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Print Solutions
Paragon Business Forms takes prepress to new levels
Wednesday, 11th December 2013

Kemtek’s international business activities continue to flourish, with a host of fresh equipment installations in neighbouring countries such as Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia, to name just a few.

In Zimbabwe, one Harare-based printing company that’s investing for growth is Paragon Business Forms. To revitalise the in-house prepress division it has recently taken ownership of a new Screen PlateRite 4300E platesetter, Equios Rite workflow management system and Ovit Adara 85 wash and gum unit.

Established in the late 1920s, and originally named Moore Paragon Central Africa (part of the Global US-owned Moore Corporation), Paragon Business Forms is now part of the thriving Enterprise Press Group, one of sub-Saharan Africa’s leading special cheques and encoded document solutions providers.

With a permanent staff complement of 100-plus, it operates a fleet of established sheetfed lithographic presses, continuous printing presses and various finishing systems. CEO, Mark Strathern, explains the rationale behind the latest purchases: ‘For several years we had two Panther image setters, which eventually became uneconomical to run. Two years ago they were decommissioned and we started outsourcing all of our film requirements, including a few CtP plates for certain jobs,’ he states. ‘However, we always planned to resuscitate our in-house prepress and install CtP. The harsh economic climate in Zimbabwe kept things on ice for a while but we’re delighted we’ve eventually taken the plunge and purchased the latest equipment from Kemtek. We can now make our own top-quality plates and significantly reduce waste and press downtime!’ he declares.

According to Manny da Silva, Kemtek’s export manager, the latest suite of products is perfect for Paragon’s business model and versatile enough to adapt to changing market needs. ‘The Screen PlateRite is the leading B2+ (four page) CtP platesetter on the market today,’ he states.  ‘Paragon’s unit produces 11 plates/hour and, as the business grows, can be upgraded to produce 21 plates/hour. Strength also lies in the Screen Equios Workflow System, which combines Screen’s established prepress know-how, promoting greater automation and labour saving in print-related operation processes,’ adds Manny. ‘The Ovit Adara processing equipment was carefully chosen to wash and gum the plates because it can be integrated with in-line and offline systems with no need for developer and replenisher, saving on chemicals and protecting the environment!’

Understanding the complexities of the modern printing environment and establishing efficient work stations that complement the entire production process is Kemtek’s speciality and, as Mark Strathern attests, he’s confident that Paragon’s in good hands with Manny and the Kemtek technical team. ‘Continuity of supply was a major factor in our decision making process and I know we’ll continue to receive the best after-sales support and advice!’ he declares.

Paragon Business Formsí new Screen PlateRite 4300E platesetter, plus Ovit Adara 85 wash and gum unit.


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