Curtis Packaging Boosts Luxury Packaging Sales Growth with Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106
On any given day, colorful sheets designed to become luxurious packaging are being printed, specially coated, embossed, hot stamped, and diecut at the headquarters of Curtis Packaging in Sandy Hook, Conn., destined for some of the most high-end globally-recognized iconic brand retailers within the health and beauty, sports, liquor, entertainment, computer software and pharmaceutical markets.
To make all of this magic happen, Curtis invested in an incredible 29x41˝, 15-unit Koenig & Bauer UV press in 2018. “This is the only press in the world with our unique configuration allowing us to apply up to 11 colors and four separate coatings all in one pass,” says Don Droppo Jr, president and CEO of Curtis Packaging. “The investment in this completely customized Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 press gives our company endless possibilities.”
Immediately after it was installed, this special Rapida 106 press was producing amazing work up to its customer’s high expectations and already reducing internal costs. “We’re gaining a 65% improvement in our changeover times with this press,” says Kerry C. Brown, vice president of operations. “Since then, we’ve been able to line-up so much work and it has increased our sales dramatically. The press is easily paying for itself. With our new Rapida 106 we’ve seen a 30% increase in job production output on this press. We could not be more pleased.”
As an established leader in the luxury packaging market, Curtis has recently gained at least 10 to 15 new customers. “2019 is turning into our best year yet,” says Droppo. “We’re posting strong 20% sales growth. Our clients are ramped into hyper drive. The investment in the new Koenig & Bauer press is contributing to this growth. It’s giving us higher speeds, faster production, and increased embellishments with only one pass. This new press has certainly surpassed the expectations of our business plan.”
To maintain Curtis’ exceptional printing promise, the firm has invested in a suite of presses from Koenig & Bauer. The latest Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 press beautifully complements the firm’s seven- and eight-color all-UV Koenig & Bauer Rapida 130 presses. Curtis can competitively run as little as 500 sheets to over five million sheets.
To efficiently manage all of these jobs, performance data from the new Rapida 106 press is automatically captured for analysis via Koenig & Bauer’s LogoTronic Professional, which provides detailed reports on every activity taking place on the press. The system also includes Logotronic Cockpit, which provides detailed reports on the OEE performance of the Rapida 106 press. With these systems in place, Curtis management is able to record and analyze its press data to ensure excellent print quality as well as measure its impressive 20% gains in impression count and waste reduction.
Curtis enjoys opening its unique headquarters for customer visits. “We had a valued client who came to visit while we were printing their job,” says Brown. “Their graphic designer came along too and brought a new design that they wanted to print as well. We were able to produce both high-end jobs in 10 minutes with our new Rapida press using its amazing color control and one-pass efficiency. We knocked it out of the ballpark.”
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