Vario Press in Slough installed a Sakurai last year and will take delivery of second this year. The first press had a coater, the second will be four unit machine. “No manufacturer had sold the quality to us before,” he says. “The quality is fantastic particularly on uncoated paper.”
It has also opened up surprising new opportunities for the business. Managing director David Clarke says that he has used the press to print on plastic window films.
“We printed a black, dried it and overprinted again to achieve the same density as we would with inkjet. Only a job which would have taken 20 hours was finished in 20 minutes. And however much LED UV inks cost, inkjet inks cost far more. We are more than pleased.”
More usual jobs are on paper where the quality leaps from the page, especially on uncoated. “And we are still playing around with it,” adds Clarke. The ability to add a varnish inline provides a further dimension. Vario is using a Dupont Cyrel plate.
The coating unit will not be needed on the second press as sheets are fully dry in the delivery.
In the meantime, Vario has taken delivery of an Autobond laminator which is capable of applying a foil on sheets that have passed through the company’s Nexpress, providing the capability to personalise to high impact effect.
A third Sakurai will remain as a conventional press, at least for the immediate future.