The succession has been discussed for around two years, says Malpas. “I joined the business 30 years ago as a sales executive and I have been a shareholder for the last 27 years.” As consequence there will no immediate change to the way that the business is run.
“Chris is now 70 and has built a fantastic company supported by a team that remains in place,” Malpas says. “I will bring in a couple of new people as we go forwards, but first it’s about getting a few months under the belt. There has been fantastic support from clients and the supplier base.”
One of the focus areas to examine will be digital printing. The company is renowned for the quality of its litho printing working for clients in automotive, fashion and high end retail and litho has remained paramount.
It operates from a 3,000m2 purpose built air conditioned factory housing three Heidelberg presses and was the first in the UK to achieve the Heidelberg certification for printing to ISO 12647-2. It also holds ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and chain of custody certification for FSC and PEFC. It can also offer to carbon balance the footprint of any job should customers require this.
“We put in a first Ricoh digital press a year ago and that has been a good success as a new venture for us given that we are known as a top quality litho printer,” he says. “We are also talking to Heidelberg in terms of where we are as a business.”
The assertion is supported by the trophy cabinet of awards the business has won over the years. This year it was
The company has always enjoyed a string reputation for quality, enhanced by operating from a purpose designed factory with air conditioning as part of the structure and with the presses scrupulously maintained.