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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 http://centralcolour.co.uk/

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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Fulprint Moves Forward with Five-Colour

In Offset Presses on December 22, 2014 at 3:38 pm

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York-based Fulprint has installed a five-colour Ryobi B3-format press to replace an existing four-colour machine from the same leading press manufacturer. The equipment has been purchased from, and installed by, Apex Digital Graphics, the UK distributor for Ryobi printing equipment.

The Ryobi 525GE five-colour B3 format offset press offers fast make-ready’s and high quality full colour printing, and the option of a fifth colour or a seal in one pass, improving both efficiency and productivity.

Fulprint Finance Director, Bob Scrase, said: “This latest addition to our equipment will help us to remain very competitive. Lower wastage, faster set-up and in-line sealing all represent a more efficiently produced and more cost effective product for the customer. We expect some new clients to try our service once they see just what we can do, right here on the premises.”

Fulprint also upgraded its digital printer earlier this year, and continue to reap the benefits of its solar panel investment three years ago, which is currently providing a ROI of 11.1%. “It’s clear to us that businesses need to invest in people, infrastructure and equipment. Alongside our major capital investment in the printing press we are adding two staff to our complement, to ensure customer service is to the fore,” added Bob Scrase.

This latest investment has been boosted by a grant from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP’s) Business Growth Programme, which is itself supported by the government’s Regional Growth Fund.

Martin Gray, Managing Director, said: “We are extremely excited to be making this investment as we are a business with a long term focus, and this machine represents a long term investment. With this new press the highest demands for quality and printing accuracy are further enhanced and with faster set-up times and running speeds we can be even more efficient – a saving that we can then pass onto our customers. The new press will make our business even more competitive in the market place.”

“This new machine really takes us to the next level. It’s our biggest single investment ever and replaces our six-year-old four-colour press – a machine that we also purchased from Apex Digital Graphics. The supplier understands our business and is able to provide expert understanding of the industry. Quick make-ready, excellent print quality and, with our new sealing unit, a faster drying time all enable us to give our customers an even better service,” said Frank Curran, Production Director.

Fulprint established 1985, a completely independent company, is wholly owned and run by three hands-on directors. The Fulprint team aim to make sure that customers come back for more. The company offers a whole range of commercial printing services, including booklets, calendars, brochures, business cards, draw tickets and more! Clients include business, domestic and trade clients. The company uses Ryobi litho equipment, Xerox digital printers and platens for die cutting and creasing. The company has consistently reinvented itself to keep pace with market changes and is a strong performer in the highly competitive design and print industry.

Commenting on the order on behalf of Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales and Marketing Director, said: “We are delighted to continue our long standing relationship with Fulprint by providing the very latest in B3 litho printing technology. The company illustrates perfectly how printers can utilise both offset and digital production equipment to best effect, servicing the needs of a wide range of commercial print customers. The five-unit press is ideal for the current market, with the use of a sealer unit providing both faster finishing, due to the dry to the touch sheet coming off the end of the press, and the opportunity to provide an enhanced finish to the printed work.”

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 www.apexdigital.co.uk web site.

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Mitsubishi Parts Centre Flourishing in New UK Home

In Offset Presses on October 30, 2014 at 8:40 am

The new UK based European parts centre for Mitsubishi / Ryobi MHI sheet-fed equipment is now operating at full capacity, servicing the needs of distributors and printers throughout the continent, according to MPL, the business now managing the Kent-based facility. MPL is a division of M Partners Limited, the UK distributor for Ryobi MHI B1 sheet-fed offset litho presses.

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The centre is fully equipped with parts for all Mitsubishi sheet-fed presses, and is capable of providing printers with spares for machines purchased over the last 25 years.

Commenting on the near 10,000 square foot facility, Mark Stribley, Joint Managing Director of MPL, said: “This has been a major project for us, but we are delighted to say that we have now moved and re-housed some Euro 1 million worth of spares, and established full contact with all distribution partners, and direct contact with many users of the presses, across the continent.”

MPL took over the spares operation from Mitsubishi, which was housed at the company’s own facility in the Netherlands. “With the changes in the distribution network following the Ryobi and Mitsubishi amalgamation, the spares operations also needed refining and improving. MPL won the contract to manage the facility for Mitsubishi equipment, against stiff European competition, and proceeded to create this new UK based operation,” added Mark Stribley.

The new facility is in direct contact with Japan and USA to ensure the fast delivery of parts when and where necessary. “One difficulty that we have to work with is that Mitsubishi machines don’t break down that often,” said Murray Lock, fellow Joint Managing Director of MPL. “There were an awful lot of items in Holland that had been in stock for years – they were never required by machine owners.”

The impressive reliability of the Ryobi MHI / Mitsubishi presses continues to surprise the owners of the MPL operation, whose previous experience with the supply of printing machinery has been mainly focused on German manufactured presses: “This kit is just so reliable,” confirms Murray Lock. “The annual spend for a Mitsubishi press user is a fraction of that for the owner of a German manufactured machine – and that is comparing presses with a similar throughput. How the industry has never quite grasped this is beyond me. Perhaps the marketing efforts put behind the German equipment have been far too effective!” Mr Lock was previously the Marketing Director of manroland GB.

In addition to the spares facility, MPL is providing a technical service centre for European distributors. “European operations can now approach us for both technical advice and information as well as for training for their own engineers,” explained Mr Stribley. “Every supplier needs quality engineers in the field to help ensure that presses are running to the optimum level. Providing quality service is another reason why Mitsubishi presses just keep on working.”

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. In 2014 it has taken over the parts distribution centre for Mitsubishi products within the new Ryobi MHI combined printing equipment business. This representation joins established products such as GUK folding and inserting equipment, and Steinemann laminating products. 2011 saw 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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