It runs alongside existing eight- and ten-unit B2 Heidelberg Speedmaster CD74s and follows investment last year in Xerox digital presses and a Muller Martini Presto saddle stitcher. The latest litho press was supplied by White Horse Machinery, Leeds, which sourced it from a company in Belgium.
“We looked at the implications of buying new against used,” says production director Jamie Gilbert. “And for us there was a big saving.
“We have always bought brand new over the years and were looking at this again. We heard that there were some good machines coming out of Germany and mainland Europe and decided to go down that route because of the cost implications.”
An inspection of the press confirmed that it had been well maintained and looked after, leading to the deal. The press began shipping to the factory over Christmas, arriving at the start of January. It is now in full production.
The press lacked the latest Prinect Pressroom Manager interface that the printer would have needed to extract production data and accept prepress set up information. The cost of bringing this up to date proved too daunting, leading the dealer to propose a £6,000 investment in third party software as a CIP3 interface between prepress to set up the ink keys. “It gives us all the functions we needed, in exactly the same way, but with a massive saving,” says Gilbert.
It will, however, fit ink lines to the machine to bring the latest press inline with the existing machines. “We’ll have to purchase that a bit further down the line,” he adds.
Hickling & Squires has taken out a 12-month warranty for its new press covering parts and labour.
The installation is one of a number handled by White Horse Machinery, enabling printers to upgrade production machinery without breaking the bank. Dave Watson, WHM sales director says: “Since the 2008 crash a number of printers that bought new have gone under. I think that we have played a part in assisting to stabilise the industry with newish high quality machines in recent years and continue to do so.”
Hickling & Squires' major investment for 2018 is an eight-unit Speedmaster XL75 which is replacing a six-unit CD74 at the Nottingham business. The press was sourced by White Horse Machinery from a printer in Belgium.