Managing director Trent Nankervis said the eight-colour Lithrone G40P would reduce the number of sheets needed to get the press up to production from 250 down to around 20-40. It represents a significant saving for the trade printer, which goes through dozens of small jobs per day.
The press will also instantly dry coated and uncoated sheets. Nankervis told ProPrint that 100% recycled uncoated sheets can take up to five days to dry.
“We feel the machine offers much higher productivity. Also, the fact that it’s a perfecting machine means we will be more cost effective on the mid-to-larger runs,” he said.
“You can buy instant drying from most manufacturers, but the ease of plates on, plates off suits the high volume of small jobs and the gang work that we do.”
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CMYKhub Melbourne, which has 35 production staff, runs a four-colour Ryobi 750 with aqueous coater and two five-colour Ryobi 925s with aqueous coater. The new Komori is expected to arrive in May.
CMYKhub founder Clive Denholm told ProPrint it would give the group “one of the most advanced machines in the country”.
“Our whole intention with this national hub network and the different equipment we’re putting in is to be able to support the smaller printers we deal with to have a broader product range and be more competitive,” he said.
“It measures colour on the fly, it changes plates in 75 seconds, it’s dry when prints come off, it’s very quick and it’s good for long runs because it perfects. So it really allows us to make our reseller network more competitive on longer runs at a quality that’s outstanding.”
CMYKhub’s order, which was placed in late 2012, was one of five H-UV presses that Ferrostaal sold last year, said Rayne Simpson, the general manager of print and finishing.
Three went to Sydney printers and one went to a New Zealand firm, he told ProPrint.
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