Kingfisher swoops up a Speedmaster XL 75-5+L in two for one press swap
Devon based, £3.5m turnover Kingfisher Print & Design
is replacing its two ageing Speedmaster 74s for one new Speedmaster
XL 75 to remain competitive and profitable in the coming
Kingfisher takes delivery of a Speedmaster XL 75-5+L, a
five-colour with coater, along with Inpress Control automated
registration, spectral measurement and Pressroom Manager workflow,
Managing director Ross Bellotti says: "We were very happy
with the colour and efficiency we had with the two SM 74-5s (a 1996
and 1998 model) but the machines are getting older and the XL 75
with Inpress Control gives us a real improvement, a step change."
The Totnes company has to date always bought secondhand, but
with few refurbished XL 75s available and the great improvement in
control and productivity that the press could provide, buying new
became the obvious route.
"This one press can output at least as much as the two other
presses together with the potential to add another £500,000 of
turnover to reach £4m a year," says Mr Bellotti. "We will move
from 24/5 to 24/6 operation with Continental 12 hour shifts and
will result in unfortunate but unavoidable redundancies to
safeguard the company's profitability and position us to win more
The XL 75 gives Kingfisher a dedicated coating facility.
Although 75% of its work is from the south west it handles some
national work, including football programmes and estate agency
brochures requiring quick turnarounds. The coating facility will
enable work to move faster through the bindery, with no fear of
marking, to meet that demand.
Before signing the deal, the company visited existing XL 75
user ESP Colour and the operators trialled the machine, seeing for
themselves the potential for reducing existing makereadies of 20 to
30 minutes to under ten minutes.
"Inpress Control improves makeready times massively and
guarantees colour consistency. We have specified a
fifth unit because we handle a lot of corporate colours. Colour is
really important to us; we worked with Mellow Colour to set up our
ISO 12647-2 standard and are part of their prestigious Hundred Club
for achieving 100% colour accuracy. Buyers demand consistency. They
may use different suppliers but they need to know they get the same
quality wherever they print," says Mr Bellotti.
Kingfisher's spend on Pressroom Manager software is about
ensuring the highly productive press receives the correct colour
data and inking information, enabling the operator to preset work
rapidly while the previous job is still running. The reports from
Pressroom Manager are real time, real life information which is
valuable for seeing how the press is performing and how shifts
compare. An app for the iPhone will be released soon and will allow
Mr Bellotti to remotely access live production data.
"There is a gamble in replacing two presses with one but we
have complete faith in Heidelberg's service and support. We are
confident about the reliability of the machine. We have taken out
the extended warranty and we know that we have Heidelberg engineers
located close to us," says Mr Bellotti.
For further information please contact:
Diana Thompson, Plus Point PR Ltd, on 01494-817178
Mark Hogan, Heidelberg UK, on 0844 892-2010
Ross Bellotti, Kingfisher Print, on 01803-867087.
Press Releases November 2010