To celebrate its tenth anniversary as a member of the Card Factory Group, Printcraft has replaced a Speedmaster CD102 with a Speedmaster XL106-6+L. The new Speedmaster is already producing 1.4 million impressions a week so is on target to complete its first year in production with 75 million impressions, working a four shift system.
The Card Factory Group, which opened its 1000th store last month, uses Printcraft to produce all its greetings cards without a handmade element, gift wrap and point of sale products.
The Speedmaster XL106-6+L, part of a £5 million investment in kit this year, comes highly specified. It features Autoplate XL, Inpress Control 2, Hycolor Multidrive and inspection Control. It is a hybrid model which means it can run conventional and UV printing.
‘In our opinion Heidelberg has far better support than any other manufacturer,’ said Andrew Wasley, managing director of Printcraft. ‘Even small issues are automatically reported via e-mail by the operator, even over the weekend, and the issues are resolved with no management intervention. We have been a customer of Heidelberg since 1993 when we purchased a B2 press from them.’
Now Printcraft has repro, platesetting and presses from Heidelberg and it is currently testing some of its finishing kit with another investment in mind.