Imprimerie Chirat Upgrades to a JETvarnish 3D “T2”

Published Tuesday, 1 July, 2014

The well-known French Commercial Printer, Imprimerie Chirat, was the world’s first JETvarnish digital spot UV coater installation in 2009. With almost 6 years of multiple shift production, Jacques Chirat, CEO, has recently decided to make the jump to 3D. The JETvarnish 3D with an optional “T2” additional row of heads was delivered April in Saint-Just-la-Pendue, in the South East of France. With 245 employees and a 215,000 ft2 production facility with 8 Heidelberg presses, Imprimerie Chirat is no stranger to high production.

 Jacques Chirat, explained his reason for investing in the JETvarnish 3D several years ago, "One of our flagship products are book printing and finishing, from A to Z, and producing appealing book covers often involves spot coating. Originally, this type of finishing was outsourced to a local screen printer. It was a long process, not very profitable for us and not fully suitable for our business. In 2009, we brought this production in house with the very first JETvarnish produced by MGI. We increased responsiveness, quality and driving force for our clients. To date, I cannot tell you how many millions of covers we have spot coated with our JETvarnish 3D, but it has become a major source of high margin revenue for our operation."

 The enthusiasm of his customers for this service justified the acquisition of higher production model as well as with the ability to make a raised 3D effect that was not possible with not exist originally.

Jacques Chirat continues, "The digital spot coating was such a success that it became a standard production staple for our customers. We needed a new technology to surprise them again and continue to bring added value. This is why I was seduced by the new JETvarnish 3D with the “T2” twin printing bar and the opportunity to raise the thickness of the varnish up to 200 µm. This new equipment allows us to produce 3 times faster that our JETvarnish 2D and offer up to 20 times thicker varnish levels”. 

Imprimerie Chirat, a leading Commercial Printer in France, has already booked more JETvarnish options, as they become available, to expand the scope of its Digital Spot UV Coater.

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