Graffica takes on Hamada agency for Australia

Graffica's appointment as the Australian agent for Hamada presses was well-timed for the company to promote its new addition to existing customers at PrintEx07 as well as allowing it to introduce the benefits to potential clients. Managing director Neil Southerington is no stranger to the improved range: having previously been the local agent for Hashimoto presses, which were bought out by Hamada in 2001, he is familiar with the workings of the upgraded series.

The new 52cm four-colour press (pictured above) will be the flagship of the range in Australia, according to Southerington. "It features many of the best things Hashimoto presses were renowned for worldwide. Hamada has taken these great features and coupled them with its outstanding knowledge of manufacturing machines that offer quick turnaround and are affordable."

In addition to the robust construction, other Hashimoto features that have been incorporated are long lasting main cylinder bearings and heavy duty tapered roller bearings. "Triple race roller bearings are the best available in the world today," Southerington observes. "Features rarely found on a 52cm press include helical cut gears, cast steel side frames and cam closed diamond dust cylinder grippers. Other standard features are the Easy Plate System (EPS) for fast, accurate plate mounting of metal or polyester plates, segmented ink ducts controlled from the operator console, job storage on hard drive, and an optional CIP3 converter."

This machine is compact (the four-colour model measures under four metres in length). It has a fast turnaround and is very affordable for such a heavy duty machine - the five-colour plus coater weighing in at a massive 12.000 kg. To date over 450 presses have been installed worldwide with the USA and Europe being the main beneficiaries. Hamada is one of the longest established press manufacturers in Japan and this month celebrates 90 years of production. To celebrate, special pricing will be available until the end of the year.