Holland & Crosby Ltd. of Mississauga, Ont., on January 1 completed the purchase of the assets of screen-printing company Colormark Limited, also located in Mississauga. Colormark had been a family-run business for more than 40 years and is noted as being one of the only screen-printing companies in North America to research, develop and manufacture its own line of eco-friendly UV screen inks in-house.
Founded in 1932, Holland & Crosby specializes in the design, manufacture and distribution of P.O.P. signage and displays to the retail marketplace across North America. The Colormark acquisition results in both companies co-locating in a new 70,000-square-foot facility, which also includes significant investments in a range of new printing technologies.
“We’re really excited to get into our new space and produce projects even more efficiently,” said Scott Crosby, Holland & Crosby, VP of Sales & Marketing.
The company’s new technologies are focused around two Inca Onset purchased presses from Fujifilm, including the Onset X1 with a special orange ink configuration, and the Onset X3 press with three banks of CMYK, a 5 x 10-foot vacuum bed and output of over 9,000 square feet per hour. It is the first press of its kind to be installed in North America, and only the second worldwide.
Holland & Crosby has also made changes to its cutting solutions, replacing existing cutting tables with two new Kongsberg C Series 10 x 10-foot tables from Esko that are expected run 2.5 times faster than previous systems. Holland & Crosby is anticipating as much as 50 percent improvements in throughput based on these equipment acquisitions.
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