Ballyprint takes first Iridesse in NI

By Rhys Handley, Tuesday 12 March 2019

Be the first to comment

Ballyprint has taken on the first Xerox Iridesse in Northern Ireland as part of a £300,000 spending drive to turn the print shop into a fully-fledged commercial print outfit.


Klewchuk: Ballyprint is expanding everything

Installed in the last week of February, Ballyprint took the digital production press directly from Xerox after around a year of conversations with the manufacturer. Its special inks – including metallic gold, silver, clear and white – were a key draw for managing director Aaron Klewchuk.

Alongside the Iridesse, the Ballymena-based firm took on a clutch of new kit in the same week that included an HP Scitex FB500 flatbed, an Afinia L801 label printer, an Afinia DLF-220L digital label finisher and a second Heidelberg Platen.

Klewchuk said: “We were quite a small print shop when I bought the firm from my business partner about a year and a half ago, and this whole investment now signifies us expanding upon everything in our offering.

“Bigger than anything, we are switching to web-to-print and taking up a lot more contract work, so we were looking to automate our operations to accommodate this.

“Our relationship with Xerox has been very positive and they did not pressure us into a sale before we were ready. As we can do special applications like silver and gold spot-colours on the digital printer, it may result in cost reductions for our short-run work that would be greatly beneficial to both existing and potential customers.”

Through its co-located sister company Perfect Day Print, Ballyprint processes a number of orders for wedding stationery that involve foiling and other special embellishments. With the Iridesse, Klewchuk hopes to satisfy these requests with the new capabilities.

A dry toner machine, the Iridesse can print either metallic gold or silver, CMYK, white and clear dry ink in a single pass. Taking a maximum sheet size of 1,200x330mm with duplexing to 728x330mm, the machine can print at speeds up to 120ppm for A4 and 60ppm for sizes A3-SRA3. It can take stocks of between 52 and 400gsm and can print at a maximum resolution of 2,400dpi.

On Ballyprint’s 557sqm premises, the Iridesse and all other new arrivals will work alongside a Presstek DI 36 offset press, a Xerox Versant 80 and a Konica Minolta bizHub Pro C6501.

With 10 members of staff, £600,000-turnover Ballyprint is on track to reach the £1m mark this year, according to Klewchuk.

Share this

Related headlines

Bakergoodchild adds 'game-changing' white capability with Xerox Iridesse
08 January 2019

Bakergoodchild is looking to push ahead with its digital offering in 2019 following the installation...

John E Wright merges with Instaprint amid Iridesse buy
21 December 2018

John E Wright has taken on a Xerox Iridesse production press as a key stage in the continued integration...

Hobs Repro takes UK's first six-colour Xerox Iridesses
14 December 2018

Hobs Repro has become the first UK printing company to invest in two Xerox Iridesse production printers...

Hickling & Squires in Xerox Iridesse UK first
20 June 2018

Hickling & Squires has scored a UK first after investing in Xerox’s new Iridesse Production Press.

This Issue

Latest comments