Quad Investing $3M in KY Plants

The state of Kentucky is getting a boost in the form of a $3 million expansion project by Quad/Graphics that will create 45 new full-time positions at plants in the cities of Franklin and Versailles, the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development announced.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin revealed that the Versailles plant would see a $2.5 million investment and 20 new jobs, while the Franklin facility will reap an infusion of just under $500,000 and add 25 jobs. The Versailles operation specializes in book production while the Franklin shop churns out retail inserts.

“A company planning to grow its business in Kentucky is always great news,” Bevin said in the release. “Quad/Graphics’ decision to simultaneously expand two of its plants in the commonwealth is even better. As Quad/Graphics looks to consolidate its operations across the nation, it speaks volumes about Kentucky’s overall work environment that the company chose to expand both its Franklin and Versailles plants. We look forward to ensuring that our partnership grows deeper and stronger in the years ahead.”

Joel Quadracci, Quad/Graphics chairman, president and CEO, said the investments were made to support the technology and talent needed to deliver cost-effective, innovative solutions to marketers and publishers.

“In Versailles, we are using new digital print technology to produce books on demand, bringing zero inventory and just-in-time delivery closer to reality,” he said. “In Franklin, we have an advanced, cost-efficient platform for producing retail advertising inserts, among other products. Through these investments, we show our dedication to helping our clients achieve their business objectives.”

Veritiv Launches Starbrite Opaque Select Brand of Uncoated Paper in U.S.

Veritiv Corp. has announced the launch of its new Starbrite Opaque Select brand of uncoated paper with availability throughout the United States.

“This is a legendary brand that is well-known throughout the print and design community for its combination of quality and value. We expect that the new Starbrite Opaque Select will quickly become the go-to choice in the uncoated paper category,” said Dan Watkoske, senior vice president, Print, at Veritiv.

Exclusive to Veritiv, Starbrite Opaque Select is an uncoated opaque brand that delivers exceptional quality through a truly reliable, consistent product. Available in the United States, the paper offers excellent value through every stage of print production. The paper features 96 brightness, as well as exceptional opacity and fiber formation with a smooth finish for sharp ink contrast.

Starbrite Opaque Select is also FSC Chain of Custody certified and uniquely positioned in the marketplace for high performance at a competitive price. The product is being offered in matching smooth text and cover and in a full basis weight range in standard sizes. It is also available in both skids and convenient packages, providing more options to meet all printing needs.

Veritiv supplies commercial printers with the leading brands of paper and imaging supplies. The company sells its own private label brands that offer quality and value at an affordable price. Its product lines are designed to meet customer needs across the full range of business paper for all communication applications. This includes books, catalogs, manuals, forms, brochures, booklets, letters, newsletters, flyers, reporting, advertising and direct mail. Veritiv also utilizes its global network of specialized papermakers to deliver the most comprehensive selection of best-in-class commercial, business and digital paper products in the market.

Kolbus partnership revives Timsons litho presses

Timsons litho presses for book printing will be manufactured again thanks to a new partnership between Kolbus and Timsons Engineering in Kettering.

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Timsons stopped making the presses in 2014 in order to focus on digital models, but the strategy failed and the company was placed into voluntary liquidation in January 2015. Kolbus subsequently stepped in to take over the Timsons T-Fold folder.

Timsons Engineering, which was not affected by Timsons’ failure, has been working with the German finishing specialist on the T-Fold project, and the duo have now extended their co-operation to bring the much-valued Timsons litho book presses back to the market.

The deal covers the mono T48 web press and ZMR two-colour press. Timsons Engineering will manufacture the print towers, and Kolbus will make the inking system and folders in Germany. Stackers and reelstands will be bought in from third-party suppliers according to customer requirements.

“There’s always been a demand for the presses, the problem was the demand was too erratic. As a bigger business, we can withstand those fluctuations,” explained Kolbus UK managing director Robert Flather. “We know there are people who want to buy one.” The presses will be Kolbus badged in future. It has not been decided if the Timsons name will continue on the product in some form.

“This is good for British engineering, and also good for books. The vast majority of mass market books are printed on Timsons presses. We’re increasing the longevity of high-volume, litho-printed books,” Flather added.

Timsons Engineering has its own foundry and manufactures high-precision parts for a variety of industries, including printing, aerospace, automotive and renewable energy. It has sales of around £3.5m and employs 48 staff. Managing director Troy McCourt described the presses as “wonderful bits of kit”.

“We think this partnership with Kolbus is a really good thing. We’ve got the technical expertise and the technical drawings, and the marketplace is looking to reinvest now, so it was a logical next step.” The Timsons presses are renowned for their longevity, and the worldwide installed base encompasses some 300 presses. “We’re still supplying parts for machines that are 35 years old!”

Kolbus and its agencies will now sell the Timsons presses worldwide, apart from in the USA and Canada where sales will continue to be handled by Timsons Incorporated.