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Cornish book printer doubles plate capacity

At a time where inventory control is driving down print runs and increasing plate volumes for book printers, one company has made a significant investment to increase its plate capacity and reliability.

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Simon Baker of Agfa and Andy Watts, MD at T J International

Agfa completed the installation of a new Arkana 125 plate processor, an Avalon N16 90XT very large format plate setter with auto loader and an upgraded Apogee workflow solution for T J International (TJI) in February this year.

The new installation is producing 42 plates per hour for the business with one operator and has replaced two old Agfa processors and plate setters that together only produced 26 plates an hour with two operatives.

TJI, which was established in 1969, prints around seven million books a year and is based on the outskirts of Padstow, Cornwall. The printer employs 140 staff and produces books across digital toner, inkjet, and litho printing technologies. The majority of the work produced serves the science, technical, medical and academic markets, with a growing proportion of print-on-demand jobs.

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“We are keen to form long term strategic partnerships for the business moving forward,” says Andy Watts, managing director at TJI. “Our future investments for the business will be customer driven, we listen to our customers and the business needs to reflect their needs. In support of that we need to be confident that our suppliers are providing the best service, the best commercial package and overall the best value for money.

“Agfa add value with its front-end technology and workflow and of course making sure that they keep supplying us with plates. Whilst I may have liked to choose who I was to marry in this investment negotiation, on reflection I don’t think I would have chosen a different bride.”

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