Southampton’s Indigo Press has achieved a double first with its latest Komori press buy, having purchased the UK's first eight-colour Lithrone H-UV that is also the UK's first perfector with the curing technology.
The B2 Lithrone S829 Perfector, to be installed in October, replaces a 2006 five-colour Lithrone 28 and will work alongside a 10-colour Komori Lithrone 29 Perfector, which Indigo bought in 2007.
The new press, in addition to increased capacity compared with the five-colour machine it replaces, will perfect jobs that couldn’t previously be perfected, such as landscape A4 books.
Joint managing directors Richard Docherty, Tony Swift and John Ellis bought the company 11 years ago and have bumped up turnover from £1.6m to £4m. The new press cost nearly £1.25m.
Swift said: “This new H-UV Lithrone won’t just help us produce jobs quicker, it gives us the firepower to win jobs we wouldn’t have been able to produce efficiently enough previously.
“We wanted another perfector anyway but with this one material dries instantly, so we can perfect things we could not before. It will offer three times the amount of production as the five-colour.
“The purchase is not so much about pushing us into new sectors but enabling us to do more products. We can do A4 landscape jobs much quicker and therefore more cost effectively.”
He said: “Our customers range from trade outfits such as design companies, marketing agencies and smaller print management firms to builders, architects, blue-chip utilities, councils and universities.
“We could be printing a prestigious 100-page brochure for a household name or a set of business cards for the electrician on the corner.”
Ellis said: “There is an increasing demand for printing on to uncoated substrates. This causes problems for traditional presses as clients are never willing to wait for anything nowadays. Uncoated jobs can cause worries in terms of marking or being too wet to finish on time.”
Docherty said: “It is always hard when investing the company’s profits on new machinery and is never done without careful deliberation into what benefits this will offer.”