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Fulprint Moves Forward with Five-Colour

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


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 web site.


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.


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.



PrintIT Students Learn with Print Efficiently

In Offset Presses on October 24, 2014 at 4:19 pm


A group of enthusiastic GCSE and A-Level students enjoyed a visit to Print Efficiently 2014 as an aid to their Design and Technology courses, incorporating the PrintIT module. Apex Digital Graphics, Ryobi press distributor for the UK, hosted the successful Print Efficiently 2014 event, which took place at its Hemel Hempstead facility over six days in October. Student booklets for PrintIT were produced during the event.

The 16 student and three teacher party from Riddlesdown School, Croydon, represent just a fraction of the anticipated 10,000 student enrolment for this year’s PrintIT programme – a student number anticipated to come from some 400 schools. These latest figures indicate a near 100% increase in student numbers from 2013.

“We have been delighted with the uptake this year for our new, revised PrintIT module,” said Amy Moran, Group Marketing Manager for Proskills UK, the organisers of the PrintIT educational programme. “PrintIT is being promoted to schools as an effective module to incorporate within both GCSE and A-Level Design and Technology courses for students. The content has been mapped to course requirements, making it an ideal element for teachers to add into their plans. The structure of the module makes it suitable for a six to eight week section of such a course.”

Many schools will begin their PrintIT course at the beginning of November, but it is still very suitable for a January or February start, meaning that schools are still being welcomed to sign up to the project – details can be obtained via the web page.

“The generosity of Apex and the Print Efficiently partners in hosting these students is very much appreciated. This exhibition represents a fantastic opportunity to show students real printing equipment in action – there are few greater adverts for the industry,” added Amy Moran.

Commenting on behalf of the visitors, Sandra Obike, Design and Technology Course Leader at Riddlesdown School, said: “This visit is just great for the students to gain a first hand experience of seeing the whole process in action. They are able to produce print to a very limited degree in the classroom, but this visit illustrates the industrial process to them – they can see, hear and touch the machinery and the work being produced. It is going to help them enormously in building a proper understanding of the whole process.”

The mix of year 10, 11 and 13 students were able to see pre-press, offset printing, digital printing, and post-press products in action. The equipment was also being put to very good use during the second week of Print Efficiently as it was printing and finishing the course books for the PrintIT module.

Commenting on behalf of the hosts, Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales and Marketing Director, said: “We have a long-standing link with the PrintIT team and have enjoyed offering our facilities for school tours in previous years. I believe that we all have a duty to offer youngsters an insight into the world of print – it is still one of the most exciting industries to be involved in. There are so many facets to printing: graphic and structural design, the technology aspect of pre-press, the electro-mechanical core of the printing equipment itself, and the technical demands of post-press products, to name but a few. There is something to excite everybody.”

Apex and IFS have been involved in the production of student workbooks during the second week of the Print Efficiently event. The A4 format, saddle-stitched publications will be printed on Apex’s Ryobi 755G press and finished on post-press equipment from IFS. The workbooks are 20-30 pages long, bound, and sent out to schools for students to complete as a part of their course.  The printed products contain worksheets, industry processes, exercises, and design boards.

PrintIT! is run by the charity Proskills and teaches students about the print and packaging industries.  With a focus on designing a print product for Fairtrade, schools are provided with lessons plans, resources, and workbooks entirely free of charge.  The aim is to encourage the next generation of young people to get excited about print and packaging. To date, the programme has been enjoyed over 140,000 students from around 2,000 schools.  Every year student entries are judged by a panel of industry experts, with awards and prizes being presented to both students and schools.  View a video of last year’s awards at

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 web site.



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