By Jon Robinson
xpedx Canada is the new master distributor for Tokyo-based Ryobi Ltd. in Canada, which was formerly handled through manroland. The parent company of xpedx, based in Ohio, has been distributing Ryobi presses in the United States for 34 years.
The Canadian operation will distribute all Ryobi format sizes, including the new 42-plus inch Ryobi 1050 press and the 36-inch Ryobi 920, as well as the 31-inch Ryobi 750 and 780 series presses, the 20-inch Ryobi 520 series and other smaller format presses. The 1050, 750 and 780 series presses run at maximum speeds of 16,000 sheets per hour.
The Tokyo-based press maker recently introduced a new LED-UV curing system for its presses, as well as a new inline casting and foiling system for specialty printing. Ryobi claims its LED-UV system was the first curing unit that replaces conventional UV lamps, with what the company calls long-life UV light-emitting diodes. xpedx claims this type of curing system – also employed by the likes of Mitsubishi on its DIAMOND series – cuts power consumption in excess of 70 percent. The LED-UV unit is also available on the 2-up RYOBI 520 series and the 8-up RYOBI 920 series.
“Canadian printers of all sizes want to boost automation, reduce total production costs and tap lucrative new print markets,” said Michael Kearney, VP and GM of xpedx Canada. “Ryobi has a compelling quality and value offer in state-of-the-art large, mid-size and small presses that can help printers become more productive, efficient and profitable.”
Ryobi parts fulfillment for printers in Canada will be done through xpedx’ Memphis distribution centre.