Marstan Press makes LED-UV move with RMGT Ryobi install

Marstan Press has moved up to SRA1 format from B2 after investing in an RMGT Ryobi 920 series press

The RMGT Ryobi press will enable Marstan Press to print on uncoated stocks

The five-colour LED-UV machine, which was supplied by Apex Digital Graphics, has replaced a 10-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75 perfecting press. The Heidelberg machine was removed just before Christmas and the RMGT Ryobi press was installed in the period between Christmas and the new year.

While the 50-staff company praised the productivity of the Speedmaster, sales and marketing director Martin Lett Jnr said the RMGT machine enables the firm to cater for larger items, such as A1 posters and 8pp A4 roll-fold leaflets, and offers cost savings in areas including finance and upkeep.

“Going up to SRA1 has also generated a whole bunch of other savings. For example, we’re getting the SRA1 plate cheaper than the B2 plate price,” said Lett Jnr.

“We’ll also be able to print on plastics, vinyls and window cling up to 600 microns, so that’s a market we’re going to actively pursue,” said Lett Jnr.

“Originally the LED option did get ruled out because of the ink cost, which is much higher than conventional ink, but when we did a further in-depth analysis we found that the benefits outweighed the negatives. And as more people put UV presses in, and retrofit UV, the ink prices will continue to come down.”

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