Pressision in £500k digital and finishing spend

By Simon Nias, Thursday 13 November 2014

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Leeds-based printer Pressision has invested £500,000 in digital print and finishing equipment as part of its three-year plan to grow its turnover by two-thirds from £1.5m to £2.5m.

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HP Indigo 5600: white ink and ability to print on synthetic substrates was key to investment

The 20-staff firm has installed a six-colour HP Indigo 5600, a Komfi Amiga 52 B2 laminator, a PUR binder with auto feeder and a booklet maker with sheet feeder and trim and crease module from CP Bourg.

Pressision managing director James Taylor said the Indigo 5600, which has replaced an older Indigo 1050 and a Konica Minolta Bizhub 6000, was selected for its white ink capability and its one-shot technology, which enables printing on synthetic substrates.

This includes printing on heat-sensitive materials such as PVC, which is enabled by printing all of the colour separations onto the blanket before transferring to the substrate in "one shot".

Taylor said: "We do a lot of brochure work for creative agencies and being able to print on plastics and vinyls means we can integrate synthetic materials into brochures, which we think could be the next interesting thing for the market."

Tayor added that the decision to invest in HP Indigo again after having opted for the Konica Minolta Bizhub in its previous digital investment was due to HP's liquid toner.

"It was mainly due to the integration of specialist finishing, because the foils and embosses seem to work a lot better with the electroink rather than a [dry] toner," he said. "We're doing case-bound coffee table books so we do mainly uncoated materials and the Indigo ink sits a lot better on uncoated - it's not got that gloss and lift on it that [dry toner] has."

Pressision's new Komfi Amiga 52 laminator, which was supplied by Friedheim International, was installed to bring the firm's laminating work in-house and due to its B2 size it can handle sheets from both the Indigo and the firm's Komori LS529 plus coater.

Taylor said: "We're very happy with the Komfi Amiga 52 - it is very reliable and totally consistent in its output and it has justified our decision to bring this work in-house."

Pressision is also looking to invest in its wide-format capability, which is currently based on its four-year-old Roland XC-540, in order to achieve its growth target.

"We plan to double the turnover through the digital and large-format in the next three years and take the company turnover up to around £2.5m," said Taylor.

He added that the firm had originally invested in wide-format on the back of a contract win and that it was a "prime area for growth".

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