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Statex Print pursues new profits with Komori

Statex Colour Print has invested in its first Komori litho press, which will allow it to increase its competitive edge, reduce turnaround times for customers, as well as put a cap on energy usage.

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Statex managing director and marketing manager, Graham Minnett and Richard Barksby, aim to have a fast turnaround for customers

Maintenance costs and energy consumption are considered an important factor at any business, and if these expenses are too high, then it can endanger the profitability and long-term viability.

The Newcastle-based company has decided to invest in an eight-colour B2 Lithrone S29P Perfector with Komori H-UV drying. This was to replace a ten-colour Heidelberg XL75-10-P, which was ten years old.

The company has the ISO 12647-2 colour management accreditation, as well as environmental credentials, which influences the battle against rising energy prices.

Joint managing director of Statex, Graham Minett, says: “We needed to raise the bar in our offerings and turnaround times to clients, and at the same time, peg our maintenance costs and energy consumption.

Green production and energy conservation is very important to us and to many of our customers

“In the first place, what drew us to looking at the eight colour perfector at a UK South Coast installation was to check out the Komori H-UV curing system.

“We quickly realised that in perfecting mode it provides even more significant benefits in production and design flexibility than when running it as a straight eight colour. In following up with trials at Komori’s Utrecht demonstration centre, we tasked it with four of our testing jobs, including a paint card.

“The total changeover time to hit production speed on each of our jobs was less than twelve minutes and all of them were dry in the delivery.”

Having a positive impact on the environment is a key target for Statex, and Minnett continues: “We’re really concentrating on even higher environmental standards and a more sustainable future. We already recycle heat, paper, pallets and plates and have written our own Environmental Code of Practice.

“Green production and energy conservation is very important to us and to many of our customers, including the universities, educational and local governments.”

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