B1 Investment: Printwize Moves for More Mitsubishi

In Offset Presses on May 22, 2015 at 2:43 pm

Printwize, based in Witham, Essex, has installed a second Mitsubishi B1 press with the addition of a five-colour Diamond 3000LS with coater and extended delivery. This latest press joins a six-colour Mitsubishi configuration that has been producing for the company since 2004.


“The reliability and the productivity of our first machine convinced us some time ago that Mitsubishi was the way to go when the time came for our next litho investment,” said Roger Wacey, founder and Chairman of Printwize (pictured above, left). “The six-colour has served us very well for some eleven years without a significant problem. Yes, we have kept it serviced regularly, but that’s about it: it simply doesn’t breakdown. Some German equipment that we had used in the past started really well, but reliability gradually tailed off, and service costs simply got higher and higher, meaning that confidence in the machine began to evaporate.”

M Partners had been watching the market on behalf of Printwize for a used Mitsubishi with reasonably “low mileage”. This particular machine came onto the market in Spain having printed only 36 million copies. M Partners, Ryobi Mitsubishi European Distribution Managers, were able to secure the machine, ship, and install the press in just six weeks.

Founded in 1971 by Roger Wacey, Printwize has steadily grown into a £3 million turnover business employing a team of 26, producing print 24-hours-a-day, six-days-a-week. The company prints a wide variety of colour commercial work.

“We had been running a B2 Mitsubishi as well,” said Roger. “However, we recognised that our balance of work was changing: it used to be 50/50 between B1 and B2, but gradually it has moved more towards 65-70% B1. That meant we needed to swop out the B2 machine for a second larger sized press. M Partners were able to come up with the goods for us, and we are already delighted with this latest addition.” The company’s first Mitsubishi B1 has now produced over 260 million printed sheets.

Commenting on this latest Mitsubishi press installation, Mark Stribley, Joint MD of M Partners Ltd (pictured above, right, with Gary Doman, centre, Head of Sales at M Partners), the printing and large format equipment distributor based in Surrey, said: “Once again the reliability of Mitsubishi printing presses has been championed by a printer. Roger and the Printwize team have been big fans of Mitsubishi for many years now, and it was a delight to be able to supply then with a second B1 machine. They recognise the reliability and cost effectiveness of having printing equipment that truly delivers. These presses just print – and that’s what a print business needs, rather than machines that all too often sits idle waiting for engineers or spare parts to get them running again! That downtime equals profit slowly draining out of a business.

“The consistent performance of a press not only reduces the amount of year-on-year spend on both service visits and spares to a mere trickle, it also gives the user added confidence in the performance of the equipment. There is no time lost in production, which means what has been scheduled gets produced. Reliability of the machine means that it is available for production when needed – and that’s what every printer needs.”

About Printwize

The Witham-based company offers design and artwork services to customer when needed, litho and digital printing, a full post-press capability, and a distribution service. Quality is an important factor for Printwize and its customers, with 240 line screen ruling a standard offering for image reproduction – fine-art quality at regular print prices!

Click here for more details on Printwize.

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 Join APME 2015 May Conference

In Finishing on May 21, 2015 at 9:15 am


Morgana Systems Ltd, Milton Keynes, the UK’s leading manufacturer of equipment for digital finishing, has announced that it will exhibit at this years Association of Print Managers in Education (APME) conference, which will take place from Sunday May 31 through to Wednesday June 3 at Shrigley Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire.

The aim of the conference is to provide a full and topical programme to stimulate debate and to provide real developmental sessions that keep APME members informed of current trends across design and print amidst the culture of change that will never quite be “business as usual”.

For its part, the post-press for digital print specialist plans to show a range of the latest finishing equipment suited to such customers, including BM60 compact bookletmaker, which will be shown with the PL104 square back option, the recently introduced AeroCut Nano small format cutting device, and the Bindomatic 7000 thermal binder for fast and efficient finishing of documents.

Conference Theme: “A Culture of Change”

As a vital cog in the wheel, university print and creative teams must adapt. They must provide new and creative solutions to standards that are higher than ever before, and be certain that they are are providing cost-effective services that equal value for money.

Universities are dynamic, living breathing environments that push the frontiers of knowledge. They inspire. Universities also have to balance the books and generate surpluses to support world-changing research as well as the costs of teaching and learning.

Many APME members have to manage far more than traditional print or copying. Together they span photography, video, creative design, scanning, and distance learning for example, and are likely to want to branch out further if they can demonstrate value.

From 2015, universities in England will be able to recruit as many students as they like. Competition between institutions nationally and globally is accelerating. Innovators will stand the best chances of recruiting the best students, attracting/retaining the best staff and offering the best experiences. The stakes are high. Printed marketing materials must stand out and be produced to higher standards that ever before.

Commenting on the decision to show the company’s products at the APME event, Ray Hillhouse, Vice President Offline Business at Morgana Systems, said: “Along with the continued growth in digital print, demands on post-press production in the education sector have also increased. This event will give Morgana a tremendous opportunity to both show and discuss our latest products for this ever more sophisticated market. It will be a delight to meet with both old friends and new from the APME membership.”

Full details of the APME 2015 Conference can be found here.

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:


New Hemel Premises for Apex Digital Graphics

In Offset Presses on May 21, 2015 at 9:01 am

Apex Digital Graphics, Hemel Hempstead and Leeds, the official UK distributor of Ryobi MHI printing equipment, Screen and CRON computer-to-plate solutions, and UK dealer for Konica Minolta digital equipment, has announced that it has made a move to new premises in its home town of Hemel Hempstead.


Following the end of the lease at its Maxted Road premises the decision was taken to re-house the business in recently constructed offices providing a slightly better-sized facilities for the current shape of the business. “We have enjoyed a very successful ten years in Maxted Road,” said Managing Director Bob Usher. “As we all know, the printing industry has changed since the recession, and we have adjusted our operations to fit the needs of our customers. The new building is ideal for our current needs and what we anticipate will be our requirements moving forward.”

The new 15,000 square foot premises will provide a storage and distribution centre for supplies and spare parts, a showroom facility for litho presses, digital printing equipment, and pre-press products, as well as office and meeting room space for the company.

The move brings the company close to the offices of Print Efficiently partner IFS – the post-press specialist that moved to Boundary Way in October of 2014 – but also closer to the Buncefield oil refinery: the site of a huge explosion soon after Apex had moved to its previous premises. “Thankfully there is a lot less fuel stored at the facility now, and one would like to think that there are more stringent safety measures in place as well,” added Mr Usher.

A showroom facility is currently under construction, and an official opening of the new premises is being scheduled for later in the year and will be fully operational for the Print Efficiently event being staged together with IFS on 6/7/8 and 20/21/22 October 2015.

Full Apex Digital Graphics postal address:

Unit 1, ATA House

Boundary Rd, Hemel Hempstead HP2 7SS

Telephone number (unchanged): 01442 235 236

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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