12 January 2019 Print Companies

DG3/Leycol orders five-colour Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106

DG3/Leycol has decided to add a five-colour plus coater B1 press to the all Heidelberg line up at its Gillingham plant.

DG3/Leycol has ordered a five-colour plus coater Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 for the DG3/Leycol litho factory in Gillingham, Kent. The press arrives in May and will the first K&B press for the company.

Managing director Barry Page says: “We spoke to printers like Taylor Bloxham and Park Communications that are already using the Rapida and visited Germany where there are a number of companies running a mixed pressroom pretty successfully.

“We have secured the right support package from Koenig & Bauer. This ticked all the right boxes for us.”

Director Gary Wilson adds: "We are thrilled to have teamed up with K&B. Our clients demand the best quality which we have always been able to provide, and we cannot wait to push our business forward with the new investment."

The specification includes the SIS infeed reducing makeready and turnaround times, ErgoTronic AutoRun to allow the company to queue several jobs in the press management system, fully automatic plate changing and semi automatic coating form change will also cut changeover times.

The QualiTronic inline colour control system and Quality Pass ensure colour consistency with LogoTronic Professional and Cockpit collect and analyse data from the press. It is rated at 18,000sph.

This is a package of technology that will allow the company to compete for the highest quality work, where Park Communications and Taylor Bloxham are already successful.

DG3 and Leycol merged their litho print operations in 2017 to extend the company’s footprint in high quality print and having the technology to be able to service this customer base was an important consideration, says Page. “The need to produce high quality work was an important part of the decision,” he explains.

“Key for us was makereadies and reduction of waste. This will be much more efficient which is really important in the current climate. we need to be as efficient as possible and to maximise what we can with the press.”

The project to find the right technology for the company’s next phase has been underway for a while, culminating in the order at a point where Page expects the market to be challenging for this year. The productivity advantages will put the business in good stead for the tough economic climate.

K&B UK sales director Chris Scully says: “We are delighted that DG3/Leycol has chosen Koenig & Bauer as their new partner for the next stage in the transformation of their business. This is yet another company who have joined a prestigious list of high quality industrial UK printers who have made the switch to Rapida 106 technology.”

Gareth Ward

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