Promoting the advantages of LED-UV offset technology

Toyo Ink signs deal to supply UV inks to KBA-Sheetfed

L-R: Shintaro Yamaoka, vice president of Toyo Ink; Katsumi Yamazaki, president of Toyo Ink; Ralf Sammeck, CEO of KBA-Sheetfed Solutions; Kunio Sakuma, chairman of Toyo Ink SC Holdings; Hiroyuki Hamada, president of Toyo Ink Europe; Kensuke Koga, division director of high-performance material sales, Toyo Ink; and Dietmar Heyduck, sales director of KBA-Sheetfed Solutions at the KBA stand at drupa. Ralf Sammeck shakes hands with Kunio Sakuma following a signing ceremony between KBA-Sheetfed Solutions and Toyo Ink SC Holdings at drupa.

This supply tie-up follows a series of extensive technical and technological tests of Toyo Flash Dry  UV inks on all KBA Rapida sheetfed offset press series from half to large format. The test results showed that out of all the UV curing systems, Toyo’s UV inks worked best to optimize performance of high-end Rapida sheetfed offset presses from KBA. This achievement also led to Toyo Ink being named a ‘KBA recommended printing material’ under the KBA Press Consum range of consumables.

“We’re delighted that KBA-Sheetfed selected Toyo Ink to support them in providing to their customers the substantial productivity, environmental and cost benefits that Toyo Flash Dry inks have to offer,” noted Kensuke Koga, division director of Toyo Ink’s high-performance material sales. “Toyo Ink and KBA-Sheetfed share the common ambition of pushing the boundaries of UV technology in ways that create immediate value to customers. Together, we will focus on improving print quality and delivering the best possible inks for KBA-Sheetfed presses.”

Even today many Rapida users bank on the UV and LED-UV production inks from Toyo Ink with great success. KBA therefore recommends Toyo Flash Dry inks especially for the innovative LED-UV process. All UV presses in the KBA-Sheetfed customer and training centre will print with Toyo Flash Dry inks in the future. This was also true of the LED-UV presses exhibited on the KBA Group’s stand at drupa 2016. Toyo personnel were also on-hand at the stand to answer any questions from visitors or identity possible solutions on how to boost printing productivity with a Toyo-KBA solution.

Dirk Winkler, head of print technology at KBA-Sheetfed, is convinced that the collaboration with Toyo as ‘the preferred partner’ when it comes to developing and optimizing UV curing systems unlocks huge potential – “Continual optimization and quality controls through the daily use in our customer and training centres lead to a constant, high quality at our joint users.”

Under this partnership, both firms will promote the advantages of LED-UV offset technology for users and increase its market acceptance and implementation. Toyo Ink is also committed to developing innovative products such as specialty printing inks for ultra-high speed LED-UV presses, building on its commitment to continuously create new value for its customers.

Packaging South Asia is a cooperating media partner for drupa 2016 which was held from 31 May to 10 June at Dusseldorf, Germany