Bath printer Emtone printed its first sheets through its new Komori Lithrone S29 H-UV at the end of last week.
The company has replaced a four-year-old Speedmaster XL75 with the Komori, which Emtone managing director John Coward says has been an excellent press. “I was very very pleased with the Heidelberg,” he says. “It was a really, really good press, but now we have entered a new era. This technology is the future.”
The press at Emtone is one of the few machines Komori has sold in the UK to have a coater, not because the sheet needs sealing but to provide the company with greater ability to produce creative effects with different finishes including drip off varnishes. It has also been specified with the kit to enable it to print plastics says Coward.
“More than 50% of our work is on uncoated papers, so it makes sense to have a dry sheet in the delivery. There is no spray powder which helps with finishing. This is the future,” he says.
The company produces top end work for quality conscious customers from both the local area, along the M4 corridor and across the UK. “We are being asked more and more to print very short run perfect bound books and we never had time to let them dry properly before, which can cause sleepless nights. That is not going to happen any more,” he says.
In addition the energy saved in drying plays to the company’s sustainability ethos. It has ISO 14001 and can now count on energy savings of up to 50% compared to the dryer on the previous press. That has been sold on “We got a good price,” says Coward.
The press was delivered over the Easter break and installation was smooth from that point, he says. “Our first aim is to achieve the same very good quality we had previously on uncoated papers,” he continues. “We want to get to know the press. I have taken an interest in H-UV and LED for some while. It’s about the added value we can put into what we print.
“It sets us apart as the only printer in this part of the country with this press. We think that that this way of printing is the future. The decision to buy this technology was a no brainer.”
Komori took prospects to see H-UV in action last month, including here at Hertford Offset. Most installations to date are B2 four colour presses unlike Emtone's which also has a coater. The closest equivalent is at Hunts in Kidlington which also has a coater.
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