By: E&P Staff
Japanese press maker Tokyo Kikai Seisakusho has acquired a new production plant at home and opened a new office in Beijing, following the sale of its first tower press to a Chinese newspaper.
Through its wholly owned IGA Machinery subsidiary, TKS bought the web press division of Hamada Printing Press Co. Ltd., in Osaka City, Japan, expanding TKS/IGA Machinery manufacturing to both Tokyo and Osaka.
In its announcement, TKS said the expansion allows TKS to continue its “growth in the Osaka business community.” Hamada sales, engineering technology, manufacturing and after-sales staff transferred to IGA Machinery Nov. 1.
At about the same time, TKS was awarded a press contract from the 1.1-million-circulation Henan Daily in the Henan Province in central China — the first tower press TKS has sold to a Chinese newspaper. With the TKS Color Top 7000CDH, the paper begins a production initiative to enhance its quality and add color.
The press consists of two full-color (eight-couple) towers and two mono (two-couple) units, a 2:3:3 jaw folder, a 2:2:2 rotary folder and four three-arm reelstands. Capable of producing 32 pages with 16 pages in full color, the press is slated to go into production in October 2005.
To support sales and continue research of the Chinese newspaper market, TKS will open an office in Beijing, which the company called part of its “ongoing expansion of local support offices for a growing customer base.”