23 July 2016 Print Companies

Pureprint moves into leaner new era

Pureprint has completed its move to bring all litho and digital printing together in separate sites, opening the way to production efficiencies.

Pureprint Group has completed the £5 million move to bring its litho presses together in a single factory, leaving other units in Uckfield as a digital only factory and an enlarged finishing plant.

The move has been achieved by converting the former Crowson warehouse, that Pureprint had used for storage, into a print plant complete with the customer service rooms, platemaking, prepress and production management. A ten-colour and five-colour XL105 plus coater were moved from what is now the bindery to join two new XL106 machines, a six-colour plus coater and four-colour plus coater.

The XL106 presses include the latest Autoplate and Inpress Control and will be linked to the group wide implementation of Tharstern MIS. However, none of the presses will have the ink pumping systems that has been used on in the Pentex House factory.

Director Richard Owers explains that the different combinations of inks and varnishes that Pureprint can use means that flexibility is crucial. “We are not a commodity printer,” he says.

The Beacon House factory has shed remaining litho presses and platemaking and been reorganised to give more space to finishing as well as to accommodate a new HP Indigo 12000 which arrives this week. This is one of just six beta machines in Europe and joins two Indigo 1000s and three 7800s.

It has also enabled fulfilment of print on demand personalised books to be brought alongside the production of these products in a 2,800m2 space.

The litho factory stretches to 7,450m2, 40% of which is occupied by the press hall. It also accommodates a platemaking area where Pureprint has added a new Kodak Magnus platesetter with 60 plates an hour capacity alongside its existing 40 plates an hour Magnus.

Pureprint CEO Mark Handford explains: “This puts us in the best possible position to give our customers an exceptional printing service. The impressive litho factory, with large press hall, plate making, colour labs and customer rooms means that we have excellent press passing facilities and for some customers who stay with us for a couple of days that means all difference.”

“It is a significant step forward in terms of productivity,” says Owers. This comes from greater production efficiencies as well as the pure additional capacity that the new generation presses provide. “This has been like starting with a clean sheet allowing us to set out equipment in the best possible way rather than adding a new press to an existing factory layout.”

The move has provided Pureprint with additional space in the finishing area. Nothing is on order, but there is space for new machinery.

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Pureprint has completed its investment in a dedicated factory for litho printing at Uckfield leaving space for its digital division to also have its own factory. New press for both, new platesetters complete the deal.

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