Apr. 29, 2011

Diamond Packaging Marks 100th Anniversary with Purchase of Second Custom-Configured Speedmaster XL 105 UV Press

Rochester, NY – Just in time for its 2011 centennial celebration, Diamond Packaging today announced the installation of its second state-of-the-art, 8-color Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 in a special double coating configuration with initial flexo dispersion coater, four modular deliveries, and full interdeck UV capability.

The company, which acquired its first Speedmaster XL 105 LYY-8+LYYL one year ago in a bid to attract additional package decorating business, has seen the market for complex, high-end work with inline finishing and specialty coatings take off over the past 12 months, as customers learned that Diamond had gained the capability to perform an impressive range of high-gloss applications with dispersion or other coatings, in addition to metallic, pearlescent and other special effects.

“Although we had not anticipated purchasing another state-of-the art Speedmaster XL 105 12 months ago, we found we needed a second machine to keep up with customer demand, which has far exceeded our expectations,” said Diamond Packaging’s President and co-owner Kirsten Werner, who further acknowledged Heidelberg’s help in getting the new press installed within an “unprecedented” five months of purchase. “With the new press already in full production, and customers aware of our exciting new capabilities, Diamond is well-positioned to handle an expected influx of high-volume work during our upcoming busy summer season.”

“Our customers continue to require more innovative and sustainable packaging solutions, along with faster turnaround and greater flexibility,” said Karla Fichter, CEO and co-owner of Diamond Packaging. “Our investment in the latest technology allows us to meet the needs of our customers and further differentiate ourselves from the competition.”

Added Vice President of Technology Dave Rydell, “Our success with exclusive Heidelberg innovations like Prinect Inpress Control inline color and register control, Preset Plus feeder and high-performance Prinect Press Center serve to validate Diamond’s strategy of investing in technologies that make us more efficient and consistent from run to run and job to job, day in and day out. We have every reason to expect more of the same as we ramp up production on the new XL 105.”

“Diamond Packaging has earned its reputation for exceptional customer service and high-quality products,” said Clarence Penge, vice president of sheetfed product management, Heidelberg USA. “We’re confident the new press—like its predecessor—will continue to furnish Diamond and its many exacting customers with the real-world benefits of the fastest speeds, best quality, and highest level of automation available in sheetfed offset package printing and decorating.”

About Diamond Packaging

Founded in 1911, Diamond Packaging is a WBENC-certified woman-owned business specializing in developing innovative and sustainable packaging solutions. Utilizing state of-the-art technologies, Diamond designs and manufactures paperboard and plastic folding cartons, and provides comprehensive contract packaging services for the personal care (cosmetics & skin care, fragrance, hair care), health care, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and food and confectionery industries. Its client portfolio includes Bausch & Lomb, Beiersdorf, Coty, Elizabeth Arden, Estée Lauder, Godiva Chocolatier, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal, and Procter & Gamble. As part of the Global Packaging Alliance® (GPA), Diamond and its alliance members offer packaging solutions to companies operating on an international scale. Customers receive responsive, localized service, award-winning creative designs, identical product specifications and consistent brand recognition, resulting in unparalleled worldwide packaging support. For more information about Diamond Packaging, contact Dennis Bacchetta at (585) 334-8030 x229 or visit the website at www.diamondpackaging.com. For more information about Diamond’s greenbox initiative, visit the sustainability microsite at www.diamondpackaging.com/green.