Precision Colour Printing will take delivery of a nine-unit RMGT 10 tandem perfector in August. It will come with classic UV curing to enable PCP to deliver a range of cover-enhancing varnish effects.
“It will replace a six-colour Mitsubishi that has given good service over 17 years,” says managing director Alex Evans. Despite this, it was not an automatic replacement. “All the major manufacturers approached us, but from day one our shortlist had Komori and Mitsubishi. Both produce machines that are reliable, serviceable and where parts are not so expensive.”
Visits to Japan and further negotiations led to the decision in favour of RMGT. The Telford business will become something of a showcase for the manufacturer, represented in Europe by M Partners, as its machine is the first of its type in the region.
It is a 4/5 configuration where the reverse side of the sheet is not turned after printing the first side. A chamber coating unit with UV drying complete the press. This will allow the company to produce a greater range of commercial print alongside its mainstay of magazine printing. “We can also look at cartons,” says Evans.
The company has had to outsource finishing that requires varnishes and effects to trade suppliers across the Midlands, ending the environmental impact of this and giving the Telford company greater control over this aspect of the job.
Evans says he started looking for a new machine at Drupa, leading to visits and discussions across Europe and into Japan. “Having made the decision to purchase the Mitsubishi, we are now looking forward to installation of a very exciting press. We believe that this new machine is unique in our market and will allow us to provide a whole range of new and exciting products for our customer portfolio.
“The four-over-five configuration, supported by a coating unit, will provide a full UV drying system, with both inter-unit and after coating lamps. It will allow for such techniques as drip off varnish for spot and matt UV, metallic inks and flood UV in one pass. It is the only press in this configuration and specification in Europe and offers PCP a major opportunity to stand out in the magazine covers sector.”
The press will join a line up that includes Komori and Manroland web presses and a ten-unit perfecting Heidelberg Speedmaster. “That is now seven years old and is the next press up for replacement,” says Evans.
The company operates from a 13-acre site in Telford, employing 250 to generate sales of £40 million. The value of this investment is put at £2.7 million.
M Partners joint managing director Mark Stribley says this is an important order for the supplier, based on the reliability of the press. “The 24/7 production of a business like PCP requires the reliability and peace of mind that can only be offered by RMGT equipment. We are delighted that Alex and his team have chosen our product for this project and are looking forward to working closely with them through the installation period and beyond.”
The press is scheduled to be commissioned before the end of August.