6 Colour Digital was last week putting a new HP Indigo 5900 through its paces at its St Helens factory.
The print business is the production arm of Company Cards, though as well as printing thousands of plastic membership, access and other cards, it prints commercial work. The business already has two Indigo 5600s, which are being retained for the time being. It is likely that one will be moved on once training has finished and the new machine has settled in.
“After a successful year in 2016 and noticing an increase in demand for digitally printed product, we decided it was time to invest in more printing equipment to run alongside our HP Indigo 5600s,” the company says.
The Indigo 5900 was introduced at Drupa 2016 as the press positioned for flexibility and value added printing, offering pink toner as the first fluorescent colour from HP. Other colours are being tested to assess demand.
At 6 Colour Digital, the new machine will provide higher quality, faster throughput and additional functionality, the company says. “It is already giving us more vibrant print,” says a spokesman. “The workload we have to handle is going up so is a timely investment. It prints faster so will help us get through more work.”
Cards printed on the digital presses are laminated at sister company The Finishing Touch which also delivers spot UV and general fold-stitch-trim and binding services following recent investment in perfect binding. The lamination adds a protective finish over the personalised cards.
As well as the Indigos, the business has two Konica Minolta colour presses that are able to print envelopes as well as carriers for cards and commercial print.
Company Cards also offers customers a fulfilment service, including mailing out membership packs for example with the personalised card for new clients.