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UK’s largest book manufacturer expands fleet

The UK’s largest book manufacturer, Clays, has invested in a manroland Goss Lithoman IV Book press for its Suffolk facility.

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The purchase is part of an ongoing multimillion pound investment programme

Clays produces over 150 million books each year at its Bungay site and the press is able to produce approximately 50 million books a year.

The investment is described as the biggest step so far in the company’s ongoing multimillion pound investment programme.

Since Clays was acquired by Elcograf in 2018, this investment programme has been accelerated and includes lithographic and digital presses, both monochrome and colour alongside binding and finishing equipment.

The manroland press will provide Clays with additional capacity for B format books as well as absorb existing volume produced digitally. This will in turn free the company’s digital capacity for growing volumes at very low run lengths.

This investment demonstrates our strong confidence in, and long term commitment to, the UK book market

For Clays, the press will be fitted with the DynaChange functionality which will allow non-stop production and reduce waste. The two-unit press will automatically change plates on the non-printing unit which will run up to speed and change print forms at full press speed.

In addition to this, whilst producing lower run lengths at a lower speed, the machine can complete printing unit ramp down automatic blanket washing, automatic plate changing, pre-inking, and automatic printing unit ramp up.

Paul Hulley, chief executive officer of Clays, comments: “This investment demonstrates our strong confidence in, and long term commitment to, the UK book market. Over recent years we have concentrated investment in digital technology in response to market changes.

“Now, with advances in technology, we are focused on updating our litho press hall, which still produces the majority of our volume. We are making an unprecedented series of investments across printing and binding; this is a very exciting time indeed for the business.”

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