- Print Innovation Asia
Bunkado is first in Japan to install China-made Speedmaster CD
In 2018, Bunkado Printing Co., Ltd., which is based in the Japanese city of Odawara, became the first Japanese print shop to install a Chinese-manufactured Speedmaster CD 102 with UV technology from Heidelberg. This meant the company was now running a total of three Speedmaster presses with UV technology in the 70 × 100 format class.
The latest investment replaced a 17-year-old Speedmaster CD 102, enabling the company to double its original productivity. This and the flexibility of the press are essential conditions for Bunkado’s expansion into the growing packaging market.
As a result, highly flexible and quality-focused sheetfed offset printing is becoming the company’s second mainstay alongside web offset printing.
Kazuto Nakanishi, Managing Director of Bunkado Printing: “As the peak season was drawing closer, we needed a new printing press with UV technology fast. Heidelberg therefore offered us a Speedmaster CD 102 from its Chinese production site, which was available at short notice. Before we concluded the purchase agreement, we saw the Heidelberg factory in Shanghai for ourselves and were deeply impressed by the state-of-the-art and professional manufacturing operations there. That is what won us over and we have certainly not regretted our decision. The print quality, productivity, and reliability of the press meet the same exceptional standards that we have come to expect from Heidelberg presses that have been made in Germany.”
Heidelberg announced that press exports from its production facility in China has increased.