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Rob Goleniowski, sales support manager at Roland DG, speaks to visitors at the firm’s VersaUV Experience Day

Roland tech heads to NEC after big year

Following a series of highly successful outings to trade shows across Europe in 2016, the next big platform in which Roland DG UK will have its technology showcased is The Print Show 2016.

With Grafityp and Signmaster Systems two of the key suppliers exhibiting Roland DG equipment at The Print Show, its full portfolio—including the brand new TrueVIS series—will be ready to be put through its paces.

In the run up to October, Roland has hosted many events at its Clevedon base, and has paid tribute to the impact of its recent VersaUV Experience Day, stating that the first edition of the event helped to attract even more interest in its technology.

Rob Goleniowski, sales support manager at Roland DG, says: “We had a great turnout on the day, and had chance to spend a good amount of time with each customer that attended for a truly personalised experience. With UV print there’s such a wide variety of applications and industries to utilise, you’re never far from a profit-making avenue.”

West Midlands shows the way

A survey into business investment by Ernst and Young (EY) has given a boost to confidence in the West Midlands economy as it shows there has been a large and sustained increase in foreign direct investment (FDI).

The West Midlands really is the hotspot for investing and doing business, as we have found

Birmingham-based direct mail house and print services firm Baker Goodchild, has endorsed the findings of the survey which saw the West Midlands attract 92 FDI projects in 2015, an increase of 46 percent on 2014, when the region attracted 63 projects.

Baker Goodchild’s Lorraine Burnell comments: “The West Midlands really is the hotspot for investing and doing business, as we have found.”

Kodak and Konica secure partnership

There is news from Dusseldorf concerning an integration of Kodak’s Prinergy workflow system and Konica Minolta’s AccurioJet KM-1 high speed B2+ sheet-fed UV inkjet press.

The partnership was showcased at Drupa 2016 where the integration delivers an advanced level of control for AccurioJet KM-1 users, and was live on Konica Minolta’s Drupa booth. They have worked together previously with Kodak’s software already having been integrated with Konica Minolta’s bizhub PRESS printing devices.

Through the integration with AccurioJet KM-1, inkjet printers across commercial, publishing, and packaging sectors will also benefit from access to a suite of tools from Kodak such as their Colourflow system, PREPS software, and their PANDORA Step-and-Repeat software.

We only partner with the best solutions vendors in the industry

Mark Hinder of Konica says: “We only partner with the best solutions vendors in the industry. Interest in the AccurioJet KM-1 has been phenomenal at Drupa, and we’re delighted to bring leading-edge software and workflow to what is clearly going to be a burgeoning Konica Minolta inkjet community.”

EFI promises productivity spike

EFI has launched version 4.0 of its much applauded Midmarket Print Productivity Suite, which it describes as a “rich collection of print specific components, which deliver certified, end-to-end business and production workflows. This makes it faster and easier for printing companies to evolve to a streamlined, highly efficient mode of operation while enabling new sources of revenue.”

One of the first UK customers to the technology is ESP Colour, which chose the software, which has EFI Pace MIS at its core, because it augments the company's client-focused approach to production automation.

“The reason we purchased the Midmarket Print Suite is to reduce touch points, enhance integration and transactions with clients in a completely automated fashion,” says ESP Colour Group’s finance director, Simon Smogur.

He adds: “EFI will enhance our business capabilities and our customers’ journey.”

£5m upgrade for Pureprint

Uckfield based print outfit Pureprint have splashed the cash to upgrade their litho print shop to the tune of some £5m. It means new digital presses, improved customer service platforms and an upgrade of their factory.

The scene at Pureprint where new kit has been installed to the cost of £5m

Pureprint’s Mark Handford comments: “We are delighted with the new facilities and equipment. It puts us in the best possible position to give our customers an exceptional printing service. The impressive litho factory, with large press hall, plate making, colour labs and customer rooms means that we have excellent press passing facilities and for some customers who stay with us for a couple of days that means all difference. Over the coming months we will be welcoming many visitors to the site so they can see what we have to offer and the changes that have been made.”

Pureprint now has a new 80,000sq/ft dedicated litho factory with four Heidelberg XL presses along with HP Indigo printing technology plus new Heidelberg XL 106 litho machines. 

Crown Litho adds the ‘wow’ factor

Pressure to work to shorter and shorter delivery times and an increase in businesses looking to diversify and move into higher-end markets means providing services such as foiling, die-cutting, and embossing in-house is more important than ever.

In a bid to target growth in this increasingly competitive market, Crown Litho has purchased a new Yawa automatic foil stamping machine from Terry Cooper Services, expanding the services the Aldershot B2 general commercial printer can offer customers.

We wanted to bring the service in house to help reduce turnaround times and the cost of sending work out

Managing director at the firm, Bob Avery, explains: “We wanted to bring the service in house to help reduce turnaround times and the cost of sending work out. It allows us to expand the value added services we can offer.”

Impulse buy on Duplo stand for Vale Press

Duplo’s mission statement for Drupa was ‘Faster, Smarter, Better’, and it was one that undoubtedly resonated with customers at the show, with a number of sales completed.

One of the most notable sales was to family-owned commercial print firm Vale Press, who were so impressed with the finishing specialist’s new iSaddle System that they made an on-the-spot purchase.

Tom Stowe, managing director of Vale Press comments: “We were persuaded to buy the Duplo iSaddle System because it has full automation, easy workflow systems and is the only system on the market that has short-run A4 landscape capability, which is increasingly being demanded by customers.”

Vale Press will now have the capacity to produce short-run A4 landscape work at its Willersey site in Gloucestershire.

KT react to a changing world

There is perhaps no better example of how the print industry is evolving than the way print orders have changed for KT Litho of Lancashire.

KT Litho have joined the exodus of commercial printers investing in
wide-format flatbed technology

The firm have been in business for 33 years building their reputation on quality litho printing led by the brothers Greg and Matt Twemlow. But things have changed since the glory days of the 1990s.

The brothers said that in 2005 they started to see an increase in demand short run orders as well as for larger-format work.

Greg comments: “Using the technology we already had in place, the short run items were proving too expensive to produce.”

The solution was to acquire two Roland VersaArt RS-640s that allowed for quicker printing but still required finishing times for drying and mounting. Another answer was needed and through Printmax the brothers were introduced to the Mimaki JFX200-2513. The flatbed was quick enabling KT Litho to continue with their high volume orders and short run work.

SDUK walks the walk

Putting theory into practice, Sign and Digital UK has had the entirety of its office walls wrapped in full-colour graphics, with the aim of creating an inspirational and relaxing work atmosphere.

“As the organisers of Sign and Digital UK we are thrilled that our offices are a showcase for innovative print and design,” says event director, Rudi Blackett.

A competition among FH staff resulted in a theme of ‘Elements in nature’ and so images showing Earth, Water, Fire, Metal and Sky, along with local scenes were chosen. Working closely with the Faversham House team, Vinyl Impression provided a site survey, advice on the choice of materials and images, through to image editing, printing, finishing and installation.
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