Central Colour Sign for Fourth Mitsubishi Press

In Offset Presses on March 9, 2015 at 9:07 am

Central Colour, Nottingham, has announced details of an order for a new Ryobi Mitsubishi B1 press: a V3000 LX six-colour complete with coater and extended delivery. The order represents the company’s fourth Mitsubishi press purchase. The machine was ordered through Ryobi Mitsubishi B1 press distributor M Partners Ltd, Surrey.

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Richard Limer, Joint Managing Director of Central Colour, discussing the press choice, said: “We have enjoyed exceptional reliability from our current and our previous Mitsubishi equipment – our existing machine has clocked up some 140 million impressions since installation six years ago and has not let us down once in that time.

“Our focus is on the highest quality print. We are especially strong in the automotive sector, where we print for eight leading vehicle producers, and we also have important clients in the fabric sector. Both are colour critical markets, meaning that our printing has to be 100% accurate in terms of colour reproduction. We are also very focused on fine line screen work. The new press will help us to push that area to new highs beyond the industry standards.”

Referencing the order process Andy Baxter, Joint Managing Director, said: “In order to ensure that we were still buying the best, we did review other presses in the market and carried out a detailed analysis of the strengths. They were impressive but other aspects including the after-sales service just confirmed that we were already using the most reliable brand of press in the market.”

The new press, scheduled for delivery in July, comes hand-in-hand with a factory extension at Central Colour: “We have reviewed our use of space here and have made a few adjustments in order to show off the new machine in the best possible light,” said Richard Limer. “Customers visit on a regular basis to press-pass work in production. The machine, with its uniquely styled construction, deserves to be shown off to our visitors.”

With colour critical work in mind, the new machine will be equipped with the MCCSe closed loop colour control system for improved make-ready times. The system uses a predictive control algorithm to calculate the difference between measured and target values and automatically adjusts for colour across the whole press. It provides real-time optimum ink key settings from start to finish for each job.

Ryobi Mitsubishi’s Colour Navigator software will also be incorporated providing a very simple but very precise way of matching areas and spot colours across a printed sheet. It controls colour and register functions to ensure a perfect match for those areas or spot colours chosen for control.

The six-colour plus coater configuration offers Central Colour the ultimate in flexibility confirms Richard: “We regularly have a demand for one or two spot colours, one of which might be a metallic. The last unit is also often utilised to create a dual coating effect – an increasingly popular demand from the design community.”

The press will also feature a maintenance free gripper system. This consists of a torsion bar system that is employed in conjunction with oil-less bearings, eliminating the need to lubricate the gripper shaft. In practise this means no maintenance, the obvious reduction of downtime for not having to do this, along with the added benefit of eliminating the possibility of oil contamination on the sheet surface.

With a turnover approaching £3.5 million, Central Colour’s team of 28 personnel help it to operate with a 24/5 shift pattern. The company has both pre-press and post-press operations in-house.

Commenting on the new press order, Mark Stribley, Joint MD of M Partners Ltd, the printing and large format equipment distributor based in Surrey, said: “We are delighted that the stability and reliability of Mitsubishi has once again shone through when compared to the competition. Central Colour produces highly demanding, quality conscious colour print and needs the most reliable and consistent of press platforms. M Partners and Ryobi Mitsubishi are delighted to be able to provide that.

“Central Colour appreciate that the on-going service costs, such as maintenance contracts and the need to hold a spare parts stock, are expensive considerations that Mitsubishi press owners do not needs to be overly concerned about.

“The consistent performance offered by Ryobi Mitsubishi equipment 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 their equipment. There is no time lost in production, which means what has been scheduled gets produced. Machine breakdowns can be a significant problem for some print producers – especially when the demands from management are for fewer machines on the floor, as we are currently witnessing. Equipment that is purchased simply has to be productive and hassle free. We believe that Ryobi Mitsubishi presses fit the bill!”

About Central Colour

Central Colour has developed an enviable reputation for producing high quality work and providing a first class printing service. The company produces work for some of the country’s leading brands and creative agencies, who are benefitting from Central Colour’s expertise and ability to produce outstanding and innovative results within the cost restraints that everybody has to consider when producing a project. Recent and continual investment throughout the company helps it to achieve the desired quality with the minimum of fuss and with maximum efficiency. Central Colour’s approach to environmental care means that all work is produced responsibly.

For more details about Central Colour see

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, and Steinemann laminating products. More recently, 2011 has seen the business expand into the digital market following an announcement regarding MGi digital printing and finishing equipment; and market-leading post-press inspection equipment from Mabeg.

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.



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