Precision Printing is on course to move to a new 5,000m2 factory on the Thames Gateway site, just two miles from its 3,500m2 factory in Barking.
Before the move the company will install an eight-colour RMGT9 series SRA1 LED UV sheetfed press at the new site. This will provide continuity as other machinery is moved across, leaving it with two of the long perfecting presses once the move is completed in time for the seasonal rush for single-copy photo products.
Precision managing director Gary Peeling explains that the double-height plant provides scope for future expansion. “We could put in a mezzanine floor if we need it. We had 18,000sq ft in 2005, doubled that to 36,000sq ft five years ago and now are moving to 52,000sq ft. We need a further 18,000sq ft every five years,” he says.
The additional floor space will help the company’s CMC based Robopack option for wrapping and mailing sample packs of a product as part of a direct mail campaign. Five trucker loading bays provide access for larger loads arriving at or being shipped from the factory. “And it still provides a location that is only 30 minutes from central London. We can offer a same day service,” he continues.
The experience with the Japanese LED UV technology to date has been very successful, Peeling explains, underpinning its ability to handle this kind of fast turnaround work on uncoated stocks. The RMGT presses replaced Heidelberg B2 machines following a conversation that Peeling had with Australian user CMYKHub owner Trent Nankervis at DScoop, the convention for HP Indigo users.
Says Peeling: “This is what happens when you go out and meet people. There is nothing better than an unsolicited recommendation and he says that dollar for dollar the press was just amazing. If it wasn’t for that recommendation I would not have given the technology as much credence as I did.
“It has revitalised the litho side of the business. It gives us the immediacy and simplicity of operation that we get from digital.” Precision has no plans to add to its fleet of HP Indigo presses, he adds.
The move to the new premises is scheduled to start in August taking until September to complete. Precision will have DST Output and DG3 as near neighbours in an emerging print cluster along the A13 east of London.
Article originally appeared in Print Business, 9th April 2016.