ImageData Group is ahead of the game when it comes to Ipex show orders – the firm has already decided to buy the Komori Lithrone GL540 with H-UV curing that will be on show in London next month.
The £20m turnover multi-site company has been a committed Komori customer on the litho side of its operation for many years, and currently runs three B1 Lithrones at its Willerby headquarters in East Yorkshire.
The new press will replace an existing double-decker five-back-five SP model, and will join a conventional ten-colour perfector and a six-colour Lithrone with coater.
Komori has billed the sale as a “triple-first”, because the press is the first B1 format H-UV model in the country, as well as being the first five-colour and first with coater.
The move also marks IDG’s first move into UV litho, although it already runs a range of large-format UV digital print kit.
IDG chairman Roger Birkin said the new press would widen the firm’s range of litho print options, and it also fits in with IDG’s eco-friendly ethos: “It gives us UV drying without ozone emissions, it has lower power consumption and drying on any material and will not require spray powder,” he said.
Chief executive David Danforth also highlighted instant drying, and the Lithrone’s ability to produce added-value special finishes onto alternative substrates, such as plastic and foil, as key attractions. “We’re looking forward to adding more litho produced plastics work into our portfolio,” he added.
The firm will bring previously outsourced litho printed plastic jobs in-house.
The press will be installed at the beginning of April immediately after Ipex, which runs from 24-29 March. At the show it will be the main feature in the Eco Zone, which is sponsored by Komori.
IDG also has production sites at Howden in Yorkshire and in Brighton. Its wide range of digital kit includes multiple devices from Durst, Inca, HP, Xerox and Agfa. It also runs Thieme screen printing lines.
The 250-staff firm, which was a pioneer in the use of web-to-print, has three divisions focusing on services to retailers, public service procurement, and corporate marketing requirements