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Sending a press to an island in the Indian Ocean

Moving a new printing press into a factory or print shop is a major undertaking in the UK but shipping one out to Madagascar is another project altogether.

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Madagascar is known as the Republic of Madagascar and is an island country in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of East Africa

But shipping presses out to all corners of the world is a routine operation for printing machinery business Jerry Curtin, as earlier this year they took a Ryobi 522 press out to Bangkok, Thailand for a client.


Demi Curtin, sales executive at Jerry Curtin, picks up the story: “The press can’t go by aircraft due to its weight as when packaged up it weighs 2,750kg or in old money 433 stone. The press was a Ryobi 512 two colour one made 20 years ago but an excellent workhorse. It was ordered by the Madagascar Express newspaper group in Ankorondrano in the central highlands of the island.”


She says the entire operation takes considerable time and patience as it is not like simply putting it on a lorry and driving it off down the road. The packaging has to be approved since it was a timber casing along with all the paper work as well as all the provisions for a long sea journey.

It was ordered by the Madagascar Express newspaper group in Ankorondrano in the central highlands of the island


Curtin continues: “The machine was moved to a warehouse where the package had to be custom built and fully enclosed in a wooden case for custom purposes and of course protection with a lot of handling and a long journey. The wood had to be ISPM15 treated timber. This took around two weeks to order and build the box. The box had to be marked clearly with the customer’s details and final destination port of Toamasina in Madagascar (also known as Tamatave).”


An extensive SGS inspection was undertaken with an online Cargo Tracking Note system or BSC which is essential for all imported cargoes to the Republic of Madagascar. It meant the press once boxed up travelled from London Gateway to Durban in South Africa before continuing on its way to the port of Toamasina on the Indian Ocean island.


“It’s something we are very proud of,” says Curtin, “as attention to detail, careful paperwork, and tracking of the equipment is something we have specialised in so as to be able to deliver equipment around the globe.”


Jerry Curtin has built a reputation over the last quarter of a century in supplying quality printing equipment through an expanding network of contacts and a positive reputation. Curtin says: “During the last 25 years we’ve met many print professionals and supplied equipment to companies in numerous countries worldwide.
“With our extensive database and time built relationships with new machinery manufacturers we have been able to find the right purchase for each client because we listen to what they want. Each piece of equipment is sourced by us to satisfy the customer’s needs ensuring dismantling, shipping, installation, warranty, and safety checks are all carried out to the highest standard. The ethos of our company is that people matter and values count.”



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