18 March 2018 Print Companies

St Austell Print joins LED UV trend with Ryobi SRA1 installation

SAPC has become the first printer in Cornwall to offer LED UV with investment in an RMGT 9 press.

St Austell Printing Company has commissioned a five-colour RMGT SRA1 press with LED UV, the first company in Devon or Cornwall to offer LED UV printing.

It is also step up in format for the company which has previously printed on Heidelberg and Sakurai B2 presses. Along with the new press, the company has installed a Heidelberg Suprasetter to provide the larger format plates the press needs.

The company began to introduce the press to customers at the Cornish business show last week even before the full training, provided by press suppliers Apex Digital Graphics, has finished. The early indications are positive. Print manager Steve Mattey says: “We can really see the advantage of this technology and how it is going to give us the flexibility and capacity to expand our services and products for our customers.”

SAPC occupies a purpose designed factory built with low environmental impact in mind. It follows this through using recycled as well as sustainably sourced papers and counts the Eden Project among its customer base. The new press will fit this ethos, offering lower energy consumption and higher quality print on uncoated, recycled and other difficult to print on papers. These will be fully dry in the delivery.

Managing director Peter Moody adds: “The latest investment is part of our commitment to offer exceptional, sustainable print to our portfolio of clients both here in Cornwall and across the UK.

“Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do and we consider this with every piece of equipment we run. The eco credentials of this press area excellent. It’s one of the most energy efficient presses available.”

Moody and Mattey both visited the RMGT factory in Japan before confirming their choice, meeting RMGT’s president Katsushi Hirokawa. The 50-strong company received a grant from the Big2 Project, itself funded by the European Regional Development Fund, to part finance the investment.

St Austell will continue to run with Saphira plates with the addition of the LED UV press. It reckons to consume 2,500 plates a month currently.

Moody says that other options were considered, but the performance of the existing machine and a long standing relationship with Heidelberg tipped the balance. It now has a Suprasetter 106 and Suprasetter A106.

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Peter Moody

Peter Moody

The new press is in line with the company's environmental standpoint. And LED UV will open up new opportunities for the business, as will the larger print format.

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