Jones Healthcare Group acquires unique Koenig & Bauer Rapida eight-colour press
May 27, 2020 By Jeff Cottrill
Company continues to invest, expand capacity and drive speed to market for customers
London, ON — Jones Healthcare Group, a market leader in advanced packaging and medication dispensing solutions, today announces a significant investment in a new, custom-built Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 eight-colour press—one of the most recognized high-performance machines on the market. The press will increase the company’s production capacity and drive speed to market with unmatched quality and waste reduction for its health and wellness folding carton clients.
“As we move through the global pandemic, we remain a resilient organization that continues to invest in our business despite the uncertain marketplace, as well as a strong North American partner for organizations looking for nearshore and onshore suppliers,” says Ron Harris, President & CEO at Jones. “Our new press is just the first of our planned equipment investments through 2021 totalling $20 million – all of which deepen Jones Healthcare Group’s focus and service to wellness markets in support of our aggressive growth strategy.”
The Rapida 106 increases the company’s production capacity, flexibility and efficiency through highly automated technology and best-in-class speeds of up to 18,000 sheets per hour, while also leveraging the high quality its clients expect. The company has equipped the press with a state-of-the-art QualiTronic PDFCheck system for automatic, 100% inline inspection against client-supplied PDFs at high resolution, as well as Koenig & Bauer’s unique Sheet Ident system for market-leading colour and quality control. Both features provide extensive reporting for clients and ensure their high-value packaging meets the rigorous standards of the health sector, while also maintaining important brand impact for consumers on store shelves.
“Koenig & Bauer has a long history of producing the most automated machines in the world and we’re proud to partner with the group on this custom solution. We’ve chosen certain unique features to enhance our operations and service, and meet our clients’ specific needs,” adds Harris. “Importantly, the Rapida 106’s sheet-fed offset technology is dubbed a global champion for makeready and production output, which reduces the environmental impact of makeready and waste, and increases our sustainability.”
The Rapida 106 is will arrive at the company’s London, Canada facility this summer and is anticipated to be operational in October.
About Jones Healthcare Group
Jones Healthcare Group is a world-class provider of progressive packaging and medication dispensing solutions. For over a century the company’s partnerships, knowledge and expertise across healthcare sectors have provided insights and opportunities for clients in response to evolving market needs.
Jones has been a long-time, trusted partner to some of the most recognized global pharmaceutical and wellness brands and the largest pharmacy groups across the world. The company’s full-service and integrated offering includes graphic and CAD design, print and conversion for folding cartons, pressure sensitive labels and intelligent packaging, blistering, pouching, convenience vial filling and secondary packaging services, as well as a range of medication dispensing and delivery products.
From packaging that protects and informs, to new platforms that improve consumer outcomes – Jones Healthcare Group is packaging the future of healthcare. For more information, please visit www.joneshealthcaregroup.com.
About Koenig & Bauer
Koenig & Bauer (US) is located in Dallas, Texas and a member of the Koenig & Bauer Group, which was established over 200 years ago in Würzburg, Germany. Koenig & Bauer’s claim, “We’re on it.” gets to the heart of Koenig & Bauer’s values and competencies for all target groups. The group’s product range is the broadest in the industry; its portfolio includes sheetfed offset presses in all format classes, post press die cutting, folder gluers, inkjet presses and systems, flexographic presses, commercial and newspaper web presses, corrugated presses, special presses for banknotes, securities, metal-decorating, glass and plastic decorating.
Further information can be found at www.koenig-bauer.com.