Swindon printer Interprint has taken delivery of a Foliant Mercury laminator from IFS, migrating to the the sturdier machine from a first lightweight laminator.
This had proved that demand existed for lamination and that the company could sell the service. Production manager Shawn Martin says: “We brought our lamination in house with a smaller system, but it soon became clear we needed a more productive solution to manage the work.
“We looked at other laminators on the market but the Foliant stood out. It ticked a number of boxes including faster operation.”
The chosen machine is a a 25m/min laminator capable of handling a B2+ format sheet. It also comes with a foiling unit capable of applying a foil via a digitally printed toner on top of the laminated film. This will appeal to a customer base that stretches from house builders to print managers by way of designers and brand managers.
The company runs a Komori Lithrone 528 with coater and a digital print room equipped with two Ricoh C9110s, it most recent investment in print equipment. It also has an extensive large format department headed by a Vutek GS3250 inkjet printer.
In finishing the company has been a previous customer of IFS, having book a booklet maker and BQ270 perfect binder. But this did not mean that the company returned automatically to the Hemel Hempstead supplier for the new machine. The Foliant had to be the best for the business.
Says Martin: “We work with a lot of design agencies and we will now be able to offer them additional foiling services in a cost effective way. The better feeder head means it can run slightly quicker. There is also a better snap between sheets and an improved decurler.
“The unit has just gone in, but we expect it will pay for itself from day one.”