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Industrial print shops increase overall productivity using innovative folding machines from Heidelberg


  • Buxton Press replaces four folding machines with two new Stahlfolder TH 82-P machines and increases capacity by 20 percent
  • Druckhaus Waiblingen improves corporate value creation thanks to a new Stahlfolder KH 82-P
  • More than 50 machines of the new Stahlfolder TH/KH 82-P drupa generation sold – optimum integration into the printing process

“Prepress and press have already been highly automated for a long time and they work with digitized processes. At drupa 2016, we saw the new Stahlfolder TH/KH 82-P folding machine generation and knew straight away that postpress has now also developed significantly in terms of technology,” explains Kirk Galloway, Managing Director of Buxton Press in Derbyshire, England. The extensive tests subsequently carried out in Germany confirmed this impression and resulted in the purchase of two Stahlfolder TH 82-P machines from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). The first buckle plate folding machine has been in operation since January, the second will be delivered in March and a third machine is already being considered. The Stahlfolder TH/KH 82-P generation works on the shingled folding principle. This means that more sheets can be processed on the same line, resulting in a performance increase of up to 50 percent without raising the machine speed. High folding quality is thus guaranteed, even with delicate papers.

The two new Stahlfolder TH 82-P machines at Buxton Press replace four older folding machines and will also provide twenty percent more folding capacity. “We print more than 60 million publications per year and supply our customers with top quality, value for money products, produced on schedule. Our extensive range of folding machines is designed to facilitate an extremely wide variety of types of signatures, which is why flexibility, programmability and user-friendliness are key factors for us – criteria that the new Stahlfolder TH 82-P machines optimally meet,” says Galloway, explaining the reasons for the investment. Above all, the new folding machines fit perfectly into the high output process of the four Speedmaster XL 106 eight and ten-color machines with perfecting device and CutStar. With its 124 employees, Buxton Press is one of the leading printers of catalogs and magazines in England, and it produces, for example, 650 periodic publications for more than 400 publishers. Customers rate the print shop, which works with state-of-the-art technology, very highly – Buxton Press has been named “Printing Company of the Year” by the English magazine PrintWeek, latterly for three years in a row.


Druckhaus Waiblingen improves corporate value creation thanks to a new Stahlfolder KH 82-P
The needs of industrial print shop customers met to the full by the new Stahlfolder TH/KH 82-P drupa generation

Hilde Weisser
Public Relations Officer, Trade Press Tel.: +49 (0)6221 92 50 66
Fax.: +49 (0)6221 92 99 50 66

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