C&D Print Media has installed a remanufactured Kluge EHD foil-stamping, embossing and die-cutting platen press.
Able to take sheets up to 431x628mm, the frame of the machine dates back to the 1970s but has been completely refitted for purpose at Kluge’s manufacturing facility in Wisconsin, US.
Purchasing and installation of the machine took place in July and cost Camden-based C&D around £52,000, according to managing director Charlie Anderson. It will run alongside the company’s existing Heidelberg platen, which Anderson hopes to phase out by the end of the year.
“During the Kluge EHD demonstration at Drupa 2016, it became totally compelling for us to invest in this machine based on its versatility and the quality of product it could produce,” he said.
“Even though it would still require a skilled operator, it was clearly the purchase to make as quality is something on which we will not compromise.
“The addition of the Kluge has not only allowed supplementary processes such as the embossing of thick board, but because of the extra impression pressure available, it has had a positive effect on the end quality of the product.”
Described by Kluge as “the standard by which all presses in its class are measured”, the EHD machine at C&D features easily adjustable impression pressure, which speeds up makeready times.
Anderson said that C&D had initially considered a more automated 'green button' die-cutter, but opted for the Kluge as it already had staff capable of running the machine.
He said that the Kluge will allow C&D to keep up with job demand, enhance and extend its foiling, embossing and die cutting capabilities. The 10-staff company runs litho kit and an HP Indigo at its 560sqm north London site.
To support its growth, the business is looking to add a finishing apprentice to its workforce, but Anderson said he was concerned that awareness was low about the print industry in secondary schools as pupils move into employment.
“Print is in many ways a smaller industry than it once was. Pupils aren’t being advised to consider careers in the sector by their teachers though there is still space to learn some valuable skills and gain a trade for life. We hope to welcome a fresh face to the world of print soon,” added Anderson.