Watgen. Anicolor. A Genuine First!
Watgen SARL came into being in 1960 when Jean-Marie Watgen
opened a small printing workshop in Luxembourg.
The business grew with the pleasing regularity of a metronome,
constantly adjusting to new developments in printing techniques and
even playing something of a pioneering role throughout this
With the support of his son Mike, Watgen made the business
work. In just over a decade, the company made the move to
four-colour printing, CtP, Direct Imaging, binding and, since July
2008, Anicolor. In fact, it is the very first Anicolor system of
its type in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
"We believe in taking the high-quality option. We
specialise to some considerable extent in small print runs, with
all the benefits of speed and flexibility that come with it. That's
why, in 1996, we invested twice in a Speedmaster DI. At the time,
that made us real trendsetters. Then, once the DI had reached its
limits, we switched over to Anicolor four-colour plus varnish. It
was quite a revelation!"
60 percent of Watgen's work is done for large state and
financial institutions, with the remaining 40 percent for
advertising agencies. These are two different types of client with
recurring needs, but both highly demanding in terms of quality.
"Our Speedmaster CD 74 five-colour press with varnish and
Prinect Axis Control gave us what we needed for medium-sized and
larger runs for jobs such as magazines, annual reports and general
printwork. But, in fact, we needed a machine that could handle
high-quality jobs with small print runs. The quality provided by
the DI was no longer sufficient, because client requests in that
area were becoming increasingly more specialised. Which is why we
started up a study with Plantin on Anicolor."
The system analysis carried out jointly by the Luxembourg printer
and the Heidelberg importer quickly led to a number of conclusions.
The quality is indisputable, but using Anicolor has a number of
other advantages, especially for proofs. "The operator doesn't
need to get involved as often as with a traditional press. That, of
course, means he has to have fewer qualifications, but it also
assumes that the files provided are flawless and the colorimetric
settings perfect. Which is why we have developed test forms for all
types of paper." This means that Anicolor involves a different
way of working and provides a stricter environment for
rationalisation and standardisation. Yet the right level of quality
is still there. "The study produced very good results. We have
been working in two shifts since September, using ThermoFuse-plates
and the same K+E inks and on all paper types - even envelopes. We
also hear that Pantone colours are soon to be made available. I
believe that with our present range of facilities - CtP, CD and
Anicolor - we are really at the top of what is currently possible
in terms of quality and flexibility."
But that did not mean there would be no more (pleasant)
surprises. The assumption was that with its absolute consistency in
ink transfer, Anicolor could also provide quality solutions for
long print runs. Watgen's experience demonstrates that this is
true. "Anicolor is suited perfectly for other jobs. The way we
work, runs on this press vary from 100 to 20,000 and even as many
as 40,000. It's a genuine production machine that provides the
ideal way of taking the pressure off our Speedmaster CD 74:
everything is possible on it, from a brochure printed in a single
colour, to large quantities that require multiple plate changes.
It's versatile, easy to use, fast with colour and reliable. Some
print jobs are finished in 15 minutes. The printing quality of the
solid areas is astounding, regardless of the paper type, even with
textured paper or recycled material."
Watgen also promotes its pioneering image in the finishing
department. The company has just installed a Eurobind 600 binding
machine that is the first of its kind in Belgium and Luxembourg.
"We want to be able to do all of our binding work in-house.
It's a question of combining convenience, responsiveness and
quality - all at the same time."
Imprimerie J.M. Watgen
7a rue de Bitbourg
Tel.: +352 43 84 86-1
Fax: +352 43 84 86-50