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UK firm tries out Fujifilm Platesense

Fujifilm’s Platesense programme, designed to help customers to manage their plate production more efficiently and reduce costs, has taken its first UK customer – Typecast Colour.

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Alan Flack, managing director of Principal Colour and Chris Stainton, co-owner of Typecast

The programme offers a variety of options depending a business’ situation. The rental option allows businesses to rent CTP equipment from Fujifilm. This can be done independently or part of a wider Platesense programme.

For the managed plate production option, Fujifilm will take responsibility for all parts of a business’ plate production. The firm supplies the plates needed, when needed, as well as any other equipment and consumables needed.

Fujifilm also takes care of the waste and aluminium collection, and services and maintains the processor.

Typecast Colour is the formation of both a typesetting house and a litho print specialist. With Typecast handling pre-press and Principal Colour looking after litho print operations, the two companies continue to work out of the same factory unit in Kent.

The decision to sign up to the new Fujifilm Platesense programme came after its original plate supplier raised its prices.

Despite a good relationship with the supplier, the price increase gave Typecast Colour the push to explore other options. Six months after starting to rent a Fujifilm plate processor and Superia LH-PJE thermal low chemistry plates, the firm is enjoying benefits and says it does not regret the move.

We see Fujifilm as a long-term supplier and think that they will be able to support us with other exciting technologies as our business expands

“Having seen Fujifilm’s plates in [its Bedford showroom] last year, we decided to carry out a comparative test and ran the same job on plates from our existing supplier then on Fujifilm plates, with the latter producing higher quality output,” explains Chris Stainton, co-owner of Typecast.

Satisfied, Typecast signed up to a three-year contract to rent a processor and pay for the 11,000 plates per year, all for a nominal monthly fee. This eliminated the capital expenditure required to invest in a new processor and prided a consistent and predictable cost.

The three-year contract also safeguards Typecast Colour against increases in the cost of aluminium and allowed it to make a cost saving as it knows the plate price will be held for the next twelve months.

Stainton adds: “Most of our clients expect fast turnarounds at competitive rates. Our ability to reliably deliver this is how we retain our clients. We’re confident that our partnership with Fujifilm will enable us to maintain this standard.

“We see Fujifilm as a long-term supplier and think that they will be able to support us with other exciting technologies as our business expands.”

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