The Dutch printshop Em De Jong, Baarle-Nassau, has invested in a 96-page LITHOMAN, which will take up operation in early 2014. The performance and production flexibility of the new press from manroland web systems are enormous: it will replace four 16-page rotary presses.
Strong on the market with maximum web width: the 96-page LITHOMAN matches the success of the largest Dutch printer for retail advertising. How did Em De Jong decide on the investment? The printers sought a heatset commercial press that can produce a high variety of supplements with maximum performance.
The 96-page LITHOMAN fitted Em De Jong's profile, who had already gained considerable experience with the operation of numerous presses. The tailormade folding combination also impressed the printers. Located on the Belgian border in Baarle-Nassau, Em De Jong wants to use the technological possibilities of the LITHOMAN to intensify penetration in nearby markets such as Belgium, France, and Germany. The company owns Dutch printing houses Janssen/Pers and Kampert-Nauta, and the Belgian Mercator Press.
New fold possibilities discovered
The heatset fleet at Em De Jong's Baarle-Nassau site is impressive: it already consists of eight heatset rotations between eight and 80 pages, including an 80-page LITHOMAN from manroland web systems. Managing Director Stijn de Jong explains, "Today, we need ultimate efficiency to produce more and more in ever smaller timeframes. This is only possible with continuous investments in the latest technologies. It's hard to believe that, until 2005, we were printing everything on 16-page presses." The 96-page LITHOMAN will be the highest performing heatset press in the Benelux region, set to produce certain orders more efficiently. Competition in the commercial sector is fierce and fast. Print service providers, too, are expected to be flexible while providing high quality up to the last copy, at low costs per copy. The 96-page LITHOMAN is the ideal choice for tackling these tasks and will produce nearly five million A4 pages per hour with a web width of 2,860 mm and eight ribbons. The Inline Control systems for cut-off and color register, as well as fan-out control, ensure optimum product quality. APL (AutomaticPlateLoading) automatically changes the printing plates (featerung an impressive 1.28 x 2.87 meters) on the printing couples. With an unusual fold configuration, Em De Jong will be able to produce an impressive variety of printed products: two folders have been integrated to enable both long and short grain production. This provides the printers with a competitive edge and offers customers true added value.