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Fingerprint Secures £1.5m Two Press Deal for Group Operations


Fingerprint secures £1.5m two press deal for group operations

A two Speedmaster SM 74-5P order was taken at Drupa, one of the presses destined for Fingerprint in Barrow-in-Furness, the other for the company's sister printers in Wiltshire. These two, Warminster Press and Baskerville Press, will centralise on one site prior to the press being delivered in November.

"I have been reviewing the presses market for 18 months to two years, initially looking at secondhand but swayed to buy new because of the cost competitiveness in the current market," says group managing director Allan Kerr. "We reviewed a number of press manufacturers again at Drupa before returning to the Heidelberg stand to sign this order."

The presses will replace four older presses (a Quickmaster DI, an SM 52-6+L, an MOVPS and Speedmaster 72-2) but will give a net increase in productivity given the high productivity of the SM 74s with the new Prinect Press Center and Intellistart software. These controls enable printers to take minimal steps to get into production and many elements of the press automatically preset to minimise set up times and optimise productivity. The deal also includes Prepress Interface and AxisControl spectrophotometry.

Both presses are five-colour perfectors meaning they can handle two sided spot colour work or full process colours with a special or seal. This is a very flexible configuration for a B2 printer.

Fingerprint is a jobbing printer with a mailing facility which handles a lot of work for charities, including raffle ticket distribution. The Wiltshire companies have had a niche in publishing and educational sectors but will increase the jobbing element in future. Both the northern and southern operations will add a B3 press in the short term and these presses will also be supplied by Heidelberg.

Initially the new presses will operate single shift days, seven days in Barrow and five days in Salisbury but with the potential to extend that cover. Mr Kerr says good local management makes the group successful and a central MIS linking all the operations ensures data can be tracked and informed decisions made. 

July 2008

For further information please contact:
Diana Thompson, Plus Point PR Ltd, on 01494 81 71 78
Mark Hogan, Heidelberg UK, on 020 8490 3500
Allan Kerr, Fingerprint, on 01229 43 29 59.

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