Buxton beefs up its folding capacity with latest generation Stahlfolders.

Buxton Press from England is replacing four folders with two to achieve a net 20% increase in folding output. Two MBO folders and two older Stahlfolders will give way to two Stahlfolder TH 82-P machines, a model launched at drupa 2016.

The Stahlfolder TH 82-P uses shingle folding that enables it to run at lower operating speeds with more control of the paper, even vulnerable stocks, to achieve even higher output. It is proving especially popular because it creates conventionally folded sections in volume.

“Buxton Press prints more than 60 million paginated publications a year and needs to do so to the highest quality, cost-effectively and to tight deadlines. It is vital that our postpress equipment can unfailingly meet our exacting requirements,” says Kirk Galloway, managing director.

Already convinced at drupa

“Having seen the advance in technology with the new Stahlfolder TH 82-P first hand at drupa and, following extensive paper trials in Germany, we believe the time is right to invest.”

The first folder will be delivered in January, the second in March and Buxton has put an option on a third Stahlfolder following on from that.

Buxton Press has a varied portfolio of folders which run all types of paginated section work and the flexibility, programmability and ease of use are of paramount importance and were right on the Stahlfolder TH 82-P. The investment has been welcomed and embraced by the workforce.

“Our operators’ reaction has been as if we were putting a brand new Maserati on the shop floor – a scramble for the driving seat and then competition between themselves as to who will maintain pole position!” says Mr Galloway.

With a reduction in machine numbers there will be some redeployment but staff will have the opportunity to learn new and additional skills, contributing to their personal development and enhancing the flexible working practices at Buxton.

Postpress keeps up with the pressroom

“Generally, pre-press and press have developed into a skilled but ‘button pressing’ business assisted by computerised programmes and external surveillance. Postpress has also leapt forward technically but has retained more of the craft skills and knowledge of handling a miscellany of substrates that only comes as a result of long experience and highly prized manual skills but the introduction of these new folders with these technologies is changing this,” he says.

Buxton Press is a leading B1 sheetfed specialist producing catalogues and magazines, including 650 regular titles for more than 400 publishers. The company is equipped with four high speed B1 Speedmaster long perfectors with CutStar reel to sheet systems. It is a company which invests regularly and heavily in the latest technologies and prides itself on always going the extra mile for customers. It is exceptional in having won the Print Week Printing Company of the Year Award, four times - three times in succession - including the current 2016 accolade.


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