Value proposition key as Missouri printer invests in 47th RMGT 9 Series sold in North America

The RMGT 9 Series Offset Press.
The RMGT 9 Series Offset Press.

The RMGT 9 Series “has become the press of choice for printers who want the lowest cost to print while maintaining outstanding quality on an incredibly durable platform,” said the OEM. In fact, Azar Printing, based in suburban St. Louis, Missouri, received the 47th RMGT 9 Series sheetfed offset press purchased in North America, and joins more than 700 installations of this press worldwide since its release in 2008. This also marks the 20th RMGT 9 Series press sold in North America in 2017. The RMGT 920PF-8+CC+LED-UV is also the first North American placement of a 9 Series in an 8-colour, long perfector configuration with LED UV curing and inline coating as well – making it a landmark installation for two significant reasons. This press was exhibited at Print 17 in Chicago prior to being delivered to Azar Printing. According the RMGT, the 9 Series press has proven to be “the most productive press of its size in the market worldwide and especially here in North America where labour costs are high, competition is tough and settling for a de-featured press is not an option for printers who are keenly focused on profit.” The press has also displaced many less efficient 29” and 40” presses from competitive press manufacturers, said the OEM.

The RMGT 9’s value proposition is one of the key deciding factors for most 9 Series owners. It’s the only 8-up, 16-page signature press that offers all the key automation, features and options available on new, larger presses, at a substantial cost savings when compared feature to feature. “In today’s tough marketplace it’s imperative that printing companies bring as much technology as possible onto their shop floor so when companies like Azar Printing and Metzgers invested in their long perfectors, they added Fully Automatic Plate Changing, LED UV and many other efficiency enhancing features,” said Derek Gordon, Graphco’s Midwest Regional Manager and RMGT distributor for that region. “It is so productive and versatile that we have started moving some of our digital work back to offset for our shorter runs,” said Daniel Salazar of PSA Print and Mail in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. “And with the added value of the LED-UV instant curing technology, the 9 Series press is not only environmentally friendly, but also allows curing on all substrates – improving work efficiency, reducing power consumption, and eliminating warping of film and other heat-sensitive media. It’s great that we can offer our customers these added benefits, which in turn helps their companies grow and expand as well.”

Karl Belafi Jr.
Karl Belafi Jr.

“It’s safe to say that the RMGT 9 Series press is one of the most innovative offset presses in the world right now,” said Kian Hemmen of PFS, one of the founders of the Graphic Systems North America (GSNA) distribution group for RMGT presses. “It can do anything a conventional offset press can do in a smaller footprint, and with more profitability. In short, it’s the offset press every modern print shop needs to stay competitive as the world – and its print requirements – continues to change.”

KBR Graphics (Laval, Quebec) became the official distributors Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology (RMGT) sheetfed offset printing presses in all Canadian provinces on August 1, 2016. “We’re pleased to offer the entire line of RMGT presses – the RMGT 3, 5, 7, 9, 10 and 11 models – across Canada, both direct and through our dealer network,” said KBR Vice President Karl Belafi Jr. at the time. “We’ve been selling RMGT presses for four years,” Belafi continued, “and enjoy a great relationship with Ryobi. We’ve been very successful in the eastern part of the country and aim to further develop our presence throughout Canada.”

 

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.