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Clays takes on first Heidelberg press from Exel

Specialist monochrome paperback and hardback book producer Clays has taken delivery of its first Heidelberg press in the form of a Heidelberg XL-106-5-LX.

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The second-hand press was built in 2014

Purchased from Exel Printing Machinery, the second-hand machine has been installed in a predominantly all-Komori house.

Built in 2014, the Heidelberg machine has already been commissioned to produce covers, jackets and illustrations, while the Clays’ staff are in the process of being trained by Exel’s staff.

Ian Smith, operations director at Clays, comments: “Having a machine installed can be a stressful time, but we have been very happy with the way that Exel have dealt with the whole process. 

“Buying a used machine and being a Heidelberg is new to us, but the whole process has gone very smoothly. We still have the Exel demonstrators here on site while we become accustomed to the machine, but the press has been in partial production for two weeks and we are very happy with the choice we made.”

Ian Bendy, sales director at Exel, adds: “Clays were looking for a specific machine to replace the Komori. They wanted a fairly young machine with a low impression count that was fitted with full UV drying and were happy to consider any manufacturer.”

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