Hull based large format trade printer RMC Digital has taken delivery of a second Durst large format press.
The company is now running a Durst Rho 512R Plus 5 metre wide roll to roll machine alongside the Rho P10 flatbed installed two years ago. The new machine is part of a £1 million investment to handle growth at the trade only business. The press accounts for around half this spend.
It is expanding floor space as well as increasing print production capacity. As well as the two Dursts, the company runs EFI Vutek large format machines and a number of smaller Mimaki rollfed machines. It uses Zund flatbed cutters in finishing work that requires this.
The first Durst came with a white ink option and this is continued in the latest investment. The Rho 512R has a double white configuration to produce partly illuminated flex face films and textile based graphics for signage and exhibition markets.
Operations director Nicole Spencer says: ”We need highest quality production for exhibition, signage and other work, which the Durst machines can provide.
“One exhibition client has found that instead of double striking to get the green it wants, it can now all be done in a single pass. And we can leave the machine to run on its own in the evening with unattended printing due to the carbon fibre bars and encompassed tracking software.”
Commercial manager Alex Wood goes further claiming it “will revolutionise the way we look at wide format printing”.
The growth is coming from fabrics needed for display graphics while there is more than a steady flow of rigid materials for the flatbed presses. This has already pushed turnover up 20% in the last two years to £3 million.
By Gareth Ward