Port Printing opens new market in gloss UV with Australia-first Scodix

A Perth trade printer has created a new market in gloss UV business cards after installing Australia’s first Scodix S74 Pro.

Port Printing Works director Tom Wagenaar said the firm made the “fairly significant investment” in the B2 device because of its high card volumes.

“We saw it at Drupa 2012 and that’s when we decided, we need this, we’ve got a market for it,” he told ProPrint.

“Gloss UV is something we didn’t get involved in. If we did, we had to outsource it. Because of the expense of traditional UV, a lot of people bypassed it. This is a more economical product and we can do it in-house.”

Wagenaar said Port Printing’s resellers had also been impressed with the cards that had rolled off the Scodix since it was installed in March.

[Review: Scodix S74 Pro]

“When you see a card like this, there’s nothing else like it. You can’t compare it to traditional UV. It has a nice feel to it – it’s raised and very smooth, so if we produce a business card for somebody, they can be sure there’s not too many of them around.”

The Scodix has also produced presentation folders, booklet covers, postcards and short-run packaging, said Wagenaar.

Port Printing also runs an HP Indigo 5500, 10-colour Komori Lithrone LS-1029 B2 perfector and two-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 52.

Wagenaar said the 30-staff family firm may also invest in a new B2 press, such as an Indigo 10000 or Landa press, as early as next year.

“We would maintain the current press capacity we have. Whatever we bring in would be additional. What’s important to us is that with digital, with a B2 digital press, we want to be able to have finishing inline, because people want the printed product right there and then.”

Meanwhile, Currie Group revealed it had installed its first Scodix S74 in New Zealand last month, but said it was unable to reveal the identity of the Auckland customer.

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