Screen Americas (Rolling Meadows, Illinois), one of the leading manufacturers of digital inkjet printing technology worldwide, will be relocating this Fall to a new, larger and more fully equipped and resourced North American headquarters in one of the Chicago area’s most successful business and industrial enterprise centers – Elk Grove Village, Illinois (about 20 miles northwest of Chicago). The Screen Technology Center will be housed in a newly constructed, state-of-the-art technology park and will include an equipment-staging and shipping depot, increased office space, and a leading-edge Customer Experience Center, all just 15 minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Established in California in 1967 as Dainippon Screen USA (a division of Kyoto, Japan-based Screen Graphic Solutions), the company has been headquartered in Rolling Meadows, Illinois since 1975, when its principal product was pre-press image scanners used in offset printing.
Screen Americas has experienced consistent, year-over-year growth in the past decade, with the company’s key indicators pointing to continued expansion of its sales over the next three years and beyond. “We were looking for a facility that will serve our needs for years to come,” said Ken Ingram, President of Screen Americas. “We want to be able to fulfill customer demand by providing complete solutions. We’ll use our existing facility in Rolling Meadows for warehousing. This will allow our new facility to be used to showcase new technologies, and benchmark and demonstrate new solutions for the markets we serve,” he added.
Driven by the rapid adoption of inkjet as an increasingly popular and viable production solution within the broader printing industry, Screen (which has played a key role in pioneering and popularizing the technology), added that it has recently achieved increases in virtually every facet of its business – equipment and workflow solutions, inks and other consumables, parts, and service and tech support. Global installations in the past few years have exceeded 1,500 units for its industry-leading digital inkjet, roll-fed Truepress Jet520 printing presses, and nearly 200 Truepress Jet L350UV roll-fed inkjet label printing devices.
Supporting the associated growth in supply chain demand for the presses currently in operation was one of the key drivers in moving to larger quarters. Steadily growing interest in Screen’s highly regarded Truepress Jet line of high-speed inkjet technologies has resulted in a growing number of customer visits to its current Rolling Meadows facility. “That also played a major role in our deliberations,” said Ingram. “As we projected demand in the next six to 18 months and beyond, and planned for new products in new markets, the need for a new Customer Experience Center became an additional focus.”