Statex Colourprint is this week bedding in an eight-colour Komori Lithrone S29P H-UV press at its Newcastle factory.
It is the first Komori H-UV in a commercial printer in the north east and replaces a ten-colour Speedmaster XL75-10-P, severing a relationship with the German supplier that has endured throughout the company’s 23-year history.
“We are looking like we are going to be really busy during July,” says marketing manager Richard Barksby, “so this is very timely. We work for a lot of public institutions and universities and creative clients and they like to be as sustainable as possible. We can give them this because of the energy savings and reduction in power consumption.”
Creative clients will gain because work, especially on uncoated papers, will not need to be sealed. “They will be touching the surface of the paper for the first time,” he says. “We have always printed for creative agencies and designers using GF Smith and Fedrigoni papers. Without the coating, people can feel what the paper is supposed to feel like.”
The seeds of change were planted at Drupa where the Komori stand hummed with ideas in comparison to a flat presentation from Heidelberg according to Statex directors who visited the show.
“We didn’t want to buy another press which was a like for like comparison,” says Barksby. “We took our most difficult jobs to a demonstration and all had been loaded on press, run and finished by 11am, wasting just 50 sheets at makeready.”
Perfecting with H-UV brings other advantages, according to managing director Graham Minett. “It eliminates front/reverse layout limitations because the first H-UV drying unit is located before the sheet is turned, completely drying the sheets before the reverse is printed.”
Nor is there any need to make allowance for slow down wheels, saving paper which would others be needed for gutters. There is no spray powder on the sheet and no smell of IPA in the plant. Instead the press hall has a somewhat antiseptic smell, says Barksby.
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