Bishops adds perfecting Speedmaster to make it Heidelberg's biggest B2 UK customer
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Portsmouth-based Bishops Printers has added a Speedmaster SM 74 long perfector to its Heidelberg battery, making it the German manufacturer's biggest B2 customer in the UK.
The SM 74 will be put to work on the company's shorter-run jobs. The £17m-turnover company's average order is £910 and it handles 16,000 jobs from 2,000 customers each year.
Managing director Gareth Roberts said: "We love both the XL 75 and the SM 74 and each has its place in our factory. The XL 75 gives us four days' additional capacity a month and the ability to handle a very broad range of stocks but for much of our standard short-run commercial work, the SM 74 is a great machine. We have experience of outputting 45m impressions a year on this model."
He described the machine as "a real workhorse that benefited from recent enhancements such a redesigned feeder, and dampening and delivery technology.
Bishops produces work for customers in the leisure, tourism, education, periodicals and general commercial markets from its 8,000sqm premises and operates a 24/7 shift pattern.