BGS curries favour with new Shinohara press

Melbourne-based BGS Printing has taken the next step in giving itself a significant technological overhaul with the installation of a four-colour Shinohara 52 IV P automatic perfecting press supplied by The Currie Group.

BGS Printing, located in the foothills of the Dandenong Range, typically provides A3 work in short-to-medium run lengths up to 50,000.

Pressures from customers led to the overhaul, which also saw the company approach The Currie Group a year and a half ago for an EskoGraphics DPX polyester plate system in an effort to curb the waiting times caused by outsourcing film to a prepress house. According to BGS Printing managing director Bruce Stephen, the purchase of the CTP unit and the replacing of the two-colour Shinohara 52 II P was all due to a need for speed.

“The new press gives us much more flexibility and above all saves us a lot of time. We can perfect two-colour jobs much quicker, and of course, we’re now equipped to handle CMYK in one pass – no blanket and roller washups between colours,” says Stephen.

“Four-colour process is now what most customers are ordering. I wasn’t always keen on perfecting but when you look at the time you save by doing jobs in one pass, it’s an unbeatable argument.”

The set-up of the entire printing process by The Currie Group, from prepress to finishing, under the one roof now ensures that BGS can guarantee timely deliveries of all jobs, an important ability in this day of age. According to Stephen, he and his eight staff are particularly impressed with the speedy plate changes, washup, and the three-way plate cylinder cocking the press offers.

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