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Print Solutions
Quality counts at Print Allianz
Tuesday, 21st July 2015

In 2002, when Rafique Patel, a qualified and experienced lithographer, launched his fledgling printing business, Print Allianz, in Sandton, Johannesburg, he took a bold decision to invest in a sheetfed digital colour press, becoming one of the earliest adopters of this technology and a specialist in short run document printing.

With a constant focus on quality and service excellence, Print Allianz quickly gained a solid reputation and Rafique soon expanded the company’s repertoire to include wide-format printing, flatbed-UV printing, rubberstamping and laser cutting. This enabled Print Allianz to supply blue chip companies such as Primedia Instore and Ster Kinekor, leading FMCG manufacturers, advertising agencies and various government departments.

This year, as a result of securing a lucrative contract with one of South Africa’s largest media companies, Rafique has returned to his printing roots, purchasing a four-colour Komori Spica 29P with inline coater, plus a Screen PlateRite 4300s platesetter from Kemtek Print Solutions.
Built to produce top-quality print and provide quick job turnaround, the Spica 29P is a true workhorse in its class. ‘Over the years, I’ve operated various lithographic presses and I’ve always liked Komori machines,’ comments Rafique. ‘They’re robust, user-friendly and versatile and, in my experience, rarely break down, so, when I was on the look-out for a press to fulfil our needs, I contacted Kemtek to enquire about the technologies available. As luck would have it, there was a machine in South Africa with the Print Allianz name on it!’

Installed in June, the Spica is already earning its keep, producing a range of media for colour brochures, leaflets, calendars and much more.
Print Allianz was drawn to the fact that the Spica Series offers a short make-ready through Komori's KHS-inspired pre-inking and removing function and automated system, It’s also fully network-ready with its CIP4 interface kit,’ adds Rafique.

The Screen PlateRite 4300s, also installed in June, is handling new jobs with ease, producing up to of 21 plates/hour. Utilising the Brillia HD PRO-T3 processless plate that eliminates the processor, chemistry, gum and water used in conventional plate production process, the plate can be delivered straight from the platesetter onto the press. As a result, the variables associated with processors and finishing units, including the time and labour involved with maintenance, are eliminated.

‘We want to be recognised by our clients for being responsive, reliable and quality conscious and the Komori press and Screen CtP platesetter are definitely assisting us in improving our efficiencies and overall production standards,’ concludes Rafique.

Lindiwe Maleeme loads a plate into the high-speed Screen PlateRite 4300s platesetter.
Machine minder, Rado Nirina, produces full-colour calendars, brochures, leaflets, and more, on the Komori Spica 29P.


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