The press, installed in August, has replaced three of the five laser lines the company had at the time it was acquired with Eclipse by the Leicester company in February. The investment brings white paper production to modernise facilities at the factory and to provide disaster recovery support for the main plant which runs both the 50cm HP inkjet web and the 100cm PageWide T490.
“It brings us flexibility and speed to meet customer requirements,” says 4DM managing director Sheree Mercer-Bowell.
She joined the business in April from the main Leicester site where she had been customer communications director. She has the support of HP qualified staff to support the installation.
Prior to the arrival of the inkjet press the company had laser overprinting and cut sheet colour provided by Xerox iGens. These have proved unsuitable and not cost effective as customers have wanted a more flexible and competitive solution, says GI Group chief executive Patrick Headley.
“This has been the natural progression since we acquired the business earlier in the year,” he says. “It is part of the investment that was promised when we took on the business because we wanted a robust Disaster Recovery solution.” And while the company already has HP machines, he adds that “HP have provided great support to us.”
The company will need to consider its approach to handling the printed reels and feeding the enclosing lines across both Leicester and Kettering. “We have some smart enclosing at 4DM,” Headley says. “We are now looking at what is best for each plant.
“It has needed this investment to be able to deliver the speed of turnaround that customers have needed. Frankly we were losing work before the press came in, now we have seen a big increase in orders because of it.”
There is a single reeled enclosing line in Northamptonshire, says managing director Mercer-Bowell. “We could be looking for a further reel fed machine.”
The press she adds is running CvG stock, both uncoated and coated, 90-100gsm. “It can print up to 215gsm,” she says.