Indonesian printer Ohtomi has purchased a ten-colour, EF 430 multi-substrate flexo press from MPS. The machine is the company’s fourth flexo press overall, and its first from MPS.

Previously an exclusive user of letterpress technology, Ohtomi made the switch to flexo ten years ago. ‘In our manufacturing facility, we have 25 letterpress machines, running production of 50 – 60% of the total print jobs,’ explained managing director Hiroyoshi Oshima. ‘We embraced flexo as a better alternative for longer print runs.

‘Automation and pressure control has improved considerably in flexo. Nowadays, flexo offers offset quality, which is a great advantage combined with higher productivity compared to letterpress.’

When demand for a new flexo press developed, Ohtomi was open to considering any of the leading flexo press manufacturers. But with presses being difficult to maintain due to high temperatures in Southeast Asia, the company was keen on a manufacturer with a solid and local service infrastructure.

‘Service was one of the main reasons we chose MPS, next to their proven reputation of offering the highest print quality and productivity,’ finished Mr Oshima. ‘MPS is very organised and customer-focused, offering spare parts, remote support, as well as local expert engineer service from their regional office in Kuala Lumpur. We also have a good relationship with Ahmad Sopian, the local MPS agent in Indonesia.’

Ohtomi plans to purchase at least one additional MPS press within the next year.