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Apex Takes Digital and LED-UV to Ipex 2014

In Offset Presses on February 14, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Apex Digital Graphics, Hemel Hempstead and Leeds, the official UK distributor of Ryobi printing equipment and UK dealer for Konica Minolta digital equipment, has confirmed its attendance at Ipex 2014, where it will be exhibiting alongside the Eco Print zone at the show.

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Exhibits featured on stand S5-F451 will include a special exhibition piece focusing on Ryobi’s LED-UV unit for its litho press range; the recently introduced VDP chemistry-free polyester-based platesetter; and a colour digital production machine from Konica Minolta.

Commenting on the decision to take a stand at the show, Bob Usher, Managing Director of Apex Digital Graphics, said: “Ipex has always been a key point of focus in our exhibition calendar. We are delighted to be able to confirm our attendance for this year and look forward to a busy event. Our exhibit for the show will span our main product ranges, with LED-UV taking a starring role on the stand. We firmly believe that this technology, pioneered by Ryobi, will begin to be taken on board by UK printers. It is now viewed as the premier technology for UV production in Japan, with over 40 installations there, and several now in Europe.”

Detailing the rest of the Apex exhibits, Neil Handforth, Sales and Marketing Director at the company, added: “The Mitsubishi VDP platesetter is the ideal product to exhibit with environmental issues in mind: it is the first professional standard low-chemistry B2 polyester plate imaging system in the world. Our first UK installation is currently underway, and we are convinced that any litho printer with a view to environmentally friendly production will be looking for a demonstration and further information on this unit.

“We are also delighted to be able to show our digital production capabilities with a Konica Minolta system. Digital has swept through a significant amount of the B3-format market in recent times. The Apex digital focus concentrates on the areas that printers still hold dear to their hearts: print quality, the ability to match output to litho print, and excellent technical support.”

About Apex Digital Graphics 

Apex Digital Graphics Limited is a specialist in the supply and service of pre-press and press equipment. Apex is the official UK distributor for the Ryobi range of printing presses and ECRM polyester platesetters. Apex also distributes the Screen range of thermal and violet platesetters, and the Konica Minolta range of digital printing equipment. The company offers national service coverage, and a one-stop shop for print consumables featuring next day delivery. Apex Digital Graphics can be contacted on 01442 235 236 or via the company web site.

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Another ROTOMAN DirectDrive for AVD Goldach AG

In Offset Presses on February 13, 2014 at 9:18 am

The highly specialized Swiss magazine printer AVD Goldach AG has invested several million Euros in a new 16-page ROTOMAN DirectDrive from manroland web systems.

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The new ROTOMAN DirectDrive, which will be installed in 2015, is the sixth manroland web systems press for ADV Goldach AG. The investment decision shows their trust in the excellent quality and reliability of the German press manufacturer. The purchase also shows a willingness to invest in the future of print to provide maximum quality and reliability to their customers. The new press enables a highly economic printing of magazines with up to 48-pages or even more with runs of just 3,000 copies. This is very interesting for corporate publishing, such as customer and staff magazines, and an appealing, cost-effective alternative to sheetfed printing.

Flexible and efficient production

The four-unit ROTOMAN DirectDrive demonstrates high performance, with up to 65,000 cylinder revolutions per hour. The 16-page press was developed for printers in dynamic markets as a highly efficient and flexible solution for the printing of magazines. This is mainly possible due to the folder incorporating an extensive folder-superstructure providing for ultra-modern finishing technologies. The new operating system, which was launched at drupa 2012, provides modern automation features and the latest technologies. The manroland web systems ControlCenter is the most progressive operating system in the printing industry and part of the suppliers One Touch philosophy. All relevant information can be seen at a glance and the operator can interact intuitively with finger tip control at any place and at any time.

With this huge financial investment AVD Goldach AG sets a clear direction for the future of print. “We really believe in today’s printing industry. However, it is a fact that we have to be more flexible to meet the publisher’s demands,” says Kai Hebel, owner and Managing Director at AVD Goldach.

“To be competitive and successful, the modern print product needs to be extraordinarily efficient and flexibly designed. That’s why we chose to invest in the new ROTOMAN DirectDrive from manroland web systems, as this press perfectly measures up to our expectations and those of our customers.”

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Eazy Print Adds Litho and CtP to its Line Up

In Offset Presses on January 28, 2014 at 9:31 am

Eazy Print, Eastleigh, Hampshire, has added a Ryobi 524HE four-colour litho press and a DPX System platesetter to its equipment line-up in order to be able to produce longer print runs. The new products were purchased from and installed by Apex Digital Graphics, the official UK distributor of Ryobi printing equipment.

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The Ryobi 524HE is a B3 / 52cm landscape format four-colour press. It incorporates semi-automatic plate changing, program inking and many other “big press” features. Based on Ryobi’s “V” shaped five-cylinder design, the press includes off press controls, continuous dampening, a stream feeder, remote ink ducts, and handles paper sizes from 100 x 105mm through to 520 x 375mm in thicknesses up to 0.5mm, all running at printing speeds of up to 11,000 sheets per hour.

Commenting on the purchase, Paul Serellis, Managing Director of Eazy Print, said: “We are now in our fourth year of operation, and moved into our own premises early in 2013. Whilst we have been producing work on a flat-bed UV device and short print runs on a Konica digital unit, it was always in our business plan to add litho printing to get us into producing our own longer runs. With our own litho kit on board we can now keep a much better control of production times and costs and offer better quality print to our customers.”

The company’s business is generated from web sites. “We don’t employ expensive sales people: we prefer to win business through our web sites. We currently have two main sites:

Eazy-Print.com for general print an display work; and RollerBannersUK.com for roller banner work; with a third site just about to launch, UKFlyerPrinting.com, which is geared up to winning work exclusively for the new press,” said Paul.

Commenting on the benefits of using the internet for business, Paul said: “The main plus is that everything we print is already paid for. We have no bad debts. Getting paid up-front also means that we can negotiate really good deals with our paper suppliers. If there is a downside, it is that we have fewer repeat orders going through the business, but I think that will change now that we are getting into larger print runs.”

Fast and effective plate production for the new press is carried out with a DPX System platesetter, which produces high quality printing plates.

Speaking on behalf of press supplier Apex, Neil Handforth, Sales & Marketing Director at the company, said: “We always enjoy providing an equipment package for new start-up operations. Paul’s gradual expansion shows just how important print businesses view litho production: whilst he has been able to get the business started with low cost digital equipment, he has turned to a Ryobi product for really serious printing.”

For further details on Eazy Print call 01536 271 900 or visit the web site.

About Apex Digital Graphics 

Apex Digital Graphics Limited is a specialist in the supply and service of pre-press and press equipment. Apex is the official UK distributor for the Ryobi range of printing presses and ECRM polyester platesetters. Apex also distributes the Screen range of thermal and violet platesetters, and the Konica Minolta range of digital printing equipment. The company offers national service coverage, and a one-stop shop for print consumables featuring next day delivery. Apex Digital Graphics can be contacted on 01442 235 236 or via the web site.

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