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First Heidelberg eight-color press in A3 format prints in the UK

Press release from the issuing company

Healeys Printers Ltd. in Ipswich, UK, is the World's first Speedmaster SM 52-8-P user. This press was unveiled by Heidelberg at drupa 2004. Philip Dodd, Managing Director at Healeys, explained: "Our turnover has increased, our quality improved and our profitability protected with the investment in single-pass B3 production. As a totally B3 format printer we have to offer customers a range of products, and having a 4/4 option gives us a real competitive edge in short run, fast turnaround high quality work. We are now taking on the B2 players with this press." The Speedmaster SM 52-8-P fits perfectly into the job structure of Healeys Printers. The printshop employs 40 staff and specializes in A3 format. Over the last seven years, Healeys has gone from a small printshop specializing in forms to a company with annual sales of just under Euro 5 million. The SM 52-8-P is one press amongst 22 Speedmaster SM 52 printing units that Healeys Printers use to produce a wide range of products including high-quality art catalogs for galleries in London and 4/4 jobs such as numerous brochures and local business magazines. The Speedmaster SM 52-8-P saves a second makeready and interim storage for drying and overall ensures faster delivery times. In its strongest selling months, November and December last year, Healeys increased its sales by 30 % with the Speedmaster SM 52-8-P. Run sizes per job range from 100 to 65,000. Mr. Dodd is particularly impressed with the stability of the press and the new sheet transfer system that ensures much smoother sheet travel. The press is fitted with the optional Alcolor Vario continuous-film dampening system which has the effect of eliminating any hickeys in the image. The sheet brakes, suction tape and the revolutionary new air panels ensure perfect delivery of double-sided work. The automatic Topsetter CtP unit now produces over 4,000 printing plates per month. Prinect Prepress Interface and the Prinect Axis Control colorimeter ensure end-to-end color consistency which simplifies and speeds up the many job changes. In January, Healeys Printers organized an open house in its printshop with the Speedmaster SM 52-8-P as the highlight. Heidelberg customers and prospective buyers came from all over Europe and were impressed with the possibilities offered by the press.