Gary Peeling (left) and Matteo Rigamonti mark the start of a new partnership.
PRECISION PRINTING IN BARKING is partnering with Italian web to print specialist Pixart on a new attempt to break into the UK market. The Italian company had first tried to launch in the UK earlier this year but has found that for a combination or reasons, many linked to the distance from London, Birmingham or Manchester to Venice that UK print professionals have been unwilling to trust the company’s promises of rapid turnaround.
The launch of pixartprinting.co.uk is intended to alter this. Jobs that need printing with a 24 or 48 hour turnaround will now be produced from Precision’s factory in east London while jobs with a longer time scale will continue to be produced in Italy. As well as making production facilities available, Precision will also provide telephone support to UK customers.
Gary Peeling, managing director of Precision, says: “This is one of the most exciting ventures I have been involved with in 20 years in the printing industry.”
The target customers are printers and designers needing to offer customers a digital print services, shorter runs or faster turnarounds than they are able to manage or large format print. Pixart offers a greater range of papers and other materials than other web print services and is aimed only at professional buyers.
The company moved into a new plant north of Venice over the summer where it houses an extensive line up of inkjet large format machines, including the beta of HP’s new latex printer, the HP 8000, along with six Indigos and two Komori B2 sheetfed presses. It is handling on average 2,000 jobs a day, an increase of 55% in a year. As well as the UK, Pixart is moving into Spain and Portugal having opened with success in France earlier in the year. “The UK is the only country with a company that we have set up in the country, the others we have a country manager and a telephone service,” says Pixart managing director Matteo Rigamonti.