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Press Release

  • November 22, 2002

Lithrone S40
Follows the Machine Design Award with the Good Design Award

[ What is the Good Design Award? ] [ An overview of the Lithrone S40 ]
[ Designer comments ]


In July, the Lithrone S40 40-inch offset press from Komori Corporation (president and CEO Yoshiharu Komori) was awarded the Minister of Economy Trade and Industry Prize, the grand prix of the Machine Design Awards, which are the leading design awards for industrial products. Now, the Lithrone S40 has gone on to capture the Good Design Prize from the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization.

What is the Good Design Award?
The Good Design Award is the successor to the Good Design Selection System (the G-Mark System), which was established in 1957 by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry).
Since the G-Mark began, its has been awarded to around 25,000 "products, facilities and other examples of superior design" over 44 years.

An overview of the Lithrone S40
The Lithrone S40 is a new multi-color sheetfed offset press that uses world-leading high technology to tackle the issues facing the printing industry (such as technological innovation, printing for high revenue and high added value, and environmental problems).
- The world's first digital plate imaging system in 40-inch size.
- High quality printing for high added value on paper thicknesses of 0.04~1mm, varnish coatings and a wide range of special paper types.
- High speed printing at the world's top level of 16,000 sheets per hour.
- Automatic plate changing, ink film thickness setting and other systems shorten makeready time and slash paper losses.
- An environment-friendly press, the Lithrone S40 is non-alcohol, energy saving and low noise.

Designer comments
The design concept behind the Lithrone S40 was to build a status-symbol machine to achieve "three-way harmony between human, environment and machine."
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.

[ What is the Good Design Award? ] [ An overview of the Lithrone S40 ]
[ Designer comments ]


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