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Quadraproof invests in new Polar to increase cutting output


Cambridge printer Quadraproof has this month taken delivery of a Polar 78 Eco to achieve a lift in cutting capacity. It has replaced a 24 year old Polar 76 which Quadraproof had bought secondhand 12 years ago.

“We thought we would take the secondhand route again but Heidelberg was convincing in presenting the new Polar and we achieved a £2,500 trade in on our old guillotine,” says Doug Doig, founder and managing director.

“We needed something quicker and more up to date and already we are seeing that it is faster. We are getting used to the modern control panel and we think this latest technology will help us and make the right impression on visitors to our works, including customers from cutting edge technology firms on the science park in Cambridge.”

The Polar 78 Eco features the Optiknife for quick and easy knife changes and fine knife adjustment to extend the cutting life as well as the DPS positioning system for accurate cutting. It has a back-gauge speed of 300mm/second and it can handle work up to 780x780mm so is ideal for B2 printers.

Quadraproof is 33 years old and, although cautious in its buying, most of its equipment is under two years old, since its recent investment in digital and finishing technology. The guillotine will handle work from both the litho and digital presses and will run from 7.30am to 5pm and later when required. The company provides most finishing processes in-house, including laminating.

“We are just a team of four with no sales staff but have always secured work by word of mouth and a good reputation. I have been very lucky,” says Mr Doig.

Originally from Newcastle, Mr Doig came to Cambridge in 1980 as a litho proofer. Five years later he decided to set up his own company close to what was then a small business park. Quadraproof Ltd was born. Over the past 33 years Quadraproof has been part of an ever-growing business community in Cambridge’s science and technology hub providing print to some of the city’s best-known businesses.

“Buying new from Heidelberg does give us peace of mind. Their sales and engineering staff are first class and we recognise that their after sales service is excellent,” says Mr Doig.

For more information please contact:

Diana Thompson, Plus Point PR Ltd, on 01494-817178
Doug Doig, Quadraproof, on 01223-420202
Ian Trengrouse, Heidelberg UK, on 07825-781483.

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