160 years of ILLIES

Printing technologies in the course of time — from the first ILLIES agency in the area of paper machines to 3D-printing

From the first documented ILLIES representation in the area of paper machines to today's 3D printing, ILLIES has witnessed and accompanied revolutionary developments in the printing industry. In a short outline, we show how printing technologies have changed during this time.

At the beginning of the 20th century, ILLIES operated mainly in the two largest Japanese port cities of Yokohama and Kobe and in 1913 represented the Füllnerwerke from Warmbrunn in Lower Silesia in the field of paper machines. Offset printing - the leading printing process used today - is just a few years old at this time. The illustration below shows a twin rotary press from Koenig & Bauer AG from around this period. König & Bauer is one of the great traditional names that ILLIES has successfully represented in Japan for decades.

60 years later, further branches were established in Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines and the USA. In the area of "graphics industry and paper processing"; from simple form printing to complex gravure products, our customers always relied on ILLIES to supply them with the latest technology.

 

Twin rotary press from Koenig & Bauer
Twin rotary press from Koenig & Bauer
GOEBEL form printing machine
ILLIES brochure from 1976/1977 GOEBEL form printing machine
KBA Albert TR 5S gravure rotary press
ILLIES brochure from 1980 KBA Albert TR 5S gravure rotary press

Even in the digital age, the printing industry is one of the most important industries in Asia

From 1980 onwards, desktop publishing marked the start of the digitalization of the printing industry, thus creating the conditions for digital printing. It was a long way from the beginnings of computer-to-plate systems to the fully digital printing systems of today. OMET's XFlex X6.0 is a modern example of a state-of-the-art flexo printing system for the finishing of high-quality packaging.

 

Printing line XFlex X6.0 from OMET
Printing line XFlex X6.0 from OMET

Even in the digital age, the printing industry is one of the most important industries in Asia. The combination of local sales and services in Asia, and in particular our highly motivated team of experienced service technicians, were and are a warrant for the high level of customer satisfaction in all the solutions ILLIES offers for printing technology; from prepress to gravure, offset, flexo and screen printing up to digital printing.

3D printing technologies — additive manufacturing as a path-breaking technology of the future

Since 2016 ILLIES has had a highly qualified team of experts for 3D printing technologies, thus focusing on additive manufacturing as a path-breaking technology of the future. In industrial manufacturing, 3D printing - a synonym for all additive manufacturing processes - opens up new potentials in terms of integrated functionality, material and weight savings and individualization. At the "Design Engineering & Manufacturing Solutions Expo 2019" in Tokyo, ILLIES presented an exciting selection of relevant technologies and successfully covered a wide range of topics; from the scanning process and data preparation, to various printing processes, as well as post-processing and quality assurance. In our Tokyo showroom, interested parties can observe 3D printing technology live, experience the processes clearly and even have sample parts printed. This live participation is founded on the meaning of the motto: "seeing is believing".

At ILLIES, our journey on the axis of time continues and we are curious which new future technologies ILLIES will accompany on this pathway to and within Asia.

 

3D showroom of K.K. IRISU in Tokyo
3D showroom of K.K. IRISU in Tokyo
3D-printed tire in a BigRep 3D printer
3D-printed tire in a BigRep 3D printer

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