Friday, 24 Apr 2015 14:27 GMT

Heidelberg reports upturn in technology investment

Heidelberg has reported a significant increase in the number of UK companies investing in new kit, with the manufacturer having experienced a boom in sales this year.

With the economy now back on track after several years of uncertainty, printers are becoming more confident and pushing ahead with investment projects in order to strengthen their service offering.

Bristol-based Taylor Brothers is one company to have turned to Heidelberg this year, having commissioned a Speedmaster XL 75-5+L. The device, which went into full production in early April, replaces a nine-year-old Speedmaster CD 74-6 also from Heidelberg.

Charles Taylor, joint managing director at the firm, says: “The Speedmaster XL 75 is the best B2 press on the market and Inpress Control adds to its productivity and the quality of its output.

“The coating is essential for the type of work we do which is often highly designed with solid colours but always fast turnround. We have some very demanding corporate customers.”

Exeter-based Pollards Print has also invested in a Speedmaster XL 75-5+L, with the new device replacing an older Speedmaster SM 74-5. The firm is also due to take delivery of an automated combination Stahlfolder KH 82 in May.

Another company to have opted for Heidelberg kit is Marston Press, which invested in a computer-to-plate (CtP) device earlier this year due to an increase in demand for plates following the installation of a Speedmaster XL 75-10-P long perfector. The firm has already reported a significant from the new machine, which has been housed in a new 2,000sq ft mezzanine CtP suite.

The Speedmaster XL 75 is the best B2 press on the market and Inpress Control adds to its productivity and the quality of its output

Elsewhere, Potts Print has opted to strengthen its already impressive arsenal of Heidelberg machines by taking in a Speedmaster XL 75-6+LX. The device will be the firm’s third B2 Speedmaster, following a four-colour and five-colour .

Also on the finishing side of production, Cheltenham-based magazine and commercial printer The Color Company in March took delivery of a Stahlfolder BH 56 and Muller Martini stitching line, both of which will run alongside an existing Speedmaster SX 74 B2 format press.

J Thomson Colour Printers has also opted to replace a Wohlenberg guillotine with a Polar 137 N Plus. The new system will help finish work produced on two Speedmaster XL 105s, a 12-colour perfector and six-plus-coat.

W MacCarthy and Sons has also opted for finishing kit from Heidelberg by investing in a Polar 115 N Plus. Delivered in April, the device will enable the firm to handle media up to 115cm in width.

Meanwhile, down on the south coast, Diguru has taken delivery of a Linoprint CV digital press and has also invested in a Pollar 66 guillotine.

In addition, Hampton Printing has paid tribute to the impact of Heidelberg’s ISO 12647-2 certification system and membership of the Heidelberg Colour Club. The Bristol-based firm says the accreditations have been helpful in securing new contracts and maintaining confidence with its existing customers.

With many UK print companies turning to Heidelberg’s equipment this year, leading to an increase in sales, it is clear that companies are returning to bigger investment pieces of kit in order to strengthen their service.