Colourwise moves in with its biggest client and installs a 10-colour SM 74

Hannah Jordan
Monday, April 30, 2012

Sussex-based printer Colourwise claimed the move, along with a 500,000 investment in new equipment, will help it meet increased demand for its services.

Formerly based in Goring-by-Sea, the small, family-run business has moved under the same roof as Billingshurst-based direct mail company Red River Solutions, which accounts for around 45% of Colourwise's turnover.

Managing director Phillip Randell said he expected the move to save Colourwise in the region of £50,000 a year and be mutually beneficial to both firms. "There is a good synergy between our two companies. We were doing a lot of their work anyway so it will make deliveries a lot easier. We can now offer our clients full direct mailing in-house because it is all under one roof," he explained.

Following the move in January, Colourwise also upgraded last month from a five-colour Komori 526 press to a 10-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster 74 perfector. It also invested in a PlateRite 4300 computer-to-plate system.

With the appointment of a new machine minder, bringing his staff to 10, as well as the equipment investment, Randell said the firm would better be able to meet growing demand.

"It will help us manage the extra volume of work we picked up in 2011, particularly by taking on two new big clients, including one financial firm," he said. Colourwise's turnover was expected to increase from £1.2m in 2011 to £1.4m this year, he added.

Meanwhile the firm announced it has achieved the ISO 14001 environmental accreditation as a result of its use of vegetable-based inks and recycling policies.

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