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Litho renaissance continues to roll

News of another major sale of a Ryobi LED UV press has added strength to the view that offset litho print technology is enjoying a prolonged renaissance in sales and relevance for the UK print industry.

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The Sheffield-based firm has recently installed two RMGT LED-UV presses, and has benefitted from improved productivity and extra capacity

This trend is demonstrated very clearly in the UK with the growing market share of Apex Digital Graphics with its stable of Ryobi (RMGT) litho presses. The most recent sale revealed by the firm is a Ryobi 925 LED-UV press, which was purchased by Pro Co for its Sheffield site. 

Pro Co had already installed a Ryobi machine a few months prior, with Jon Bailey, chief executive officer at the firm, saying that it had changed the way the company thought about litho printing.

Bailey comments: “The first Ryobi machine, which we have been using for a several months now, has allowed us to think totally differently about litho printing at our Sheffield site. The SRA1 format means we can be significantly more competitive on a wider range of work and we’re seeing some very positive early signs about the impact it can have on our business.

“By offering our clients superior turnarounds, different formats, and competitive pricing we’re opening up lots of new avenues for us and we’re excited about bringing another press into the facility.”

Pro Co commissioned the sale with Apex Digital, and hopes the machine will be fully operational by the time Christmas comes around. Neil Handforth, sales and marketing director for Apex, adds: “The Pro Co team have had several months exposure to the benefits of the Ryobi LED-UV system, and have found the productivity of the machine far surpassing their previous B2 litho equipment.”

The first Ryobi machine, which we have been using for a several months now, has allowed us to think totally differently about litho printing at our Sheffield site

The first Ryobi, which was installed in August, was a 925 LED-UV press, and the newest investment is a four-colour version of this machine with higher-powered LEDs. Productivity has improved and has already won the firm new work. Graeme Parry, production director at Pro Co, explains: “While litho is still very much a key part of our offering, we needed to explore how we could maintain it as a viable part of our business, and the new press will help us do that.”

Parry continues: “The installation of the first press has given Pro Co the ability to be more competitive on longer run work. Previously, due to the smaller B2/SRA2 format, the time frame to deliver, and of course the machine hourly rate, meant that sometimes we had to make compromises to meet customer requirements. The installation of the second press will give us additional capacity so we can continue to meet our customers’ demands for both the short and longer run jobs.”

Bailey concludes: “Being able to print onto plastics within litho is a brilliant addition to our capability. This will now open up new opportunities for us—we currently have some of this type of work going through our large-format department, but we will now have the firepower to look at work that requires volume production on plastic substrates.”



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