US Carton Manufacturer Adds Capacity

NEPA Carton & Carrier, a leading US folding carton provider to the beverage, food, cosmetic, and tray marketplace, is adding a second new Rapida press, to be delivered in the spring of 2020.

“Due to the continued growth of craft beer sales, now amounting to 24% of the total $114-billion U.S. beer market, as well as our continued new market penetration, we are excited about adding a second Rapida to our pressroom equipped with increased efficiencies and added capabilities that will contribute to the high level of quality and service that our customers expect from us,” said Mike Collins Sr, President of NEPA. 

The new press, with a top speed of 17,000 sph, will be equipped with a host of automated modules specific to Koenig & Bauer such as QualiTronic Color Control, QualiTronic PrintCheck, and QualiTronic Instrument Flight – grey-balance control from System Brunner. All of these advanced color control systems will provide the ultimate system for total print quality control and it requires no operator intervention. 

The new Rapida 145 will also be equipped with the inline QualiTronic System Brunner and its Instrument Flight system. When NEPA installed it three years ago on its current Rapida 145, the firm became one of the first printers in North America to have System Brunner and its Instrument Flight system. It has allowed the press to be controlled via grey balance with the QCC option from Koenig & Bauer.


NEPA’s Mike Collins, Jr. (background), Vice President; and Bruce Beck (foreground), printing foreman.

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