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"Litho not dead" says Pro Co

Sheffield-based print firm Pro Co has made a rallying cry of 'litho is not dead' after choosing to invest in a LED-UV SRA1 litho equipment from RMGT Ryobi over a new digital press.

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(L to R) Bob Usher, managing director of Apex Digital Graphics, alongside Kohei Yatsumoto, manager, international sales at RMGT; Graeme Parry, production director at ProCo; and Neil Handforth, sales and marketing director at Apex

The company has taken a Ryobi 925 LED-UV press from Apex Digital Graphics, with installation scheduled for August this year. 

Graeme Parry, production director at Pro Co, comments: “We were looking to bring in new technology that ran hand-in-hand with our clients’ needs of reduced delivery times, and these are aided by the high running speed and vastly reduced drying time that LED-UV brings. 

“Litho is certainly not dead but we needed to explore how we can still offer it as a viable service and maintain it as a viable part of our business, and the new press will help us do that.”

The five-colour litho press is suitable for 8-up A4 format print production and boasts an incorporated LED-UV curing unit, which manufacturer RMGT Ryobi says allows for “near instant” drying of the sheet, enabling immediate back-up or progression of the work to the finishing department.

Litho is certainly not dead but we needed to explore how we can still offer it as a viable service and maintain it as a viable part of our business, and the new press will help us do that

The Ryobi 925 also has PDS-E SpectroDrive inline printing quality control, which RMGT Ryobi says enables the operator to monitor and maintain the quality of the printed sheet throughout the run.

Parry adds: “The new machine will replace one of our two existing B2 presses, adding much needed extra capacity and firepower, as well as bringing all of the benefits associated with the LED-UV technology.”

Neil Handforth, sales and marketing director at Apex, the official RMGT Ryobi press distributor for the UK in formats up to SRA1, and for Cron computer-to-plate solutions, also spoke positively about the investment. 

Handforth comments: “ProCo has taken its decision to invest in litho equipment from RMGT Ryobi because it offers the business an advantage that is not available from other technologies or from other suppliers.”

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