South London printer Gilmex is replacing its three Ricoh L4100 large format inkjet printers with the new L5100 equivalents, making it the first UK company to invest in the new latex inkjet printer.
This was launched at Sign & Digital last week with Gilmex on hand for the formal announcement. The Woolwich Arsenal business is also a Ricoh customer for its cut sheet digital presses as well as the inkjet models.
“We have come to the point where five years on, we have needed to replace the wide format machines,” says operations director Terry Mills. This will improve performance through faster printing and a more up to date operating system. The existing machines have performed well and continue to do so. However, technology has moved on.
Mills likens this to a mobile phone: an existing phone will be perfectly adequate, but there is a noticeable difference when people upgrade.
“The old machines have taken a pounding over the last four or five years, though performance has not been a problem at all. We enjoy working with Ricoh,” he says.
The company has decided to stick with roll to roll printing rather than move to flatbed UV. Output needs to be laminated to a mounting board for some types of work. “A lot of our particular clients like the glossy finish from latex, which is not the same from flatbed,” says Mills.
Gilmex runs a Kongsberg IXE cutting table to complete the board mounted print. In cut sheet, the company runs a Ricoh Pro C9110. It offers a same day delivery into central London and Canary Wharf if needed, next day delivery beyond that.
There is also a cross media offering with personalised variable data print and print management for clients. In finishing it runs wire binding, Duplo booklet making and perfect binding. There is also on an online portal for bindery consumables serving the trade.
By Gareth Ward