Printmaster GTO 52 - User Report: iDruck
"Here in my company, I am the Joker", says Kurt Messer,
owner of the printshop iDruck in Itingen (near Basle) in
Switzerland. Messer, who is also a qualified printer, sometimes
operates the press himself, "if need be". Although the
company has only four employees - or perhaps, thanks to the
flexibility of such a rather small team - , it has been able to
increase its turnover by twenty percent within five years.
The two-color Printmaster GTO 52 that has been used for
production every day at iDruck for almost exactly four years - the
press was delivered on July 31, 2004 - has greatly contributed to
this success. With an average print volume of 4,500 sheets and
approximately 1,000 jobs per year, the Printmaster GTO 52 has now
produced more than ten million prints. "The Printmaster GTO 52
is the perfect press for our requirements and job structure",
enthuses Messer. He particularly appreciates the reliability and
versatility of the press, as such qualities are of great importance
for relatively small printshops.
The reasons why Messer opted for Heidelberg - and against a
Ryobi press - include the renowned print quality and flexibility of
the Printmaster GTO 52, but also its single-sheet feeder which is
very useful for printing envelopes of all kinds. Last, but not
least, Heidelberg as a company "is the epitome of a printing
press and stands for quality", says Messer.
The Printmaster GTO 52 processes the most diverse substrates,
ranging from 50 to 400 gsm. In addition to design, production, and
- to a certain extent - postpress (e.g. folding, creasing, and
grooving), iDruck specializes on additional surface finishing
techniques such as hot foil, blind, high-relief, and deep
embossing. "Surface-finishes with six or seven colors on
structured paper are a special challenge", says Messer.
The machinery in the press area includes not only the
GTO 52-2, but also a Practica 01, a platen with an
embossing station, and a letterpress cylinder. The regular iDruck
customers are small to medium-sized companies, private persons, as
well as superior national hotels.
The name of the printshop was coined by Kurt Messer's
team; it is a fusion of the German words Idee [idea] and Eindruck
[impression]. Thus, the "Müller Druck & Satz"
company became "iDruck - von der Idee bis zum Druck"
(iDruck - from idea to impression) at the beginning of 2007. Kurt
Messer, who has been managing the printshop for five years, has
plans for the future, including an expansion of foil embossing
beyond the current A4 format, and perhaps an increase in the number
of A3 and A2 format jobs.
Owner Kurt Messer
Tel.: +41 (0)61 971 73 00
Fax: +41 (0)61 971 73 02 www.idruck.ch