Double PrintWeek Awards winner Screaming Colour has ordered a HP Indigo 10000 as it moves production from Slough to south London in a major investment.
The London-based business, which has developed from its inception as a pure digital printer to a creative production house, previously had its specialist boxmaking and paper over board division in Slough, Berkshire, but wanted to move operations closer to its headquarters in Clerkenwell.
It has taken two floors of the former McKenzie Clark building in Bermondsey, south London, and has moved a Kolbus paper board wrapper and router and an Emecci box making machine to the 1858sqm site. The division’s 12 staff are also moving to the new building.
The Bermondsey site will also be home to a HP Indigo 10000, due to arrive in the second week of January. Screaming Colour also plans to add a B1 die cutting machine just after Christmas.
The company also runs two HP Indigo 7600s, a KBA B2 litho press, Vutek large-format printing and a variety of finishing equipment in Clerkenwell.
Managing director Iain Moring said: “We’ve always been in London and we are well-known for servicing the London marketplace. We put the site in Slough about five years ago and we believe by being in London we can better serve our clients. Our clients tend to want things in minutes and hours and this fits with that.
“We’re looking at putting a lot more in there over the next few months.”
Clients of the 110-staff company, which won the PrintWeek Awards Bespoke Digital Printer of the Year and Post-Press Company of the Year accolades in October are time-sensitive agencies, property developers, financial institutions and corporates, Moring said.
Choosing another press was not an option, as Screaming Colour has been an Indigo house for two decades but Moring took two years to make the decision, first seeing the 10000 at Drupa 2012.
“We’ve been an Indigo user for about 20 years, we’ve had every generation of Indigo and we’ve always been excited about the idea of B2. We wanted to see the quality and the reliability to be proven which we now think it has been.
We tested it with lots of different substrates; it’s a robust machine. The quality of the image is at the right level. We believe that the market is ready for all of the things that it brings.”
Moring said he expects the company turnover to be between £8m and £9m by year end in March. He said expansion at the new site would likely mean the business would employ an extra 20 people by the end of 2016.