The Bexleyheath, Kent-based litho and digital printer installed the platen two weeks ago. It joins a Gietz FSA 790 EFF foiling machine and a Heidelberg GT Platen as part of a circa-£124,000 spend on foiling equipment in the past year.
Gietz cost £100,000 and the two Heidelberg machines were around £12,000
each. The recently-purchased Platen is a slightly different
specification to the one bought a year ago, which was part of a wider £200,000 finishing kit spend.
Martin Lett Jnr said he was considering buying a different machine, a
Heidelberg Cylinder, which takes double the sheet size of the
SRA3-Platen, but it was likely to be four times the cost, he said. He
didn’t rule out further investments in the near future.
“This was just a matter of needing more capacity to keep up with one particular client," said Lett Jnr.
"In order to grow or increase the amount of foiling we do, we
needed to add another machine. That particular client has kept the Gietz
running 24 hours a day, six or seven times a week since then and then
on the Platens we not only do foiling but kiss-cutting, embossing and
“The difference with this machine to our first
Heidelberg Platen is that this has a removable plate so you can do all
the packing underneath the plate, which is quite technical.”
Jnr added that Marstan had been slightly naïve in purchasing the Platen a
year ago that didn’t have this feature but said it was still running
and “does a decent enough job”. The newly-purchased Platen is producing
around 3,000 A5 cards per hour.
Marstan’s current Heidelberg finishing kit roster of two Platens and one Cylinder now replicates its 1968 roster.
(former managing director Martin Letts) was excited. In the early to
mid-1970s litho started coming in and companies all got rid of the
Platens and it’s funny to see them come back for different usage,” added
Other machines run by 50-staff Marstan Press include a 10-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75, installed in early 2014 and a Xerox iGen 150 XXL, purchased in March 2015. Digital work accounts for approximately one fifth of the company’s £5.2m turnover