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Wincanton Print secures UK first with a Speedmaster XL 75-4 LE-UV press


Combining Low Energy UV technology with the rapid makeready and colour control provided by Inpress Control is the panacea for response printing and it enables work on uncoated stocks to be finished immediately without fear of marking.

This is the judgement of Wincanton Print which will be the first UK company to take delivery of a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75-4 LE-UV press.

“We looked carefully at the running costs but this move is right for us. Ink prices can be three times higher but we will need to use less and in addition there will be no spray powder, no coater and our annual energy bill will be substantially lower compared to the press this new machine replaces,” says Ian Gatfield, production director.

He believes the LE-UV technology will be a perfect complement to the conventional Speedmaster XL 75-5+L it installed two years ago.

“That press with Inpress Control has been phenomenal. It pulls colour and position in on the run, reduces makeready time and waste and has halved the breakpoint between digital and litho work. Anything over 200 sheets tends to go litho now,” says Mr Gatfield.

Reduced start up waste on the higher cost per sheet LE-UV process will be even more cost beneficial.

The conventional Speedmaster will focus on silks and longer run work and the LE-UV dry offset response machine we eat up all the uncoated work and short run work.

“Our customers will benefit from faster turnrounds even on uncoated stocks. We believe the new press will give us 15-20% more litho capacity and that means more flexibility, too,” says Mr Gatfield.

The elimination of a fifth unit (there is less demand for specials) and a coater and the removal of the Image Control unit as both presses will have the inline spectral tool also provides more space in the pressroom which could be used to accommodate more pallets of paper and finished work.

Inks will be supplied by Heidelberg. Mr Gatfield likes the fact they are tested on the equipment before coming to market and today 80% of the company’s consumables are from Heidelberg.

A dozen members of staff, including all the printers, will visit Heidelberg’s national showroom in Brentford for a LE-UV familiarisation programme prior to the press installation in January. This will mean that the press can be commissioned and training faster ready for its 24/7 operation from the start.

“Being first with any new kit can be nerve-racking but we were first with a Speedmaster XL 75 with anilox coating some years ago and Heidelberg were extremely supportive. This new press comes with a full warranty and we have confidence in the service and back up; it is always very good,” says Mr Gatfield.

Matt Rockley, press product specialist, says: “Heidelberg has one major advantage over any other press manufacturer in that it offers conventional inking presses, conventional UV, LE-UV, LED-UV, Anicolor and digital printing technology. That allows us to give printers best advice and the right technology for their market requirements.

“The key advantages of running LE-UV are that it allows you to finish print on uncoated stocks immediately without fear of marking. It is one more option for our customers and different markets will require different solutions.”

Although Wincanton is the first UK company to install a Speedmaster LE-UV press, the technology has proved popular within Europe where there are 350 units installed and globally with 800 installed.

Wincanton Print also offers wide format printing services.

For further information please contact:

Diana Thompson, Plus Point PR Ltd, on 01494-817178
Matt Rockley, Heidelberg UK, on 07899-662986
Ian Gatfield, Wincanton Print, on 01963-33643 or, if out of the office, e-mail on

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