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Fretwell reveals major Heidelberg investment

Commercial printer Fretwell Print and Design has purchased a new Heidelberg XL 75 5-L to enhance its service offering and remain ahead of the curve in a busy market.

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The new Heidelberg XL 75 5-L replaces a five-year-old XL 75-5+LX

The new press with AutoPlate Pro, Inpress Control and new integrated Prinect product suite replaces a five-year-old XL 75-5+LX at the company, which has seen its turnover increase from less than £1m to more than £6m over the past 15 years.

Andy Gillett, joint managing director at Fretwell, says that this growth has been achieved by a policy of recruiting the best people in the industry, and continually investing in the latest technology, with the new Heidelberg forming part of this approach.

“We replaced the XL 75-5+LX (Inpress Control) with a newer model in order to increase productivity,” Gillett says.  

“After a thorough analysis of our work mix, Heidelberg identified that due to the Push to Stop Technology with Auto Plate Pro and the increased productivity, we could achieve extra capacity of an additional one-and-a-half days a month based upon existing shift patterns.”

Fretwell used the government’s Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CIBLS) finance package, arranged via Mark Quinn of Bespoke Asset Finance, to purchase the new machine.

“CIBLS offered us a great opportunity to invest,” Gillett adds.

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