Central Colour Latest for “Productivity Print Award”

In Offset Presses on May 5, 2015 at 11:11 am

Central Colour, Nottingham, has become latest user of Ryobi Mitsubishi equipment to be presented with a “Productivity Print Award”. Recently in the news regarding its latest order for a new Ryobi Mitsubishi B1 press, a V3000 LX six-colour complete with coater and extended delivery, this Gold Award references the completion of 1,500 days since loss of a production hour due to machine failure on their current machine.


This “Productivity Print Award” was presented to Central Colour’s management quartet by Keiji Katayama, Vice President, Sales and Service, Member of the Board (shown left in the photo), and Kohei Yatsumoto, International Sales and Marketing Manager. Mark Stribley, Joint Managing Director of UK distributor M Partners is also shown in attendance.

Richard Limer, Joint Managing Director of Central Colour, commenting on the award, said: “We have enjoyed exceptional reliability from this machine, and whilst we are delighted to accept an award for having enjoyed four trouble free years with the press, the award is really for the company that built such a reliable piece of kit!

“This existing Mitsubishi machine has clocked up some 140 million impressions since installation six years ago and, as per the focus of the award, we have not lost a production hour for the last four of those years.”

Andy Baxter, Joint Managing Director, added: “Mitsubishi has been our choice of press for many years now. We are constantly surprised at how little money we spend on maintenance and press spares and how little downtime we have. We have become a single press house – something that we can afford to do due the reliability of Mitsubishi.”

Commenting on the maintenance milestone, Mark Stribley, Joint MD of M Partners Ltd, the printing and large format equipment distributor based in Surrey, said: “This is yet another tremendous achievement for a long-time Mitsubishi user. These machines are just designed to keep printing. The Japanese have a very different focus to equipment suppliers in Europe, where the profits generated from the service and the sale of spares appear to be a critical part of a manufacturers income!”

Putting this award into context, Mr Stribley added: “In our extensive printing industry experience, we believe that it would be quite remarkable for a European manufactured press to go a couple of months without some sort of technical issue halting production for at least a portion of a working day. The 1,500 days at Central Colour are where no single hour of production time has been lost – that equates to over four years!

“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 has been produced. Reliability of the machine means that it is available for production when needed – and that’s what every printer should surely desire.”

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. 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.



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