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Colourfast in UK first with Keyline at Print Show

Colourfast Financial has become the first print company in the UK to commit to Keyline MIS technology, signing off on a deal today (Tuesday) at The Print Show in Birmingham.

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Colourfast signed the deal on the Keyline stand during the opening day of The Print Show 2018

Developed by Crispy Mountain, Keyline is a software-as-a-service product that is able to cover the entire print production process, from quoting and order taking through to print and finishing.

Keyline is being demonstrated in the UK for the first time at The Print Show and Brentwood-based Colourfast wasted little time in committing, signing a deal just two hours into the event.

Resolve Business Management, a new company set up by Wayne Beckett and Chris Watson, recently landed a deal to serve as the dealer for Keyline in the UK and Ireland.

Colourfast are going down more of a commercial route and they want fully automated systems from front to back

Speaking to Print Monthly about today’s deal, Beckett says: “Colourfast are going down more of a commercial route and they want fully automated systems from front to back.

“The majority of Colourfast’s business at the moment is financial that comes in at the back of the day for next day delivery. This means he has a big window in the day for commercial work.

“As part of the integration with Keyline, we’re going to be producing a web front-end for them. They are going to be integrated with a web-to-print company.

Eventually we want to get to a point where we can go from the client doing a quote, to the client’s file going straight through the press; simply press a green button and go

“We will be taking that and looking at prepress, scheduling, paper ordering through Keyline. It will be fully automated from front to back.”

Colourfast has 15 Konica Minolta machines, making it the biggest Konica customer in the UK and one of the top five Konica users in Europe. It also runs an EFI machine for large-format work.

Darren Bacon, managing director at Colourfast, adds: “Eventually we want to get to a point where we can go from the client doing a quote, to the client’s file going straight through the press; simply press a green button and go. That’s the be-all and end-all goal, and it will happen with Keyline.”

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