Toray Graphics has reported that its long term relationship with Heidelberg continues to deliver benefits to customers of both companies. Most recently, Toray installed a new Heidelberg Speedmaster XL75 five colour press in its Czech Republic research and development centre, scheduled to open in 2018.
‘We have been working with Toray for more than 30 years, since it first brought waterless offset plates to market,’ said Joachim Hueber, product manager at Heidelberg. ‘About 20 years ago, Toray installed its first Heidelberg press for testing purposes; and today, we are proud to be included in Toray’s new research and development centre with the Speedmaster XL75.
‘Customers are looking for the high quality that waterless offset printing delivers, especially for security printing applications, and they are also looking for more environmentally sustainable options, which waterless offset delivers,’ he continued. Joachim estimates the company installs between 10 and 15 waterless offset presses annually.
‘When we are working with customers looking to add an offset press,’ he stated, ‘we take an in-depth look at all of their needs and requirements, including the applications they are producing today and those on the horizon. When waterless offset is the best solution, we have no hesitation in recommending it. And, we also partner with Toray in providing the training required to ensure a successful installation. The training is critical; if the press operator hasn’t been properly trained, the company will think the problem is with the press. If you want to drive a Formula One race car but don’t know how, you won’t be happy with that either!’