Kyoshin installs first Japanese Primefire

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.

Kazuhiro Kajikawa, Executive Managing Director of the Hacoplay division of Kyoshin Paper and Package.

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.





Syndicate content

You can license the articles from Printing and Manufacturing Journal to reproduce in other publications. I generally charge around £150 per article but I’m open to discussing this for each title, particularly for publishers that want to use multiple stories. I can provide high res versions of images for print publications.

I’m used to working with overseas publishers and am registered for VAT with the UK’s HMRC tax authority but obviously won’t charge VAT to companies outside the UK. You can find further details and a licensing form from this page, or just contact me directly here.

Support this site

If you find the stories here useful then please consider making a donation to help fund Printing and Manufacturing Journal, either as a one-off or a repeat payment. Journalism is only really useful if it’s truly independent and this is the only such news source serving the print/ manufacturing sectors.

However, there are costs involved in travelling to cover events, as well as maintaining this site, not to mention the time that it takes to carry out research, check facts and interview people. So if you value this work, then please help to maintain it and keep it free to read.


Never miss a story – subscribe to Printing and Manufacturing Journal to receive an email notification every time an article is published here. It’s completely free of charge and you can cancel the subscription at any point without any hassle. There’s no need to provide any information other than an email address and subscribers details are not for sale so there’s no risk of any further marketing spam.

Related stories


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *