MP and mayor visit Marstan Press to celebrate 60th anniversary

Richard Stuart-Turner
Monday, March 30, 2015

Marstan Press has continued its 60th anniversary celebrations by welcoming the mayor of Bexley and the local MP for the area for separate site visits earlier this month.

The mayor of Bexley, Howard Marriner, and his wife Dianne visited the company on 11 March for a personal tour of the firm’s premises to see its new mezzanine floor, its recently installed 10-colour perfecting Heidelberg XL 75 and its finishing and digital printing areas.

Sales and marketing director Martin Lett Jr said: “The mayor enjoyed the tour of our various facilities and greeted each member of staff as we walked around.

“He was very interested in the technology side and how everything worked and was impressed by the amount of firepower we had on the digital side. He was interested to learn how each process and the CMYK breakdown works.”

As part of the tour the business demonstrated the speed of turnaround possible within its digital print department.

On the mayor’s arrival a photo was taken and then emailed through to the firm’s studio. While the mayor was looking at the pre-press equipment a quote was taken from him which was then added to a commemorative poster alongside the photo.

“By the time we had reached the digital print department, our digital print manager Chris Page was able to present the mayor with a framed copy of the poster that had been created just minutes earlier,” said Lett Jr.

Two days later, on 13 March, the business was joined by MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford David Evennett.

“The MP has been here before; he commissioned our first 10-colour press back in 2007. Last time he was here we didn’t have any digital print at all so he was impressed to see the level of investment a Bexley business has been making,” said Lett Jr.

“Both the mayor and the MP were really pleased to see a local family business making a big investment.”

Marstan Press recently boosted its CTP firepower by investing in a second Heidelberg Suprasetter, which was installed on its recently completed mezzanine CTP suite above its pressroom.

The company started in letterpress before moving to litho and then adding digital printing. It now has 50 employees and serves clients across the country with most based in London, Kent and the South East.

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