East Kilbride printer Core Image says that the arrival of a Stahlfolder Ti52 will bring to an end a relentless period of investment. This year alone it has added a Versafire CV digital press, an HP latex machine and Horizon StitchLiner 5500 bookletmaker and in the previous two years it had added a Speedmaster SM 52-5+L with AxisControl spectral measurement, a Suprasetter and comprehensive Prinect workflows.
‘This will be our first Stahlfolder but the Ti52 model is needed now to increase our range of folds, to give us higher productivity and to allow us to crease and fold in one pass, cutting out an off line operation and increasing the finished quality,’ said Davy Hunter, managing director. ‘Creasing is becoming important for digital work where sometimes the process takes the moisture out of paper.’
The Ti52 buckle folder which can handle stocks of 40 to 250 g/m2. In addition to folding, Core Image offers extensive finishing services including lamination, die cutting, foiling, embossing double wire stitching and perfect/PUR binding.
The folder will be delivered in January, marking completion of a front to back upgrade that sets the 25 year old company on its next growth path.
‘Business has been good and it is no use investing in great presses and leaving folding behind. It completes our current large scale investment period. From here on we will stagger investment but seeing all this new kit coming in has been great for staff morale and for our customers who can be even more confident in the quality and response we provide,’ added Davy.