The ROLAND 700 EVOLUTION one year on..

On the first anniversary of its launch, Crista Baxter reports on Manroland Sheetfed's latest trailblazer, the ROLAND 700 EVOLUTION.

Manroland’s ROLAND 700 EVOLUTION press has had an outstanding first year, with healthy orders from around the world, rounded off with the award of the coveted Red Dot for Product Design. This award, recognised as the Oscar of the design industry, rewards outstanding creativity, innovation and originality.

Far exceeding original expectations, the EVOLUTION has seen presses supplied to key markets in packaging and commercial printing with a high number of ROLAND 700 EVOLUTION projects in Germany, North America, Japan and Brazil, including several perfecting presses.

When prestigious Austrian print house Samson Druck GmbH installed the very first ROLAND 700 EVOLUTION in October 2014, they found it performed so well that they ordered a second ten-color EVOLUTION press soon afterwards. With more than 30 printing units, Samson Druck is responsible for printing over 5000 tonnes of paper in its 6000m2 production facility. Gerhard Aichhorn, the company’s Owner and General Manager said: “We have proven that Manroland Sheetfed guarantees the highest quality in our daily business.”

Mr. Gerhard Aichhorn, owner and General Manager of Samson Druck and Ms. Lisa Aichhorn, Assistant to General Manager standing in front of the world’s first ROLAND 700 EVOLUTION.

The EVOLUTION’s success story in the global packaging print industry has been well documented, with its advanced features boosting efficiency and delivering new levels of quality to stay ahead of customer demands. Mr Ing. Eduard Fischer, General Manager of leading Austrian packaging specialist Offsetdruckerei Schwarzach said: “Our printers achieve excellent results on the new press and are really excited about the new user interface…it is now much easier to deliver highest quality paired with highest performance.”

Offsetdruckerei Schwarzach management team (v.l.: Johannes Knapp, Ing. Eduard Fischer, Ralph Joser).
This prestigious print house conducted field tests with the first installed ROLAND 700 EVOLUTION in packaging print

As the first printer in Asia to invest in a ROLAND 700 EVOLUTION, Taiwanese packaging printer Yuh Feng Artistic Printing has utilized its state-of-the-art technology to drive a ‘customer first’ policy and stay ahead of the competition. Mr Qiu Bing Huang, the company’s president, said: “We need to provide our customers with highly cost-effective products, shorten the lead time and create added value. These are the goals we are pursuing right now.”

The first ROLAND 700 EVOLUTION in Asia was commissioned at Yuh Feng Artistic Printing, Taiwan.

Manroland CEO, Rafael Penuela said: “The Manroland Sheetfed EVOLUTION press marks another milestone in our long tradition of technological innovation in the print industry, and we are proud to have won the Red Dot Award, widely respected around the world as recognition of the very best in industrial design.”

About Manroland Sheetfed

Manroland Sheetfed GmbH is a leading German producer of sheetfed offset litho printing presses. Founded in 1871, the company is one of the oldest producers of printing presses in the world. Today the company has its own subsidiaries in over 40 countries and is a global watchword for supreme quality and reliability. Manroland Sheetfed GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the privately owned UK engineering group, Langley Holdings plc.