Terry and Dilu Mukadam, owners of Alltrade Printers, have placed an
order for two Speedmaster XL 106 technology presses and a Polar 115
X Plus guillotine at drupa 2012. The first of two B1 format,
18,000sph presses will be delivered to their Birmingham factory in
July. This will be a Speedmaster XL 106-5+L, a five-colour and
coater, and it will replace a Speedmaster CD 102.
An additional second press (specification to be finalized)
will arrive next year but only after Alltrade has completed an
11,000sq ft extension to take its premises up to 42,000 sq ft in
readiness for future expansion.
Although its name suggests it is a trade printer, the company
has long since extended to serving many markets directly. It
attributes the larger part of its work to the calendars and
greetings cards market but it also handles a broad range of high
quality commercial work.
The company has a strong reputation for high quality and
response and this means all its presses are specified with coating.
Work can often be transferred direct from press to one of the
company's many finishing options which include cut, fold, stitch,
collate, wire-o binding, shrink wrapping and labelling.
Largest supplier of retail calendars in the UK also relies on
Heidelberg postpress equipment
It added a third Stahlfolder, a fully automated TH 56, three
months ago. The show order includes the Polar 115 X Plus which
comes equipped with comprehensive materials handling including
stacklift, jogging tables, Transomat downloader and weighing
Only about 25% of the work through the press will use all
five units but it needs this for high volume, high output calendar
and commercial work. One handled at the end of last year was a
50,000 run calendar produced and delivered to the shops within five
days. This was made possible because of investment in high speed
Wire-o binding and shrink wrapping lines.
"We were wooed by another press manufacturer but after a long
and thoughtful process we returned to Heidelberg, a company we know
and trust to supply top quality presses that complement our
prepress and postpress equipment and with the support to match,"
says Dilu Mukadam. "We have been a long term Heidelberg customer
and continue to buy regularly, often at drupa. Our work can
be very seasonal and having a short makeready, high speed press
will be a real asset at our peak periods."
Digital printing with Heidelberg
This major press investment comes less than a year after it
became the first UK company to buy a Ricoh C 901 through
Heidelberg. Since drupa 2012, Heidelberg is offering its complete
range of digital print solutions for commercial and packaging
printing under the name Heidelberg Linoprint. It has been flat out
ever since, running 12 to 16 hours a day so plans to use it to
promote online personalized calendars and greetings cards has yet
to be realised. It remains a future plan and, with the enlarged
premises, Alltrade will consider adding a second machine.
Having been in business for over 30 years and run by Terry
and Dilu since 1983, the 20 staff company which generates £4.5
million sales per annum has a strong track record and has a choice
of finance options which it is currently considering.
Gerard Heanue, managing director of Heidelberg UK, says:
"Alltrade Printers are close and valued partners and we are really
pleased that they have once again come to us at drupa, seen the
potential of the latest generation press technology and placed an
order. They have a deep technical knowledge and a clear-sighted
Dilu and Terry Mukadam with Gerard Heanue on the
new Speedmaster XL 106 in Heidelberg's Hall 1 at drupa 2012
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Heidelberg at drupa 2012
Today's print media service providers are faced with a
dynamic and challenging market. Companies that want to achieve
success in an environment of this kind need to optimize their
business models by seizing on market trends in the industry and
using them to their advantage.
During drupa 2012, from May 3 to 16, Heidelberg will be
showcasing in Hall 1 an extended portfolio of products and
solutions that have been developed specifically for the latest
market requirements. The trade show presentation, held under the
banner "Discover HEI", will center on lean production (HEI
Productivity), green printing (HEI Eco), web-to-print (HEI
Integration), short-run-printing (HEI Flexibility), differentiation
through coatings and special effects (HEI Emotions), the future of
packaging printing (HEI End), and gaining an edge through the
latest know-how (HEI School). The company is exhibiting solutions
that enable print shops and postpress businesses to meet the latest
market requirements in full.
For further information, please contact:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Corporate Public Relations
Phone: +49 (0) 6221 92-5061
Fax: +49 (0) 6221 92-5069