Japan-based Kyoshin Paper and Package chose the Heidelberg Primefire 106 as their next digital press to expand their web-to-pack business. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) will install the digital printing system in Kyoshin Paper and Package’s brand new Kanto plant.
In 2013, the company expanded their packaging business, launching a web-to-pack service called ‘Hacoplay’, focusing on the demand of small size and small quantity with digital presses. They receive an order even from one box in three days as their shortest delivery time. Currently the maximum size they can print on their digital press is B2 as maximum, but in order to further expand their web-to-pack business, they were looking for a B1 digital press that could meet their demanding customer needs.
The first time they saw Heidelberg’s Primefire 106 was at drupa 2016 and they were impressed enough to ask Heidelberg to do print test with their challenging images. According to Kazuhiro Kajikawa, executive managing director of Hacoplay division, ‘The result of the print test was excellent. The print quality such as green and orange were outstanding and we felt that the quality of print by Primefire 106 was the most beautiful we have ever seen. The consistency of quality between first and 500th sheets was also amazingly stable, and that surprised even our offset press operator who was with me for the test. The other interesting feature of the Primefire 106 is that it can cover 95% of Pantone colours because we have to use a lot of special colours for package printing. By enlarging the size from A3 to B2, we were able to expand our business and we are expecting more by going for the B1 size with the Primefire 106.’
The Primefire 106 is the first available industrial digital printing press for packaging in B1 format. ‘Japan is for us a very important market as it is among the top countries for folding carton production and it has probably the highest standards of image quality in the world,’ explained Montserrat Peidró-Insa, head of digital print business at Heidelberg. ‘The success of Primefire customers is what drives our entire team. We are proud to have such a renowned company like Kyoshin Paper and Package selecting Primefire 106 to accelerate their company growth. With this new installation, Primefire is expanding its global presence even further and consolidating itself as a business growth enabler in packaging.’
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