Long Perfector Heads to Elanders Newcastle this Spring
[LEFT: Colin Dorritt – production director, RIGHT: Danny Rhodes – site engineer]
Elanders Newcastle is to take delivery of a Speedmaster XL 106-8-P long perfector next week to handle long-run print work for the educational, automotive and brand marketing sectors. To complement this high-speed press, it is also taking delivery of Heidelberg’s latest top performance Stahlfolder TH 82-P.
“We like to run with new technology and this investment will give us a solid machine that runs faster and offers 60% greater output than the press it replaces. It means that our customers can benefit from our increased capacity and an even more reliable service,” says Chris Hewitt, Managing Director.
It will be equipped with Autoplate Pro plate-changing and Axis Control off press spectral measurement. These state-of-the-art tools help to reduce make-ready times and to monitor and improve colour control more effectively.
Elanders Newcastle hopes to fill the press with large extent (200pp ideally) 10,000 to 20,000 run A4 square back books, but the press is very flexible in the work it can handle with a stock range of 0.03mm to 0.8mm thick.
The Elanders group uses Heidelberg equipment across a number of its sites so the Newcastle plant is following a consistent buying policy. Prior to the purchase, no stone was left unturned. All major manufacturers were considered and Elanders attended several new product launches before making its decision to buy the 8 Colour Speedmaster XL 106.
The folder was trialled at Heidelberg’s plant in Wiesloch, Germany, and it proved efficient over a wide range of stocks and jobs. Several 16pp sections were put through at speeds of 16,000 to 18,000sph. This is supplementary capacity for the plant.
Elanders Group operates in 15 countries and in the UK has three sites with litho and digital print and finishing in Newcastle, print and packaging in Bellshill and supply chain and logistics services in Stirchley.
To get in touch with us at Elanders UK and see how we can add value to your business through print, call us on 0191 280 0400 or visit the contact us page.