The machine, which arrived in early May at Northend’s 1,700sqm premises, is set to replace two outgoing Heidelberg Speedmasters, a five-colour XL 75 and a four-colour CD 74, leaving the 45-staff business with just one press in its litho department.
Total capex for the investment was around £900,000, which included £725,000 on the press plus a new Cron 3632UVP platesetter and four Technotrans ink.line systems. The press and platesetter were supplied by UK-based RMGT agent Apex Digital Graphics.
Northend managing director Nigel Stubley first settled on the possibility of opting for litho LED-UV at Drupa, having initially been on the lookout for a B2 digital press.
“Being honest when we went to Drupa it was with the sole intention of devoting two days to finding alternatives to litho. I felt it was time to move completely to digital,” said Stubley.
Stubley added: “It will be substantially more efficient. The reason being we won’t have to wait for any drying of paper and the other benefit is that we are not a 24-hour operation so we have to wash down ink ducts on conventional litho presses whereas we won’t on LED-UV.
“We can already see from costing of jobs we are training on the benefits we expected are there to be seen.”