UK packaging specialist Leyprint is targeting 10.5% year-on-year growth following its investment in a B1 (41in) KBA Rapida offset press. The 6-colour plus coater Rapida 105 replaced two B1 Komori presses at the Leyland-based operation at the end of last year.
Leyprint managing director Edward Mould explains: “There has been a dramatic shift in the market and we needed to be very responsive to the demand for shorter runs and faster turnaround times. We have also experienced a strong increase in workload and want to be in the best position possible to make the most of the opportunity.”
He says the new press will also help his company attain ISO12647-2. “The colour management standard is something we are working towards and the new press is key to that.”
Equipped with extended delivery and semi-automatic plate changing, the B1 press will run both UV and conventional inks, enabling the operation to switch easily to handle a wider mix of jobs. “We have to be able to run low migration inks and the ability to swap easily is very important,” explains Mould.
KBA’s CX package for handling a range of substrate thicknesses was also important, he adds.: “We are able to produce work for the high-end flute market, so that allows us to target a different type of work..”
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