Just before Christmas the company installed arguably the only Heidelberg 5-colour GTO 52 with a custom-built UV unit, in order to specialise in printing on PVC and vinyl’s, a job which director David Mackintosh says they’d always had to contract out.
The press, which was bought through APM, has been completely re-built with new UV rollers and a new UV unit with lights imported from Washington and was up and running within a week, says David.
“There was quite a bit of work already lined up for it before the installation was finished.
“We bought it to service our existing customers and to move into that niche plastics market which includes self-adhesive labels, point-of-sale material and business cards etc. It means that most of our business is now done in-house and we are able to offer our clients a total package.”
The installation by APM went very smoothly and the press was ready to roll in a week.
Gainsborough has acquired a considerable amount of new technology in the past couple of years and offers printing, die cutting and a graphics service as well as the latest acquisition from its Auckland premises.
He says they went for the five-colour press because they felt it added more scope to the company.
“We can do four-colour printing plus the UV over-gloss all in one pass which makes it more economical for the client in the long run and it is being used exclusively for plastic and synthetics.”
The new press was installed alongside the company’s 2002 acquisition, a six-colour A3 press for paper and board printing.
The company has also taken on a new sales and marketing manager, Andre van der Westhuizen, whose job it is to grow the plastics printing division for Gainsborough. Andre has filled a similar role in his previous employment in this field.
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