Manchester-based Kendall Press, has recently installed an ECRM MAKO 4 CTP device, and the equipment has already been hailed a success in both the boardroom and on the shop floor.
Kendall Press was established over 20 years ago and currently employs 25 people. Since it was founded it has flourished into a versatile commercial print business producing a wide range of jobs, from business cards to catalogues, for a client list including The British Council and various local authorities.
Craig Kendall, Managing Director of Kendall Press, comments, “The MAKO 4 is the first ECRM product that we have invested in and so far we have been very impressed.”
After much deliberation, the MAKO 4 stood head and shoulders above its competitors in the eyes of the Kendall Press executives, as Craig testifies, “Our selection process took around eight months, and involved a great deal of research and tests. Following this process, we concluded that the MAKO 4 was far superior in terms of price point, reliability and simplicity, when compared to other products on the market.”
The benefits of the MAKO 4, highlighted during the process, have quickly been proven out in everyday work.
Craig continues, “We realised that our existing equipment was desperately slow in comparison with the MAKO 4. Our customers were increasingly asking for faster job turnarounds; the MAKO 4 can satisfy these needs without compromise in quality.”
The cost savings associated with the MAKO 4 have also had an impact on the company’s client base. “A number of our customers operate in the public sector, where margins are extremely tight. The ability to pass on cost savings is increasingly important when tendering for this work.”
But it’s not just on the balance sheet where the MAKO 4 is creating impressive results, “The MAKO 4 has increased our productivity incredibly. It is both reliable and extremely user friendly, the lads got to grips with it very quickly.” Craig confirms.
The MAKO 4 can produce a 4-up signature, with all printer’s marks in position, at the rate of 20 plates per hour, giving a fast return on investment for a busy print shop. However, being cost effective to purchase, operate and maintain, the MAKO 4 can be justified for much smaller throughputs.
The purchase of the MAKO 4 fits the company’s plans to both grow and invest in the latest technology, with plans afoot for a digital colour press, high on the agenda.
Craig concludes, “With the increases in both speed of service and quality of the finished job, we’re in the enviable position of having our existing clients remain loyal, whilst we continue to attract new business.”
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