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Marquis is taking another step towards its Horizon 2025 strategic investment plan, announced in November 2021, with the commissioning of a brand-new Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 LED UV press at its Montmagny plant.
This investment of more than $6 million is part of the company's overall investment plan, which has received financial support from Investissement Québec and the Quebec government. This new equipment will allow Marquis to reinforce its position as the largest book manufacturer in Canada and to expand its service offering. This press will immediately double Marquis' colour book production capacity while reducing its environmental impact and significantly improving printing quality.
"Among the solutions that enable companies to innovate and increase their productivity, automation and the integration of digital technologies are key success factors. The Investissement Québec team is pleased to see the realization of Marquis' growth projects, which combine innovation, productivity and sustainable development." - Guy LeBlanc, President and CEO of Investissement Québec.
"The Quebec government supports companies like Marquis Book Printing that are modernizing their facilities to improve efficiency and go green. With this investment, the Montmagny plant will be able to accelerate its growth and maintain its status as a leader in book printing across North America. We are proud to contribute to the development of this local company," said Mathieu Rivest, MNA for Côte-du-Sud.
The technological elements of this press will be of great use to Marquis. “Continuous production is possible thanks to Push to Stop; the handling time for feeding plates is reduced thanks to Plate to Gallery (a first in North America); the folding capacity will increase with the Stahlfolder TH 82; and finally the feeding of this sheetfed press can be done by rollers thanks to the CutStar,” says Jean-François Paquin, Vice President, Eastern Region, Heidelberg Canada Ltd.
The new XL 106 Colour UV LED press is a model of efficiency because of the addition of the latest technology coupled with UV LED technology, which speeds up curing time. “Faster curing combined with greater production capacity will provide faster turnaround times for our customers,” says Marquis' President, Serge Loubier.
The rapid drying of the ink on the surface of the paper, without heat and without VOC emissions, allows printing with optimal quality on all types of paper stocks, including uncoated (offset) and recycled papers. This alternative to coated paper is a more environmentally friendly and economical option for publishers. In addition, UV LED technology consumes 10 times less energy than conventional UV and generates no ozone emissions. Finally, it should be noted that the manufacturing of this press has been certified carbon neutral.
For Marquis, the acquisition of this new press represents another step towards reducing its environmental footprint.
Founded in 1937, Marquis is the largest book manufacturer in Canada. The company operates three production plants in Montmagny, Louiseville and Toronto as well as a logistics centre in Georgetown, Ontario. It also includes a division specializing in the production of yearbooks and school agendas, Le Laurentien, and a division dedicated to graphic production, Interscript.
Our mission is to be the preferred partner of publishers by offering innovative and integrated printing and logistics solutions.
It is thanks to our team of 600 passionate people, to our mastery of technologies, to our sense of innovation and to the solid relationships of our team with our customers that Marquis continues its growth.
Investissement Québec's mission is to actively participate in Quebec's economic development by stimulating business innovation, entrepreneurship and takeovers, as well as investment and export growth. Active in every administrative region of Quebec, the Corporation supports the creation and development of businesses of all sizes through investments and adapted financial solutions. Investissement Québec also assists companies through consulting services and other supporting measures, including technological support offered by Investissement Québec – CRIQ. Also, through Investissement Québec International, the Corporation helps companies in exporting and prospecting for foreign talent and investment in Quebec.
Heidelberg has been systematically driving the development of innovations for the global printing industry for over 170 years. With 10,000 employees located in 170 countries around the globe, Heidelberg is committed to making its commercial, packaging, and label customers more successful through integrated end-to-end solutions for its range of machines, software, consumables, and services – all designed to connect and automate processes throughout the entire production workflow. Heidelberg's global service and integrated logistics network work around the clock to boost its customers' performance and ensure high machine availability and reliable quality. Environmental protection and sustainability have been an integral part of the company's policy since 1992, and Heidelberg has recently made a commitment to become climate neutral by 2030.
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