing. The RMGT 7 Series press delivers top performance for a wide range of printing work, providing crucial support for success in a competitive market.
With the acquisition of the RMGT 7 series press, Précigrafik can offer its clients a rich variety of opportunities to better differentiate themselves in the digital age where the consumer is exposed to thousands of messages and businesses are more than ever faced with the challenge of sustaining their brand. Mr. Blais adds that “in order to attract and keep the attention in a crowded world of digital information where we are daily solicited, print remains a privileged point of contact to create an experience. Our technology park along with our new RMGT press makes possible all the creative daring of our customers who want to think outside the box to deliver a memorable experience to their customers through print."
The RMGT 7 Series press was purchased through KBR Graphics, the exclusive Canadian distributor of RMGT presses. “Throughout the years, KBR Graphics and Précigrafik have worked together on many projects and have developed a long-lasting relationship of partnership and trust. At KBR, we are thrilled to see them grow and extend their production capacity, efficiency and environmental responsiveness and look forward to seeing them continue on this path” says Karl Belafi Jr., Vice-President KBR Graphics.
ABOUT KBR GRAPHICS LTD.
With 40 years of dedicated sales and service support, KBR Graphics Ltd. is a major supplier to the Canadian printing industry. The company is a leading provider of digital and offset, print finishing and bindery solutions representing major manufacturers including Standard/Horizon, Graphic Whizard, OKI, Challenge and Perfecta, among others. KBR Graphics is also the exclusive Canadian distributor of RMGT - RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology sheetfed offset presses. Learn more about KBR Graphics at kbrgraphics.com
RMGT is represented in the US and Canada by a group of six authorized sales and service centers that serve commercial printers, offset packaging converters and in-plant printers in North America. This network constitutes the single largest offset press sales and service team in North America. In 2008, RMGT introduced the first LED-UV printing system for sheet-fed offset printing. Today, RMGT continues to apply their technological expertise and creativity for constant innovation, providing the printing industry with meaningful products and services. Learn more about RMGT at www.ryobimhi.com
How does a traditional commercial printer, with a sheet-fed offset press, enter the lucrative packaging market? Investing in the right equipment and developing a solid business plan were key for Dale Skinkis, president of Graphic Edge Printing & Packaging. “The market for package printing is shifting with the growth of on-demand production,” he notes. “Serving the on-demand market requires focus upon quality and price. That’s how you get the business.”
The company’s niche is quick prototyping and printing of folding carton retail packaging, from as little as 500 up to 20,000 units, within extremely quick turnarounds. Creating retail packaging typically takes four to six weeks or longer. Graphic Edge Printing & Packaging turns these jobs in as little as 48 hours. The staff at Graphic Edge is so customer-focused that when a packaging opportunity comes in they are able to quickly generate a packaging design and deliver a prototype within hours. “We are constantly studying the market for new and unique packaging designs and then reverse engineering the design to fit our production capabilities”, says Tashina Peplinski, Production Manager, at Graphic Edge Printing & Packaging.
The Gift Box Dilemma
Just 3 weeks before Christmas 2014, a client requested 30,000 gift-wrapped packages with bows on top for a cellular phone promotion. The client was adamant on having the bows on top, but to physically gift wrap 30,000 boxes was going to be very time consuming and expensive. The solution was to create a folding box design to include a die-cut bow on the top and print the “gift wrap” design. Within a day, the customer received a prototype and approved the job. Design, printing, die-cutting, and gluing production occurred in-house and within a few days.
What enabled a traditional commercial printer to enter the packaging market? “Having every process that is needed to complete the job under one roof is key,” states Skinkis. “One of our unique differentiators is that we can run packaging jobs on the same press as our traditional commercial print jobs.”
The Big Secret
In the summer of 2014, Graphic Edge Printing & Packaging installed a RYOBI MHI 755XL-D Packaging Edition Offset Press. The new RYOBI MHI Packaging Edition press features automatic deployment and retraction of transfer drums to accommodate stocks ranging from onionskin to heavy board. It also features a special heavy-duty feeder, as well as an air-guide system to ‘float’ sheets through the 16,000-sph press without marking. RYOBI MHI’s Smart Make-Ready technology drives make-readies down to just six minutes.
“We were pretty sure the RYOBI MHI Packaging Edition press was the one to help us grow our business, but we wanted to see the retractable ‘skeleton drums’ in action—this is the critical technology that enables printing of heavy stock,” said Skinkis. “After seeing the press in the RYOBI MHI factory and running full-out on the printer’s floor we knew this was the press for us—no hesitation, no question. We finalized the order right on the spot.” The press was sold by RYOBI MHI distributor Graphco, located in Cleveland, OH, and its partner, Guaranteed Service and Supplies in West Bend, WI. Graphco is one of six RYOBI MHI exclusive regional distributors who sell offset and digital presses across the U.S. and Canada, as part of Graphic Systems North America (GSNA).
“We see a very bright future for package printing,” Dale Skinkis explained. “We also believe offset can effectively compete with digital printing for a long time to come, especially in the general commercial printing, package printing, and specialty printing realms. With offset, it’s all about great marketing—and great service, and RYOBI MHI gives us the edge we need to excel.”