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M Partners Wins at Marketing Excellence Awards

In Offset Presses on May 1, 2018 at 3:33 pm

M Partners, Surrey, UK distributors of B1 format RMGT Mitsubishi printing presses, was among the winners at the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM’s) prestigious Marketing Excellence Awards held on April 12th 2018. It was crowned winners of the Best Partnership Marketing Campaign, as judged by an esteemed panel of experts, including Peter Markey, marketing director of TSB and Jonathan Horrell, director of global sustainability at Mondelēz International.

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The awards were held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel and hosted by CIM, the world’s leading professional marketing body, with a 28,000-strong global membership.

The ceremony highlighted the new face of marketing, with digital innovation and multichannel customer experience at the forefront of this year’s winning campaigns.

M Partners scooped the prestigious Best Partnership Marketing Campaign award for its unrivalled performance in delivering marketing excellence for clients.

Murray Lock, joint managing director of M Partners (above, holding award), said: “We were quite staggered to hear our name read out as the winner! With the likes of Disney, DreamWorks, and 20th Century Fox in our category we didn’t anticipate picking up the award – we were just very happy to be nominated in such esteemed company.

“We are delighted that the UK’s leading marketing practitioners have been able to see our promotion of the “Real Cost of Press Ownership” as both credible and creative. I feel sure that the printing industry will also appreciate this and will be keen to understand the benefits of RMGT equipment in more detail.”

Chris Daly, chief executive of CIM, said: “Professional marketing is a vital driver of business advantage – boosting commercial outcomes and growing talent. At a time when the return on investment and data protection rigour of marketers are under scrutiny, our winners demonstrate the value of creative marketing.

“I would like to offer my congratulations to all who made it to the finals; they reflect the very best in global marketing talent and our founding partner The Marketing Trust who help make these awards possible.”

The CIM Marketing Excellence Awards have been running for nine years and recognise and reward brilliance in the field of marketing, celebrating the finest minds within the profession.

About M Partners

In 2010 M Partners took on the management of both sales and service for Mitsubishi Litho Presses in the UK and Ireland. This relationship has since grown to encompass responsibility for technical service across the whole of Europe for the now re-named RMGT business. M Partners also manage spare parts storage and distribution for the former Mitsubishi branded machines across Europe.

This representation joins established products such as GUK folding and inserting equipment, primarily focused towards the pharmaceutical packaging sector. More recently the business has expanded into the digital market place following an announcement regarding exclusive distribution of large format printing equipment from Korean manufacturer DGI, and an agreement to re-sell Canon equipment, with a special focus on the unique proofing capabilities of those products.

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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Epic Print: Productivity Print Award

In Offset Presses on April 30, 2018 at 2:28 pm

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Epic Print, Dorchester, has become the latest print business to receive a Productivity Print Award from MPL, the UK distributor for RMGT B1 format presses and service provider for existing Mitsubishi sheet-fed printing machinery. Epic qualified for the Platinum Award of Excellencehaving worked for over 2,000 days since the loss of a production hour due to machine failure.

Epic has enjoyed consistent, reliable printed output from the B2-format D1000, configured as a six-colour press with coater and extended delivery, for eleven years now. “We had been using a Mitsubishi machine prior to our decision to invest in a new press, some twelve years ago,” said Jason Johnson, Technical Controller at Epic Print (pictured above, centre). “We wanted to thoroughly examine the market before making our decision. A range of challenging test jobs were printed at manroland, Heidelberg, Komori and Mitsubishi. In our opinion the samples from the Mitsubishi were hands-down the finest that were produced. We already had experience of the reliability of Mitsubishi presses, so our investment decision was made.”

The company certainly works its printing equipment incredibly hard, continually posing print challenges to the machinery. “We take on work that other printers turn away. Technically challenging work is a joy to us – we take pleasure in creating solutions and providing customers with exceptional print,” said Jason.

The Mitsubishi is the only B2-format press in use at the company. It sits alongside a two-colour Heidelberg GTO 52 to complete the litho side of the company’s printing equipment. Digital output is focused on an HP Indigo 5600.

Commenting on the award on behalf of M Partners, Steve Ennew, Technical Sales Manager for the company, said: “It is a delight to see Epic Print in action. The work they produce is exceptional. We are also delighted that they only require the services of one highly reliable offset press for their B2 work. Running demanding work for over 2,000 days without losing a single hour of production time due to a machine breakdown is something we are more than pleased to shout about, but more importantly it means that here is a print business that can focus solely on producing quality work, not worrying about losing hours of production due to equipment failure, and the associated costs.”

After thorough evaluation the team at Epic recently decided to upgrade the Mitsubishi machine with LED-UV drying equipment. “We have been very impressed by the benefits of LED-UV. Drying times are non-existent. The sheet is dry as soon as it hits the delivery. We are also seeing savings in power consumption, and whilst the inks are currently more expensive, we are using less as there is no absorption of ink into the stock.”

Epic Print’s own branded tactile print finish, “HiLite”, is a prime example of how the company seeks to add value to print. The enhancement can be added to both litho and digital sheets. Using equipment from Scodix, the company can create a wide variety of unique textures and special effects, enhancing print in new and exciting ways. The machine adds layers of polymer to specified areas of the sheet to create raised areas. It is suited to both design effects and more practical issues such as Braille production. “Providing a texture to print enhances both the look and feel of a printed page,” adds Jason Johnson. “Incorporating touch into a visual marketing message can produce a very persuasive effect. Using this technology we have provided customers with work that has provided tremendous impact. Our customers in the cosmetics sector have been especially excited by the possibilities offered by this technology. It delivers something that you simply cannot get through viewing something on a monitor.”

A raft of finishing equipment is employed to complete work including laminators, a platen press, stitch/fold/trim, and perfect binding equipment.

The company employs a team of 20-plus, and has been producing quality print for 25 years from its Dorchester premises.

About M Partners

In 2010 M Partners took on the management of both sales and service for Mitsubishi Litho Presses in the UK and Ireland. This relationship has since grown to encompass responsibility for technical service across the whole of Europe for the now re-named RMGT business. M Partners also manage spare parts storage and distribution for the former Mitsubishi branded machines across Europe.

This representation joins established products such as GUK folding and inserting equipment, primarily focused towards the pharmaceutical packaging sector. More recently the business has expanded into the digital market place following an announcement regarding exclusive distribution of large format printing equipment from Korean manufacturer DGI, and an agreement to re-sell Canon equipment, with a special focus on the unique proofing capabilities of those products.

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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Newprint Returns to Morgana for More Finishing

In Finishing on February 20, 2018 at 4:58 pm

Newprint, Newmarket, has returned to Morgana Systems, the UK’s largest manufacturer of finishing equipment for the digital print sector, for additional post-press product. A DigiFold 385, the recently released Laminator 450, and an EBA guillotine have been added to existing Morgana products at the busy Newmarket print shop.

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Existing Morgana equipment at Newprint includes the BM500 bookletmaker and KB 2000 perfect binding machine, along with an FSN numbering unit.

DigiFold 385 is Morgana’s easy to use, high capacity, stand-alone paper folding and creasing machine. The original DigiFold has been one of the company’s best selling products since it was first introduced back in 2001. Morgana DigiFold products employ a unique creasing rule and matrix, the DynaCrease, that eliminates tearing and, therefore, cracking.

Commenting on the new additions, David Prior, Managing Director of Newprint (pictured above), said: “We saw the new Lamintor 450 at last years Ipex exhibiton – it was just what we were looking for. Our existing laminator needed to perforate the whole of the substrate, rather than just the film. On heavier weight stocks that could cause problems and, as it was a hand fed unit, it was difficult to clear a problem whilst feeding the machine. It could become a slow process.

The new Laminator 450, delivered just before Christmas, perforates the film, making sheet separation far more effective and reliable. It’s also a suction fed system, speeding up the whole process. “We are now actively seeking more laminating work, rather than trying to avoid it!”

With regard to the DigiFold 385, David added: “We didn’t need to see it in action. We have worked with Morgana for many years and know the product range. This was the ideal machine for us to move to. We had a creasing system before, but DigiFold creases and folds, and it does both tasks very well. The high capacity model means that we can load the machine and, once we have set the machine up, we can just let it run – no need to keep loading prints into the feeder.”

Commenting on one of the first installations of the Laminator 450 product, Morgana’s Ray Hillhouse said: “We are delighted to have been able to assist David with his laminating issue – the Laminator 450 and 450 Pro offer a range of printers the ideal in-house laminating solution. First shown at Ipex last year, we have been delighted with the interest shown in the product.”

Printing at Newprint consists of both litho and digital equipment, with two Konica Minolta 1070 machines producing a wide range of short-run general commercial work. A team of four full-time and one part-time employees take on work from a range of local customers.

For further information on Newprint visit www.newprint.co.uk

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: http://morgana.co.uk/

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