Almost 200 guests, including customers and the Manroland Australasia team, crowded into the catalogue printer’s facility in Sunshine to see the new press running at four million pages per hour.
Entertainment was provided by the Supercheap Auto Racing team, including race drivers Russell Ingalls and Jack Perkins, and two of the team’s super-fast V8 Supercars, with a couple of grid girls adding some glamour.
This state-of-the-art press, which was ordered last year and arrived in January, has been up and running since Easter.
Franklin Web chief executive Phil Taylor praised the press and its supplier.
“The Lithoman has performed brilliantly from the day it started up. It has equalled and bettered our expectations,” he told ProPrint.
“The Manroland people and their whole performance have been absolutely fantastic. They delivered it on time and got it running by the day they said they would.
“They delivered a press that was ready to run,” he added.
Taylor pointed to one “outstanding” run as part of an order for 6.1 million 72pp catalogues, during which the press had printed non-stop for 57 hours at an average speed of more than 45,000 revolutions per hour.
“And the waste was less than 2%. We only had five stops in the whole job. That’s the way the press has been since we put it in,” he added.
Franklin Web was founded in 1936 by Phil Taylor’s father, Leonard, and has grown to be the second largest catalogue producer in Australia.
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