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Heidelberg continues to dominate in UK

Despite having to contend from a wealth of competition, industry heavyweight Heidelberg continues to utilise its vast resources to maintain a leading position in the UK litho market

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Tipografic purchased a Speedmaster XL 106-7+L press, a Polar 115 Autocut and multi-station BM 105 bander at Drupa this year

The manufacturer has completed a series of installations this year, with a host of UK companies turning to Heidelberg to boost their own production processes.

One such operation is Vale Press, which recently took delivery of a Speedmaster XL 75-5 with Inpress Control to support its B2 offering, following a move into the market to years ago. The new device will now run alongside two Speedmaster SX 74s at the firm’s Evesham site.

Also opting for Heidelberg litho technology was Tipografic, which purchased a Speedmaster XL 106-7+L press, a Polar 115 Autocut and multi-station BM 105 bander at Drupa this year. All of the new machines are set to be installed at the firm’s facility by Christmas.

Elsewhere, Melksham company Superior has marked its 40th anniversary by becoming the first UK firm to take delivery of a Drupa specification Speedmaster XL 106. The device will be an LE-UV machine and is due for delivery this autumn. Incidentally, Geoff Neal Group became the first UK firm to order a Speedmaster XL 106, featuring the new Prinect Press Center XL 2 with 65” wall screen and new 19” multi-touchscreen.


Philtone Litho upgraded its Speedmaster CX 102-5+L to a Speedmaster XL
106-5+L


Meanwhile, Philtone Litho recently upgraded its Speedmaster CX 102-5+L to a Speedmaster XL 106-5+L, in a move that allows the company to move forward with a common plate size. In addition, Halesowen business JPL Print & Design purchased a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75 -5+L to support its wide-ranging commercial print customer base.

Route One Print in Rotherham also upped its commitment to Heidelberg litho by calling in IST UK to implement a conversion to LE-UV of its Speedmaster SX 102-8-P B1 long perfector, in order to help cater for demand for faster turnaround.

However, while Heidelberg continues to see growth in litho investments, the firm has also noted a significant upturn in demand for its digital kit, with a number of UK companies turning to the manufacturer for help

However, while Heidelberg continues to see growth in litho investments, the firm has also noted a significant upturn in demand for its digital kit, with a number of UK companies turning to the manufacturer for help.

Acanthus Press opted to supplement its HP Indigo digital printing technology with a Versafire CV with the Digital Front End, while Crewe Colour Printers also placed an order for a Versafire CV, in addition to an automated Stahlfolder CH 66 at Drupa this year.

Elsewhere, Alton-based Dataprint purchased a Linoprint CV in an effort to offer something different to its customers, alongside its established litho service, which is supported by a five-colour Speedmaster press. Five Castles Press in Ipswich made a similar move when it took delivery of a commercial production model Linoprint CP to complement its litho line-up, which includes two Speedmaster XL 75-5 B2 presses and a B3 Speedmaster SM 52-5H.


The Linoprint CV has proved to be one of the most popular options in the
Heidelberg digital portfolio


Palm Print opted for a Linoprint CV 80 to mark its 25th anniversary this year, with the new digital device to run alongside a Konica C8000, Ricoh C901 and Roland XC540 wide-format press. In contrast to this setup, Kingsbury Press made its first move into digital print with the purchase of a Linoprint CV.

Meanwhile, over in Banbury, Konica Minolta user KMS Litho invested in a four-unit specification Heidelberg Versafire CV to support its wide-ranging service offering.

Although Heidelberg is regarded as one of the leading litho suppliers in not only the UK print market, but also the wider industry, it is clear that the manufacturer has also established itself as a trusted provider of digital solutions. With ongoing growth across both its litho and digital arms, the future certainly looks bright for Heidelberg.
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