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Productivity Print Awards: Mitsubishi Presses at Printwize

In Offset Presses on April 10, 2017 at 9:23 am

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Printwize, based in Witham, Essex, has been presented with Productivity Print awards for the performance of its two Mitsubishi B1 presses. RMGT Mitsubishi UK distributor MPL Ltd presented the awards to the print company.

The Silver and Platinum Productivity Print awards recognise the reliability of Mitsubishi presses and salute the productivity of the people who use them.

The more recent addition to the shopfloor at Printwize, a five-colour Diamond 3000LS with coater and extended delivery, has been awarded a Silver for never having lost a production hour since installation – or more than two years of 24-hour, six day a week printing.

The thirteen-year-old six-colour Mitsubishi configuration, which has been producing print for the company since 2004, has received the ultimate Platinum award from MPL for running for more than six years since an hour of print production was lost due to mechanical failure.

“The reliability and the productivity of Mitsubishi press equipment has given us a significant advantage in a highly competitive print market place,” said Roger Wacey, founder and Chairman of Printwize. “The six-colour has served us very well for some thirteen years now without a significant problem. Yes, we have kept it serviced regularly, but that’s about it: it simply doesn’t breakdown. There are not many printers can say that about a piece of press hardware. We know that we can rely on it, 24-hours a day and for six days a week.”

Founded in 1971 by Roger Wacey, Printwize has steadily grown into a £3 million turnover business employing a team of 26, producing print 24-hours-a-day, six-days-a-week. The company prints a wide variety of colour commercial work.

Roger is even more impressed with Mitsubishi reliability when hearing news from his competitors: “Speaking to other printers, they are talking about having to pay something in the order of £4,000 per month for a service contract alone. That’s one big overhead – and one big overhead that RMGT Mitsubishi press owners simply don’t have! Reliability with a Mitsubishi press comes as standard.”

Commenting on these latest reliability awards, Mark Stribley, Joint MD of MPL, the printing and large format equipment distributor based in Surrey, said: “Once again the reliability of Mitsubishi printing presses has been championed by a printer. Roger and the Printwize team have been big fans of Mitsubishi for many years now, and it was a delight to be able to present them with the awards that their print competence and their machines have earned them.

“The Productivity Print awards are in recognition of the reliability and cost effectiveness of having printing equipment that truly delivers. These presses just print – and that’s what a print business needs, rather than machines that all too often sit idle waiting for engineers or spare parts to get them running again! That downtime equals profit slowly draining out of a business.

“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 gets produced. Reliability of the machine means that it is available for production when needed – and that’s what every printer needs.”

About Printwize

The Witham-based company offers design and artwork services to customer when needed, litho and digital printing, a full post-press capability, and a distribution service. Quality is an important factor for Printwize and its customers, with 240 line screen ruling a standard offering for image reproduction – fine-art quality at regular print prices!

For more details on Printwize see http://printwize.co.uk/

About M Partners

In 2010 M Partners took on the management of both sales and service for RMGT 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 RMGT business. M Partners also manage spare parts storage and distribution for the former 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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B1 Investment: Printwize Moves for More Mitsubishi

In Offset Presses on May 22, 2015 at 2:43 pm

Printwize, based in Witham, Essex, has installed a second Mitsubishi B1 press with the addition of a five-colour Diamond 3000LS with coater and extended delivery. This latest press joins a six-colour Mitsubishi configuration that has been producing for the company since 2004.

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“The reliability and the productivity of our first machine convinced us some time ago that Mitsubishi was the way to go when the time came for our next litho investment,” said Roger Wacey, founder and Chairman of Printwize (pictured above, left). “The six-colour has served us very well for some eleven years without a significant problem. Yes, we have kept it serviced regularly, but that’s about it: it simply doesn’t breakdown. Some German equipment that we had used in the past started really well, but reliability gradually tailed off, and service costs simply got higher and higher, meaning that confidence in the machine began to evaporate.”

M Partners had been watching the market on behalf of Printwize for a used Mitsubishi with reasonably “low mileage”. This particular machine came onto the market in Spain having printed only 36 million copies. M Partners, Ryobi Mitsubishi European Distribution Managers, were able to secure the machine, ship, and install the press in just six weeks.

Founded in 1971 by Roger Wacey, Printwize has steadily grown into a £3 million turnover business employing a team of 26, producing print 24-hours-a-day, six-days-a-week. The company prints a wide variety of colour commercial work.

“We had been running a B2 Mitsubishi as well,” said Roger. “However, we recognised that our balance of work was changing: it used to be 50/50 between B1 and B2, but gradually it has moved more towards 65-70% B1. That meant we needed to swop out the B2 machine for a second larger sized press. M Partners were able to come up with the goods for us, and we are already delighted with this latest addition.” The company’s first Mitsubishi B1 has now produced over 260 million printed sheets.

Commenting on this latest Mitsubishi press installation, Mark Stribley, Joint MD of M Partners Ltd (pictured above, right, with Gary Doman, centre, Head of Sales at M Partners), the printing and large format equipment distributor based in Surrey, said: “Once again the reliability of Mitsubishi printing presses has been championed by a printer. Roger and the Printwize team have been big fans of Mitsubishi for many years now, and it was a delight to be able to supply then with a second B1 machine. They recognise the reliability and cost effectiveness of having printing equipment that truly delivers. These presses just print – and that’s what a print business needs, rather than machines that all too often sits idle waiting for engineers or spare parts to get them running again! That downtime equals profit slowly draining out of a business.

“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 gets produced. Reliability of the machine means that it is available for production when needed – and that’s what every printer needs.”

About Printwize

The Witham-based company offers design and artwork services to customer when needed, litho and digital printing, a full post-press capability, and a distribution service. Quality is an important factor for Printwize and its customers, with 240 line screen ruling a standard offering for image reproduction – fine-art quality at regular print prices!

Click here for more details on Printwize.

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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Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology Moves Forward

In Offset Presses on August 4, 2014 at 7:52 am
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L to R: Murray Lock, Joint MD, MPL; Mr Kohei Yatsumoto, Head of Sales Europe, Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology Ltd; Mr Keiji Katayama, Vice President, Sales and Service, Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology Ltd; Mark Stribley, Joint MD, MPL

Ryobi MHI Graphic Technology Ltd, the company formed from the marriage of the Mitsubishi and Ryobi press manufacturing businesses, has released detailed information regarding press sales and support in the UK for the Japanese equipment.

The European set-up for the combined business now features MPL Limited, an operating division of M Partners Group, Surrey, which has been named as the European Technical Service Centre for Ryobi MHI, with a focus on new B1 press sales and existing Mitsubishi press products.

As well as providing a direct focus on the sale of the Ryobi V3000 B1 offset press in UK and Eire, MPL will manage the European parts centre for machines previously sold under the Mitsubishi name. This operation has now moved to UK from Holland. The Surrey-based centre is now up and running for dealerships throughout the continent as well as for UK Mitsubishi press users.

As the lead service partners for Europe, MPL will provide service training and support throughout the continent, including service management for new machines during the initial warranty period. The hands-on aspect of European service will be managed by MPL’s European Technical Service Manager, Iain Moxon.

The parts centre is currently stocked with some Euro 2 million worth of spares. MPL has established strong links with US and with Japan to further ensure the swift and effective delivery of spares to current users. Ryobi’s own spares centre in Germany will continue to provide parts for those for the smaller B3, B2, and SRA1 presses originally sold under the Ryobi name, and Apex Digital Graphics will continue to manage the sale and service of those products in the UK.

Commenting on the appointment, Mark Stribley, Joint Managing Director of MPL, said: “We have a strong track record of working with Mitsubishi products in UK since our appointment as a dealer back in 2010. We also bring B1 experience and expertise in sales, support, and marketing from our time spent in the industry.

“We submitted a strong set of plans for how we would expect to run the European operation. Our enthusiasm, industry knowledge, and cost effective plan won the day against a number of other European operations that were keen to manage the business.”

In its new European role MPL will provide both technical support and technical training for dealers throughout Europe, including taking responsibility for warranty of new machines. The company will report directly to Japan.

“The Ryobi / Mitsubishi combination is a well thought through partnership. The companies have come together in the knowledge that the industry and the market have changed significantly due to the march of technology. In our opinion European press suppliers have yet to bite this bullet or to understand the true requirements of the market or the changes that will be needed in their businesses in order to meet those requirements,” added Mr Stribley.

One factor that has a major impact on the Japanese press sector has been the exchange rate. “With the exchange rate for the Yen now coming back in favour of European companies we are now in a much stronger position to purchase Japanese product. The Yen has become significantly more affordable over the last two years, meaning that Japanese imports are now a realistic alternative to European manufactured presses,” commented Mark Stribley.

Whilst the initial price of the machine is an important benchmark, print companies also have to consider reliability of the press. Reliable Japanese products that break down significantly less frequently and require a fraction of the spares consumed by European made machinery offer a very cost effective package.

“Our own data shows us that European manufactured machinery is less than reliable. It suffers from regular breakdowns, associated service visits, and needs all to frequent, and expensive, spare parts. Our calculations show that over the life of a typical German-manufactured B1-six-colour printing press a company can spend an average of £50,000 per annum over five years in spares and service. That, however, is what UK printers have become conditioned to.

“Mitsubishi presses, however, exhibit significantly higher reliability, and much lower operating costs which can therefore be supported by long term capped cost guarantee.”

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 super-large format machinery manufacturer DGI.

In 2010 M Partners took on the management of both sales and service for Ryobi MHI printing presses in the UK and Ireland. This representation joins established products such as GUK folding and inserting equipment, and Steinemann laminating products. In 2011

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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