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Newtown reveals X-Treme trend

Newtown Tapes has revealed a key trend it has witnessed developing over the last year in the UK print industry, which could have a substantial impact on firms across the sector.

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Having had a successful outing to The Print Show in October 2015, Newton Tapes will take its X-Treme range to Rema Days in Poland and Drupa in Germany

Jacob Underwood, head of machine sales and marketing at the firm, explains that they are seeing customers come to them with serious issues around production bottlenecks caused by resurgent demand for print that cannot be covered by staffing levels that are still low after the recession.

Underwood commented on the issue from the perspective of the firm’s own dealings with commercial printers: “Currently, a lot of printers are paying multiple workers to hand tape products, as you can imagine this is very costly and time consuming. Applying tapes by hand in their finishing process is also a slow, labor intensive and inaccurate way to apply tape.”

Currently, a lot of printers are paying multiple workers to hand tape products, as you can imagine this is very costly and time consuming

The firm reportedly has seen a surge in interest around its new product range that automate this process and allows for substantial productivity gains to be had.  Showcasing the technology at The Print Show in October, which Underwood describes as ‘fantastic’, the firm is the exclusive distributor of Enimac X-Treme tape application machines.

Underwood continues: “We are providing a cost effective solution to eliminate this bottleneck, one of our customers has even reported a ROI in less than three months.”

With cited productivity gains of up to 400 percent, the XT-Light can tape materials up to 1,000mm and its big brother the XT-Pro can tape materials up to 1,600mm. The setup time of the technology is reportedly less than 5 minutes and multiple taping jobs can be ran on the same machine at the same time.

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