Dave Lewis KBA Australasia (3rd left) and Percy Vij Centrum Printing (5th left) shake on the deal for the Rapida 162a at Pacprint in Melbourne. Also pictured: Kay Halboth, KBA (far left), and Graham Harris, KBA Australasia (2nd left) as well as Linda Vij and Sandra Mascaro Centrum Printing (far right)
With the Rapida 162a Centrum Printing moves into large-format packaging printing and displays
Centrum Printing in Sydney, Australia, has ordered a new KBA Rapida 162a six-colour plus coater in its biggest ever press investment as the company makes a move into packaging and POS print. The press can print either conventional or UV inks and coatings. The new press will be installed and commissioned in Sydney later this year.
Percy Vij, managing director of Centrum says, "We are a general commercial printer at the moment but we see opportunities in niche markets, such as packaging and point of sale. The new KBA Rapida 162a will enable us to enter these markets. We will also be setting up a trade print service to enable other printers to serve that market."
Centrum has two existing medium-format presses from another German press manufacturer and looked at all other possible presses before settling on KBA. Vij said "We believe that KBA has the best size 7 (7B) press available and also the most experience in this market".
Centrum general manager Sandra Mascaro says, "We already have promises of several million dollars' worth of packaging work from existing clients and believe that as one of the few printers in the country with this size of press there will be plenty of work out there."
Dave Lewis, general manager of KBA Australasia says, "This is a huge leap forward that Centrum have taken and we are pleased that they have chosen KBA as their new press partner. We are sure that this Rapida will be a great success for Centrum Printing"