(PresseBox) (Veitshöchheim, )French printer Imprimerie de Champagne, a Graphicom Group subsidiary based in Landres, has snapped up the Rapida 142 eight-colour perfector press on the KBA stand at Drupa. While KBA sheetfed presses are no novelty in the company's press room, this one will open up new dimensions: it can print as many as 128 pages per sheet - in one pass. "We are aiming to move ahead of the curve," asserts Henri Gironcourt, general manager of the 100-employee firm. So four-backing-four in the widespread B1 (41in) format is no longer sufficient, and Imprimerie de Champagne already has a brace of Rapida 105 eight-colour perfectors in operation.
The new Rapida 142 will soon be pumping out more prints than both these presses combined.. It is also much more economical, because the cost of consumables, floor space and labour for a size 6 (56in) press is nowhere near twice the level for a B1 press. Throughput in pre-press and finishing will also be more streamlined. "Installing the Rapida 142 will promote us to the pole position among printers in our line of business," declares Henri Gironcourt with conviction. Imprimerie de Champagne prints instruction manuals, books and a large volume of magazine titles, including the Graphicom Group's Journal de Haute Marne.
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