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Smyth installs new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 press

July 20, 2022  By PrintAction Staff

Ed Shadle, GM; Scott Martin, press operator assistant; Tim Parker, press operator; and William Parker, press supervisor.

“Innovation has always been one of the strengths of our business,” says Scott Fisher, president of Smyth, one of America’s largest printing and packaging providers. “We’ve always had the reputation of taking on projects that no one else would ever touch or even dream of.”

Innovation, however, is more easily achieved by operating the latest technology to further those goals. Earlier this year, Smyth, Bedford, Vir., elevated its production level with a second Rapida press from Koenig & Bauer.

“Koenig & Bauer has always been a great partner with our company,” says Fisher. “As we’ve expanded our substrate offering, the technology developed by Koenig & Bauer was a natural fit and it’s been the main driver for us. We already have 200 million impressions on our first Rapida press, and it is operating at peak performance. Our second Rapida press is now equipped with all of the latest state-of-the-art Koenig & Bauer systems for colour management, quality control, registration, and additional embellishment options.”


When Smyth installed its first Rapida press, management held the firm belief that it could print a variety of substrates. As its customers requested more colour capabilities and embellishments, seeking a more tactile feel and brilliance to entice shoppers at the shelf level, Fisher and his team trusted that Koenig & Bauer’s press was the right technology for the market and for the company. After its knowledgeable press operators put the first press through its paces and began to utilize the second Rapida press, the plan came to fruition and Smyth is now realizing constant run speeds of various substrates never before seen globally.

“The new Koenig & Bauer Rapida press provides Smyth a real edge over our competitors and helps us differentiate our business,” says Fisher. “Both presses are performing at optimum levels with additional embellishment capabilities. It pushes us to another level giving our customers a wide range of decoration options.”

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