The Zenith Group, based in Pontypool in Wales, UK, has invested in three new Heidelberg Versafire digital presses, replacing three Ricoh presses.
Zenith offers a combination of litho, digital and wide format printing, serving both commercial print and packaging customers. The group was formed back in 2012 when Zenith Print & Packaging acquired C3 Imaging. The group also includes Zenith Media.
The new presses see Zenith standardising on Heidelberg’s Prinect workflow as John Mooney, group managing director, explains: “By taking the Heidelberg digital presses we can run with their dedicated Digital Front End, have the advantage of their colour know-how and use our Prinect software to output as easily to the digital presses as we can to the litho presses. Plus we trust the advice and support we receive from Heidelberg.”
In the last 18 months the company has put in its first long perfector, a B1 Speedmaster XL 106-8-P Push to Stop press, as well as a Speedmaster XL 106-5+LX3 B1 five-colour with coater that’s able to run both UV and conventional inks. The same round of investment also included a Stahlfolder BH56 and a Promatrix 106FC (foiling and cutting) machine.
Of the three new presses, a Versafire EP and five-colour Versafire EV have already been installed, while the third, a four-colour Versafire EV, will arrive next month, where it’s heading for the repro department for proofing work with the intention of reducing the £3500 the company currently spends on proofing. The Versafire EP is a rebadged Ricoh Pro C9200, while the EV is a rebadged Ricoh C7200 with the main difference between the Ricoh and Heidelberg versions being the front ends. Zenith also runs a Heidelberg Linoprint CV.