Carlson Print Group (CPG) officially unveiled its new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 105 PRO 41-inch six-color press during a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 29. The event, which was held at the company’s 74,000-sq-ft facility in Minnesota, provided its sales, production, and office staff with in-depth knowledge about the unique capabilities of the new Rapida 105 PRO and how it will open doors to more high-end packaging opportunities and expand its high value print products.
“We are proud to reveal our latest investment — our Rapida 105 PRO press — which will play a key role in producing our attention-grabbing and inventive work for our wide variety of nationwide clientele in the Fortune 100 to 500 list of businesses,” said Darren Carlson, CPG Chief Executive Officer. “By investing in the new Koenig & Bauer press, we are accommodating our firm’s rapid growth and increasing our capacity for our valued clients that require bold, unique printed products by utilizing unique materials and special effects.”
According to the firm’s internal analysis, the new press will increase CPG’s productivity by at least 30% or higher, according to Earl Guinter, Carlson’s Sales Manager, and a minimum 25% reduction in makeready time as compared to its existing press. The latest Koenig & Bauer model at Carlson will meet its environmental and sustainable goals with the addition of energy saving LED-UV lamps.
The special event kicked off with welcome remarks from Eric Frank, Koenig & Bauer’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Management, who addressed the crowd from the press deck on the importance of a strong partnership between the two leading firms and a vision forward. Darren Carlson, standing alongside him, emphasized the importance of providing value-added print solutions and explained the importance of this key investment to the organizations’ continued growth. It is, he said, market acknowledgement of the firm’s fine reputation as a high quality print provider. Carlson also noted his appreciation towards his dedicated team that continually provides the industry’s top satisfaction.
Darren Carlson (left), CEO and President of the Carlson Print Group and Eric Frank, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at Koenig & Bauer at the ribbon cutting ceremony.