The installation of a Komori Lithrone GL429 press has expanded Hedgerow Print’s capacity by a long way.
With a defined name in booklets, brochures, business cards and banners and other consumer and business products, Hedgerow Print is following the trend in packaging printing. With the strategically located factory, Hedgerow Print is surrounded by great food producers in the South West, and a sharp increase in the volume of food-related print and packaging jobs are being produced lately.
After visiting the Komori Graphic Centre-Europe in the Netherlands six years ago, Hedgerow Print invested in a used LS-529, the first H-UV printing press in the South West of England, purchased through a third-party dealer. Once the move to the new factory came about, Hedgerow Print knew they wanted a new Komori H-UV printing press. Once the new factory was running, the old unit got sold and the remaining equipment got moved to the new premises.
According to Gary Radford, Hedgerow Print, ‘The business continued to grow over this six-year period, and when the time came to move factories we knew we wanted to stick with Komori. We made some tentative enquiries to Komori about the possibility of buying new machines and we received a very enthusiastic response.’
When asked about considering other printing press manufacturers, Radford wholeheartedly replied, ‘When reviewing the specifications of the latest Komori models, we could see that there have been made a lot of improvements. Any niggles we had with our old press had been addressed and we did not feel the need to look beyond them.’
The installation of the new Komori Lithrone GL429 went smoothly and Hedgerow Print was able to keep printing on the old presses until they were ready to switch to their new equipment with very little downtime. Following the installation, a Komori demonstrator stayed at Hedgerow Print for three weeks to ensure that consistent quality and productivity is maintained. Servicing a wide range of clients ensures work varies dramatically – from regular print runs of just 100-200 copies to jobs that run up to 150,000. Hedgerow Print is able to hit their sweet spot at jobs from 5000 to 20,000 copies.
‘We are using the Agfa press tune software to ensure we are compliant with the latest ISO colour standards. Komori ensured that this was integrated seamlessly into our press operation. We are consistently hitting the standards effortlessly on every job, and the Komori GL429 has enabled us to have complete confidence in our products, and our minders can have real pride in what they are producing every single day.’