Speedmaster XL 106-8-P. Productivity and integration are the beginning and the end when it comes to economy.
“We can have up to 30 jobs processed automatically, and in some cases are twice as fast as on the other presses,” says Marko Vranješ, Technical Director and son of the owner of Grafotisak, in explaining the merits of the recent investment in a Speedmaster XL 106 eight-color perfecting press with Autoplate XL and Prinect Inpress Control 2. What makes the Speedmaster XL 106 special is that it uses Push to Stop. In other words, the operator only intervenes to change plates or stop the press. The new Suprasetter 106 also fits in here seamlessly. It is the first Heidelberg platesetter installed worldwide, and processes 55 plates per hour. “We’ve always trusted in Heidelberg, and know that they will listen to us and supply us with what we need,” says Vranješ.
Books account for 90 percent of Grafotisak’s production, and are delivered to fifteen European countries. The company is based in Grude in Bosnia, and its customers include well-known publishers like Taschen, Burda, Edmont, Disney, Harper Collins, and Gildetal. The export share is 80 percent. The other ten percent of production is split between security printing of duty stamps for alcohol or cigarettes and folding cartons. “Quality at all times – we’ve achieved rapid growth with this motto,” explains Vranješ. “We replace our machines every five years so that we’re always up to date and can deliver the best to our discerning customers.” Grafotisak delivered 25 million books in 2017. The growth was twelve percent. The goal for 2018 is up to seven percent.
Grafotisak does not rely exclusively on innovative machine technology from Heidelberg when it comes to future growth. Each investment also involves the expansion of the Prinect workflow. For example, postpress was recently connected with the previously integrated prepress and the pressroom. Complete integration all the way up to costing and quotation preparation is planned for the future. For Marko Vranješ this not only means transparency, but also the ability to access all data from any location. A flexibility that gives him valuable time. Time that he enjoys spending with his family and his two sons.
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