Based in Lubbock, Texas, the Slate Group has installed its second Komori press, a five-colour Lithrone G40 with coater (GL540C) with Komori’s LED/UV curing system. The five-colour, 40-in. press is a duplicate of the Komori press installed just two years ago. With the addition of the GL540C with LED/UV, Slate Group plans to double the company’s production capacity for the marketing pieces it creates for a diverse range of clients.
Slate Group offers a variety of finishing capabilities, such as soft touch laminates and spot UV coatings on difficult stocks, like uncoated or matte. Additionally, the company is on the leading edge of using an innovation called “motion coat,” a coating that gives the visual appearance of movement on a printed piece. Slate Group is advancing the applications and effects that can be enhanced with the coating.
“We know we have a unique approach to how we model our business,” said Brad Phinny, COO of Slate Group. “We’re constantly looking at how we can help grow their businesses with new ideas when it comes to marketing applications. Our sales staff is younger than most salespeople in the commercial print space and they have backgrounds and degrees in marketing or advertising. Having the second Komori press on the floor gives them confidence that we are investing in our future to continue to support their customers.”
The GL540C offers capabilities that make it possible for Slate Group to produce products that interact with the five senses by using embellishments to create visual and tactile effects, such as soft touch coating and reticulated varnishes that give printed items a soft, warm feel or enhance the texture of a printed item.
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