Stoate & Bishop Updates Bindery to Match Pressroom Productivity
Stoate & Bishop Printers Ltd in Cheltenham Spa is upgrading its
bindery to complement the two four-colour Speedmaster 74 presses,
one straight and one perfector, which were installed in 2003 and
2004 respectively. The company signed an order this week at
Heidelberg's first open house in Tamworth. Two Wohlenberg
guillotines will be replaced by a Polar 98 system and an older
Stahl, resold for a good secondhand price, replaced by a KH 66
combination folder with a stacker attachment. This makes the
company entirely Heidelberg operative.
Managing Director Michael Stoate says: "The new
equipment will allow us to work to the deadlines required by our
clients; where four days was once acceptable we now face a
turnround of four hours sometimes.
"By re-equipping the bindery we will prevent bottlenecks
and also enhance team spirit. Our representatives have had new
cars, our press operators new presses and now the finishing
department will have new guillotines and folders, too."
Mr Stoate, whose father set up the company in 1972, runs the
company with his wife Miranda. There are 26 staff producing general
commercial work for a national market.
"By choosing a combination folder we can meet all our
folding needs up to SRA1 format, even landscape folds. With the
stacker we know that we are health and safety compliant and the
productivity will be good," says Mr Stoate.
Press Releases October 2004