Melbourne’s JP Printing has become the first company in Australia to order a Speedmaster SX 52 press - the new press from Heidelberg that combines the innovative and future-oriented technology of the XL range with the successful Speedmaster SM 52 platform.
Owner Ray Stafrace signed up for the highly automated 2-colour press at drupa in May, a press he says will “double our production power”. He talks about the motivation for the purchase and how this press, together with a new Speedmaster 52 5 colour, will impact the company.
A general commercial printer for the A3 market, JP Printing is a family-run business that has been in operation for three generations. Since Ray took over from his father some years ago the company has adopted a philosophy of upgrading equipment on a regular basis.
Stafrace says, “I am aware of the need to keep moving with the times and investing in equipment that will help to drive sales and also improve production efficiencies. We are a small operation that has built a reputation on service and quality. To maintain these high standards and remain competitive we need to work with the most advanced equipment that we can afford.”
Last year JP Printing moved into a larger premises in the northern Melbourne suburb of Campbellfield in order to expand floor space and to present a more modern image to corporate clients.
Stafrace continues, “We’ve chosen the SX 52 2-colour and we’ve also taken the opportunity to upgrade from a four-colour press to a new Speedmaster 52 5-colour, which will allow us to do spot colours and varnish, something our customers have been asking for.
“These two machines hold hands and will provide us with the right solutions to produce the work we currently have and also accommodate future growth.”
“The SX 52 press takes us to a new level - it is fully automated, incredibly fast and the quality is a real step forward. Combined with the SM52 we will have greater flexibility to tackle a bigger variety of jobs.”