(l to r) Ken Freek, VP, product management, Heidelberg Canada; Stefan Gohr, consumables manager, Heidelberg Mexico; Thomas Topp, SVP finance, consumables and Prinect/CtP, Heidelberg North America; Martin Skillen, UK general manager, Hi-Tech Coatings International Ltd.; Jean-Francois Colpron, VP consumables, Heidelberg USA; Kurt Wiggins, product manager consumables, Heidelberg USA.
Five years after introducing Saphira Aqueous Coatings to the market, Heidelberg recently began manufacturing the coatings locally at its new Hi-Tech Coatings plant, located in the Detroit suburb of Taylor, MI. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening was held Aug. 30. The plant has been in production for several months. Hi-Tech Coatings International, Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Heidelberg Druckmaschinen.
The Taylor site is a further development of two existing European manufacturing facilities located in the UK and the Netherlands, both acquired by Heidelberg in 2008. The new plant boasts increased automation and streamlined material handling, improving both safety and workflow efficiency. The 32,000-square-foot installation also has been designed to accommodate increased capacity as the business grows.
According to Thomas Topp, SVP Consumables and CtP, Heidelberg North America, “The new coatings plant strengthens Heidelberg's commitment to help its customers achieve consistently high quality and high productivity while lowering waste and reducing cost. Centrally located for fast, convenient shipping, the new installation puts the quality and reliability of Saphira Aqueous Coatings within easy reach of companies across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.”
Each year, hundreds of companies make the switch to Heidelberg Saphira Aqueous Coatings. Like all Heidelberg Saphira consumables, Saphira Aqueous Coatings are certified to ensure the outstanding performance of Heidelberg production systems in all the markets Heidelberg serves worldwide, from small commercial printing to VLF packaging. As an international brand, all Saphira consumables undergo extensive testing by Heidelberg experts. All are designed to promote consistent quality and performance, and all meet the latest industry standards for environmentally compliant production. The combination of Saphira consumables and Heidelberg know-how ensures a stable production workflow.
To learn more about Heidelberg Saphira Aqueous Coatings and all Saphira consumable products for prepress, pressroom and postpress operations, be sure to visit Booth 1214 at Graph Expo 2012 and talk with Heidelberg consumable experts.