North America’s newest high-speed web offset press doesn’t have a gas dryer. Thanks to a pioneering purchase by Bradford & Bigelow of a Manroland Goss Lithoman IV press equipped with an advanced LED-curing system from Baldwin Technology’s AMS Spectral UV brand. This combination of companies has brought a new leading edge to the high-speed web offset market. Bradford & Bigelow, based in Newburyport, Massachusetts, is one of North America’s leading printers of 8.5 x 11-inch textbooks and workbooks used for K-12 education. The new press is its second Lithoman. According to the printer, after producing books for years on a Lithoman, it was an easy decision for B&B to choose another Manroland Goss press. B&B has been a pioneer in the use of UV inks. Several years ago, the printer converted its sheetfed and Timsons web presses to AMS Spectral UV’s LED UV ink technology successfully. However, the technology had not been perfected for higher-speed webs like the Manroland Goss that run north of 30,000 impressions per hour.
Sun Chemical’s Color Materials division opened a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient mixing plant in Cologne, Germany.
Sun Chemical Color Solutions, the masterbatch business of the Color Materials division, is responsible for the development, manufacture, and distribution of masterbatches to the plastics industry. The new mixing plant enables Sun Chemical to produce more efficiently and meet the plastics industry’s increasing quality requirements.
“With this new investment, we want to strengthen our position and further expand our masterbatch business for our customers,” said Thomas Sattler, Managing Director, Sun Chemical. “We’re thrilled to have welcomed employees, their families and customers to an opening celebration last month and look forward to continued success of our color solutions business.”
Digitalized and automated processes, along with optimized internal transport routes, allow Sun Chemical to react more quickly to changes in customer requirements. The facility comprises over 1,700 square meters of floor space to ensure an increase in production capacity.