August 16, 2018 By PrintAction Staff
Responding to a surge in the food container market, especially for eco-friendly products, Lollicup USA has invested in the newest generation Koenig & Bauer-Flexotecnica EVO XG press.
The firm, a beverage and disposable goods supplier and manufacturer for the food service industry, operates five locations including its current headquarters in Chino, Calif. Its new 660,000-square-foot production and manufacturing plant in Rockwall, Texas, is currently being built outside of Dallas and will house the new Koenig & Bauer-Flexotecnica EVO XG press.
“We want to stay ahead of market trends while quickly and efficiently serving our customers with better shipping and more manufacturing. This means finding new forms of innovative technology to help us with this demand. Our market is requiring changes to our printing services, asking up to be more accessible and, from our perspective, we need equipment that provides high quality, efficiency, fast turnaround, and is easy to maintain,” says Marvin Cheng, Lollicup CFO.
It was that endeavor that led Lollicup management to decide to purchase its first in-house flexo press. After researching the available models in the market, management chose the newest generation Koenig & Bauer–Flexotecnica EVO-XG press for its Rockwall facility. Developed for increased printing widths and higher printing speeds, the sleeve gearless EVO-XG press is designed to provide greater efficiency and productivity.
“We had been thinking about purchasing our own printing press for a long period of time,” says Jason Lee, Lollicup USA’s assistant plant manager, noting the company forecasts a 60 percent increase in its printing capabilities as a result of the investment. “We decided to move forward when we started building our new plant in Texas. We chose Koenig & Bauer-Flexotecnica due to its superb printing capabilities, which will provide our customers with the quality and turnaround that they demand. We also believe that it will be a great addition to help us fill custom print orders.”
The new Koenig & Bauer Flexotecnica EVO XG is equipped with various automated features designed to improve efficiency and reduce makeready times at the Rockwall facility.
The EVO XG, Koenig & Bauer explains, is built with many engineering and design details, such as its heavy construction cast-iron closed-design frames to the high-precision solid print deck featuring anti-vibration mechanical elements. As well, the model is designed to be user friendly with the highest level of automation, Koenig & Bauer says, making it ideal for Lollicup’s short, medium and long runs by reducing job changeover times.
“This will be the key workhorse for our facility producing paper cups,” says Lee. “It gives us the ability to have in-house printing of our paper cups. In addition, we plan to run new specialty substrates in the future and expand our printing capabilities to the packaging board market.”
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