It represents the first installation of an elevated press for a packaging printer in Germany.
A new foundation up to two meters deep was poured specifically for the Speedmaster XL 106-6+L.
Schäfer Druck & Verpackung added a countdown to its homepage to count down the days to the installation, which given the coronavirus pandemic, had to be planned even more carefully to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.
Schäfer Druck & Verpackung specializes in folding cartons for the food industry and numbers well-known brands from the confectionery and frozen food sectors among its long-standing customers.
The staff of 43 produces for companies in these sectors in the region, as well as for customers from across Germany.
“Flexibility, reliability, and proximity to the customer with round-the-clock accessibility,” is how Timo Schäfer describes the factors behind the success of the company he has headed up as managing director for the past four years.
His father Udo Schäfer established the company in 1987 to print advertising materials and forms. The company moved to a new building 10 years later, adding small carton batches to its commercial print activities with a Speedmaster CD 74.
After replacing that press with a Speedmaster XL 75-6+L, the company made the full switch to cartons and for more than 15 years has only been producing folding cartons and shelf trays.
“Now we’re taking the next step and switching the format class from 75 to 106. Our customers rely on our flexibility and speed, and our intention with this investment is to maintain and, needless to say, continue to build on this,” said Schäfer. "We expect the new printing press to significantly reduce our makeready times so that we can produce even the shortest runs economically and achieve high productivity."