Board Converting News, April 11, 2022

Protective Packaging Invests In Koenig & Bauer 6-Color Press In the past six years, even as the market has faced some very challenging times, Protective Packaging has not just grown but thrived. This Lugoff, SC custom packaging print- er, headquartered outside of Columbia, has seen its large investment in new equipment increase its capacity and propel the 80-employee firm to double its sales in four years. This summer the firm will welcome the delivery of a special key piece of equipment—a new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 six-color 41-inch press, one of the first new in- novative models in the U.S. “Ever since I founded the company in 1987, I believe in continually reinvesting in new technology,” says Tom Price, president of Protective Packaging Inc. “Our loyal custom- ers are the recipients of these technological investments, gaining faster, higher quality, more efficient throughput. When our new state-of-the-art Rapida 106 arrives, it will represent a highpoint for our business, giving us the fast- est speeds to ensure fast delivery to our customers.”



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Protective Packaging has doubled its sales in four years.

With its laser focus on its mix of packaging clientele in the Southeast region, Protective Packaging special- izes on run lengths between 15,000 to 50,000 but, due to its strength in customer service and the press’ ultra- short makeready times, the firm will produce work with no minimums. Common customized box styles include reverse-tuck end, straight-tuck end, sleeves, auto-bottom tuck top, seal end, simplex, Klik lock, four-point in-fold, six- point in-fold, and windowed carton. As the firm continued to grow, Price added 70,000 sq ft in 2016 to his original 60,000 sq ft so that currently his firm operates at a 130,000 sq ft facility. A new room is being built specially for the Rapida 106 where it will share the workload with Protective’s current 2019 Koenig & Bauer sheetfed press. The firm is looking forward to the Koenig & Bauer enhanced color control system, which will automat- ically provide operators with measurement as well as intri- cate and detailed report systems. It is also being delivered with a custom raised kit to support faster net sheets on the floor through continuous running of the press.

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April 11, 2022

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