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MAN Roland 200

The Roland 200 came to the market at the beginning of the 1990s. Replacing the Roland Favorit, the 200 was faster and boasted far superior levels of automation, as well as a new highly developed feeder.

Mitsubishi 3 series

According to Mitsubishi Lithographic Presses UK managing director Thomas Doliwa, when the B1 Mitsubishi 3 series was first launched, comparing it to other machines at the time was like comparing "a Toyota to a Vauxhall". The most popular press manufacturer in Japan did not install its first press - the 3E sheetfed machine - in the UK until 1987.

Heidelberg CD 74-5LX UV

The eponymous managing director of Maurice Payne Colourprint believes his Speedmaster will open new doors

MAN Roland Ultima 700

Luxury packaging is a buoyant market. Largely untouched by the ravages of commoditisation that have such a stranglehold in the commercial sector, packaging printers have protected their margins effectively against falling run lengths and shorter turnaround times by adding more and more value to the average carton or pack. And now MAN Roland is giving the packaging printer even more firepower with the Roland Ultima 700, a new press aimed at completing all the various coating, printing and foiling jobs on a standard carton in a single, and therefore even more profitable, pass.

Komori Spica 429P

It's been a fresh start for East Kilbride-based Akros Print, but director Jim Wright says his Spica has more than made its mark

Ryobi 784E

Hulbert Press sales director Carol Burnett didn't think twice about sticking with Ryobi equipment when taking the B2 plunge.

MAN Roland R300

The MAN Roland R300's popularity has held steady since it was launched at Ipex in 1993. Over the 10 years it was available in the UK, MAN shipped out an average of 10 per year. It has also found a strong foothold in the secondhand marketplace across the UK.

Sakurai Oliver 466

Before the turn of the millennium many press manufacturers were focusing their efforts predominantly on the B2 and B3 markets. However, research carried out by Japanese firm Sakurai showed that presses able to print at SRA2 size (66cm) offered printers the chance to compete within the B2 market. This was because the statistics revealed that around 85% of material printed on B2 presses was, in fact, equivalent to SRA2 size.

Heidelberg CD 74-10P

The B2 long perfector has opened doors for Newcastle's Statexcolourprint, says print room manager Paul Treanor, allowing it to compete for B1 jobs

MAN Roland 500

In the early '90s, when MAN Roland launched its 700 press, many of its customers were a little apprehensive. The new layout was not what Roland customers were used to and it took a number of years for them to build their trust in the model.

Sakurai OL472ED

Sakurai's first footsteps into the four-colour B2 market came in 1989 in the shape of its OL472ED press. At the time of its introduction, it was one of the very first B2 presses to have double diameter impression and transfer cylinders in the seven o'clock configuration. Sakurai UK operations director Mark Jennings says: "This layout has subsequently been adopted by all manufacturers. This meant that when we first launched the machine, it had a considerable advantage."

Ryobi 754WD

When Nigel Hunt at Dorset-based Blackmore was choosing a new B2 press, the size of its carbon footprint and of its plates were equally important

MAN Roland 700 DirectDrive

MAN Rolands latest contender in the short-run market was given the kind of launch usually reserved for a Formula One car a darkened room with strobe lights and the machine hidden under covers. Once the wraps came off, the 700 DirectDrive press was revealed and MAN Roland started to shout about it.

Komori Lithrone 526

Since its establishment 84 years ago, Komori has been producing offset printing products. Its original flagship presses were the 40in and 29in Lithrone S Series, and the Sprint Series sheetfed offset machines. The more recent additions to its offset press line include the System 38 Series. It has also made currency-printing presses and, for many years, exclusively supplied Japans National Printing Bureau.

Hamada B452A-I

Pneumatic control and a heavy-duty build extend the life of the Hamada, making it ideal for a secondhand B3 press purchase, reports Lisa Berwin

KBA Rapida 162

Its ability to tackle myriad jobs at high speed means KBAs large-format press retains its residual value long after manufacture.

Heidelberg XL 105

Michael Watson, managing director of Keighley-based printer Steffprint, thinks his new press offers great value for money, even for a Yorkshireman.

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