Norwich Archant – possibly the largest UK print centre
January 11, 2010 by Lyndon
A Norwich printing company, Archant Print – located at Thorp, now has what is arguably the largest print centre in the UK. Its Norwich site now has ten press towers, which are capable of printing up to four papers and 320 different pages simultaneously.
Last year Archant invested £8M in mailing kit and new presses. Earlier on in February the company had closed its Ipswich operation. Some equipment was bought in from Guardian News and Media’s (GNM) Trafford Park facility; it was this acquisition which fueled the closure decision. The Ipswich site employed 28 people, many of these took redundancy. Archant Pint’s managing director, Nick Schiller said:
“We have made significant savings with this investment. We have made material savings on ink, paper and waste. We have improved efficiency and we can now produce colour on every page. We have added 60% again to what we had here and we didn’t stop the presses.
The Norwich printing company specialises in producing regional newspapers, which includes 60 weeklies and four dailies. Archant intend to maximise the quality of their output and should have by now completed fine tuning of their facility. They look like being on track in upgrading their status from one of being a good well run company to that of being a company who are seeking ongoing excellence in all departments. 2010 should prove to be a good year for the print company in Norwich following such a large investment.