Offset invest in £2.6m press
Six-colour KBA to replace Heidelberg B2 and join second new pick-and-pack machine
CHANGES in demand have led to Offset Print & Packaging investing heavily in a new six-colour machine while getting rid of their B2 press.
The greetings card and carton printers have signed for the £2.6million KBA Rapica 106 with coater which is to be installed in their Aylesford, Kent, premises in June.
It is the fourth KBA device bought by the firm and will join Offset’s existing Rapida 142, they have sold their existing seven-colour Rapida 105 and eight-year old B2 five-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75 to a merchant to make way for the new Rapida 106.
Vince Breary, MD of Operations, said: “Our business model has changed slightly, the packaging side is really growing and the B2 offering is reducing so, although we could keep the Heidelberg, it would be pointless with the efficiencies of the new machine – it would sit there and do nothing.
"This Rapida 106 made sense as it’s our fourth KBA and so it’s easy for us as we’re used to them. It was cost-effective, it’ll improve speed, reduce waste and reassure customers. It’s perfect for us.”
The investment allows the business to offer both B1 and large-format carton production and according to Breary, its specifications will “comfortably match” the performance of the outgoing presses, enabling extremely fast makereadies and minimal waste."
The £9m-turnover company are also about to buy their second Esatec pick-and-pack machine in 18 months with Vince having signed for the circa-£225,000 device last week in France, and installation is expected in April.
Vince added: "We’ve invested heavily over the last 10 years. Our ethos is if you don’t invest, you get left behind. We're not scared to try new products and we'll be looking next year as well.”
The 45-year-old business was founded by chairman Hugh Jarvis and his father Maurice on an old water works site in Maidstone, and employ 70 people in design, manufacturing, warehousing and account management services.