Kyoshin Paper and Package will be the first company to install a Heidelberg Primefire 106 in Japan when the press arrives later this summer at the company’s brand-new Kanto plant.
Kyoshin Paper and Package was founded in Kobe, Japan in summer of 1948. The company currently employs some 290 staff. In 2013 Kyoshin launched a web-to-pack service called Hacoplay, with the specific aim of using digital printing for to turn these orders around quickly, with the shortest delivery time being for one box in three days. However, the company has been limited the maximum size to B2 but the Primefire will allow it to cope with B1 orders.
Kyoshin first saw the Primefire at Drupa 2016 and subsequently carried out a number of tests. Kazuhiro Kajikawa, executive managing director of Hacoplay, explained: “The result of the print test was excellent. The print quality such as green and orange were outstanding and we felt that the quality of print by Primefire 106 was the most beautiful we have ever seen. The consistency of quality between first and 500th sheets was also amazingly stable that surprised even our offset press operator who was with me for the test.”
He added: “Other interesting feature of Primefire 106 for us is to be able to cover 95 % of Pantone color because we as packaging printer have to use a lot of special colors for package printing. By enlarging the size from A3 to B2, we were able to expand our business and we are expecting more by going for B1 size with Primefire 106.”
Montserrat Peidró-Insa, Head of Digital Print Business at Heidelberg, commented: “Japan is for us a very important market as it is among the top countries for folding carton production and it has probably the highest standards of image quality in the world.”
You can find more details on Kyoshin here and on its Hacoplay offering here (these websites are both in Japanese), and the Primefire from Heidelberg’s website here, as well as Heidelberg’s web to pack solution here.