Nahan announced that it has expanded its digital printing platform with the addition of the ProStream 1800, manufactured by Canon Solutions America. “This state-of-the-art continuous feed inkjet press will enable Nahan to deliver highly targeted and personalized print at exceptional speeds with award-winning quality and flexibility, unlike anything we’ve seen,” said Nahan CEO Mike Ertel. With the ability to produce over 62 million letter impressions per month, the ProStream will increase Nahan’s overall capacity, while reducing production cycle times and enabling faster speed to market for its clients. Setting a new benchmark for inkjet quality, the ProStream1800 provides a color gamut beyond offset standards on most papers. At full speed, the ProStream leverages 1,200 dpi resolution with Canon multi-level ink drop size modulation for smooth shadings, striking details in dark tones, and sharp fonts. The ProStream allows for flexibility across a wide range of media, including standard offset coated, uncoated, and inkjet optimized papers from 40gsm to 300gsm. This will allow Nahan to efficiently produce a wider range of formats than ever before, from premium direct mail, to catalogs, self-mailers, and more. Another compelling feature of the ProStream is that it can produce fully variable 4-color catalog covers in-stream – a new and unique advance in capabilities for Nahan.
From an outsider’s perspective, things seem to be going smoothly for Quad/Graphics, considering it consumes 250 million pounds of ink per year, according to an article recently published by BizTimes. However, therein lies the problem because “domestic suppliers aren’t able to provide the raw materials needed to meet its demand,” BizTimes reports.
Quad manufactures its own offset and gravure inks and, although there are two domestic suppliers of raw materials still in the U.S., the two companies have informed Quad that they are unable to provide the large amount of pigments the printer needs annually, which are the key raw materials needed for its ink manufacturing, Claire Ho, manager of corporate communications, Quad/Graphics, told Printing Impressions in an email.
Ho explained that because the types and quantities of the pigments needed cannot be obtained in the U.S., the company is compelled to import ink pigments under a foreign trade zone (FTZ) designation for its Hartford and Sussex, Wis., locations — of which Hartford is an ink manufacturing facility. Ho says that the FTZ designation will ensure that it is not “penalized for conducting manufacturing in the U.S.A” and will reduce the cost of raw materials needed to continue to manufacture inks in-house, which Ho said “will provide us with necessary resources to invest in our business and our employees.”
Unfortunately, without the FTZ designation, the current tariff system favors importing finished inks, BizTimes explains. Ho said that Quad would end up paying a 1.8% tariff on finished ink, versus a 6.5% tariff on the raw materials. Therefore, the FTZ designation is crucial because the current tariffs drive up costs to manufacture products in the U.S. if the raw materials aren’t available.
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