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M Partners Short Listed in Lloyds Bank Awards 2018

In Offset Presses on August 24, 2018 at 1:29 pm

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M Partners, Surrey, UK distributors of RMGT printing presses, is among the companies short listed for the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2018 – short lists that the organisers describe as representing the best of British ambition and for companies showing their excellence in business.

Murray Lock, joint managing director of M Partners, said: “Having won the Chartered Institute of Marketing award earlier this year for our professional marketing of RMGT presses we really didn’t think things could get any better, but to be recognised by Lloyds Bank for our business excellence has to equal that at least!

“We are delighted to be short listed for these highly presitgious awards, and look forward to making a presentation to judges in September prior to November’s award ceremony.”

M Partners nomination is for The Elite London Stock Exchange Group Scale-Up Award, recognising companies that have demonstrated a market leading increase in sales, headcount, profitability, market share or geographical expansion over the last three years. The award will go to the business demonstrating the highest levels of growth along with a robust plan to deliver a sustainable financial performance.

The winners of the 17th Lloyds Bank National Business Awards will be announced on November 13th at an evening ceremony taking place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

About M Partners

The UK distributor for all RMGT presses also has responsibility for technical service across the whole of Europe for the former Mitsubishi products and B1 format RMGT machines. 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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It’s a Number 924 with LED-UV for Oriental Printing

In Offset Presses on June 21, 2018 at 9:20 am

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London-based print business Oriental Printing has announced the purchase and installation of an RMGT Ryobi 924 LED-UV press, as supplied by UK distributor Apex Digital Graphics.

The company, located close to Tilbury Docks, specialises in the production of Chinese restaurant and take-away menus – a market that has seen rapid growth in recent years. The SRA1 format press replaces an ageing Ryobi 684 SRA2 format machine.

Joint Managing Director Wei Jiang explained the background regarding the new purchase: “We had been very happy with the reliability of the Ryobi 684 and the previous Ryobi 662 – our first press. We had set out to look for a good second hand SRA1 or B2 press. We were offered a second hand Heidelberg by a local dealer only to find the press would not fit our factory which brought us back to our preferred option, an SRA1 Ryobi.”

Wei and his business partner, brother Quan, visited the IPEX show last year and saw the RMGT 928 LED-UV press in action on the Apex Digital Graphics stand. This was a game changer for Wei as the instant drying and associated elimination of spray powder would take away what was an everyday pain for this fast turnaround company.

After several months of discussions with Apex and a customer visit to a local RMGT user, a deal was struck for a new RMGT Ryobi 924 LED-UV. Following delivery, installation, and training the press was producing work in May 2018.

Wei was very impressed with the Apex installation team and the operator training given. “We had been running Ryobi equipment for the last ten years, so some of the basic operating system was familiar to us, but our young operator learnt a great deal from the in-depth training.”

With regard to the immediate benefits of the new press, Wei added: “On longer runs the spray powder would always cause an issue on the second side with frequent stops to clean blankets. My finisher is also happy as he does not have to deal with spray powder on the folding equipment and he has nice clean hands as the ink is cured dry with no residual ink rubbing off during handling”.

“The speed of throughput is amazing, firstly because runs have come down by half due to the press format, and secondly once printed, work can be immediately cut and folded, resulting in more room to manoeuvre around the factory. Even jobs with the heaviest of coverage can be finished immediately.”

Due to the Spectro-Jet colour management fitted to the press Wei says that print quality and on the run quality control are exceptional. To back this up customers have already noticed the difference and made calls to him to compliment him on the output of the new press.

With the extra capacity available Oriental Printing are looking to branch out to offer a wider range of work and have already secured some new magazine business.

Wei and his team are looking to become more efficient and profitable with the 8-up capability of the SRA1 format.

Commenting on yet another LED-UV order for Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales & Marketing Director for the company, said: “We are of course delighted to be able to further expand the printing capability of long standing Ryobi user Oriental Printing. As with many print businesses, seeing the RMGT Ryobi 920 Series in action convinced them immediately of the great potential of these machines. Eight-up A4 printing on a press with a footprint no larger than a B2 machine, immediately dry sheets at the delivery end, lower power consumption throughout, no spray powder to contend with either on press or in post-press, significantly less work in progress taking up space on the shop floor, and RMGT’s well documented reliability: that all adds up to a winning formula for so many printers.”

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RMGT’s increasingly popular 920 Series features a maximum paper size of 920 x 640 mm, enabling eight-up printing of A4 size pages, as well as A1 size posters. The versatility of the press extends to stock thickness, with the 920 Series being capable of handling paper ranging from 0.04 mm onion-skin to heavy 0.6 mm card stock.

The LED-UV curing system was pioneered by Ryobi in conjunction with Panasonic, with the company unveiling its first such product at Drupa in 2008. Developments in ink technology and manufacture have now caught up with the huge potential offered by LED-based UV drying equipment. LED-UV ink is now manufactured in Europe and is available from most major ink suppliers. The last three years or so have seen a growing commercial acceptance of LED-UV in the UK and Europe, following on from widespread success in Japan. Apex has now installed more than 20 LED-UV presses in the UK. The environmental benefits of the technology and the significant cost savings through reduced power consumption are but two of the outstanding benefits of the equipment. Adding LED-UV also eliminates the need for powder spray, and as no ozone or heat is produced in the curing process, there is no requirement for extraction ducting. The productivity and stunning quality (particularly on uncoated stocks) of the technology are self-evident when the system is viewed in action.

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 RMGT range of printing presses through to SRA1 format and Cron metal-based platesetters. Apex also distributes 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.ukweb site.

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Fontain Quadruples Capacity with Ryobi LED-UV

In Offset Presses on May 30, 2018 at 11:02 am

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London-based print business Fontain has revealed that its latest investment has quadrupled its litho printing capacity. The RMGT Ryobi 928 LED-UV eight-colour perfector is now installed and in production at the company’s SE16 premises, having been purchased through UK distributor Apex Digital Graphics.

Commenting on the new addition, Huw Harcombe, Director at Fontain (above, centre) said: “We had been following the development of LED-UV presses for some time, and had viewed the RMGT product on a number of occasions. Seeing the eight colour in action at last year’s IPEX show sealed the deal for us. Now that it is installed and running I have to say that the incredible productivity of the machine has confirmed our expectations.”

The RMGT SRA1 4/4 perfector press has replaced a five-colour Heidelberg XL75 B2-format machine configured to perfect 2/3. Fontain runs a 24 hour / five day shift pattern, producing a wide range of commercial print, but with a strong focus on full-colour brochures and booklets.

“Because we are now able to print 16-page A4 sections, and dry the print as it is produced, the press has speeded up overall production as well as giving us more printing capacity,” added Huw.

LED-UV curing units incorporated into the press configuration provide for near instant drying of the sheet, enabling immediate progression of the work to the finishing department. The press has also been equipped with technotrans ink.line systems to maximise efficiency of ink management.

Apex has also fitted a Lithec colour management system to the press. “In operation it’s basically very similar to a leading competitors colour management solution, but at a significantly lower price.” The Lithec colour management system integrates with RMGT’s PDS-E SpectroDrive inline printing quality control enabling the operator to monitor and maintain the quality of the printed sheet throughout the run.

Fontain reviewed LED-UV supplies from different companies before settling on Toyo inks and chemistry. “They have had more experience with LED-UV and we found that their inks provided a better combination with the press,” explained Huw.

In addition to litho printing the 30+ team at Fontain also produce digital print using HP Indigo, Ricoh, Océ, and Canon equipment.

Commenting on yet another LED-UV order for Apex Digital Graphics, Neil Handforth, Sales & Marketing Director for the company, said: “It is highly significant that an increasing number of the UK’s leading exponents of digital and litho are turning to RMGT Ryobi LED-UV presses, combining the immediacy and cleanliness of digital with the quality of litho printing, across a massive stock range, and at high speeds. Add into that low power consumption of both the dryer and the press and it is very much a win-win decision.”

With regard to the Lithec colour management system, Neil Handforth added: “This is the first Lithec unit that we have installed. It provides for complete image control on the press for guaranteed optimum results. The system provides measurement and control of spectral, LAB and density values, as well as grey balance on an LAB-basis. It integrates very well with RMGT’s PDS-E SpectroDrive inline printing quality control.”

Press Detail

RMGT’s increasingly popular 920 Series features a maximum paper size of 920 x 640 mm, enabling the eight-up printing of A4 size pages (16-page sections when perfecting), as well as A1 size posters. The versatility of the press extends to stock thickness, with the 920 Series being capable of handling paper ranging from 0.04 mm onion-skin to heavy 0.6 mm card stock (0.4 mm on a perfecting press).

The LED-UV curing system was pioneered by Ryobi, with the company unveiling its first such product at Drupa in 2008. Developments in ink technology and manufacture have now caught up with the huge potential offered by LED-based UV drying equipment. LED-UV ink is now manufactured in Europe and is available from most major ink suppliers. The last three years or so have seen a growing commercial acceptance of LED-UV in the UK and Europe, following on from widespread success in Japan. Apex has now installed more than 20 LED-UV presses in the UK. The environmental benefits of the technology and the significant cost savings through reduced power consumption are but two of the outstanding benefits of the equipment. Adding LED-UV also eliminates the need for powder spray, and as no ozone is produced in the curing process there is no requirement for extraction ducting. The productivity and stunning quality (particularly on uncoated stocks) of the technology are self-evident when the system is viewed in action.

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