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  • February 27, 2003

Lithrone S40
Wins the iF Design Award, the world's foremost design award
The Lithrone S40's third design award is a spectacular achievement

[ What is the iF Design Award? ] [ The design concept behind the Lithrone S40 ]

When Komori Corporation (President and CEO Yoshiharu Komori) launched the Lithrone S40 40" sheetfed offset press in February last year, it drew praise from all quarters. Now the S40 has earned further glory by winning the iF Design Award, the world's foremost design award for industrial products. The S40 has also captured the Minister of Economy Trade and Industry Prize, the grand prix of the Mechanical Engineering Design Awards, which are Japan's premier awards for industrial product design. It followed that success by winning the Good Design award, and it has now completed a sweep of three design awards.

What is the iF Design Award?
The iF Design Awards were begun in 1953 by the International Forum Design of Hamburg, Germany, which is the selecting agency. As the world's most prestigious awards for industrial design, they are awarded annually to industrial products from around the world that exhibit superior design. Since 1997, prizes have been awarded in three divisions, the "iF Product Design Award" and the "iF Ecology Design Award", which mainly cover industrial products, and the "IF Interaction Award", which concentrates on application and multimedia software.

The judges recognized the Lithrone S40 as a competitive, high-quality product from a field of 1,500 products, submitted by 883 companies from 32 countries.

Judgement criteria include quality of design, workmanship, choice of materials, innovativeness, functionality, visualization of use, ergonomics, safety, environment-friendliness, durability, efficient use of energy and resources, informational and navigational structure and ease of use.

The design concept behind the Lithrone S40
The Lithrone S40 is a status machine which realizes the design concept of "human, machine and environment in harmony".
The design takes boldly chamfered forms as its basic elements, creating a clean, simple, refined and rhythmic silhouette that unifies the appearance of the machine as a whole. The full outer covering, with no protrusions or indentations, is equipped with large hand rails for safety and ease of operation. The refined metallic coloring and new logo marking emphasize the advanced functionality of the machine.
As Komori Corporation's next generation product, the Lithrone S40 is a world-leading machine which delivers high profitability, high functionality and high quality, while instilling confidence in its reliability and future potential.

[ What is the iF Design Award? ] [ The design concept behind the Lithrone S40 ]

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