Print Plus UK enhances finishing with Guangya spend

Richard Stuart-Turner
Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Print Plus UK has continued its investment drive after taking on a Guangya B1 foiler/die-cutter.

The Guangya LK 106 MTF was installed last week
The Guangya LK 106 MTF was installed last week

Purchased direct from the Chinese manufacturer, the new Guangya LK 106 MTF was installed last week at the Bradford-based company’s premises, which spans two adjacent units with a total of 1,115sqm space.

Business development manager Farid Malik told Printweek: “The foiler die-cutter investment has been made so we can improve our packaging and greetings cards department.

“We have been printing more greetings cards than ever before and packaging is also a growing segment. We will now be able to foil full B1 sheets, and then die-cut them.”

While the company has previously offered foiling and die-cutting in-house, it was only up to B2 on a Heidelberg Cylinder.

“This [new] machine will not only run at much higher speeds, but will also strip inline as well,” said Malik.

Print Plus UK also runs a B1 Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 five-colour with coater, which was installed in 2018, and a raft of finishing equipment including Muller Martini and Horizon stitching lines, MBO, Stahl, and Longford folding machines, and two fully integrated Polar guillotines.

A month ago it installed a Ricoh Pro C7210SX Graphic Arts Edition printer to strengthen its digital print arsenal, which also includes a Xerox Versant 80.

The new Ricoh and Guangya machines were both part of a wider £250,000 investment programme. Later in the summer the business will also upgrade its MIS, and Malik said it is “actively looking to purchase a folder-gluer”.

While Print Plus UK has traditionally predominantly served the hospitality industry, over the past few years it has shifted towards more value-added work including high-end brochures, hotel maps, packaging, and more greetings cards.

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