Komori Press Increases Customer’s Capabilities


RAP Spiderweb, one of Greater Manchester’s longest established commercial printers, recently received their new Komori Lithrone G29 four-colour plus coater.

With a capacity of running 16,500sph, the company’s new GL29 press features a skeleton transfer cylinder that reduces marking and is also equipped with fully-automatic plate mounting, PDC-SG closed loop spectrophotometer, and inline coating.

RAP Spiderweb director James Tattum said the new machine has increased both the firm’s capacity and capabilities. ‘We’re running work that is saleable off 50 sheets, and we reckon the makeready is less than six minutes. This is coming off a lucky makeready before at 30 minutes with an estimated 500 sheets gone through – it has changed the business.’

He said some of the company’s staff remain on furlough, but are due back in September, and that September, October and November are currently looking positive for the business, which has used the quieter periods of the last few months to complete other tasks that were long overdue.

‘We have done an amazing amount of decluttering, maintenance and painting – stuff that you never have time to do. And there was a real willingness from the staff that were in to do the chores. I feel that we have a really harmonious team that have worked through Covid,’ said Tattum.

Joe Hall, relationship manager for Close Brothers Asset Finance’s print team said, ‘RAP Spiderweb has been a Close Brothers Asset Finance customer for nearly 15 years. We’ve previously helped fund a management buyout in 2017 and have been part of their investment plans ever since.

‘We see it as part of our responsibility towards our customers to support them in making the types of investments that will see them continue to grow and thrive, regardless of the economic climate.’


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