28 August 2017 Print Companies

Online hunt helps DMP replace Manroland B2 press

Yorkshire printer DMP has replaced its old Roland 300 with an identical machine it discovered in France.

Keighley printer DM Print has replaced an ageing Manroland 300 B2 sheetfed press with an identical model, albeit with a much lower impression count.

The machine it has replaced had clocked up more than 300 million impressions and while a loyal servant, it was proving difficult to keep in use. Certain parts are no longer available ex stock and had to made to order. But the company liked the machine.

DMP managing director Tony Kemp says: “Parts for this model now have to be made to order, which is a lengthy and costly process. Rather than do this, or go down the scrap-and-buy-new route, we preferred to find an identical secondhand litho press and upcycle bits from both to end up with a fully working machine plus a bank of spare parts.”

The hunt took place online and eventually DMP's Rick Ambler and Wayne Clare cornered a machine in Brittany. Like the press at DMP, this is a five-colour model offering 4/1 print as well as straight printing.

The pair further handled the dismantling of the press, shipping and reinstallation from the printer in Lannion, northern Brittany to Yorkshire, more than 500 miles away.

Kemp explains: “Rick supervised the painstaking process of taking the new litho press to pieces, bit by bit, packed it and sent it into haulage. Once it arrived, he spent a further two weeks reassembling it.

“As well as being a more environmentally friendly solution, it saved around £750,000 on a new litho press and we have invested into the future and for the long term and have a set of spare parts that would make any engineer proud.”

The purchase is also a case of practising what you preach as the company's Hello Market brand offers marketers an online channel to development of a marketing campaign.

The new machine has an impression count of 70 million, so should suit DMP for a few years. Though the chances of eventual replacing it with another Roland 300 are vanishingly slim.

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Rick Ambler

Rick Ambler

Rick Ambler and Wayne Clare used the internet to find a like for like replacement for DMP's Roland 300 five colour press. They discovered it in Brittany, went to France, dismantled it and transported it to Keighley where it is now in production.

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