Ingersoll Paper Box installs KBA-Iberica Optima 106K Die Cutter

From left are: Aleks Lajtman, Koenig & Bauer (KBA) Regional Sales Manager for Canada; Cory Sheritt, Postpress Supervisor at Ingersoll Paper Box; Tom Fitzgerald, Koenig & Bauer Product Manager; Murray Weir, Die Cutter Operator at Ingersoll Paper Box; and IPB President Sarah Skinner beside the new Koenig & Bauer Optima 106K Flatbed Die Cutter.

Ingersoll Paper Box Company (IPB – Ingersoll, Ontario), a leader in the Canadian packaging print and folding carton market, is reaping the benefits of installing a KBA-Iberica Optima 106K Die Cutter from Koenig & Bauer (KBA) Canada earlier this year. This includes its fast speeds, quick turnarounds, high productivity, user friendliness and blanking capabilities. Although the firm has only had the Optima 106K in operation for a few months at its 85,000-sq.-ft. facility, production has increased exponentially and that trend should continue. Due to Ingersoll’s wide mix of packaging products, the Optima 106 K will help to better plan and accommodate various projects. It’s capable of handling paper, cardboard, plastic and corrugated boards up to 1.5 mm. A few years ago Ingersoll increased its print output with the addition of a Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 seven-colour 41-inch fully-automated press – the first of its kind in North America.

“When we installed the Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 41-inch seven-colour press, it gave us added capabilities, faster production speeds, and broadened our customer base,” said IPB President Sarah Skinner. “We produce billions of custom boxes of packaging for customers in such industries as pharmaceutical, consumer goods and food packaging – all with a commitment to quality control and continuous improvement. We’re always seeking to expand our capital investments in newer and better equipment to ensure that we maintain our reputation as a trusted supplier of paperboard packaging. Our newest addition, the Optima 106K flatbed die cutter, continues to support that mandate. The new Optima 106K is the perfect model for us due to its blanking capability,” she continued. “It provides high quality, high productivity, easy handling, and fast preparation. This newest generation of Koenig & Bauer-Iberica blankers is equipped with new tooling technology to do sheeting in a fast and easy method.”

About the Ingersoll Paper Box Company. IPB is one of the most unique and respected family-owned firms in Canada – and has remained that way over its more than nine highly successful decades in business. When it was founded in 1922, it was initially known as Ingersoll Cone and Paper Box – a manufacturer of ice cream cones and the paper boxes that contained them! During the Great Depression, its employees would hand out broken cones to needy members of the local community. The Skinner family and business continue that philanthropic legacy today with its internal charity, Box of Kindness, that supports charitable organizations. They also have a small in-shop area dedicated to the rich and fascinating history of the company. This area is like a museum highlighting letterpress and typesetting equipment, company and customer orders, and documentation – as well as old ice cream cone molds.

Sarah Skinner, a fourth-generation leader of the firm, looks forward to celebrating the company’s upcoming 100th-year mark. “Our 75 employees embrace our customer-centric focus,” she said. “They’re proud to walk down a store aisle and see the many packages that they’ve produced. Our quality products can be found in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, nutraceutical, consumer, food, bakery and technology markets, shipping nationally and internationally. We pride ourselves in providing packaging solutions based on innovation and excellence – for start-ups to established brands. Our latest investment, the Optima 106K, continues that mission. With business booming, we also plan to add more employees.”

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.