Zenith takes first Promatrix FC foiling machine in the UK
Zenith Print & Packaging has taken delivery of its third Masterwork machine and its second Promatrix model.
In 2015 it bought a Promatrix 106CS (cutting and stripping) die cutter, in 2016 it bought a Diana Smart 80 folder gluer and now it has installed a Promatrix 106FC (foiling and cutting) machine, the first Promatrix foiling machine in the UK. These machines are all products developed, manufactured and supplied through the Heidelberg-Masterwork partnership.
John Mooney, managing director of the Zenith Group, said: ‘We have been very pleased with the Promatrix CS die cutter and the Diana Smart folder gluer so it wasn’t a hard decision to opt to source our foiling machine from Heidelberg this time round. We handle high quality work for coin and metal collectors and retail applications and foiling gives a stand out, luxury finish to a product. We will use this machine for runs of 500 to 500,000, primarily for numismatic (coin collection) and gift box applications.’
The Promatrix 106FC which provides hot foil embossing and hologram application can handle stocks of 90 g/m2 paper up to 2000 g/m2 board or 4 mm corrugated material in formats up to 760 x 1060 mm which means it could also be used for promotional work from its sister company Zenith Media if required. The Promatrix 106 FC has a maximum speed of 7500 sheets per hour. The Computerized Stamping Control system developed by MK has precise calculation; the user friendly program efficiently improves foil usage.
The highly configured Promatrix FC comes with feeder platform, motorised side alignment, pneumatic tooling and non stop delivery apron to maximise productivity. The machine also has the ability to foil in transverse and longitudinal directions, which increases efficiencies and reduces waste.
The Zenith Group dates back to the 1980s although it has grown organically and through acquisition since to become a comprehensive litho and digital print supplier from its Treforest, Ponypridd plant. It not only supplies UK business but also buyers abroad. It has won a Queen’s Award for Export, recognition for a company that supplies products to five continents and over 60 countries.
The group runs a battery of Speedmaster presses, Suprasetter CtP technology and both commercial and packaging post press machines from Heidelberg.