Gary Doman has joined UV technology supplier GEW to spearhead its attack on the commercial print market.
The Crawley company has built a dominant position in LED UV systems for narrow web label printing and wants to replicate that success with sheetfed litho. This is a sector where LED UV, both fitted to a new press and as a retrofit, is gaining ground, providing the opportunity for the UK business.
Doman becomes international sales manager, sheetfed, bringing a 35-year background in print to the job. He remains best known for a period as sheetfed sales director of Manroland GB before the collapse of the German press manufacturer and its subsequent rescue.
Prior to joining Manroland he had been a press demonstrator for Ryobi presses in the UK. Ryobi, now RMGT, has been one of the leading suppliers of LED UV equipped presses across the world and GEW has been approved to supply LED UV to new machines as an alternative to Japanese supplied Panasonic technology.
As well as fitting LED UV to a number of RMGT presses in North America, GEW has supplied retrofit units to presses in the UK, among them a B2 Speedmaster 74 at C&D Print in north London and to a Speedmaster 102 in south London.
Doman says: “Understanding the different requirements for each UV application is vitally important; no two press are ever precisely alike. The 25 years’ experience I have gained in this arena, along with an appreciation of printing and all its complexities, will enable me to support customers in finding the perfect LED UV curing solution.”
That can include either air cooled or, for larger presses, water cooled systems at what the company says is the best price and performance. “If it’s the best lamp in the world, but it’s more expensive, you will not sell it,” says Doman.
GEW is hoping to achieve the same level of penetration in the sheetfed market as it has achieved in narrow web. The recruitment of Gary Doman as international sales manager is part of this drive.