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Micropress chooses Heidelberg again for press and finishing investment


Micropress is making a large investment in new equipment for the press, to the tune of around £3.75 million. While the investment comprises a number of machines, it centres around an 18,000sph ten-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster XL106 with Push-to-Stop technology, to replace an older five-colour Heidelberg 2015 XL106-5. The press hall is now home to three long perfectors, including the new ten-colour and two eight-colour XL106s. Micropress also has a B2 five-colour XL75 in operation.

“We are building for the future,” Micropress director Rob Cross says, “The new ten-colour should give us about 15% extra capacity. It’s our first ten-colour and first 18,000sph press. You’ve got to invest to stay competitive, and it’s a good time to re-invest and look at the business and the growth we want to achieve.”

The company has also replaced a competitor folder with a second TH82-P Stahlfolder, a top-of-the-range Stahl TH 82-P high-speed folder with Palamides delivery and robotic P-Stacker that will provide extra folding capacity to address the needs of the printing expansion. With this investment, all folders at Micropress are now Heidelberg Stahlfolders.

“We are delighted that Micropress chose Heidelberg and invested in the 18,000sph ten-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster XL106 with Push-to-Stop technology. The Speedmaster XL106 is the right machine for frequent job changes. Its constantly high quality with steady production speeds of 18,000 sheets per hour in straight printing or perfecting mode is also impressive in longer runs,” says Ryan Miles, Managing Director at Heidelberg UK. “The intelligent interaction of the automation components enables cost-effective production of all printing products.”

Micropress handles a broad range of work including brochures, catalogues, books, magazines, and high-run leaflets, and operates a publishing arm as well. The company is very sustainability minded, powered by solar panels and a biomass boiler, and runs to ISO12647 colour standards.

For more information, please contact:

Eirini Spanou, Heidelberg UK, on 02084-903796
Andy Buck, Heidelberg UK, on 07881 582 968
Rob Cross, Micropress, on 01502-725800.

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