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Members in the News – January/February 2022

By AICC Staff

January 24, 2022


From left: Dave Burgess (JB), Bob Manders (XDS), Nathan Bird, Tanya (Bird) Rubin, John Bird, Warren Bird, Spencer Bird (JB), Don Wagner, and Jeff Devries (XDS).

JB Machinery held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its updated manufacturing facility in Neenah, Wisconsin.

The eight-month project increased the functional space of the company’s XDS facility for its design/engineering and manufacturing division, nearly doubling the size to 30,000 square feet.

“We had simply outgrown our manufacturing space,” said JB Machinery President Warren Bird. “All of our floor space was taken up by manufacturing, and the demand for JB products was taxing the capacity of the facility. In order to meet the growing demand for JB products, it was obvious to us there was a need to expand the physical aspects of our business.”

Koenig & Bauer, with its new “Exceeding Print” strategy, is focusing on transforming to a digital-forward company, as well as one focused on sustainability initiatives.

“Koenig & Bauer made the switch to a cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) platform, a leading industry product, back in 2010,” said Ralf Sammeck, executive board member for the sheetfed segment and CDO. “Across the group, sales, service, and marketing, along with the adjacent functions, all use the CRM application, which also provides performance data for the machines connected within the network.”

“By 2025, we are aiming to reduce carbon emissions in our production plants by 75% and intend to be completely carbon-neutral from 2030 on,” said CEO Andreas Pleßke, Ph.D. “As the industry’s leading provider of sustainable solutions, we help our customers to reduce their ecological footprint. Solutions based on technology that we developed reduce energy consumption, cut waste, and decrease ink and coating consumption, helping to cut CO2 emissions.”

In other Koenig & Bauer news, Tavo Packaging recently invested in a new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145 large-format press at its Eastern Pennsylvania facility.

“I constantly ask how we can respond to our customers better and faster,” said David Taylor, Tavo Packaging’s CEO and vice president of sales. “Our guiding philosophy is high quality and providing the highest level of service. What we’ve found in our first-ever Koenig & Bauer press is exceptional machinery that matches our desire to improve our capacity footprint and achieve higher throughput through the plant. This press is providing us with faster run speeds and positions us to increase our capacity levels for additional growth.”

Finally, Koenig & Bauer Durst’s Delta SPC 130 press has helped the Royal Group achieve high-quality mass customization, according to a company news release.

“Successful companies such as The Royal Group embrace trends and offer high-impact solutions for their customers,” said Koenig & Bauer Durst Managing Director Robert Stabler. Brand owners want shorter lead times, sustainable manufacturing practices and products that stand out. The Delta SPC 130 Automatic meets all those needs while providing customers with the latest, most reliable, and cost-effective production method available. We’re happy to deliver a solution that gives both TRG and its customers the capability and competency to mass customize without compromising quality.”


Durst’s P5 Tex iSub

AMI Graphics, a large-format print service provider in New Hampshire and Florida, recently added a Durst P5 Tex iSub to its equipment lineup.

The P5 Tex iSub is an inline sublimation printing solution for soft signage output, with printing speeds of 4,100 square feet per hour and an 11-foot print width. It also includes water-based, odorless inks.

“We are excited to have AMI Graphics as a partner with their investment in the P5 Tex iSub. Their commitment to operational fulfillment, is complete reassurance the P5 Tex iSub is accepted in the marketplace,” said Larry D’Amico, Durst sales director, North America. “We see the P5 Tex iSub as the solution that will keep AMI Graphics at the forefront.”

In other Durst news, it recently supplied a Durst Tau RSC-E press to Roll Flex Label Co., based in Hackensack, New Jersey.

The Durst Tau RSC-E operates at speeds of up to 170 feet per minute (upgradeable to 262 feet per minute) with 1200 dpi native resolution and available with up to eight colors, as well as white.


Ralph Sanchez

Domino recently added Ralph Sanchez as its new regional service manager for Domino North America.

Sanchez brings with him over 25 years of experience in management positions, including senior-level operations leadership and customer engagement roles.

“It’s easy to see why we are very excited to have Ralph on our team,” said Mark Meyer, technical manager of Domino Digital Printing North America. “He brings tremendous perspective, experience, and success and he will continue to thrive at Domino. Ralph will build on what has already been started, focusing on the provision of exceptional service to our customers and our field service engineers.”

In other Domino news, the company released a new brand video to kick off 2022, titled “The Domino Difference.”

The video includes 28 individuals from 21 companies in North America who talk about why they chose Domino and what they consider the Domino difference.

Check out the video here.