Morgana at GraphExpo: Booklets and PUR in Focus

In Digital Presses, Finishing on August 15, 2014 at 10:06 am


Morgana Systems Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, has announced details of its exhibit for GRAPH EXPO 2014. The company can be found at booth #4013, close to its major customer base, the digital print engine manufacturers.

Morgana Systems USA will have a strong presence at the show where the equipment range will be significantly enhanced with latest product introductions in heavy-duty bookletmaking and a brand new addition to the PUR binding range.

Dual Bin for Faster Feeding

Product on show at the event will include the latest version of the System 2000S, featuring the high capacity dual bin feeder offering a flexible solution for a wide range of booklet types and sizes. The AF602 air assisted feeder has a capacity of up to 21″. Pre-collated sets can be placed into both bins or covers can be placed into one bin when they need to be merged with collated sets. The heavy-duty bookletmaking section comes complete with stitching heads and the unique Morgana Squarefold to give a professional perfect bound effect to the book.

New PUR Unit Makes Debut

Making its show debut in the US, the new DigiBook 200 PUR Binder is equipped with a patented closed gluing system where the spine and side gluing is accurately applied by a slot applicator. The DigiBook 200 provides up to 200 books per hour, and up to 2″ thick, with automatic block measuring, clamp setting and nozzle adjustment.

Get Smart with SmartScreen

Morgana will be showing several machines from their Pro range of creasers and folders, all controlled with the SmartScreen touchscreen. The market leading AutoCreaser 33 will be shown with the latest software, which includes an application specifically designed for perfect bound cover production. The larger sized AutoCreaser Pro 50 will be running with the AutoFold Pro inline folding unit. The AutoFold Pro can be added to any existing Morgana creaser or to other manufacturers creasing machines.

The DigiFold Pro creaser/folder will be on show and continues to be the market leader in class, offering unrivalled production in terms of quality and accuracy. This machine can crease and fold stock up to 0.015″ thick without cracking the toner or stock surface.

Quick Cutting with CardXtra Plus

CardXtra Plus automates many of finishing tasks in this one versatile cutting and creasing unit. 250 business cards can be finished in less than 2 minutes. A small job such as this would previously have needed 18 cuts on a guillotine, but can now be offered as a “while you wait” service.

In addition to the extensive range of offline and near line solutions from Morgana USA, parent company Plockmatic will also have a strong representation at the show with its wide range of inline solutions.

About Morgana Systems Limited

Morgana Systems Limited provides an unrivalled range of digital finishing products from the simplest, entry-level creasing units through to highly sophisticated multi-functional systems offering a range of finishing capabilities in a single unit. Since its acquisition by Plockmatic in 2013 the product portfolio has been extended with a wide range of booklet making systems to meet every production requirement.

Beginning with the launch of the revolutionary AutoCreaser in 2000, Morgana Systems has led the way in developing new and innovative solutions to cope with the special requirements of the digital printer. Morgana products that have achieved worldwide success during this time include the AutoCreaser, the DigiFold combination creaser and folder, the DocuMaster total finishing system, and several specialist folders.

Morgana’s purpose built factory in Milton Keynes produces more than 4,000 finishing products each year, with over 80% of these destined for the company’s rapidly growing export markets.

Full details of Morgana’s product line-up can be found at:


Benson Group Makes Luxury Packaging Awards Shortlist

In Packaging on August 8, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Benson Group, one of the UK’s leading printed folding carton suppliers, is delighted to announce that the packaging created at the company’s Medica Packaging business for Baylis & Harding Great Body Firming Cream has been shortlisted in the Cosmetics and Personal Care Pack category for the 2014 Luxury Packaging Awards.


Visitors to the Benson Group stand D7 at the Packaging Innovations show, from easyFairs, taking place on September 31 and October 1, will be able to see the Baylis & Harding pack as well as other personal care and gifting packs exhibiting a range of high-end finishes and designs. Benson Group will also be showing the latest stage of its food-to-go pack innovations. Developing on from the range showcased at Packaging Innovations at Birmingham in February, the company has now developed the range to showcase further unique pack concepts.


“We are delighted to have made the shortlist for The Luxury Packaging Awards,” said Nikki Clark, Marketing Manager at Benson Group. “It highlights the excellent quality of work that our Medica Packaging business is able to produce for customers working in the fiercely competitive personal care market. It will be a pleasure to discuss the benefits of this and other similarly innovative packaging solutions with visitors to the Packaging Innovations event.

Cosmetics and Personal Care Pack Category

This category of The Luxury Packaging Awards was open to all packaging for high-end and luxury cosmetics and personal care products including, but not limited to, creams, mascara, lipstick, lip gloss, nail polish, eye liner, foundation, face powder, shampoo and other haircare products, and skincare and cleaning products. In considering the five key criteria laid out for the awards, judges were briefed to focus not only on the primary packaging of the product but also any presentation cases, boxes, or other secondary packaging in which the product is presented or sold.

About The Luxury Packaging Awards

Packaging News, creators of the UK Packaging Awards, are pleased to welcome the industry to the Luxury Packaging Awards in association with Luxury Packaging Show from easyFairs.

The Luxury Packaging Awards recognises and rewards the latest innovations in the luxury goods market and welcomes entries from across the globe.

With 12 categories, the shortlist has been decided by an exclusive panel of industry experts and their invaluable critique of each product will be distributed to all entrants after the awards – ideal for highlighting areas that require further research and development with a product.

The winners will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony on Monday 29 September 2014 at The Underglobe, Shakespeare’s Globe, Bankside.

Keep in touch with the latest news on the awards.

About Benson Group

Benson Group is one of the UK’s leading printed folding carton suppliers, producing packaging product for both the food retail and healthcare industries for a wide range of UK and European customers.

The business manufactures packaging product at four production sites covering in excess of 400,000 sq ft. Benson Group continues to grow and expects to achieve annual sales for the current financial year in excess of £120 million. Food and beverage processors are the main customers at Bardon and for the company’s two North East facilities in Newcastle and Gateshead. The fourth site in Crewe serves healthcare and consumer care markets. In recent years, investment in new plant and equipment across the four sites totals in excess of £22 million. The group employs over 900 UK based employees across all four production sites.

Benson Group creates packaging for many well-known companies, brands and retailers. Key account clients across the Group include Two Sisters Food Group, Reckitt Benckiser, Greencore, and Samworth Brothers. The company is an approved supplier for all of the UK’s leading retail chains. Food and healthcare packaging is exported to customers in countries throughout Europe.

For further information on the Benson Group visit the company web site.


Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology Moves Forward

In Offset Presses on August 4, 2014 at 7:52 am
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L to R: Murray Lock, Joint MD, MPL; Mr Kohei Yatsumoto, Head of Sales Europe, Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology Ltd; Mr Keiji Katayama, Vice President, Sales and Service, Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology Ltd; Mark Stribley, Joint MD, MPL

Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology Ltd, the company formed from the marriage of the Mitsubishi and Ryobi press manufacturing businesses, has released detailed information regarding press sales and support in the UK for the Japanese equipment.

The European set-up for the combined business now features MPL Limited, an operating division of M Partners Group, Surrey, which has been named as the European Technical Service Centre for Ryobi MHI, with a focus on new B1 press sales and existing Mitsubishi press products.

As well as providing a direct focus on the sale of the Ryobi V3000 B1 offset press in UK and Eire, MPL will manage the European parts centre for machines previously sold under the Mitsubishi name. This operation has now moved to UK from Holland. The Surrey-based centre is now up and running for dealerships throughout the continent as well as for UK Mitsubishi press users.

As the lead service partners for Europe, MPL will provide service training and support throughout the continent, including service management for new machines during the initial warranty period. The hands-on aspect of European service will be managed by MPL’s European Technical Service Manager, Iain Moxon.

The parts centre is currently stocked with some Euro 2 million worth of spares. MPL has established strong links with US and with Japan to further ensure the swift and effective delivery of spares to current users. Ryobi’s own spares centre in Germany will continue to provide parts for those for the smaller B3, B2, and SRA1 presses originally sold under the Ryobi name, and Apex Digital Graphics will continue to manage the sale and service of those products in the UK.

Commenting on the appointment, Mark Stribley, Joint Managing Director of MPL, said: “We have a strong track record of working with Mitsubishi products in UK since our appointment as a dealer back in 2010. We also bring B1 experience and expertise in sales, support, and marketing from our time spent in the industry.

“We submitted a strong set of plans for how we would expect to run the European operation. Our enthusiasm, industry knowledge, and cost effective plan won the day against a number of other European operations that were keen to manage the business.”

In its new European role MPL will provide both technical support and technical training for dealers throughout Europe, including taking responsibility for warranty of new machines. The company will report directly to Japan.

“The Ryobi / Mitsubishi combination is a well thought through partnership. The companies have come together in the knowledge that the industry and the market have changed significantly due to the march of technology. In our opinion European press suppliers have yet to bite this bullet or to understand the true requirements of the market or the changes that will be needed in their businesses in order to meet those requirements,” added Mr Stribley.

One factor that has a major impact on the Japanese press sector has been the exchange rate. “With the exchange rate for the Yen now coming back in favour of European companies we are now in a much stronger position to purchase Japanese product. The Yen has become significantly more affordable over the last two years, meaning that Japanese imports are now a realistic alternative to European manufactured presses,” commented Mark Stribley.

Whilst the initial price of the machine is an important benchmark, print companies also have to consider reliability of the press. Reliable Japanese products that break down significantly less frequently and require a fraction of the spares consumed by European made machinery offer a very cost effective package.

“Our own data shows us that European manufactured machinery is less than reliable. It suffers from regular breakdowns, associated service visits, and needs all to frequent, and expensive, spare parts. Our calculations show that over the life of a typical German-manufactured B1-six-colour printing press a company can spend an average of £50,000 per annum over five years in spares and service. That, however, is what UK printers have become conditioned to.

“Mitsubishi presses, however, exhibit significantly higher reliability, and much lower operating costs which can therefore be supported by long term capped cost guarantee.”

About M Partners and M Partners Wide

The creation of the M Partners Wide division is the latest development from M Partners, as the company seeks to bring its unique distribution format to the wide format market. The company recently announced its distribution agreement with Korean super-large format machinery manufacturer DGI.

In 2010 M Partners took on the management of both sales and service for Ryobi MHI printing presses in the UK and Ireland. This representation joins established products such as GUK folding and inserting equipment, and Steinemann laminating products. In 2011

M Partners offers manufacturers considerable marketing and business expertise across both the printing and packaging sectors and provides high-quality national coverage for sales, support and technical service.

The Joint Managing Directors established M Partners Ltd in 2006 after gaining many years of industry experience in senior management roles at a major press manufacturer and used equipment dealer. They were responsible for corporate and product marketing for pre-press, press, post-press and service, plus operational control for digital, consumables and used equipment divisions.



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