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In case you missed it from January...

Print Monthly brings you a choice pick of all the quirky, fun, technical, and business news from January that proves just how creative and colorful our industry is

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Managing director Robin Hope with directors Nicky Hope, Sarah Kowalik, and Paul Kowalik

BFS celebrates 30 years of growth

30 years ago, husband and wife John and Carol Hope set up Business Forms Services (BFS) from a small premise in Reading. Now, the company has grown to employ 50 people across three sites, and represents brands such as Rollin, Westland, and Prisco.

A family business at heart, other members of staff include John and Carol’s son Robin and his wife, as well as John and Carol’s daughter and son in law.

The company went from selling Rollin printing blankets, envelope printers, and business forms to now expanding its customer base to include heatset, coldset, sheetfed, and packaging. In 1999, BFS rebranded as BFS Pressroom Solutions to reflect its evolved position within the print industry.

In 2002, the company acquired an ink mixing business and in 2007 acquired a rubber roller factory. 2008 was another memorable moment for the company, becoming the sole licensee for Westland rollers in the UK.

UK print shines bright

The UK print and paper industry is practicing what it preaches, reaching out with beautiful Christmas cards

It may already seem that Christmas is a distant memory, but the festive period proved that the ongoing renaissance in print is continuing to gain momentum.

“Five years ago I simply did not get through any printed cards any more, it was all e-cards / e-mails, and the like. But 2016 has seen a huge return to form, with our network of customers and suppliers wanting to connect through beautiful pieces of print,” says Brendan Perring, editor of Print Monthly.

He adds: “This small selection along uses ten different types of specialty and decorative print finishing alone, and all of them were produced in the UK. It is a clear indication that the shine has worn off digital media, and it has now become just one part of a multi-channel mix that sees print once again at the top table.”

Cascade reveals Konica investment

Managing director Antony Adler and production director Richard Adler of Cascade Group

Cascade Group has restructured its operations over the past five years in order to support growing demand for quick turnaround products. Now, the company has invested in a Konica Minolta Bizhub Press C1085 colour production press. The new machine will allow Cascade Group to support its strategy of combining print, design, and web solutions.

“We have another Konica Minolta digital production print system at one of our local offices and they score high on value for money, reliability and quality of output,” says production director, Richard Adler.

Konica Minolta have worked with us to ensure an excellent working relationship and over the past couple of years, have been able to provide the right equipment at the right price

He adds: “Konica Minolta have worked with us to ensure an excellent working relationship and over the past couple of years, have been able to provide the right equipment at the right price.”

Sitma makes a difference

Character Mailing in Aintree has installed machinery from Sitma

Character Mailing is seeing the impact on business of its new Sitma SM10 envelope enclosing machine and poly wrapping machine, purchased through Engelmann and Buckham.

“The SM10 is already making a huge difference to our business, we are seeing an increase of 30 – 40% in our rates and the machine is still not fully optimised,” says managing director, Mark Manville.

Manville says working with Sitma was “really positive”, adding: “Our team received excellent training from Sitma and the continued support from the, UK based, E&B engineers has been second to none.”

Cimpress acquires promotional firm

Robert Keane of Cimpress says he looks forward to welcoming National Pen on board

Mass customisation company Cimpress has agreed to acquire National Pen in a strategy to build competitively differentiated supply chain capabilities.

“Just like business cards, custom pens are a simple yet highly effective way for small business owners to market their companies,” says Robert Keane, president and chief executive officer of Cimpress.

He continues: “National Pen has tremendous mass customization and related supply chain capabilities with which they deliver an unrivaled breadth and depth of customizable writing instruments with low minimum order quantities that meet the low-volume needs of small businesses. We look forward to welcoming National Pen's team members and customers to Cimpress.”

The company is confident it can help grow National Pen and the promotional products offering of its existing brands.

Cyan X reveals key trends

Cyan X says the uptake of its Breit range is on the up due to the effects it can produce

Cyan X has published an in-depth analysis of evolving special and decorative print finishing technology, revealing its Breit Cast and Cure range is driving growth at the supplier.

“The bar has been lifted with a new generation of cast and cure films to produce holographic effects, with new textured films giving designers a new challenge,” says Richard Mawson, managing director of Cyan X. He adds: “A textured effect can now be produced using the same application into wet UV varnish, but with brushed steel, linen, and even leather effects now available.

“This is one print process that is guaranteed to stand out in the pack and give a new dimension into tactile effect and finishes.”

This is one print process that is guaranteed to stand out in the pack and give a new dimension into tactile effect and finishes

For the full study go to printmonthly.com and search Cyan X

D and K praise Print Show

D and K’s latest Neptune laminator is available with different lengths of feed table

D and K Europe’s sales manager has spoken out about his experience at The Print Show, having been impressed with the visitor attendance.

“Once again the Print Show delivered a steady stream of visitors throughout the three days with a good level of interest in all the products on display,” says John Hancock.

He adds: “It's always nice to see our existing customers at these events but much of the interest shown was from new potential users and distributors for the B3 Neptune laminator that we launched at Drupa earlier in the year.”

Denmaur set out to ‘Revive’ industry

Denmaur has produced a high-quality calendar, with every month using a different grade of its paper

Denmaur Independent Papers has launched a special calendar for 2017, with every month printed on a different part of its Revive Carbon Balanced papers range and carrying information about the vital importance of engaging with an environmental recycling or carbon offset scheme.

“Industry is going to be increasingly focused on carbon reduction and you can help yourselves to do this, simply through paper and print,” says Jonathan Tame, director of Carbon Co for December.

The calendar also carries commentary from a number of key environmental figures, such as Roger Wilson of The World Land Trust, Jonathon Porritt of Forum for the Future, and Julia Young of the WWF.

Catford Print Centre develops book production

Catford Print Centre invested in an IFS Horizon HT30C three-side trimmer

After investing in a Horizon HT30C three-side trimmer from Intelligent Finishing Systems (IFS), Catford Print Centre has managed to create a smoother on demand book production process.

Owner Russell Jones explains: “We have been fully aware of the slow decline in offset litho work over the years. We have replaced it with digital jobs and found that paperback books were one area we felt we could develop.

“We have had great response from a marketing campaign and that lead to an upsurge in book sales. It was no longer feasible to three side trim books manually on the guillotine. It was creating a bottleneck. It was also preventing operators from getting on with other profitable work.”

It has already made a significant difference in productivity. That increase means we are able to take on more work

Jones adds: “It has already made a significant difference in productivity. That increase means we are able to take on more work. Our main considerations were freeing up the guillotine and making life more comfortable for our operators. It couldn’t have come sooner.”

Marstan foils new profits

"Our first item produced on the Heidelberg has been a beautiful foiled butterfly postcard, "says Marstan's Martin Lett Jnr (see contents pages)

Marstan Press has revealed that such is the buoyancy in demand for short-run high-quality print products that it has invested in a third traditional foil blocking press within a year.

The machine, a Heidelberg GTP foiling Platen has been supplied fully refurbished by letterpress machine specialist CMI Pring Services of Ipswich.

Marstan's entry into the foil blocking market took place less than a year ago, when a Heidelberg GT Platen was purchased from auction. Following that investment, a Gietz FSA 790 foiling press was installed in May off the back of a major contract win.

The latest addition to Marstan's firepower also sees history repeating itself, as the current line-up of two platens and one cylinder replicates the line-up in 1968. Back then the machines were used for letterpress printing in the days before litho printing took off.

Meech has positive impact on printer

The 915 AC Ionising bar installed in flexographic department

In order for its machines to perform to the maximum, Sturdy Print and Design has invested in six 915 AC Ionising bars in their flexographic department from Meech International. The bars ensure the safe and clean removal of static, resulting in higher quality print runs.

“Without Meech’s extensive consultation the bars would not have been able to perform at their optimum,” says Phil Cummings, operations manager at Sturdy Print and Design, adding: “It was only when Meech rectified this that we noticed a huge difference in performance. The equipment functions that much better now that we have new bars that are set in the correct position.”

Adam Battrick, sales director at Meech International, adds: “We are delighted to see the positive impact the 915AC is having on their business. We look forward to continuing to work with Sturdy Print and Design and to help them maximise the potential of their investment.”

YPS doubles capacity with Renz

(L to R) Your Print Solution founders Steven Brown and David Jackson with the Renz AP 300 Compact

Your Print Solution has installed the UK’s first Renz AP 300 Compact automatic punch machine. After a trip to Drupa 2016, it was clear to founders Steven Brown and David Jackson what the company needed.

Brown says: “We went to drupa and looked at a number of options including GBC. We looked at the Renz AP360 as well but it was too big for us. The new AP300 was perfect – just what we needed.

“The goal was to save time. There was a lot of pressure on the operator to get the work out. Now we don’t have that constraint on our time. We are able to turn work around much faster. It is also automated so it can be left alone to run.”

The goal was to save time. There was a lot of pressure on the operator to get the work out. Now we don’t have that constraint on our time. We are able to turn work around much faster}

The impact on business has been dramatic, more than doubling capacity. Brown adds: “On average we were wire binding for about eight hours a day. It was one person’s job. Now they can do that in a half a day and move onto something else.”

Technotrans to expand inkjet presence

Technotrans applied cooling technology on the rollers and inkjet heads within the new Heidelberg Primefire 106 press

Technotrans is set to expand its inkjet presence after the successful application of its cooling solutions on the rollers and inkjet heads on Heidelberg’s Primefire 106 press.

“We believe that inkjet has a strong future but we are not partisan because we can offer peripherals across a range of presses including conventional, LED-UV, LE-UV and anilox offset and inkjet and toner digital systems,” says Peter Benton, managing director of Technotrans.

Oriel Printing Company recently installed a beta.f unit from Technotrans on its Speedmaster CD 102-7 in order to enhance print quality. Managing director of Oriel, Richard Simms, comments: “Due to the wide range of substrates we print, the ink-water balance is critical, so we wanted to make sure our dampening solution was spot on.”

Two Sides challenge ‘go paperless’ claims

Martyn Eustace of Two Sides is challenging the ‘go paperless’ position

In a new campaign from Two Sides, the question of which media channel is the greenest is being asked. There is potential to mislead consumers in today’s digital world by promoting online communication as superior to print, but the company highlights how these claims do not consider the negative environmental impact of technology.

“Our experience to date is that many companies don’t realise the environmental credentials of paper,” says Martyn Eustace, managing director of Two Sides, adding: “We challenge the ‘go paperless’ position and help educate corporations. Once informed, companies are really supportive.”

However, a Toluna UK survey showed that 89 percent of respondents agree that when responsibly produced, used and recycled, print can be sustainable. 83 percent of respondents believe companies making negative green claims about paper are doing so to save costs.

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