Park Communications continues expansion

Park Communications has invested in its latest Heidelberg Speedmaster, a 10-colour 102 perfector, on the back of a 16% hike in sales during 2011.

The London-based print business has installed the B1 press, its fourth Heidelberg perfector, as part of an ongoing expansion programme that also includes a new CTP setup.

According to Alison Branch, managing director of Park Communications, a successful 2011, which raised the company's turnover to £14.5m, has enabled the business to drive its investment strategy.

"We targeted £2m of new business last year and it is fair to say that we achieved that," she told PrintWeek.

"In 2011, customers awarded us a larger share of their business. In return, we are pleased to support our customers through this double investment which will further enhance quality and productivity, and the strength of our environmental management programme," Branch added.

The new 10-colour 102, which complements existing 10-, eight- and two-colour Heidelberg perfectors, will enable the company to improve flexibility and boost capacity at the Alpine Way facility.

"When we moved into this facility in 2007, it was always part of the plan to allow room for expansion, which is exactly what we are undertaking now," she said.

In addition to the new press, Park Communications has invested into its pre-media operation with the installation of two Screen PlateRite thermal platesetters.

The 140-staff company claims that the 8600N-S machines output plates to a higher screen resolution than its previous technology, enabling it to meet "the most challenging reproduction requirements".

The investment was specified with a fully automated plate loading system with multiple cassettes, capable of holding up to 300 plates, an addition that will improve productivity and generate higher press operating ratios.

Both machines are capable of producing 36 B1 plates per hour on each line to the firm's Heidelberg press setup.