Allied Litho Invests in Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 41” Press

Kansas City-based Allied Litho, a third-generation commercial printer, recently announced its investment in Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 41” press.

“We’ll be celebrating our 70th anniversary in business this year,” says Tim Heier, Allied Litho’s CEO. “One of our very first clients in 1949 was Hallmark Cards. This established our reputation as a leading trade lithographer. Since then, we’ve grown to produce all types of commercial and large format work: top sheet litho laminates and corrugated board work, labels to point-of-purchase displays, posters to magazine inserts, to name a few. Our location in the middle of the country allows us to quickly and easily reach all of our clients.”

As the firm has continued to expand its roster of clientele throughout the country, it has reportedly driven its success by adding new equipment that can appropriately handle the mix of commercial print work coming its way. Later this summer, its pressroom will be enhanced with a new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 41” press---dubbed the makeready champion for its speed at 18,000 sph.

“We foresee this press giving us a competitive advantage in the market and providing us with new opportunities that we didn’t have before,” said Heier. “It will definitely be a workhorse press for us.”

Allied has set itself apart by ordering a specially-configured 41” press that gives it the ability to print paper, plastics, and board, UV equipped throughout for maximum flexibility and a competitive edge in the marketplace, and is equipped with Koenig & Bauer’s industry-leading automation and technology. Allied’s press configuration is designed with six printing units, then a coating unit, followed by a printing unit, and finally a second coating unit. This specialized configuration will provide Allied with increased capabilities and ability to produce a broader range of substrates ranging from 60 lb. label up to 48 pts; paper, plastics and packaging.

“This new Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 press investment made by Allied Litho signals, once again, that one of the most known printers has made the switch to Koenig & Bauer,” said Steve Korn, Koenig & Bauer’s director of national and key accounts. “We are proud that Allied Litho has chosen to invest with Koenig & Bauer to provide access to higher technology for its existing and growing roster of clients. We are truly honored to be part of Allied Litho’s capital investment strategy. This investment will drive further manufacturing efficiencies, and provide greater capacity with the latest industry leading sheetfed press technology.”

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