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The Real Print and Finish Open House, held at the Hemel Hempstead showroom of Apex Digital Graphics on March 14, 15 and 16 has been hailed a success.
“We were delighted with the numbers coming through the door given the crowded events calendar at present,” said Apex MD Bob Usher.
In particular, visitors were keen to see live demonstrations on the SRA1 RMGT Ryobi press with LED-UV drying. LED-UV was pioneered by Ryobi and has given litho printing a significant boost in recent times. It has proven to be a huge success for Apex with more UK installations of Ryobi LED-UV presses than any other manufacturer.
“As well as potential customers, we had several visitors from the major finance houses who wanted to see a Ryobi LED-UV machine first hand,” says Bob Usher. “They are always aware of the major industry trends and know where the smart money is going. They agree that Ryobi are ahead of the game with LED-UV and realize the number of prospects for our technology are growing fast customers are keen to provide the funding.”
Apex launched a new Cron B3 platesetter at the event, the compact Cron 26H which has a unique integrated feeder and punch. The platesetter section was shown running plates developed in a standard soap solution. It has 32 UV lasers and can image a maximum SRA2 plate. Another major attraction from Apex at the event was the new Konica Minolta Bizhub C71hc, a wide-gamut digital production press.
Key partner IFS was equally pleased with the event. MD Bryan Godwyn: “There were more than 80 visitors who took the opportunity to see how streamlined end to end production can help them discover fresh ways enhance what they do. We had some very interesting discussions which we look forward to continuing.” IFS showed a wide range of finishing equipment from Horizon, Perfecta and Foliant.
Other partners for the event included Renz, KAS, Imprint, CyanX, IPIA and Graphic Arts Supplies.
Mr Akira Urakami, the President of Ryobi Ltd, paid a visit to Apex on March 7th of this year. His visit was to congratulate Apex on their phenomenal success in selling sixteen RMGT Ryobi presses with LED-UV to the UK market (with more orders in the pipeline). The sales include four eight colour SRA1 presses and eight 4/5 colour SRA1 machines.
Mr Urakami is the son of the original owner of Ryobi Ltd. The company operates as three separate divisions, one dealing in die casting; one producing power tools including garden machinery; and a third producing printing equipment, and now trading as RMGT following the merger with Mitsubishi MHI.
Mr Urakami Kohei was accompanied by Kohei Yatsumoto, Manager, International Sales and Marketing Department, RMGT.
Bob Usher, MD of Apex Digital Graphics, said: “It was a great honour for us to receive Mr Urakami and to be able to show him around our UK facilities. He was delighted to meet with our team and to pass on the congratulations from the factory team in Japan for the work we were doing to promote the latest RMGT LED-UV presses.”
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The advent of LED-UV has been one of the most significant developments in litho printing for many years, as printers have woken up to the benefits of instant, clean, eco-friendly drying.
• Available in all formats • Instant on/off • Instant drying • Long life • Low heat
• 88% lower power consumption compared to conventional UV • No spray powder • Ozone free • Mercury free
Ryobi was the first offset press manufacturer to introduce a genuine LED-UV curing system, not simply a low-power version of conventional UV, as offered by some other manufacturers.
Ryobi LED-UV - full details
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Ryobi and Mitsubishi became Ryobi MGI Graphic Technology in January 2014. At Japan’s premier print show IGAS in September 2015 the company unveiled a new logo and revealed a new look for its press range for 2016 and beyond.
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