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Heidelberg responds to call for flood-damaged press replacement


Flooding at Sterling Print in Barnet, London, led to an urgent order for a Speedmaster SM 74-2 from Heidelberg.

Managing director Chris Belsey was in London on business when he received a surprise text message from a colleague advising him to return to the plant immediately.

An industrial heater in an office above the factory had failed and water from the mains, not just the tank, had flooded the plant from above. Printing equipment, jobs and paper stocks were damaged and staff were left standing in six inches of water.

The main stop cock was found and turned off and baling out began. The plant was closed for five days before it resumed production but with a press that was water affected and needing repeated attention. It had clearly reduced the life span of the press.

Once the insurance gave the go-ahead for a new press, Mr Belsey was quick to involve Heidelberg and ask for a direct replacement for the press.

“Heidelberg were very, very helpful. We have always run Heidelberg presses and it was a no brainer that we would want another Speedmaster. It is the right press for us and for the wide range of commercial print we handle,” says Mr Belsey.

The SM 74 at Sterling Print handles two- and four-colour work from forms to brochures for customers mainly centred in London and the Home Counties but with a UK wide pull. It operates on 8am to 5pm basis.

The Speedmaster SM 74 is a 15,000sph machine featuring the Prinect Press Center and Intellistart operator guidance system. Its central suction tape feeder allows the press to handle a wide range of stocks and it is a machine noted for its energy efficiency.

For further information please contact:

Diana Thompson, Plus Point PR Ltd, on 01494-817178
Paul Chamberlain, Heidelberg UK, on 07919-691073
Chris Belsey, Sterling Print, on 020 8364 8052.

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