Denny Bros Ltd has taken delivery of a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL75 Anicolour 2, a new digital sheet-fed press costing almost £2 million.
Bosses say the purchase underlines their commitment and confidence in the industry with the new technology reducing set up times, waste and giving tremendous colour consistency. Graham Denny, Managing Director at Denny Bros, said: “We are delighted to have taken delivery of the new machine which will support our work in the healthcare and FMCG markets where quality and consistency of print are vital.
“We have had a challenging few years with Brexit, Covid and now high inflation and rising costs, but our confidence is still strong and reflected by the level of investment we are now making for the future."
“The Heidelberg was a great fit in terms of our environmental purchasing criteria using less energy and arguably being more sustainable than digital with a long potential life span due to Heidelberg’s legendary high-quality engineering.”
Mr Denny said there were other reasons why Heidelberg was a perfect match for the company’s requirements.
He explained: "Our sheet-fed printing department has been a ‘Heidelberg house’ for many years."
"However, when we began the search for the right machine to update the department, our thoughts were very much that it was time for sheet-fed digital."
"We have had reel-to-reel digital presses for some years and understood the benefits digital offers in terms of reduced set up times and so on. However, we found that the sheet-fed digital presses we looked at did not ideally suit our work and we were disappointed with the quality and productivity."
When our team visited Heidelberg and saw the Anicolor technology, which uses anilox rollers in place of traditional ink rollers, we quickly realised that, for our work, this system offered major advantages including reduced set up times, reduced waste, better colour control and less maintenance together with the fact that potential output was much higher than we had seen with digital."
Mr Denny said he believes the Heiderlberg press is only the fourth such machine installed in the UK and is the first ‘DRUPA 2020’ specification machine.
Based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, Denny Bros Ltd is best known for its innovative Fix-a-Form leaflet/label system.
The Denny Bros Group has been employee owned since 2021 with a majority of the shares held in trust for the benefit of the employees.