Friedheim International took the first MBO K80 folder in the UK to Ipex and had sold it before lunch on the first day. The buyer was Drogheda company Anglo Printers which also dipped into the corporate kitty for a Morgana Docufold and Digifold Pro.
The sale of the folder had not been expected, says Friedheim International and may count as the biggest ticket item sold from any stand during Ipex. The deal was completed by Anglo managing director Padraic Kierans who explains that the new folder brings “more automation, more speed and more versatility”. This will match up with the company’s B1 Komori H-UV Lithrone GL540 installed after Drupa.
Anglo Printers is a long standing Friedheim customer and consequently sales rep Mitch Ball invited Kierans for a coffee and mentioned the new folder. A couple of hours later, after the on stand printer had failed, the contract was completed and signed. The folder is on its way to Ireland directly from the show.
The M80 combination folder runs at 230m/min, features touch screen controls to set the machine and make adjustments to buckle plates and roller settings.
And yet the deal was not unique. Harcourt Colour Print is taking an MBO B26 folder back to South Wales, the result of another unexpected deal. Friedheim will only be taking one or two machines back to its head office as machines on the stand are heading to customers across the UK and further afield.
The company had been one of the staunchest supporters for Ipex and had taken a large centrally located stand. Managing director Mark Bristow believes the faith vindicated, saying: “We’ve been very pleased with the level of interest in all the equipment throughout the show. Although 2017 is a smaller show, Ipex has proved once again that it has the ability to attract the crowds and the right decision making customers that makes attendance so attractive.”
Padraic Kierans, managing director of Anglo Printers, (pictured centre) snapped up the first MBO K80 that Friedheim has sold since the launch of the folder earlier this year. The deal was unexpected says Friedheim. Anglo also signed for equipment with Morgana.