West Pharmaservices and M Partners in Pharma Focus

In Packaging on July 1, 2015 at 2:20 pm


West Pharmaservices and M Partners are to work together to extend a joint service offering to the international pharmaceutical process and packaging market.

With combined complementary expertise covering all major pharmaceutical line manufacturers both companies recognise an industry need for and interest in independent production advice and support.

As pharmaceutical packaging machinery suppliers, Dorset-based West Pharmaservices manage the sale of quality used machinery along with service and support to the pharmaceutical industry. The company is involved in the refurbishment, modification, and install of a full range of process and packaging machinery. Surrey-based M Partners manage the UK distribution and service of German-manufactured GUK products to the pharmaceutical packaging field including inserting lines and miniature folding equipment, where high-speed, accurate miniature folding and inserters with tight tolerances are a standard requirement.

Commenting on the joint focus of the two companies, Murray Lock, Joint Managing Director of M Partners, said: “Increasing commercial pressure to cut costs, including reducing headcount whilst delivering productivity improvements, coupled with the difficulty in recruiting skilled technicians, has led to a growth in the technical consultation role with the pharma packaging world.

“By combining the strengths of the two companies we can provide an independent technical support focus that aims to deliver productivity advice and benchmarking, as well as providing equipment modifications to bespoke machinery design and manufacturing to cover all the major pharmaceutical line providers.

“Our intention is to jointly present our combined services and work together on delivering customised solutions.”

Commenting further on the collaboration, Simon Jeffery, Sales and Marketing Manager for West Pharmaservices, said: “We are very excited to announce this new venture with a partner who has a depth and knowledge that M Partners have. Both companies put the customer first to ensure the correct support and assistance in all areas of pharmaceutical packaging and process manufacturing. Our aims are simple: increase productivity for the customer while putting customer satisfaction as the number one priority.”

West Pharmaservices pharmaceutical packaging focus includes the supply of used cartoning machines, overwrappers, stretch banders, shrink wrappers, case packers, palletisers, and accumulating systems. Other equipment manufactured by the company includes pick-and-place ampoule feeders, blister feeding magazines, tube feeders, rotary tables, conveyors, reject systems, and automatic robotic syringe feeders. The company also offers expertise in designing and building bespoke packaging machinery, and can also design and build interfaces between standard machines.

M Partners supplies and supports the GUK inserting lines that are a key element of the pharmaceutical packaging process and can be found in a great many pharmaceutical packaging companies in the UK.

Both companies bring their own international expertise to the partnership: West Pharmaservices dismantle and ship individual or complete lines of packaging machinery around the world and install and commission in the new location. M Partners has been involved in the purchase, sale and technical support of printing and folding equipment for many years, and offers a wealth of marketing expertise.

For further details on West Pharmaservices call 01202 870 890 or visit and for M Partners call 020 8835 2221 or visit

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 Ryobi Mitsubishi business. M Partners also manage spare parts storage and distribution for 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.


Morgana to Distribute Valiani Cutting Tables

In Finishing on June 8, 2015 at 9:38 am

Morgana Systems Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, is delighted to announce the addition of Valiani Mat Pro flatbed automated cutting tables to its UK range of post-press products.


The Italian manufactured cutting tables are available in three models: the Mat Pro Ultra 80, 120 and 150, with the largest having a working area of 1,515 x 1,051mm. All the models are available in a vacuum version for more demanding applications. A key feature of the Mat Pro Ultra is the patented tool change mechanism allowing tools to be changed in less than 30 seconds, meaning that the user can move from cutting to creasing, perforating or embossing very swiftly. A range of software and hardware accessories allows each cutting machine to be customised for different production requirements.

Click here to see the Mat Pro Ultra in action.

V-Studio is the Valiani Operating Software that drives the cutting, creasing, perforating and embossing operations, with specific modules available for particular tasks, such as packaging or board-mount applications.

Commenting on the reasons for adding the products to Morgana’s extensive range of finishing equipment, Ray Hillhouse, Vice President Offline Business at Morgana Systems said: “Many of our customers involved in digital production also produce large format printing. There is often a need for a cutting table for point-of-sales products and for ultra-short runs of digital packaging items, both for cut-sheet applications and large format. In addition to these, we have received interest from some of our die-cutting customers who are keen to make prototypes before going to the expense of having long run dies made. The Valiani range of cutting tables offers excellent value for money and great versatility.”

The Valiani products were initially introduced into Morgana’s sister companies PDF Sweden AB and PDF Baltics earlier this year. Both have had a great response from end users, with initial installations running extremely well.

As a business Valiani, based in Firenze, Italy, has almost 40 years experience in manufacturing cutting tables primarily for the framing industry, and has recently ventured into the graphics industry. The partnership with Morgana gives them instant access to a wide customer base entrenched in digital printing applications. Cutting thicknesses can be adjusted right through to a maximum of 5mm (5/16”) in 0.1mm increments.

Systems range from around £15,000 to £25,000, depending on configuration and software options.

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:


Savings for The Print Academy (Yorkshire) with PressSave

In Offset Presses on June 4, 2015 at 11:02 am


The Print Academy (Yorkshire) Ltd, Bradford, has become the latest printer to start saving money on its ink spend following the installation of PressSave and PressProfiler software from Prepress UK, Cheltenham and Brighton, the independent supplier of pre-press hardware and software.

PressSave Colour Server is the highly affordable way to automatically optimise all PDF and image files to reduce unnecessary ink coverage, standardise colour, and save up to 25% in overall ink volume. The Print Academy is running the software to prepare files for production on its Heidelberg CD102 six-colour press. The B1 printer calculates savings in the region of 22 to 25% on ink costs since adding the software solution.

Commenting on the software product, Garry Burrows, Production Director at The Print Academy, said: “I was very surprised that such a simple software package could save us this much money! The Prepress UK team explained the benefits of adding PressSave and it really did sound too good to be true. However, within just a few days of getting used to the product the benefits were obvious, and have really stacked up in the first few weeks that we have been using it.

“The product goes hand-in-hand with the stringent environmental and green policies that we work to. The software further aids our bid to reduce our carbon impact. The Print Academy (Yorkshire) is officially recognised by The World Land Trust as a Carbon Balanced Publication Printer.

“Not only is this product about savings on the cost of ink used, it also produces a much more accurate colour, and doesn’t over ink the sheets, meaning printing dries faster, and back-ups are both quicker to produce and more effective. The ink suppliers might not like me for it, but I can really recommend PressSave to any printer!”

Nic Chapman, Director of Prepress UK, commenting on the product, said: “PressSave is a very simple but effective way for printers to make significant savings. Although there have been a number of similar products on the market in recent years, too many are over-priced, leaving printers less than satisfied at the overall results. This has given the whole concept of making savings through such software a bad name. An effective PressSave installation can be achieved for an investment in the region of £3,000: that is a sum that any printer can quickly recover from the savings that are delivered. It is also significantly less than some of the products that are being offered to the market, where sums of up to £25,000 have been mentioned for a products that do no more than PressSave delivers!”

The benefits of reducing ink coverage on a sheet are manyfold. Savings on ink are the headline news, but reducing drying time means faster on-press back-up, faster finishing, and faster job delivery. Less ink means reduced set-off issues, leading to less spoilt sheets and less waste. Reduced coverage and closer monitoring of ink laydown also gives the printer significantly more control over colour on the sheet.

Commenting on the technical aspects of the product, Andrew Aldridge, Technical Manager at Prepress UK, said: “PressSave works by applying Device-Link profiles via an incredibly fast colour server, using a combination of Grey Component Replacement (GCR) and Total Area Coverage (TAC) technology while maintaining pure primary and secondary colours. This all adds up to great benefits in cost, control and efficiency on press.”

Simple to Use

PDF or image files are simply placed in a hotfolder and PressSave takes care of the rest, delivering back a colour optimised file, ready for planning and output.

Get Saving Right Now

Printers are urged to call Prepress UK to discuss how they can start saving almost immediately by optimising files for predictable colour and ink savings every time they print: call 08450 520 701.

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.

Click here for more details on Prepress UK.



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