Messenger Press Installs Ryobi MHI Perfector for Short-Run Work

 The Messenger Press, a commercial print firm in Northwest Ohio, is completing the installation of a new, 23.83X31” RYOBI MHI 755 XLGP perfecting press with aqueous coater purchased through Graphco, the RYOBI MHI graphic technology distributor. “It’s like Christmas in June,” remarked Mitch Kremer, who along with Allan Kremer leads the 133 year old printing firm. “We are excited to put our new addition through the paces.”

Situated just over the Indiana border, 120 miles east and north of Indianapolis, The Messenger Press has seen its share of evolutionary changes in its 133 years in business. “This will be our main production machine for short-run offset,” reported Kremer, who joined the firm six years ago and became a vice president in early 2012. “It will bring us into the next 10 to 15 years.” Messenger is replacing a 2001 vintage six-color (2 over 4) sheetfed perfector from a different manufacturer.

The Messenger Press added a 31" RYOBI MHI 755 XLG-P perfector press with aqueous coater.

“There is a lot more automation on the new press,” Kremer added. “There is better registration and less make-ready, which means it’s quicker and we can turn more jobs in a shorter [amount of] time,” he said. “One of our goals is to get to sellable color while wasting less paper” on the direct mail and other work printed at Messenger Press. “Smart Insta.Color makes that easy,” he said. Another key feature that Kremer and his team like is the robust feeder. “It’s beefed up and is more heavy-duty, with less strapping,” he noted. “16,000 sheets/hr. will help on all of our work, and with no electrical cabinet near the feeder there’s more room to work.”

Kremer traveled to RYOBI MHI customers in Cleveland and Cincinnati to observe similar perfector presses in action. “We saw the LED-UV feature on the press in Atlanta, too,” he recalled, in addition to chatting via phone with some East Coast plants. John Arnold, the technical service manager for Graphco, then “walked us through the design changes and improvements on our specific configuration.”

“We’re a job shop,” Kremer continued, “so we will need to determine where best to put the work: on our MGI digital press or the new RYOBI. When we consider the final trim size and finishing requirements of a job, we find that it can be faster to run 2,000 on the RYOBI MHI 755 XLGP than on the digital press.” The bottom line, he said, is operating as efficiently and leanly as possible—no matter which output technology is used.

This major investment continues a longstanding tradition of constant technology improvements at The Messenger Press. “Our clients appreciate our great customer service and state of the art equipment,” Kremer concluded. Diana Griffith, account manager for Graphco added, “we are thrilled to continue our nearly 20 year relationship with Allan and Mitch. The Messenger Press was the first of our MGI users to upgrade to the new Meteor 8700XL. They installed our first Horizon StitchLiner in the area and this new RYOBI will clearly give them a leading position in Northwest Ohio.

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper raises price for whole product range.

Another European papermaker has announced a price rise Mitsubishi HiTec Paper is increasing its paper prices by 8% – for all products.

The coated speciality papers manufactured at the Mitsubishi Paper Mills’ German subsidiary Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe in Bielefeld, include high-quality thermal papers (thermoscript), digital imaging papers (jetscript), carbonless papers (giroform) and label papers (supercote).

The company said the price rise was prompted by “constantly rising costs, particularly of raw materials”, in a statement released this morning. The global price increase of 8% applies to all products and takes effect for deliveries from 1 September 2015. The company said: “Customers will be contacted directly by a representative of the Mitsubishi sales team.”

Mitsubishi’s decision follows the decision to hike prices by Sappi, which announced in May that it would raise prices of its coated fine paper and coated mechanical reels by 8% from 1 July and then made a further announcement that its woodfree coated sheets would also go up by 8% and its woodfree uncoated sheets and reels by 5%-8% a few weeks later.

Sappi blamed “ongoing cost increases allied with present price levels” saying this had led to “unsustainable profitability for this business” at the previous price levels.

Lecta also revealed a 6%-8% price rise on its coated woodfree papers this summer, effective from 1 July. It followed a rise of 5%-7% in price for its speciality papers in April. It said that the price rise was “essential in order to offset rising manufacturing costs, particularly regarding high prices of raw materials”


APS Completes Solar Installation at Manchester, CT, Facility

In commemorating the completion of the system, John G. Sommers Jr., president and CEO of Allied Printing Services, was joined by Jay Moran, Mayor of Manchester; Ken Curran, State Director for Senator Chris Murphy; Rich Kehoe, State Director for Senator Richard Blumenthal; Conor Quinn, District Aide and Grants Coordinator for Congressman John Larson; State Representative Gayle Mulligan, (R-55); State Representative Mark Tweedie, (R-13); State Representative Jeff Currey (D-11); Tracy Babbidge, Bureau Chief, Bureau of Energy and Technology, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; and Susan Chase of Eversource Energy.

The 1.4 megawatt system, which is comprised of 4,591 panels atop Allied’s 275,000-square-foot facility, will provide about 17 percent of Allied’s total electricity usage. The environmental benefit of the system is equivalent to powering 145 homes for a year, or planting 27,000 acres of trees. Allied Printing’s use of solar power will also result in the avoidance of about 1,116,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.

“This solar installation will provide major environmental benefits, and at the same time, help us reduce our overall energy usage,” said Sommers. “It is part of our ongoing environmental sustainability program, and it’s exciting to know that our future growth will be powered by the sun.”

Allied partnered with EnterSolar, a leading provider of solar photovoltaic systems to the commercial marketplace, for the financing structure, design and installation of the new solar system, allowing the company to take advantage of federal, state and utility incentives in making the decision to commit to this major investment in green technology. Allied expects a payback period of under five years given the current cost of electricity, and will be able to sell excess power generated by the solar system back to Eversource, the electric utility covering the service area.

“It is gratifying to work with businesses that are taking a leadership role in environmental sustainability,” added Paul Ahern, president, EnterSolar. “We are delighted to help celebrate the launch of this system that will benefit not only Allied, but the greater community as well.