Custom designed Rapida 145 for Curtis Packaging

Curtis Packaging is anticipating the delivery of a new custom-designed Koenig & Bauer Rapida 145 57-inch nine-color press plus coater, drying units, and an end-of-press printing unit at its 150,000 sq ft Sandy Hook, CT headquarters this spring.

With a focus on delivering the highest quality to its customers, Curtis has equipped the press with the widest array of quality control features that are only offered by Koenig & Bauer.

The new Koenig & Bauer press, built specifically to provide high-end solutions and carton production for the company’s long list of most discerning global brands in the cosmetic, spirits, chocolate, golf, and pharmaceutical markets, will add significant capacity and allow Curtis to continue its rapid growth.

Left to right: Don Droppo (President, Curtis Packaging; Chris Travis (Koenig & Bauer) and Kerry Brown (VP of Operations, Curtis)

“We’re very excited to get the press,” says Kerry Brown, VP of Operations, Curtis. “As we continue to attract high-end globally recognized brand retailers, the new Rapida is going to more efficiently support those customers who require exquisite products of outstanding beauty and enduring value by utilizing the Rapida’s top-of-the-line color management technology and high-speed production capabilities. It will complement our current Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 41-inch workflow that has the same software and similar capabilities except our newest press will be able to drive a lot more volume through its large format size. We continue to add new customers and our upcoming Rapida will allow us to bring in more business and support our current clients by being able to quickly produce more of their volume.”

The Curtis management team has made a commitment to the environment in which every innovation and capital investment allows it to remain a carbon neutral facility, 100% powered by renewable energy, and sustainable. The new Rapida, says Brown, will allow Curtis to lower its energy consumption due to the Rapida’s new technology that reduces waste and its improved color management.

“This investment demonstrates our commitment to support our current and future packaging needs with the highest level of technology,” says Brown. “We have always made it a mandate to invest in the greatest cutting-edge print technology to serve our high-end, globally recognized brand retail customers. Operating this newest press with our talented team of employees will drive our innovation to the highest level. Our goal is to invest in our employees, in the most unique and innovative equipment, through our supply partners such as Koenig & Bauer.”

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