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February 5th, 2019

2018 – An Exciting Year for Deanprint

2018 has been an exciting year here at Deanprint.  We have increased our turnover, recruited five new members of staff, gained several significant new customers and bought four machines!

However the printing industry in the northwest has had a very difficult year.  There have been three significant paper price increases, ongoing uncertainty around Brexit and sadly six of our trade customers have closed down.

We are very fortunate in that we have a lot repeat work that comes in every year – mainly from the Education, Government and Hair & Beauty sectors – as well as the trade finishing work.  In 2018 this continued, but we were able to gain several new accounts that look like they will become regular and ongoing.  These have added significantly to the turnover and have given us the confidence to invest in new machinery that will make us more efficient and give us extra capacity:

MBO K80 fully automated Folding Machine

MBO K80 fully automated Folding Machine

 

In August we took delivery of the UK’s first MBO K80 fully automated Folding Machine as part our ongoing drive to improve efficiency.  The K80 has an increased number of folding stations which means we can at least double our previous output. See news post NEW MBO Combi Folding Machine Arrives!.

 

Rilecart Wirobinder B-535

Rilecart Wirobinder B-535

 

In November we bought a Rilecart Wirobinder B-535 from Germany.   This is the machine that cuts, inserts and closes the wire into punched and collated bookblocks.  Previously we had three manually operated semi-automatic machines – this will hugely increase our speed and efficiency in this busy area.

Flexo 500 S Shrinkwrap machine

Flexo 500 S Shrinkwrap machine

 

In December we installed a Hugo Beck Flexo 500 S Shrinkwrap machine  – this will sit alongside our two Rapmac Shrinkwrappers – and will offer us a far more automated system that will make us around three times faster.  This machine is very flexible and can wrap virtually anything – from a stack of Business Cards to a pair of skis – with no change in the settings. See  KGT Hugo Beck Shrinkwrap Machine.

 

Our fourth, and our biggest ever, purchase was ordered in November and is a Kolbus DA270 Casemaker with a board-cutter on the front.  This will run at double the speed of the outgoing DA260, and the board-cutter means we won’t have to cut all of our board spines on the guillotine.  This will give us a huge increase in capacity in what has been a very busy area for us.

The new staff that we have recruited have all been in the Production areas.  We are delighted to have found people from within the trade with experience and skills that are ideally suited to our needs.  We have found this difficult in the past, so are thrilled that they have joined us and have settled in so well.

The new accounts we have gained are all expanding businesses who can no longer satisfy the demands for their products in-house and so have decided to outsource the production.  These are exciting businesses with aggressive plans for growth and our new kit and staff equips us to be able to handle their (hopefully) increasing orders.

So all in all a very good 2018 with lots of positivity for 2019!

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Samantha at Pollards Print

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