Taylor Bloxham bolsters digital capability with HP Indigo buy

Print and marketing communications company Taylor Bloxham has continued its £3m investment programme with the installation of an HP Indigo 7900.

The new, additional machine was installed at the firm's headquarters and main printing site in Leicester last week.

It has joined an existing Indigo 5000 as well as a fleet of Heidelberg Speedmaster litho presses. Just prior to the Indigo 7900 arriving, the firm sold an existing B2 Speedmaster CD 74 to make space to create a dedicated room to house all of its digital equipment.

The Indigo 7900 runs at a maximum speed of 160ppm in enhanced productivity mode, printing at a maximum resolution of 2,438dpi.

“This is a six-colour machine, which supports the way that we sell ourselves with the focus on colour,” said Taylor Bloxham chief executive Robert Lockwood.

“We've also got six-colour perfectors so if a customer wants a lower volume, even though with a four-colour digital printer you can play around with the colour gamuts, six-colour will give us better quality.

“We looked around the market at other options as well but, in our digital development the Indigo seemed to be the right machine to increase both our capacity and our capability.”

The business has also recently ordered a Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 litho press, which will be installed in March, while two Muller Martini finishing lines and an MBO K8 RS folder were installed last summer.

“With this ambitious programme of investment, we now have the facilities to provide a fast and efficient digital print service that will open the door to new markets,” said Lockwood.

The company reported its highest ever pre-tax profit of more than £940,000 last year, despite suffering a factory fire last May which impacted production.

“After the combination of triumph and adversity of the last 10 months, this is the perfect way to kick-start the new year,” said Lockwood.

“We are confident that the new presses and finishing equipment will help us to achieve an even better year in 2018. We are committed to continuously making investments to reduce the costs for our clients whilst maintaining the high-quality of print that we pride ourselves on.”

Taylor Bloxham's main printing wing is part of the Taylor Bloxham Group, which also includes the recently relocated FastAnt division, which focuses on areas such as storage, fulfilment and e-commerce, POS operation Instore, and direct mail division Mailbox, a new business arm launched earlier this month.

Each of the four divisions is based at its own separate site, with the four units comprising more than 10,000sqm space.

Taylor Bloxham Group has 200 staff and a turnover of around £28m. Celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2018, the company serves clients including Crown Paints, Bentley and BAFTA.