Welsh printer Gomer Press was quick off the blocks for the newly
launched Speedmaster XL 106 press, ordering a four-colour perfector
with coater. Topping and tailing this order it has also signed for
a Suprasetter 106 and a highly automated Stahlfolder KH 82. "One of
the reasons we return to Heidelberg time after time because the
after sales service is fantastic," says John Lewis, chairman.
Jonathan Lewis, his son and managing director of the Llandysul
company, adds: "We have been very pleased with Heidelberg equipment
to date. It is still the best in the market."
It has specified the Speedmaster XL 106 as a four-colour perfector
to maximise its flexibility, enabling it to handle high quality
colour work and to coat it but also to manage the high volume of
perfected mono bookwork it handles.
Already Heidelberg ISO 12647-2 certified it had no hesitation
in signing up for Prinect Inpress Control as a colour measurement
and automatic adjustment device because it is a critical tool for
the speediest makereadies.
The Suprasetter 106 replaces a Topsetter and increases hourly plate
output from 13 to 21. This will be installed along with the latest
Prinect upgrades to Prepress Manager and Pressroom Manager, Meta
Dimension and Signastation. It will eventually link in its
postpress functions and so in selecting its folder it was keen to
have a future-proof model that could be connected later.
But there was also a more logistical reason behind the
company making a switch from a buckle machine to the combination KH
82 model. Although the company needed a machine that was automated
and could consistently change sizes it tends to focus primarily on
combination 32pp and conventional 16pp formats and the combination
could accommodate these without requiring any switching round of
units between jobs. "With the Heidelberg kit and a new binder we
have also bought at the show we hope to increase our current
turnover of £3.5m by 20% in the next two years. It's
achievable because with the new equipment in place we will be even
The company says the publishing market has been through a
tough time but it has picked up work by being able to offer an
in-house casebinding service. It also handles high quality, full
colour commercial work and, through its sister company Lewis
Printers which installed a Ricoh C901 earlier in the year, a
jobbing facility. "We used Drupa for research with future
investment in mind and we were particularly impressed by the
demonstration of the new Prinect products, Business Manager MIS and
Web2Print, which could open up opportunities for selling to the
private or self publishing markets," says Jonathan Lewis.
This year Gomer Press celebrates its 120th anniversary and
John Lewis will launch a history of the business, the family and
the town at an open day for customers and authors in September.
Ordering a complete solution from Heidelberg at
drupa 2012: John (left) and Jonathan Lewis (right) from Gomer
Press, Wales, alongside Derek Gillard, Heidelberg UK sales. The
package consists of a Speedmaster XL 106, a Suprasetter 106 and a
Stahlfolder KH 82.
The Suprasetter 106 is easily integrated into the
Heidelberg Prinect printshop-workflow. Further highlights are its
higher productivity, reduced space requirements and lower
The Heidelberg Stahlfolder KH 82 combi folder
delivers high quality, high automation as well as high flexibility.
The machine is easily integrated into the Heidelberg Prinect
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