Merger Team Decide to Oust Old Kit in Favour of Stitchmaster ST 350
BCQ, the company formed from the merger of Buckingham Colour and
Colour Quest, has made its first joint investment, buying in a
Stitchmaster ST 350 saddlestitcher from Heidelberg to replace two
Muller Martini lines.
"We are trading in two machines for one faster machine
which will be JDF-compliant and as such future-proof," says
Tyrone Spence, joint Managing Director of the new enterprise
alongside Richard Knowles. "We have all moved across to the
Buckingham plant now which is a modern and impressive building so
we needed equipment with the livery to match. The grey looks better
Both merging companies are loyal, long-term Heidelberg
customers but both demand technology excellence and it is the
commercial capability of a product on which buying decisions
survive or fall.
"Finishing has to be first rate to match the quality of print
we are putting out from the Speedmasters," says Mr Spence.
"Buckingham Colour has focused on end user business and Colour
Quest attributed 85 percent of its sales to print management
companies. That means BCQ now has a very comprehensive and
demanding set of end users who want a fast, quality service at
competitive prices. That means we need front to back efficiency and
the ST 350 is part of that."
The Stitchmaster ST 350 is a 12,000 cycles per hour line
which can handle untrimmed sheets of 85 x 128 millimeter up to 320
x 480 millimeter format and up to 12 millimeter calliper stocks. It
can have six normal or four wire loop stitching heads.
BCQ will take six stations plus a cover feeder. The system is
controlled by touchscreen and it features easy accessible parts and
a quality control and ejection system to ensure every signature is
correct and waste is minimised.
Tyrone Spence, BCQ, on 01280 824000
Press Releases February 2007