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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.


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: for general print an display work; and for roller banner work; with a third site just about to launch,, 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.



M Partners Wide Adds More Customer Support

In Wide Format on January 21, 2014 at 11:28 am


M Partners Wide, the South London-based wide format equipment re-seller and distributor, has announced details regarding the recruitment of Bhupinder Bharat to the role of Sales Support Specialist at the company.

Bhupinder – known throughout the industry as Bhups – has a long digital printing pedigree having spent nine years working directly with Xeikon as a support specialist, following similar rolls at MAN Roland and Agfa working with the same equipment. Most recently Bhups has been working with One Vision workflow solutions.

Commenting on the appointment, Murray Lock, Joint Managing Director of M Partners Wide, said: “We are delighted to be able to add Bhups to our team. The inclusion of a support specialist reflects our focus on the large format market: we do not want to be seen as just another box shifter. We see a market that needs more than that. Our customers want to get the very best from the machines that they purchase. Having Bhups on board means that we can help them to integrate machines into their existing workflow to best effect; we can assist them in creating a highly efficient proofing solution; and we can customise software to provide an effective and productive package. This is the type of support that the large format market is crying out for and we believe that M Partners Wide can provide. Our aim is to give our customers the edge in a fiercely competitive market.”

Adding his thoughts regarding his appointment, Bhupinder Bharat said: “I am, of course, delighted to be working with M Partners Wide and am excited by the challenges posed by large format. This is one area of the print market that is still growing, with new companies continuing to enter the sector. Customers, however, are demanding more and more from their investments. My many years of experience in operational support in the digital print market will provide our customers with a level of expertise that they can benefit from, helping them to get the most from their software and hardware combination.”

The Canon reseller and DGI UK distributor is backing up its equipment focus with specialised servicing as well as service support, and a unique finance package. Keep in touch with developments at M Partners Wide by following the business on Twitter @MPartnersWide

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 manufacturer DGI.

In 2010 M Partners took on the management of both sales and service for Mitsubishi Litho 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.


Benson Gateshead to Add Most Expensive Press

In Packaging on January 14, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Benson Gateshead, the North East flagship site of Benson Group, one of the UK’s leading privately owned printed folding carton manufacturers, has announced details of its largest press investment ever with the purchase of an eight-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 B1 format perfecting press.


The configuration of the machine means that the press can produce medium format sheets at speeds of up to 18,000 per hour in up to eight colours and a coating on one side of the sheet, or up to six colours and coating on one side of the sheet plus two colour printing and coating on the reverse – a reverse printing product offering that the company is marketing under the “Benson Verso” name.

Commenting on this latest addition to the Benson Gateshead press line-up, Andrew Pybus, General Manager of the company’s two North East sites, said: “This is the largest investment that the group has made on a single press, and we are looking forward to its arrival here in the North East in 2014.

“Printed packaging continues to grow in its complexity. Customers seek to gain the maximum marketing potential from their cartons. We need to stay ahead of the game and this press will give us additional capabilities, both in the number of printing units that can be utilised for single sided printing, and in the ability to print on both sides of the sheet in a single pass.”

Commenting on the decision to invest once again in Heidelberg printing equipment, Mark Kerridge, Managing Director of Benson Group, said: “Our three most recent investments in Heidelberg presses for our Bardon operation have given us a performance edge, and our customers have been delighted with the results. The reliability of the equipment, coupled with the back-up service from Heidelberg, has helped us to produce more printed sheets than ever before. We look forward to more of the same from this latest investment.”

Jim Todd, Sales Director of Heidelberg UK, said: “Benson Group has recognised the strength of the Speedmaster XL product and with this configuration for Gateshead has created a clever solution that enables them to offer something different to the market and to broaden the appeal of their packaging solutions. This is a very unusual Speedmaster XL 106 with a print-coat-perfect-print-coat configuration. It can offer eight colours straight or six-back-two and with coating on both sides. Packaging with information or marketing material inside the box is a growing trend, and Benson Group, as usual, have been quick to equip themselves to meet this need.”

About Benson Group

Benson Group is one of the UK’s leading privately owned printed folding carton suppliers, producing packaging product for both the food retail and healthcare industries for a wide range of UK and European customers.

The business manufactures packaging product at four production sites covering in excess of 400,000 sq ft. Benson Group continues to grow and expects to achieve annual sales for the current financial year in excess of £120 million. Food and beverage processors are the main customers at Bardon and for the company’s two North East facilities in Newcastle and Gateshead. The fourth site in Crewe serves healthcare and consumer care markets. In recent years, investment in new plant and equipment across the four sites totals in excess of £22 million. The group employs over 900 UK based employees across all four production sites.

Benson Group creates packaging for many well-known companies, brands and retailers. Key account clients across the Group include Two Sisters Food Group, Reckitt Benckiser, Greencore, and Samworth Brothers. The company is an approved supplier for all of the UK’s leading retail chains. Food and healthcare packaging is exported to customers in countries throughout Europe.

For further information on the company visit the Benson Group web site.


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