Speedmaster SX 52 - JP Printing
JP Printing is the first company in Australia to order a
Speedmaster SX 52 press - the new press from Heidelberg that
combines the innovative and future-oriented technology of the XL
range with the successful Speedmaster SM platform.
Owner Ray Stafrace signed up for the highly automated two-color
press, a press he says will "double our production
power". He talks about the motivation for the purchase and how
this press, together with a new Speedmaster 52 five-color, will
impact the company.
A general commercial printer for the A3 market, JP Printing
is a family-run business that has been in operation for three
generations. Since Ray took over from his father some years ago the
company has adopted a philosophy of upgrading equipment on a
"I am very aware of the need to keep moving with the
times and investing in equipment that will help to drive sales and
also improve production efficiencies. We are a small operation that
has built a reputation on service and quality. To maintain these
high standards and remain competitive we need to work with the most
advanced equipment that we can afford."
Ray says his relationship with Heidelberg is based on this
understanding and the advice he has been given in the past has
proven to him that Heidelberg is a valuable partner.
"Heidelberg has always worked with us to ensure we have the
right equipment to enable us to meet the shifts in market demands
and sustain growth".
Last year JP Printing moved into a larger premises in the
northern Melbourne suburb of Campbellfield in order to expand floor
space and to present a more modern image to corporate clients.
"The timing was right for us to also purchase new
equipment," he says.
"We've chosen the SX 52 two-color and we've also
taken the opportunity to upgrade from a four-color press to a new
Speedmaster 52 five-color, which will allow us to do spot colors
and varnish, something our customers have been asking for. These
two machines hold hands and will provide us with the right
solutions to produce the work we currently have and also
accommodate future growth."
Ray says the combination of both machines will "increase
productivity by 200 percent, help us to reduce overtime and allow
us to cut back on the 15 hour days that we often put in. The SX 52
press takes us to a new level - it is fully automated, incredibly
fast and the quality is a real step forward. Combined with the
Speedmaster 52 we will have greater flexibility to tackle a bigger
variety of jobs".
In conclusion he says his relationship with Heidelberg is not
dissimilar to the relationships he enjoys with his customers.
"It is a true partnership where personal one on one customer
service is the key to continued success. We value the personal
approach. If it wasn't like that, we wouldn't be doing
business with them".
Figure: (from left to right) Raymond Stafrace (JP
Prining), Pauline Stafrace (JP Printing), Shane Hanlon (Heidelberg)
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