US-based commercial printing company JohnsByrne has acquired and installed its latest Heidelberg Speedmaster XL eight-colour press.

The carbon-neutral press represents the company’s latest capital investment towards supporting sustainability in packaging.

Making use of both artificial intelligence (AI) and Big Data, the Speedmaster XL is designed to deliver better throughput, total process optimisation, improved uptime, reduced waste and superior print quality.

The press aims to address concerns relating to sustainability and speed-to-market, which are currently being faced by the packaging industry.

It also supports JohnsByrne’s sustainability commitment as it saves more energy by running faster.

In addition, the investment will enable the company to help its customers achieve their sustainable packaging goals, including structural design for less packaging waste and the use of sustainable materials.

JohnsByrne president Corey Gustafson said: “We are committed to investing in people and technology to drive our success as well as the success of our customers.

“We continue to add equipment that brings what we promise customers – speed-to-market, excellent quality and innovation.

“When looking for the right equipment to add to our press room, we extensively search out the latest technology and are excited about the newest printing and packaging capabilities.

“In one sense, JohnsByrne’s Limitless Pressroom environment is as much a laboratory as a high-tech factory floor.

“And, joining several other brand-new additions, the new press will provide a new level of repeatable quality and continue to advance our strategic, vertically integrated business model: a true end-to-end solution that defies supply chain disruptions as it provides single-source accountability, superior quality, and distinct competitive advantage to our customers.”

Based in Illinois, JohnsByrne specialises in folding cartons, speciality packaging, point-of-sale and high-impact direct mail solutions.

In 2020, the company developed protective face shields for first responders and other essential workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.