Sheetfed printer Dominion ‘confident in the future’ with new Komori Lithrone

Dominion’s managing director, Kelvin Gage, said the new press was also averaging around 13,000 sheets per hour but had hit as high as 15,000.

“With faster run speeds and more efficient makereadies, we are averaging three extra jobs per shift,” he told ProPrint.

“From a management point of view, [the best feature] is simply the efficiency of the press. For the operators, it is the ease of use, speed to get a job ready and the ability to adjust on the fly.”

Gage said the investment sent out a positive message to customers and staff, who “like to see you confident enough in the future to invest in new kit”.

[Feature: Install Q&A with Kelvin Gage]

The 45-staff Sydney firm conducted “intense” negotiations with “three major manufacturers” before making the purchase, he said.

“We even travelled to [the US] to look at the very impressive Presstek. But in terms of the deal itself, the Komori supplier, Ferrostaal, provided much more than just a new press, and this won us over. It was a great example of a supplier examining what our real needs were and coming up with a solution to meet them.”

Ferrostaal Australia chief executive Markus Haefeli said Dominion had made “immediate savings in production costs with faster makereadies and auto-plate changing”.

The new 20 Matching colour-matching concept also allows Dominion to create make-readies within 20 sheets, “resulting in lower waste and environmental savings”, he said.

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