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Ormerods, Rochdale, Presented with Production Awards

In Offset Presses, Packaging on October 9, 2017 at 1:08 pm

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Leading offset litho label printer, Ormerods Ltd of Rochdale, has become the latest recipient of silver “Productivity Print” awards from MPL Ltd, UK distributor for RMGT B1 presses, service provider for existing Mitsubishi machines, and a division of M Partners. The awards have been presented for two presses – one B1 and one B2 – that have enjoyed over two years of printing without loosing a day of production.

“I was very much a Heidelberg fan before I joined Ormerods some 12 years ago,” said Richard Parker, now Production Director at the company (pictured above). “The Mitsubishi machines, however, have convinced me that other equipment can be highly productive and very reliable. They will certainly be at the top of my shopping list when we come to invest in offset machinery again.

“Press reliability is becoming ever more important in today’s printing business. We need to produce to ever tighter deadlines and, in labels, delivery times are critical – we don’t want to stop a bottling line, for example, simply because our labels haven’t arrived on time.”

The B2-format six-colour plus double-coater Mitsubishi Diamond 1000 and the B1-format six-colour plus coater Mitsubishi Diamond 3000 deliver reliable, quality printing over a double-day shift at Ormerods – though the business can switch to 24-hour production at particularly busy times.

The near 140-year old business is still family owned, and a well-known employer in the Rochdale area. Henry Ormerod established the company in 1879 as a show card and label printers, primarily serving the local cotton industry in Rochdale and the surrounding areas. Label printing is still the mainstay of work produced, but other packaging and commercial work is also undertaken.

Commenting on the awards, Mark Stribley, Joint Managing Director of MPL, said: “We are delighted, of course, to be working with a printing business with such a rich heritage. Their Mitsubishi presses have certainly proved themselves over the years that they have been installed at Ormerods and, according to our service team, will continue to give them excellent production over the coming years. It is a delight to award such productivity, and we look forward to presenting gold awards in due course.”

About MPL & M Partners

In 2010 MPL 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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RMGT Seek to Establish True Cost of Service Contracts

In Offset Presses on September 7, 2017 at 7:47 am

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Japanese offset press manufacturer RMGT is launching a new initiative aimed at compiling a comprehensive understanding of the cost, benefits, and value of service contracts for litho presses, as often favoured and promoted by European equipment manufacturers. The survey being compiled will be supported by Surrey based MPL, RMGT’s European Technical Support Centre.

The survey will cover the full range of sheet fed printers from large international multi-site groups to small local print shops. Many of the target businesses have already volunteered to take part in the research.

The survey has been launched in an effort to gain a clearer understanding of why printers pay large sums for service contracts, particularly on new or nearly new equipment.

Mark Stribley, Joint Managing Director of MPL, (pictured above, right) explained further: “Service contracts seem to take a variety of forms – RMGT is keen to understand the differences and the costs involved. Printers that we have spoken to only recently are confused with regard to what is included and what is excluded from the contract.

“The RMGT mentality says “if our equipment breaks down, we re-design elements of that equipment so that it doesn’t”. RMGT reflect this in the printing equipment that they manufacture. It is very rare that a component fails, and even rarer that an RMGT press actually stops printing because of it. The development of the service contract has been heavily influenced by European manufacturers – RMGT feel the need to understand this part of the product package.”

The survey will seek to understand what printers want from a service contract, as well as how the pricing for such an element is calculated, and how printers measure the value of having a contract in place. “It is assumed that the price is created by the supplier multiplying the number of times that a machine will break down by the typical service call charge – but this would also depend, of course, if the cost of spare parts was included in the contract,” said Mark Stribley.

Questions posed within the survey focus on cost, understanding of what the contract covers, and whether the printer has a mechanism designed to measure the value of the service contract for a given piece of equipment.

“The service contracts provided by many press manufacturers have become an increasingly expensive addition to the cost of the machine. We view these as an expensive luxury for RMGT presses, but other suppliers seem to focus on the “benefits” that these offer the buyer of a new press. We know our own breakdown record and in our opinion RMGT users simply can’t justify a service contract to cover the rare occurrence of malfunctions.

“In these days of fine margins, printers have to examine the total cost of machine ownership, and that includes the true cost of a breakdown. It’s not just the annual cost of a service contract, or the price of an ad hoc visit from an engineer, plus the cost of any parts needed. It has to also include the costs involved in not being able to produce for a given period of time – the hourly rate, multiplied by the amount of hours that the press was not able to print – plus any overtime hours that need to be paid to get production back on track. You might argue that there could also be a sum added in for the potential of not being able to deliver a job on time, or even for losing a customer, but that is all rather difficult to quantify.”

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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PCP Orders Nine-Colour RMGT Perfector Press

In Offset Presses on March 5, 2017 at 4:02 pm

Telford-based Precision Colour Printing (PCP) Ltd, one of the leading UK magazine and commercial printing companies, has announced details of an order for an RMGT (Mitsubishi) 1050 Tandem Perfector press to replace an existing Mitsubishi machine and enhance its sheet-fed printing capabilities. The press has been purchased from Surrey-based MPL Ltd, the UK distributor for RMGT (Mitsubishi) presses.

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The machine is specified as an RMGT 1050 TP 9. It features nine printing units in a 4-over-5 configuration, built in the unique tandem perfector arrangement, complete with chamber coater unit and an extended delivery.

Commenting on the purchase decision, Alex Evans, Managing Director of PCP, said: “Any press investment is a critical decision for a printer. We wanted to make sure we made the right one. After looking at a number of presses and manufacturers at Drupa 2016 we saw a number of presses in action in printers across the UK and Europe.

“Having made the decision to purchase the Mitsubishi, we are now looking forward to the installation of a very exciting press – we believe that this new machine is unique in our market, and will allow us to provide a whole range of new and exciting products for our customer portfolio.

“The 4-over-5 configuration, supported by a coating unit, will provide a full UV drying system, with both inter-unit and after coater curing lamps. It will allow for such techniques as drip off varnish for spot and matt UV, metallic inks, and flood UV in one pass. It is the only press of this configuration and specification in Europe and offers PCP a major opportunity to stand out in the magazine covers sector.”

Installation of the new press at PCP’s Telford site will take place in August of this year. The £40-million turnover business employs some 250 personnel at the 13-acre site. The new press will join a Heidelberg SM10P sheet-fed machine and Komori and manroland web presses.

Commenting on the order on behalf of MPL, Mark Stribley, Joint Managing Director, said: “The 24/7 production of a business like PCP requires the reliability and peace of mind that can only be offered by RMGT equipment. We are delighted that Alex and his team have chosen our product for this project and are looking forward to working closely with them through the installation period and beyond.”

This latest investment is valued at over £2.7 million.

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