The company has based its folding requirements around two Shoeis. One has been moved on, the second retained as standby, but the MBO will have more than enough capacity to meet demand.
The reinvestment programme has topped £1.2 million since a management buyout six years ago. This has included a Wohlenberg Quickbinder and trimmer and three guillotines, all supplied by Friedheim International, and Aster sewer and a DA260 casemaker from Kolbus UK. It also maintains an extensive range of traditional finishing machinery enabling it to handle jobs that others cannot, especially in out of format products..
These combine with more conventional fare: it is the UK’s largest supplier of hairdresser appointment books and supplies thousands of school diaries. “It is being able to offer what other people can’t do because they don’t have the machines and combining this with digital print.” says operations director Kevin Lee.
The new folder falls into this strategy, offering a lot more flexibility thanks to fast set up, and shifting bottlenecks to other parts of the process. Set up time is reduced by 60%, it reckons. The company took on two younger operators 18 months ago, before the installation and they will operate the next machine. Both also have experience with the MBO technology. “They were leaning in the direction of new technology and are both happy with the new folder they are operating,” says Lee. “The K80 is a superb machine. It beat the competition due not only to the level of automation, but the slitter shaft cassette.” This slides out for replacement and lets the business return to operation with minimal lost time.
They are part of a 42-strong team in the 5,000m2 factory generating sales of £3 million across both direct and trade work. The business has moved away from basic fold stitch trim into more specialist digital print finishing and bespoke work.
As well as the 300,000 wire bound date books, the company has the skills to take on specialist projects, involving hand case making, presentation boxes using larger format machines that many businesses have discarded in recent decades.
“The aim with the diaries is to finish one season’s orders and for the first jobs of the next year to arrive the following day,” says Lee. It amounts to 300,000 wire bound books a year with business in this area increasing.
“The next move will be to look at investment in wire binding,” he says.
Operations director Kevin Lee says that Deanprint has come to the end of a cycle of investment over the six years since an management buyout at the Stockport business. The latest purchase is an MBO K80 folder joining the Quickbinder from Wohlenberg installed four years ago.
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