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Steve Scott Goes Gold at Glasgow Games

In Offset Presses on July 28, 2014 at 1:48 pm

The management and staff of M Partners, the Surrey-based printing and large format equipment distributor, spent Sunday afternoon, July 27, on the edges of their sofa seats with the Commonwealth Games shooting competition in full swing. It was, however, a wholly successful outcome as England double-trap shooting star Steve Scott, sponsored by M Partners, hit a maximum 30/30 clays in the gold medal match.

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Twenty-nine year old Scott, who also won gold at the Commonwealth Games four years ago in India in the double trap pairs event, came good this year with perfect shooting in the final against England teammate and training partner Matthew French.

Following a three way tie in the semi-final match between Scott, French and Indian marksman Mohd, the two English shooters won through in the first round of the sudden death shoot-off. In the gold medal match French missed with his seventh shot – the only miss by either player out of 30 clay pigeon targets each.

Silver-medallist French told the BBC: “Ninety-nine times out of 100 you will win with a 29 but I could not have asked for much more.”

Steve Scott commented: “I was hoping for a 27 but Matthew kept the pressure on me to the end with some awesome shooting. We have shot together before countless times, but I wanted to beat him, no doubt.”

In addition to thanking Murray Lock and the M Partners team for their long-term sponsorship, Steve was also keen to celebrate the victory of his friend and fellow England representative Charlotte Kerwood – gold medal winner in the ladies double trap event.

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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manroland web systems Creates French Subsidiary

In Offset Presses, Newspapers on July 28, 2014 at 1:30 pm

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Leading web press manufacturer, manroland web systems, has announced the creation of its own subsidiary operation in France. The new sales and service organization, manroland web systems France SAS, will be located in Noisy le Sec, and will be providing newspaper presses and solutions for commercial and digital printing, along with spare parts, technical service and equipment upgrades for existing customers.

“The new subsidiary will work closely with experts from the production site in Augsburg. The main aim is to offer a competitive service to our customers”, explains Joern Gossé, Managing Director at manroland web systems.

Antoine Chevalier (48) has been named as the new Managing Director of the French operation. Antoine studied industrial engineering and began his career in the world of print with Heidelberg in 1989, where he held a variety of positions at the Sales and Product Management Department. He has also been responsible for customer service for the EMEA region at Goss International.

Following his move to manroland web systems, Antoine Chevalier said: “I am looking forward to establishing the market organization in France. I truly feel confident about the fact that our team, in combination with the sales experience of Franck Tavernier and the know-how of the new service technicians for the web offset business, will offer service at the highest quality standards . . . I am looking forward to the challenge of visiting all of our customers and fulfilling their requirements with our local team, along with my own experience of the printing industry.”

Franck Tavernier, Sales Manager at manroland web systems France, added: “To work a challenging and competitive web offset market the quality of service is of particular importance. We have to provide the highest performance to our customers over the entire lifecycle of their press.  At manroland web systems we constantly develop our service offerings and product upgrades. Therefore we improve the quality and lifecycle costs of our products. We have long term maintenance contracts with several customers, which shows our commitment and trust in the quality of our equipment.”

After a positive result in 2013 and a successful start in 2014, this is the next step towards expanding the sales organization. These changes emphasize the manroland web systems claims to be a reliable, future-oriented, and high performing partner for its customers, constantly working to increase its market presence.

About manroland web systems

The company is a leading manufacturer of web-offset printing systems, substrate transport systems, and post-press products for the digital printing sector. The company provides solutions for commercial web offset, newspaper and digital printing. A worldwide sales and service network also markets ancillary printing equipment and pressroom products, software products and workflow management systems.

manroland web systems (UK) Ltd is based at Unit 7 Kings Grove Industrial Estate, Kings Grove, Maidenhead SL6 4DP. John Ellis is the Managing Director. John can be contacted on 01628 588 090 or via the john.ellis@manrolandweb.co.uk email address.

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Faster Make-Ready & Less Waste at Woodrow

In Pre-Press on July 24, 2014 at 9:55 am

City printer Woodrow Press Ltd, Surrey Quays, SE16, has expanded its press firepower with the addition of a second Heidelberg SM74 five-colour press. The new machine joins an existing five-colour SM74 and replaces a two-colour machine. The new press has been equipped with PressProfiler from Prepress UK from day one, and the powerful and easy to use ink coverage and ink zone calculation solution will also be added to the existing five-colour press.

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PressProfiler examines digital files received from any workflow and generates ink key pre-setting data to save set-up time on an offset litho printing press at job changeover. A single copy of PressProfiler can feed multiple presses. Whilst the pre-press data can be fed directly into the press console of the newer press, the integration with the existing SM74 will involve the profiling software working in conjunction with Prepress UK’s unique CardWriter package.

The package allows press minders to check preview images of the job they will be running without leaving the press, before loading the pre-setting data into the printing machine. Accurate ink key pre-setting gives a shorter make-ready, uses fewer run-up sheets, and takes less time before correct colour is achieved on the press. The consistent data also helps to achieve highly consistent printed results.

Commenting on the decision to add PressProfiler, Martin Ince, Production Manager (pictured above, left) at Woodrow Press, said: “The addition of the second five-colour press means that we have the essential back-up and additional capacity that we needed to move forward as a business. The decision to add PressProfiler was an essential move in our opinion: speed, reduced waste, and greater colour consistency are all critical issues for any printers. This package does it all for us, and at a fraction of the cost of similar kit from the press manufacturer.”

Some 80% of the work undertaken at Woodrow Press comes from the financial sector, with investment banks being a major source of business. “We have to work hard to win business in this area, but we focus on providing a quality service, quality print, and a fast turnaround. We like to build strong relationships with clients – it benefits both the supplier and the customer in the long run,” said Rob Allen, Managing Director of Woodrow Press (pictured above, right).

“The addition of PressProfiler makes a real difference to the way we produce print,” adds Rob Allen. “The addition of PressProfiler and a densitometer really does start to turn printing into a science rather than the more traditional “black art”. I am convinced that this combination of press and pre-press data will help to fuel the next phase of growth for our business.”

Woodrow Press is closing in on a £2 million turnover this year with a team of 12. The business has shown steady growth in recent years and a similar increase in profits. The company began life in 1979 with premises under the Arches of London Bridge.

Commenting on the success of PressProfiler, Nic Chapman, Sales Director of Prepress UK, said: “It is always a delight to see both managers and operators welcome PressProfiler with open arms. Whilst second-user presses often represent excellent value for printing companies, it is getting more and more essential for printers to be able to offer three critical elements: faster job changeover due to ever decreasing run-lengths, reduced wastage due to the cost of both inks and substrates, and greater consistency of print quality because that’s what the customer demands. PressProfiler helps to deliver all three for a very economical price – certainly when one compares its cost against similar equipment from the press manufacturer.

“Rob contacted us early in his buying process to ensure that PressProfiler would be suitable for the machine that he was intending to buy. It was, but worryingly for some printers, the very latest Heidelberg presses, including the XL 75 and very late SM 74’s are now encrypted. This means that only Heidelberg themselves can connect from a customers workflow to the press. For many printers this can be prohibitively expensive.”

About Prepress UK

Prepress UK is an independent supplier of pre-press hardware and software. The company is able to provide significant experience and a professional and reliable approach to pre-press problems. With offices in Brighton and Cheltenham, the company provides specialised software solutions backed by an unparalleled personal service from initial enquiry through post sales support.

If you have a pre-press problem, let Prepress UK solve it for you. Prepress UK supplies cost effective device independent prepress workflows; PDF and PostScript RIPs and RIP upgrades; CIP3 pre-press and press integration systems; technical support for existing systems; and colour management and ICC profile creation services.

See www.prepressuk.com for more details.

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