Komori America Corporation announced that M13 Graphics has signed a letter of intent to purchase the Komori Impremia NS40, a sheetfed inkjet press equipped with Landa Nanographic technology. After researching the capabilities of the Impremia NS40, Dan Banakis, president of M13 Graphics, traveled with his team to drupa 2016 to see the innovative digital printing system in operation. M13 Graphics has become a national leader in online and commercial printing services by offering high-quality, fast and affordable printing services. The M13 Graphics team found the Impremia NS40 to be a perfect fit for the company as the Impremia NS40 produces offset-quality brilliant color and will help M13 expand its high quality on-demand business. “We saw right away the Impremia NS40 would support our mission to deliver quality printing services quickly and affordably,” says Banakis. “With the ability to do 40″ digital work, we like the fact we can offer greater savings to customers by printing multiple jobs at the same time, streamlining production. The NS40 is direct to press, eliminating any costly pre-production steps, and will give us the flexibility to economically offer a variety of products to our customers.” click Read More below for additional detail
A recent and deadly explosion at Jiangsu Tianjiayi Chemical in China is severely impacting the global raw material supply chain, including materials used in publication and UV printing inks.
The March explosion spread to adjacent facilities, causing nearly 80 deaths, injuring hundreds of people and forcing thousands of evacuations of nearby areas. The Chinese government has forced shut-downs at the industrial park, as well as others nearby, to allow for investigations and safety inspections.
“Our hearts go out to the loved ones of those hurt or killed,” says Michael Podd, Chief Procurement Officer of Flint Group’s CPS Inks business.
According to Arno de Groot, Vice President Procurement for Flint Group Packaging, “thousands of factories have already been shut down. Government investigations and safety inspections will impact the total chemical industry in China and will not be limited to the province where the catastrophic accident happened.”
The impact has reached UV and publication printing ink supply chains, as the closures affect companies that supply materials for photoinitiators and for red and yellow pigments.
Mr. Podd notes that the raw material shortage will not affect ink supply for Flint Group’s customers. “Our preferred status with our partner suppliers helps us minimise supply chain disruptions, even during unforeseen crises like this one.”
Mr. Podd continues, “Our customers can rely on us for an uninterrupted supply of inks, though these raw materials will come at a higher cost due to the supply / demand imbalance this event has caused.”
Re-open dates for the shuttered raw material facilities remain unknown.