Minuteman in Kings Lynn has installed a Duplo DC746, the final element in a year of change for the expanding franchise business.
A year ago the franchise, co-owned by Keith Boyce and his wife Paula, moved to 930m2 premises, four times the size of the space it had occupied until then. Along with the move last year, the business invested in two of the new Xerox Iridesse presses and a GMP sleeking machine to add digital foil effects. In total the business has invested north of £750,000.
“The operation is doing very very well,” says Boyce. “There’s quite a demand and growth in digital products which gave is the confidence to go through what is a major investment for us. It is part of a five-year plan for the business to expand.”
The DC746 is the third multifinisher that Duplo has supplied. It joins two DC645s at the business, offering cutting, slitting, perforation in a single unit. The two Iridesses have replaced a brace of Xerox CP1000s. Both new machines have been specified without the gold and silver options that the machine offers. Both run with a clear toner option, continuing the functionality it had with the ColorPress. They can be upgraded to offer gold and silver if the market moves in this direction.
“We felt we could do better with real foil, investing in a GMP QTopic to give us the flexibility we wanted to meet the principle demands of the market place we are in,” says Boyce. “It’s a true foil rather the the litho like printed gold or silver from the Iridesse.”
The quality of four-colour work and performance of the press is a step up on the ColorPress and Boyce prefers the Iridesse to the Xerox iGen. “They are very robust production units,” he adds. “We need to sit back and see where the marketplace goes. Our experience is that the customers want the foil finish.”
“Last year we did a three-year plan that would double the size of the business. And 12 months on we are over performing against that budget.” This is thanks to a total focus on digital printing, dating back to when the couple bought the operation 14 years ago.
By Gareth Ward