24 February 2019 Print Companies

Matthews takes first Kodak Nexfinity in the UK

The Chingford full service printer is the first in the UK to install the new generation digital press from Kodak and is delighted with the decision.

Matthews the Printers has become the first UK customer for the Kodak Nexfinity digital press, its next generation machine.

The Nexfinity received its introduction 12 months ago after a technology preview at Drupa. It uses similar engineering to the standard Nexpress, but employs a higher resolution imaging head, improved colour management systems and new toners, including white, to expand the scope of the press.

At Matthews , managing director Christopher Riddell explains that the machine is being used to relieve pressure on its litho presses by taking on shorter run work rather than take up work that is being handled on digital machines.

“We were looking last year to see what was available from a digital print perspective in order to up the ante and up the quality we could offer.

“The Nexfinity gives us the flexibility and confidence to move shorter run jobs to digital without sacrificing quality seamlessly,” he says. The choice of the new press involved a quality shoot out judged by staff at the Chingford business. The Nexfinity's quality stood out.

“There’s a significant difference between Nexfinity and other toner machines which lets us migrate work from offset.”

The quest also took in inkjet, visiting Komori’s UK installation and Fuji Jetpress sites. The lack of double-sided printing remained a concern, says Riddell. “That wouldn’t work for us. We don’t want to have to turn the paper physically."

The company had visited the Dutch photo album printer that now runs two Nexfinity machines, one the first to be installed on a commercial basis. Increased productivity and reliability were appreciated as much as the smoothness of the printed result. “We were impressed. The Nexfinity did everything it said on the tin and the Dutch gave it glowing reviews.”

The company has sufficient finishing capacity so has not needed investment to cope with an increase in short run work having invested steadily over the last three years. It means too that the remainder of the this year will be about consolidation around the investment.

The Nexfinity was delivered in October and Matthews has been bedding it in, assessing its capability before pulling back the curtain. It will link into the online ordering platform the company uses to enable customers to order collateral via a browser, connecting directly to the digital press.

The press has five print stations allowing it to print white in the first or fifth position and to print specials that are mixed to match litho specials, with great results, says the managing director. “And we can print 1 metre long sheets up to 610 micron for some packaging work as well.”

The current mix includes some long run work that needs personalisation and this is swallowed up by the new press. “It is just fantastic,” says Riddell. “This has lifted us into another area."

By Gareth Ward

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Nexfinity was launched in Rochester 12 months ago as a new generation of the Nexpress family. The first has arrived in the UK following the success of installations in Holland.

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