Kingsbury Press is moving to a 5,575m2 factory in a new industrial estate in Doncaster, where a new Heidelberg Speedmaster CX102-6 is being delivered in August and will be up and running ahead of the company move.
In this way the company hopes to avoid any disruption to production. It currently runs two B2 XL75 Speedmasters in factory units amounting to 1,500m2 in the Yorkshire city. The company has built its reputation on high quality print for luxury brands from this site. Alongside production the company has sales offices in London and New York. The company describes its markets as luxury lifestyle, automotive and global real estate.
The investment in press and premises provides capacity and space for the company to grow into, including magazines. Sales are currently £5.7 million. Sales director Rob Layton says: "The CX 102-6 allows us to access new markets with our magazine work, adding new high-end, longer-run capabilities.
"Now, we will be moving into the new factory as we have outgrown our current facility and have no space for growth. We will be looking to enhance our offering to our client base, as well as building a new client base, on the back of all of this investment."
The new factory has been built with the potential to become a zero emissions facility. The materials used, design and energy plan have been designed to minis impact. Rainwater is harvested, there is LED lighting throughout, heating is designed for maximum efficiency and the developer has added 100 hectares of land adjacent to the development to a local nature reserve.
The company installed a new MBO T960 from Friedheim International to replace an older MBO folder earlier this year. That will be moving to the new factory as will the specialist finishing and bindery equipment used for all styles of binding, including its own K-bind layflat technology.
This was developed using cold glue for strength to allow books with illustrations, text or maps to open flat without any loss of image across the spine. The company also offers a full range of binding techniques, foil blocking, embossing, die cutting and presentation box production, and coloured and foiled edges to the block.
The new press includes Impress Control and automated plate change. It will have a non stop feeder and delivery so will enable the company to take on larger jobs, including longer run magazines, book and brochures and packaging. Kingsbury intends for it to become a state of the art hub for all things print and packaging, according to Layton.
That includes digital for personalisation as well as litho printing, using Ricoh toner technology.
By Gareth Ward
Just a few weeks after installation of a new MBO T960 folder, Kingsbury Press is on the move to new premises where it will be running a new B1 six-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster. Both premises and press provide scope for expansion.