December 10, 2013
Richwood, KY – Kustom Group is proud to announce the ground breaking of its new separate building for manufacturing Nestle compliant products as well as products which must be produced with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). The new facility will be located on the current Kustom Group manufacturing site but will be its own separate building, allowing for production of products with no possibility of cross contamination. The ink raw materials, overprints and coatings made in this facility will serve markets such as food packaging, pharmaceutical packaging, personal care packaging and medical device packaging. Kustom looks forward to having this facility operational in mid 2014.
Kustom Group is pleased to announce the completion of the final press testing of its new product LED-001. LED-001 is an LED curable gloss coating intended for use in litho and flexo applications where the coating unit is equipped with a 16 watt LED bulb. LED-001 offers a terrific combination of fast cure speed with good gloss and rub resistance when printed on a wide variety of substrates.
At the recent Print 13 show there was a lot of talk about LED technology and its potential for reducing the cost of curing energy curable materials. Another advantage to this technology is that LED bulbs produce much lower temperatures, allowing the use of substrates normally damaged by the heat generated using standard mercury vapor bulbs used in typical UV curing. As a company well known for being on the cutting edge of new technology in the Graphic Arts market, Kustom Group is again leading with a product for this new technology.
Although LED-001 is Kustom’s first LED curable product, we would not be the specialty coating company that we are if this was not the first of many to come. Kustom anticipates a need for many specialty effect coatings that will be cured by LED. Please contact us about your unique LED needs and Kustom Group will be happy to tailor a product to your specific needs.
Kustom Group has announced the retirement of some key long term personnel. On September 1, 2013, Mr. John Stanberry retired from Kustom after more than 25 years with the company. John was one of the first employees and was involved in the manufacture of Kustom’s first batch of product. Assuming John’s duties is Mr. Doug Diem.
On September 1st, Mr. Tom Ross also retired from the company. Tom has also been a long term employee with the company with more than 20 years of service. In his role at Technical Director for Kustom Group, Tom oversaw Kustom’s expansion of its product line into many new and different market segments within the Graphic Arts market. Assuming Tom’s duties is Mr. David Aynessazian.
In related news, Mr. Jim Volz has become a part time consultant for Kustom Group. In this new position, Jim will be concentrating on the non-traditional portion of the ink and coatings markets, as well as reaching out to parallel markets.
Since his new duties do not include direct sales, Jim will no longer be calling on the Western Region as a sales representative. Please direct all correspondence, requests for samples, technical problems or requests, to our sales manager, Mr. Mike Cuppari, at (513) 441-7027, or to our product managers at (859) 485-8600 for immediate response. Our product managers are as follows:
Jerry Trauth – Ink raw materials
Matt Apke – Coatings and Overprints
Tim Molique – Environmental, Heath, Safety & Quality