Sheetfed magazine specialist Pensord is investing over £3.3m in highly automated kit as it rolls out a future-proofing strategy at the business centred on profitable capacity.
The South Wales-based business is set to install an eight-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106, with the full suite of 'Push to Stop' autonomous printing technology, and its second highly automated Stahlfolder TH 82-P.
“For once the folding equipment, in terms of its impact on the business, is just as exciting as the press. It’s a phenomenal piece of kit,” said Pensord managing director Darren Coxon.
Pensord, which runs a 24/7 operation, will keep its existing folders, but run them in dedicated formats, minimising makereadies.
The new 'Push to Stop' eight-colour perfector will replace an eight-year-old, eight-colour Heidelberg XL 105 and a three-year-old, 10-colour SX 102 – which was the first of its type in the UK.
Both the press and folder will be installed in August. The plan is to in effect streamline each press to one folder.
Coxon said that while many companies invest to create additional capacity, swapping out the two presses for one was part of a strategic realignment to reduce capacity at the £12m-turnover business, but improve efficiencies and focus on delivering “outstanding value and service to a cherished group of Pensord clients”, rather than chase volume at any cost.
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