Rochdale printer Jones & Brooks, this year celebrating its 140th anniversary, has bought its first B2 press.
The company has chosen a Heidelberg Speedmaster SX74-5+L, which is installed this month. The company has previously run with Heidelberg SM52 B3 machines, but says managing director Ronnie Blair: “We have turned B2 work away until now so this press will enable us to add another service to our portfolio and to attract even more high quality contracts. The specification means we can add special colours and spot or full varnishes.”
In 2011 it installed a five-colour SM52 and also has two Quickmasters, Stahlfolders and Polar guillotines from Heidelberg UK. At the same time as buying the new press the company has bought a Duplo booklet maker.
The company specialises in work for the NHS, with about 20% of turnover accounted for by commercial customers. This will increase as a result of the investment as well as meeting a demand for larger format work from its key customer. The company is has four operators experienced with Heidelberg, but at first the new press will only operate on a single-shift basis, with scope to go to two-shift operation as demand requires.
The health work extends beyond supply of print. Jones & Brooks has developed combined forms and specimen bags that ensure safe delivery of specimens within the legal requirements for transportation by road, with the forms and labels that ensure that each can be tracked. Labels are printed in sheet form and kiss cut on the SM52.
The company also supplies folders for medical records, X-ray reports, and the documentation needed in casual departments. Print remains the key communication tool for this.
Says Blair: “I fully support Two Sides and their work to combat the image that paper is somehow an environmental culprit. It is not and a printed product continues to get more attention than anything on the internet.”