Jones Healthcare acquires Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106

The Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 8-colour sheetfed offset press.
Chris Jones Harris (left), Principal, Corporate Development,  at Jones Healthcare Group, with Ron Harris, President and CEO, have announced the firm’s significant investment in a unique Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 8-colour press.

Jones Healthcare Group (London, Ontario), a global market leader in advanced packaging and medication dispensing solutions, has made a major investment in an 8-colour, custom-built Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 sheetfed offset press. The new press will increase the company’s production capacity and help improve speed-to-market “with unmatched quality and waste reduction” for its health and wellness, folding-carton clients.

“As we move through the global pandemic, we remain a resilient organization that continues to invest in our business despite the uncertain marketplace – as well as a strong North American partner for organizations looking for near-shore and on-shore suppliers,” said Ron Harris, President and CEO at Jones Healthcare Group. “Our new press is just the first of our planned equipment investments through to 2021 totaling $20 million – all of which deepen our focus and service to wellness markets, in support of our aggressive growth strategy,” he added.

The Rapida 106 will increase the company’s production capacity, flexibility and efficiency via highly automated technology plus speeds of up to 18,000 sheets per hour – while also accommodating the speed and high quality that its clients expect. The new press is scheduled to arrive later this summer and should be operational by October. The company has equipped the custom-built press with a state-of-the-art QualiTronic PDFCheck system for automatic, 100% inline inspection against client-supplied PDFs at high resolution, as well as Koenig & Bauer’s unique Sheet Ident system for consistent colour and print quality control. Both features provide extensive reporting for clients and ensure that their high-value packaging meets the rigorous standards of the health sector, while also maintaining important brand impact for consumers on store shelves.

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