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Monday, August 25, 2014



North American premier of RYOBI MHI 925 LED-UV press with INSTA.COLOR and CRON UVP 36 CTP – both running live at Booth 4404

RYOBI MHI 925 LED-UV winner of Must See ‘Ems 2014 Award

CHICAGO—Sheetfed offset printing is back at Graph Expo.  Celebrating a successful first year as the North American distributor for RYOBI MHI, GSNA will spotlight RYOBI MHI and CRON CTP technology in live demonstrations during its COMMIT TO PRINT exhibition,

Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Why COMMIT TO PRINT?  Throughout the North American print market, one message is clear: reports of the demise of print have been exaggerated.  But the rolling stock of offset printing equipment in the industry is aging—in need of replacement and upgrade.

Successful printers today require a combination of high-speed production, low cost of manufacturing, quality and reliability.  Enter RYOBI MHI and CRON with the most affordable, productive and reliable combination of fully automated offset presses and CTP on the market.  The COMMIT TO PRINT booth will spotlight the complete package in one place.

Headlining the exhibit:  live presentations and pre-scheduled VIP demos of the 8-up RYOBI 925 press with LED-UV instant curing technology, which earned a coveted Must See ‘Em 2014 award, together with RYOBI MHI’s INSTA.COLOR digital makeready workflow.


Special emphasis will also be placed on the CRON UVP 36 metal CTP and Blackwood plates, one of the most versatile and cost-efficient combinations available today. CRON CTP solutions are available through select GSNA distributors.

“Seeing is believing in the world of print,” says Don Barbour, chairman and co-founder of GSNA.  “At each of our open house events, customers told us they had no idea this powerful combination of offset technology was within their financial reach.  So we decided to showcase that message and the technology on an international stage.”

Printers are urged to sign up now at www.ryobi-group.com/graph-expo.html to schedule a personal, in-depth VIP demo of the RYOBI MHI 925 LED-UV press and the CRON CTP system.

The combination of CRON CTP’s industry-leading 1% dot-gain allowance and the well-known RYOBI MHI extreme dot sharpness will be emphasized throughout the live demonstrations.

“The images and workflow we will present mirror what commercial, in-plant, packaging and specialty printers produce every day. At the Chicago show, we will plate and print live jobs every hour to highlight the speed, reliability and versatility of our system,” says Barbour. Breakpoints between digital and offset print have never been more closely contested. The COMMIT TO PRINT exhibit will clearly show printers that the RYOBI MHI LED-UV offset workflow provides the lowest total manufacturing cost on run lengths as short as 750-1,000 sheets—together with production levels exceeding 2,100 instantly cured and ready-to-sell letter size sheets per minute in a 16-page signature format for ease of finishing.

For detailed information on the complete lineup of RYOBI MHI offset presses and CRON CTP solutions provided by GSNA, please visit www.ryobi-group.com/equipment.html.

About RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology, CRON and Graphic Systems North America (GSNA)

RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology Ltd. is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of sheetfed offset printing presses. Its high-speed, fully automated presses are respected worldwide for unsurpassed print quality, low total cost of ownership, extreme ease of operation and unmatched reliability.

CRON Ltd. is a leading worldwide manufacturer of metal CTP systems and pre-press software, offering a full range of Thermal, UV, Violet and VLF CTP, together with CRONY workflow solutions. CRON holds over 20 patents, including LEMSS (magnetic levitation) technology, for best-in-class image quality. CRON Blackwood offset plates provide high quality and consistency at a truly affordable price.

Graphic Systems North America (GSNA) delivers the full line of RYOBI MHI sheetfed offset presses and technologies, CRON CTP systems and highly responsive technical support and parts fulfillment to commercial, in-plant, packaging and other specialty printers. GSNA has more than $60 million in revenue and delivers the single-largest press sales, service and parts team in North America. GSNA serves all 50 states and Canada and also oversees a network of 20 printing equipment dealer-partners. More than 30 print industry sales consultants offer sophisticated business analytics to support capital equipment decisions. Fifty-plus factory-trained technicians and parts professionals deliver real-time support from Ryobi’s engineering and technical team in Japan. Spare parts depots offer overnight service across the U.S. and Canada. More information is at www.ryobi-group.com.

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