The investment continues a long association with Heidelberg. The printer runs Speedmaster B2 and B1 presses, Prinect workflow and Heidelberg Suprasetter platesetters. While the company has used a Heidelberg Cylinder for cutting and creasing, this investment is a first major step into dedicated packaging production.
Managing director Wan Waterman says that the business has worked with Heidelberg since its foundation in 1954. “Today that partnership is still going strong. We have looked at a number of different options from other suppliers but, none could match the service levels and expertise that Heidelberg offered to us. It was an easy fit for us as we are an all Heidelberg house,” he says.
The Easymatrix 106 CS was designed for precisely this opportunity. It is a cutting and stripping platen running to a maximum speed of 7,700sph, handling materials from 90gsm to 200 micron on a full B1+ sheet. It is matched by the entry level GO 85 folder gluer offering a range of carton styles on stocks from 200-600gsm and E flute corrugated boards.
While Heidelberg has been provider of choice for litho printing and finishing technology, it has partnered with Xerox for digital printing. It also offers mailing with packaging print the latest extension.
The investment marks another success for Heidelberg in the Irish market. At the end of last year it scored success with the same combination of Easymatrix platen and Diana Go 85 folder gluer at Cube in Limerick, not far from Watermans in the west of Ireland. That company was also expanding into packaging print from a commercial print base.