Groundbreaking began on August 15 of this year. The Center for Printing Excellence is projected to be finished and operational by the end of 2012 and will be housed at Siegwerk's Des Moines, IA, USA facility (CUSA headquarters). It will house a pilot press with capabilities to print five-color gravure or four-color flexo for use with solvent-based or water-based technology. There will also be space to add extrusion lamination capabilities, which is projected to be completed in 2013.
The new facility will be staffed by members of Siegwerk's Account Service team. All employees have years of experience in the ink and printing industries, the company says, and will provide valuable experience, knowledge and troubleshooting abilities to both internal and external customers.
Siegwerk CUSA's Center for Printing Excellence will be dedicated to ink product development, as well as co-development with customers and suppliers on specific projects. The pilot press also allows for accelerated traialing and commercialization of new products and technologies, thus saving Siegwerk customers press time and money. Once operational, the Center for Printing Excellence will be used as a showcase to enhance and reinforce Siegwerk's presence and dedication to the packaging market.