Quinn’s Belfast boosts productivity with XL 75 install


Online trade printer Quinn’s Belfast has invested in a Heidelberg XL 75-4 to reduce its makeready times and increase its throughput.

The Belfast-based company bought the Heidelberg XL 75-4 plus coater to replace an old Komori 28, which has been sold on. The firm also runs two Heidelberg SM 74s, one 10-colour and one four-colour.

“This investment will keep us in the game. The quicker turnarounds, faster makereadies and better pricing are going to make us a lot more competitive,” said sales director Peter Bradley.

The press is in the process of being installed this week at its recently opened second factory in Belfast.

“We didn’t consider any other options as we have a good relationship with Heidelberg, which is where we already get all our consumables from,” said Bradley.

“We went down to Brentford and had a look at Heidelberg’s range of machines. We saw this press and were very interested in its colour management.”

The machine is specified with Inpress Control, which will give the firm greater quality control. The firm received the ISO 12647-2 print colour management certification from Heidelberg in January.

Quinn’s, which has 84 full-time staff, restructured after investment in 2009 and adopted a new pre-paid philosophy to online trade print. Since then its turnover has grown from £1.5m to £7m.

The firm plans to buy a Heidelberg XL perfector with InPress Control before the end of the year and hopes to open premises on the UK mainland in the near future.

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