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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.


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.


manroland web systems Creates French Subsidiary

In Newspapers, Offset Presses 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 email address.


Resource Relocates and Adds Ryobi 925 Press

In Offset Presses on June 27, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Leeds-based Resource has announced an investment in SRA1 format printing equipment from Ryobi. The marketing services provider has replaced two B2-format Mitsubishi presses with the increasingly popular Ryobi 925 model. The new machine was sold and installed by Apex Digital Graphics, exclusive Ryobi press distributor for the UK.


The press purchase comes as a result of the decision to relocate the business to new premises in Armley Road, Leeds. “We have owned the premises for some little while,” said Resource Managing Director Phil Thompson. “It was a matter of deciding on the right time to make the change, and, alongside the move, to also consider our printing capabilities going forward. A change of premises is, of course, an ideal time to install new equipment, rather than paying to move and re-site old, inefficient kit.”

Having reviewed the printing needs of the business, Phil Thompson and the team came to the conclusion that the SRA1 format offered by the Ryobi 925 was more than adequate for its current and future needs. “Too many printers look at B1 as being an essential move. Often it is overkill for the work that they are going to produce: RA1 is perfectly adequate for the production of eight-up A4 work,” said Phil. “The Ryobi press is actually based on a B2 machine frame, meaning that there is a significant space saving over a B1 unit. The power savings over the larger unit are very significant, and when you add in potential plate and paper savings as well, the decision becomes very clear.”

“The highly productive capabilities of the newer breed of Ryobi machines means that, along with adjustments of our working hours, we are looking at achieving a 30% increase in throughput by taking out two older machines and installing one new press.” The company will operate double day shifts working with three press minders.

Resource has modelled the business on specific industry sectors where it has a good knowledge and understanding and where the company is recognised as a provider of multi-channel marketing services. “We are certainly not just a printing business any more – much of our business is now taken up with creating concepts, producing designs, and working with a wide range of communication tools, including web pages, as well as printed pages.”

Litho-focused print runs for its markets range from 5,000 through to 30,000. The business is equipped with HP Indigo and Océ digital printing equipment to handle both shorter runs and personalised production.

About Resource

Following its launch in 1996 the business has evolved from a company that simply printed literature into one that plays a much broader role in its clients’ communications. The focus of its attention now is maximising return on investment, primarily through cost effective print options but also by harnessing the power of web-based media.

The company has expanded its skill set to reflect this change in focus, including personalised marketing and the analysis of the data provided to increase response rates. In-house design, for both print and the web, has enabled clients to benefit from the exceptional creative expertise at Resource. A purpose built studio incorporating the latest Mac systems, allows designers and printers to work together closely, leading to a streamlining of practices and a far superior finished product for customers.

About the Ryobi 920

The Ryobi 920 Series SRA1 press offers printers the ideal solution for straightforward A4-focused workloads. It provides a significantly more economical printing solution and a greener option when examining the potential savings on power consumption, plate and paper waste. It is the ideal machine for printers seeking an effective solution for 900 x 640mm printing. The Ryobi 920 has become firmly established across Europe in areas that would previously have only considered the B1 option.

“Savings begin with the overall cost of the machine, which effectively offers eight-up productivity for a figure closer to the price of a B2 machine,” said Neil Handforth, Sales and Marketing Director at Apex Digital Graphics. The physical size of the press itself provides a near 35% space reduction compared with a typical B1 machine, which can be important when expensive floor space needs to be considered as part of the installation of a new machine. Savings on plate costs and substrate prices can also add up to a significant amount.

With regard to power consumption, the Ryobi will consume approximately 45kW per hour, whilst a typical B1 machine might expect to draw 72 kW per hour – another saving in favour of the Ryobi 920 over a typical eight-hour day of some 216kW hours. With current commercial electricity pricing for daytime working at circa 9p per kW hour, that would equate to a saving for users of the Ryobi machine in the region of £100 per five day week, or in excess of £5,000 per year.



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