First Heidelberg Primefire in Japan goes to Kyoshin
Japanese web-to-pack printer, Kyoshin Paper and Package, chooses Heidelberg Primefire 106 – the first one in Japan.
Heidelberg announces that Japan’s Kyoshin Paper and Package has signed for the first Primefire 106 in the country. Heidelberg will install the digital printing system in Kyoshin Paper and Package´s brand-new Kanto plant in summer this year.
Kyoshin Paper and Package purchased the Heidelberg Primefire 106 as their next digital press to expand their web-to-pack business on top of the traditional packaging business. The company was founded in Kobe, Japan in summer of 1948 and currently has 290 employees.
In 2013 the company expanded their packaging business launching web-to-pack service called “Hacoplay” focusing on the demand of small size and small quantity with digital presses. The service was able to receive an order of one box in three days, as their shortest delivery time. Currently the maximum size they can print on their digital press is B2, but in order to further expand their web-to-pack business, they were looking for B1 digital press that could meet their demanding customer needs.
The first time they saw Heidelberg’s Primefire 106 was at drupa 2016, and were impressed enough to ask Heidelberg to do print test with their challenging images.
Kazuhiro Kajikawa, executive managing director of Hacoplay division said: “The result of the print test was excellent. The print quality such as green and orange were outstanding and we felt that the quality of print by Primefire 106 was the most beautiful we have ever seen. The consistency of quality between first and 500th sheets was also amazingly stable that surprised even our offset press operator who was with me for the test. Other interesting feature of Primefire 106 for us is to be able to cover 95 % of Pantone color because we as packaging printer have to use a lot of special colors for package printing. By enlarging the size from A3 to B2, we were able to expand our business and we are expecting more by going for B1 size with Primefire 106.
The Primefire 106 is the first available industrial digital printing press for packaging in B1 format.
“Japan is for us a very important market as it is among the top countries for folding carton production and it has probably the highest standards of image quality in the world,” explained Montserrat Peidró-Insa, Head of Digital Print Business at Heidelberg.
“The success of Primefire customers is what drives our entire team. We are proud to have such a renowned company like Kyoshin Paper and Package selecting Primefire 106 to accelerate their company growth. With this new installation, Primefire is expanding its global presence even further and consolidating itself as a business growth enabler in packaging.”