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Foster Printing opens new facility with a second KBA Rapida

Feb 11, 2011 12:00 AM

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KBA North America announces Foster Printing Co. a large-format trade printer based in Santa Ana, CA, has inaugurated its new 46,000-sq.-ft. facility with a second KBA Rapida 162a 64-inch sheetfed press. The firm began printing in its new facility in early December 2010 with its new KBA Rapida 162a 64-inch, 5-color conventional press alongside its 2008-purchased KBA Rapida 162a 64-inch, 6-color press with UV capabilities.

“Our new state-of-the-art facility, which we purchased late last year, along with a second large-format press from KBA is the culmination of two years of planning and exceptional growth,” says Kris Blackburn, vice president of sales at Foster Printing Company. “We’ve always wanted to own our own building and when the right opportunity came along, we moved forward with the purchase. In order to not disrupt our current customer’s needs and our workflow, we worked closely with KBA on the installation plan. We installed the new KBA press first before moving our current KBA press over to the new facility.”

The presses are configured with the color management console and KBA Densitronic Professional closed-loop color control. Both presses communicate to the KBA Logotronic management system to provide up-to-the-minute data on jobs, workflow, throughput, and quality. Foster is  putting two shifts on both presses and plans to expand to a weekend shift.

“Since the installation of our first KBA large-format, 64-inch press in December 2008, we’ve seen business grow tremendously,” says Blackburn. The firm differentiated itself from other Southern California printers when it carved a niche as a large-format trade printer in Orange County. “Our success relies heavily on our ability to produce top-of-the-line work with one- to two-day turnaround and exceptional service along the way,” says Blackburn. “Having two KBA large-format presses enables us to print with the highest quality and cater to high-end customers who have high-end expectations.”