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First Muller Martini Alprinta 74 installed in the UK

Ritchie (UK) in Kilmarnock, Scotland, has installed an Alprinta 74 from Muller Martini as a part of its strategy to invest in new equipment.

“The Alprinta 74 web press is the centrepiece of a £2M investment in new technologies, alongside new CTP and finishing equipment. There are big accessibility advantages for our customers here – both in terms of quality and costs,” says Gordon Cunningham, ceo, Ritchie (UK).

Joe Ironside, the company’s operations director, adds: “Ritchie produces and supplies over 25 million forms to over 4,000 destinations every week, so speed and reliability were both important factors in the choice of press. We have lots of experience with Muller Martini kit and that is why we selected the Alprinta 74.”

“It is early days so far” says Joe Ironside, “but it seems to be performing nicely – the UV drying means that print can be handled straight off the press. We will run three shifts per day over 24 hours, with a regular weekly break for maintenance, as we want to keep it running at its best.”

Peter Kearns, Muller Martini product manager says: “I am delighted to see the first UK Alprinta 74 Web Press installed and working well for our customer. The Alprinta 74 is a real workhorse of a machine which will keep producing excellent print at high speeds for years to come.”

Part of the International Clondalkin Group, Ritchie UK is one of the largest multi-web reel to sheet production sites in the UK, with a total of nine web presses.

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