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Agfa gives Print Leeds confidence to invest

Print Leeds has put its faith in Agfa Graphics, signing a five-year plate contract and investing in its Arkana plate processor and wide-format Asanti workflow.

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(L to R) Rod Fisher, managing director of Print Leeds with Gary Giles, account manager of Agfa Graphics

“I felt there was more synergy moving forward with Agfa and have been impressed by their product innovations over the years,” says Print Leeds’ operations director, Paul Fisher, adding: “Whilst they have never directly supplied Print Leeds before, they have proactively kept us aware of their developments over a sustained period of time, giving me the confidence to make the move when the time was right.”

A new environmentally-friendly processor was also required and as the Arkana offered a light footprint, using a bath with just 15l capacity, Print Leeds felt it would help with its retention of ISO14000, where a year-on-year reduction on environmental impact is required.

I felt there was more synergy moving forward with Agfa and have been impressed by their product innovations over the years

Managing director of Print Leeds, Rod Fisher, is no stranger to investing in business and technology, having bought his first Heidelberg press in 2002. He then purchased another business specialising in labels and now has 39 employees and three print divisions: labels, litho UV on plastics, and wide-format digital.

He concludes: “The deal with Agfa has been part of our £5m investment in new premises during late 2017. The plate price obviously had to be right and the product exceed our expectations but knowing that Agfa is a well-established brand in the industry, with trusted relationships, gave us the confidence to change.”

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