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Gomer Press partners Heidelberg in switch to Low Energy UV


Gomer Press is moving to LE-UV production to meet customer demand for the highest quality standards in short run book work. A Speedmaster XL 106-4-P LE-UV will be installed by Heidelberg engineers during the Llandysul plant’s two week shutdown at Christmas so 2018 promises many new sales opportunities.

The company undertook six months of research and considered conventional UV, LED-UV and LE-UV. It talked to all the main suppliers – KBA, Komori and Heidelberg - before making the buying decision. It saw a demonstration at Heidelberg UK’s HQ in Brentford and visited an existing user running LE-UV before heading to Wiesloch in Germany to spend a day of extensive testing using their own files on a variety of papers. The quality of results from the Speedmaster XL 106 LE-UV model impressed the Gomer team!

“We produce a range of limp and casebound books, including art books, where high quality print standards are critical. Some customers don’t want to use coatings because it flattens the colour and so this made LE-UV especially interesting to us,” says Jonathan Lewis, managing director. “Also some of our work carries a lot of colour and this can cause issues with set off and marking issues in the bindery. As there is no need for the use of spray powder the print has a much smoother, tactile feel and we get the added advantage of a cleaner working environment throughout the factory.”

“Eliminating coating and spray powder will help offset the extra cost of the inks and we also know we will reduce our energy bill but that is difficult to quantify. LE-UV inks are much more expensive but having dry sheets off the end of the press will reduce issues in the bindery and give customers even more impressive results which makes that worthwhile,” says Mr Lewis.

The press will feature the latest Push to Stop technology including Intellistart 2, Autoplate Pro, InkStar and Inpress Control 2 spectral measurement. This means that production automation is maximised and with Push to Stop the new press will be very efficient. Alongside the new press the company will also implement Prinect workflow updates and add a new Polar pile turner.

The B1 press will run 24/5 (with weekend overtime as required) alongside a Speedmaster SM 52-4-P and a Versafire CP digital press that was installed at the beginning of the year.

“Christmas is the only time we could swap presses because we really are very busy. Publishers are giving us plenty of short-run work (under 2,000 typically) where our competitive costs and rapid turn round times make it attractive to keep print in the UK,” says Mr Lewis.

The relationship between Gomer Press and Heidelberg is long established and mutually beneficial. Mr Lewis benefitted from Heidelberg’s objective advice (it can offer conventional, UV, LED-UV, LE-UV and anilox litho options as well as digital solutions). Gomer Press trusts the robustness of the equipment and the added benefit of high level service support, including access to a number of highly experienced engineers.

For further information please contact:

Diana Thompson, Plus Point PR Ltd, on 01494-817178
Matt Rockley, Heidelberg UK, on 07899-662986
Jonathan Lewis, Gomer Press, on 01559-362371.

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