Pureprint Group has ordered a brace of Heidelberg Speedmaster XL106s which will include breakthrough technology from Heidelberg and which chief operation officer Anthony Thirlby says will be unique to Pureprint, at least in the short term.
The XL106 six-colour plus coater and four-colour plus coater presses include Inpress Control 2, the latest Autoplate systems and will feature technology to reduce makeready and waste to achieve a cross over point of 200 sheets where litho will take over from digital. Which jobs head for which process will be decided by the automation software that is being rolled out across the group.
The new presses will be delivered in the first half of next year for installation in a new factory in Uckfield. The company has won permission to take on the former Crowson Fabrics factory in the town, opposite its litho-only plant. Along with the new presses, the site would take in the litho presses from Beacon House, allowing that factory to become a digital only plant. A further B2 digital press to join its two HP Indigo 10000s will follow.
Currently the company has standardised across the group on the Heidelberg Speedmaster XL105, a model which is no longer in the portfolio. The new machines will cut makeready waste by 20% in the first year, helping maintain the group’s environmental lead. This will provide additional production time that will be put to use in delivering across the range of products the company has developed and which the Tharstern MIS is helping to manage.
The speed of makeready on the four-colour press in particular will suit commoditised and commercial style products while the additional colour and potential for innovative coatings from the six-colour machine will suit the creative arm of the business. Combined they increase capacity by 35%.
Development is not confined to the litho side of the business. Pureprint has taken on four staff from the collapse of 1st Byte and is looking for a site for a London office which would combine sales and rapid turnaround print for prototyping packaging, where the skills and contacts of the 1st Byte staff lie.
Pureprint is starting the next phase of its five year expansion plan with investment in a first pair of Heidelberg Speedmaster XL106 sheetfed presses for a new factory in Uckfield. The first factory (above) will become a digital only plant.