03 March 2019 Print Companies

Cups away as hospitality specialist Scyphus brings print in-house

After ten years in business, Scyphus has decided to invest in its own production facilities to ensure profit goes to one company not two.

A company that for the last ten years has sourced print to brand the paper cups, napkins and other branded hospitality ware has bought a Speedmaster CD74-5 to bring this work in-house.

“We have also been using third-party printers for leaflets, brochures and that sort of thing,” says Scyphus managing director Lez Carr. “The decision gives us more control and it makes sense to be able to give customers a faster turnaround.

“After ten years of outsourcing the only way to bring down pricing for trade customers was for us to print in-house. Previously two companies used to have to share the profit, for us and the outsourcer. Now we can keep that and we can increase the range of services we can offer our customer base.”

The business has produced more than 90 million paper cups, 55 million of them fully recyclable, over ten years in business. These are recyclable or biodegradable, using a PE coated board or PLA boards. These were introduced in 2016 with the aim of producing 100% of its cups on these materials, or starch based compostable plastics, by the end of last year.

It will also produce sleeves that can be decorated for an event or to a brand, or shop. It will also supply popcorn boxes and ice cream tubs “and other hospitality related stuff,” says Carr.

The press was sourced through Exel Machinery which has helped with training and the Cip3 interfaces to shorten makeready. The CD can cope with thicker materials needed for the cups and packaging it deals in. The company has also invested in the platemaking and finishing needed to deliver the products required.

It uses a web portal interface for customers to upload artwork, approve and sign it off. This can be with a customer’s own design or version created in-house by Scyphus. The file passes through prepress and to the platesetter with ink setting details going to the press.

The Northampton company hopes that bringing the production work in house it will be able to double turnover from current level of £1 million in sales from a dozen staff.

By Gareth Ward

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