Berkhamsted based The Print Centre has brought lamination in-house by installing a new Komfi Delta 52 industrial thermal laminator from Friedheim International.
The laminator, which was purchased for just under £35,000, was installed at the end of August after the 18 staffed company undertook a raft of demonstrations with various finishing suppliers. Ben Nixon, managing director of The Print Centre, considered the company’s options with various alternatives from Vivid and Foliant, but in the end found that the Komfi Delta 52 from Friedheim International ticked the most boxes, in regard to price and specification and the quality of the finished product.
He said, ‘With our previous laminator being quite labour intensive, we wanted something which would reduce our turnaround times, especially for the urgent litho and digital jobs we have. This laminator is more of an industrial work horse, with some nice features which will add a lot of value not only to our print but let our staff get on with other jobs.’
The Print Centre has been delivering quality printing services to companies and organisations for over 40 years. Over this time The Print Centre (Originally J & M Nixon Printers Ltd) has grown, making several business acquisitions along the way. These companies include Partridge and Legg of Gerrards Cross, Peacock Printers of Berkhamsted and more recently Mason Printers of Amersham.
The Komfi joins The Print Centre’s production unit in its finishing room which includes a Duplo 600i high volume bookletmaker, Polar guillotines, and a Heidelberg cylinder B2 die cutter and creaser. The Komfi replaces a small desktop unit that will be sold on.
The digital room consists of Konica Minolta 1085 s and Konica Minolta bizhub 6000L Pro. The litho room includes a five colour B2 Heidelberg SM 74 CP 2000 along with B3 Heidelberg GTO52.
‘We have a lot of production capacity so we do most of the work is kept in-house now. It allows us to keep track, control costs and timings – the Komfi allows us to do that better than the last laminator we had,’ said Ben. ‘We have been putting the Komfi through its paces and testing to see what we can get out of it. We have run some fairly large jobs through it and so far it has been pretty great. Friedheim’s aftercare was on point and we have found them to be great to deal with. The training went well and we have started production.’