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Resource Relocates and Adds Ryobi 925 Press

In Offset Presses on June 27, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Leeds-based Resource has announced an investment in SRA1 format printing equipment from Ryobi. The marketing services provider has replaced two B2-format Mitsubishi presses with the increasingly popular Ryobi 925 model. The new machine was sold and installed by Apex Digital Graphics, exclusive Ryobi press distributor for the UK.


The press purchase comes as a result of the decision to relocate the business to new premises in Armley Road, Leeds. “We have owned the premises for some little while,” said Resource Managing Director Phil Thompson. “It was a matter of deciding on the right time to make the change, and, alongside the move, to also consider our printing capabilities going forward. A change of premises is, of course, an ideal time to install new equipment, rather than paying to move and re-site old, inefficient kit.”

Having reviewed the printing needs of the business, Phil Thompson and the team came to the conclusion that the SRA1 format offered by the Ryobi 925 was more than adequate for its current and future needs. “Too many printers look at B1 as being an essential move. Often it is overkill for the work that they are going to produce: RA1 is perfectly adequate for the production of eight-up A4 work,” said Phil. “The Ryobi press is actually based on a B2 machine frame, meaning that there is a significant space saving over a B1 unit. The power savings over the larger unit are very significant, and when you add in potential plate and paper savings as well, the decision becomes very clear.”

“The highly productive capabilities of the newer breed of Ryobi machines means that, along with adjustments of our working hours, we are looking at achieving a 30% increase in throughput by taking out two older machines and installing one new press.” The company will operate double day shifts working with three press minders.

Resource has modelled the business on specific industry sectors where it has a good knowledge and understanding and where the company is recognised as a provider of multi-channel marketing services. “We are certainly not just a printing business any more – much of our business is now taken up with creating concepts, producing designs, and working with a wide range of communication tools, including web pages, as well as printed pages.”

Litho-focused print runs for its markets range from 5,000 through to 30,000. The business is equipped with HP Indigo and Océ digital printing equipment to handle both shorter runs and personalised production.

About Resource

Following its launch in 1996 the business has evolved from a company that simply printed literature into one that plays a much broader role in its clients’ communications. The focus of its attention now is maximising return on investment, primarily through cost effective print options but also by harnessing the power of web-based media.

The company has expanded its skill set to reflect this change in focus, including personalised marketing and the analysis of the data provided to increase response rates. In-house design, for both print and the web, has enabled clients to benefit from the exceptional creative expertise at Resource. A purpose built studio incorporating the latest Mac systems, allows designers and printers to work together closely, leading to a streamlining of practices and a far superior finished product for customers.

About the Ryobi 920

The Ryobi 920 Series SRA1 press offers printers the ideal solution for straightforward A4-focused workloads. It provides a significantly more economical printing solution and a greener option when examining the potential savings on power consumption, plate and paper waste. It is the ideal machine for printers seeking an effective solution for 900 x 640mm printing. The Ryobi 920 has become firmly established across Europe in areas that would previously have only considered the B1 option.

“Savings begin with the overall cost of the machine, which effectively offers eight-up productivity for a figure closer to the price of a B2 machine,” said Neil Handforth, Sales and Marketing Director at Apex Digital Graphics. The physical size of the press itself provides a near 35% space reduction compared with a typical B1 machine, which can be important when expensive floor space needs to be considered as part of the installation of a new machine. Savings on plate costs and substrate prices can also add up to a significant amount.

With regard to power consumption, the Ryobi will consume approximately 45kW per hour, whilst a typical B1 machine might expect to draw 72 kW per hour – another saving in favour of the Ryobi 920 over a typical eight-hour day of some 216kW hours. With current commercial electricity pricing for daytime working at circa 9p per kW hour, that would equate to a saving for users of the Ryobi machine in the region of £100 per five day week, or in excess of £5,000 per year.



Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Mark Kerridge

In Packaging on June 25, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Entrepreneur Of The Year - Midlands Awards Dinner

Mark Kerridge, Managing Director of Benson Group, one of the UK’s leading printed folding carton suppliers, has been named as a Midlands region Entrepreneur Of The Year for 2014 in the Manufacturing category.

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme is considered to be one of the world’s most prestigious business awards. It is held in more than 145 cities or regions and in more than 60 countries worldwide. In the UK, the programme starts locally in a geographic region with interviews and a regional judging panel. These are then followed by a celebration event where the winners are announced, including the overall regional Entrepreneur Of The Year.  All regional winners then progress to compete at the UK finals where the eventual overall UK winner joins the other global country winners in Monte Carlo to vie for the title of World Entrepreneur Of The Year.

Recognised as one of the most prestigious business award programmes in the world, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrate the UK’s most innovative business leaders. Now in its 28th year globally and 16th year in the UK, Entrepreneur Of The Year has honoured the inspirational leadership of entrepreneurs.

The award organisers describe Mark Kerridge on the Entrepreneur Of The Year web site as follows: “Demonstrating exceptional commercial acumen, Mark has led the original Benson Box company from a single site £10 million turnover family business, through private equity ownership, to a large, profitable, multi-site £100 million group, and in 2014 sold to a trade buyer, positioning the business for its next phase of growth. Mark lives by the mantra of “service, service, service” and embodied this in the culture and values of the company.”

About Benson Group

Benson Group is one of the UK’s leading 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 Benson Group visit the web site.


Gosport Borough Council Adds More Morgana

In Finishing on June 24, 2014 at 9:16 am

The Reprographics Team at Gosport Borough Council has updated and expanded its finishing capabilities with an investment in a suite of new post-press products from Morgana Systems Ltd, the Milton Keynes, UK, based finishing equipment manufacturer.


This latest investment, much of which is replacing products up to 15-years-old, has included the purchase of a System 2000S bookletmaker, a DocuFold Pro, and AutoCreaser Pro 33, and a MultiNak S twin-headed stapler.

“These latest purchases will help our team be even more productive,” said Graeme Jesty, Reprographics Team Leader at Gosport Borough Council. The System 2000S bookletmaker offers significant advantages over our previous kit, and will help us to take days off the production time of our quarterly newsletter – a publication distributed to all residents in the Borough. It will allow us to finish the product some three times quicker, as well as meaning that we can be significantly more efficient on other work.”

The System 2000S is capable of producing booklets of up to 120 pages. It can be equipped with a hybrid feeder capable of feeding pre-collated sets from Gosport’s digital print engine or collating litho printed sections as produced on its Presstek 34DI four-colour printing solution. The System 2000S can even combine both types of print into a finished book product. The heavy-duty bookletmaking section comes complete with ISP or Honner wire stitching heads, fore-edge trimmer, and the Morgana Squarefold 2000, to give a professional perfect bound effect to the finished product.

Reprographics at Gosport Borough Council is also producing work for a number of neighbouring Local Authorities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. “We don’t outsource work – we aim to produce all of the Councils print needs in-house. Our efficient production methods have attracted work from other Local Authorities, enabling us to be even more cost effective, and also allowing us to invest in more efficient equipment,” commented Graeme Jesty.

With regard to the decision to purchase from Morgana Systems, Graeme added: “We have, of course, used and viewed other products, but Morgana machinery fits the bill for us. It is compact – space for in-plant print shops is always an issue – and it provides both speed and reliability. When service is needed, the response is always excellent, as you would expect from a brand leader.”

The recently enhanced DocuFold Pro and AutoCreaser Pro products have also impressed. “The touch-screen technology incorporated into the Morgana range makes operating the systems really easy and straightforward. They are fast to set-up and perform swiftly once up and running: you can’t ask for more than that,” added Graeme Jesty.

DocuFold Pro

Morgana’s DocuFold Pro is a fully automatic paper-folding machine, ideal for folding litho or digital stock. Equipped with the latest SmartScreen technology, it enables an operator with minimum training to carry out a variety of folds from an icon-driven touch-screen. An unlimited alpha-numeric memory is available to store all standard and non standard jobs.

Enter the sheet size and fold type on the DocuFold Pro SmartScreen and the machine automatically adjusts the fold plates and delivery rollers electronically.

AutoCreaser Pro 33

This market leading creasing product features the intuitive 7-inch SmartScreen that controls all the main functions of the AutoCreaser Pro 33. Using the screen is simplicity itself. Key in the sheet length (popular sizes are pre-set), touch the fold type for the finished product (letter, gate etc), and press the green button. AutoCreaser Pro 33 automatically calculates where the creases need to be and sets them accordingly – minor tweaks to crease position can be made by touching an arrow on the screen. The productivity of the AutoCreaser Pro 33 has been improved to produce up to 8,500 A4 sheets per hour, or an astonishing 11,000 A5 sheets per hour.


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