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:
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.
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.