Annan & Bird Lithographers, owned by Texas-based Consolidated Graphics, signed an agreement to purchase a large-format Heidelberg XL 162 sheetfed press, which is scheduled for a March 2012 installation into its Mississauga plant.
Founded in 1987 by Don Annan and Jack Bird, Annan & Bird made its first significant move into large-format offset production with the 1996 purchase of a 57-inch Mitsubishi press. The Mississauga-based company then installed a 78-inch, 7-colour Lithotronic press in 1998, followed by a Valmet sheeter (1999) and a second 57-inch Mitsubishi.
In 2003, after moving into a larger facility, Annan & Bird then brought in a 64-inch, 6-colour KBA 162a press, followed by a new 81-inch, 6-colour KBA 205.
United States printing giant Consolidated Graphics, which currently runs over 70 facilities worldwide, purchased Annan & Bird in August 2006 to add to its North American presence across 26 different states.
The Heidelberg XL 162 is geared toward the requirements of the folding-carton and package-printing sectors, while reaching a maximum run speed of 15,000 sheets per hour. Annan & Bird’s XL 162, a 6-colour press with coater, will also feature Heidelberg’s Prinect Inpress Control, which measures and controls colour and register on the fly.
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