March 2014

UK's first major investment in LED-UV offset

Rotherham based B&B Press Ltd has announced a major investment with Sakurai Graphic Systems by ordering the UK's first LED -UV Offset Presses.  This investment, well in excess of £1m, will see the first of two presses, a Sakurai Oliver 480SD LED UV four colour offset press installed in late June. This will be followed by a 580SD LED UV five colour offset press to be installed in the third quarter of this year.

This purchase is the culmination of extensive research by B&B which began last summer and involved many site visits to various manufacturers. It also involved site visits to some of Sakurai's existing LED customers in Japan and tests in the Sakurai showroom in Tokyo. Said Barry Liversidge, Managing Director of B&B Press: “Because the technology is so new, especially here in the UK, we needed to investigate it fully. We are particularly pleased to be making this re-investment with Sakurai with whom we have had an excellent working relationship for more than 25 years.”    

"We believe, as a Carbon Neutral company, that this new technology fits perfectly with production requirements in terms power consumption, savings on coatings, no mercury lamps etc,” added Production Director at B&B, Nigel Tolley.

Sakurai's UK Branch Manager, David Ryan said how pleased he, and LED partners Baldwin,  were with this development:  “This is huge for our respective companies and a great tribute to the longevity of our relationship which in this case endured some extremely tough competition. Hopefully we can move on to develop the hugely exciting opportunities that come with this technology for all. As we now have the first UK LED UV order we are in discussion with Baldwin to showcase the technology in our own showroom where we have made significant investment over the past 12 months.”

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