Board Converting News, June 14, 2021

Superior Litho To Install Koenig & Bauer Rapida 164 Press For Folding Carton Growth Business is strong and growing at premier packaging specialist Superior Lithographics. Its 110,000-square-foot facility in Southern California hums with activity, producing high quality large format litho and top sheets for the corrugated box industry and printing and converting folding cartons for these dual fast-growing markets. Later this year, the pressroom will increase its output with a new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 164 64-inch sev- en-color offset press.

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Superior’s management team has long believed in product diversifi- cation and capital investment to maintain its steady growth and leader- ship position. Recently it’s found new opportunities in the folding carton market, which has fuelled the necessity for additional press capacity. The team is eager for the new Rapida press to arrive and ‘flip the switch’ to see its newest large format machine begin production. “Our plan is to run the new press 24/7, printing anything and every- thing that helps our customers grow their brand awareness and allows increased speed to market,” says Jeff Ku, Superior’s Vice President of Operations. “It will be used for all three categories: litho-lam labels, litho- lam top sheets, and folding carton work.” As a long-time Koenig & Bauer customer, Superior’s massive press- room floor features a full suite of its presses. Its most recent delivery in the summer of 2019 was a Rapida 145 57-inch seven color press, which tripled its overall job throughput and impression output. The firm also operates a Rapida 162a 64-inch six-color press and a Rapida 205 81-inch 5-color press, both with UV curing capabilities. Superior plans to keep all four Rapidas operating, which will provide the greatest flexibility and ability to ensure the fastest job turnaround. Doug Rawson, Founder and CEO, expects the new Rapida press to significantly impact his business and the markets they serve. “It will provide a massive 50 percent increase in capacity,” he says, “and will help to train our operators on next-gen technology similar to our recent Rapida 145 addition. The new press will also dramatically decrease our makeready times by 50 percent.” Both of its newest press models are configured as seven-color mod- els, thus allowing for expanded color gamut, custom brand colors, and From left, Superior’s Doug Rawson, President and CEO; Mark Hoppenjans, Vice President of Sales; and Jeff Ku, Vice President of Operations, eagerly await their newest investment: a Rapida 164 seven-color press later this year.

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