First for Stoke-on-Trent city council

January 16, 2010 by  

Last year Stoke-on-Trent City Council became the first in the UK to acquire a Ryobi’s 522GE press for their print section. The new press complemented the council’s existing Ryobi 3302 and Itek 975 offset press.

The new press is a two colour B3 format machine which was purchased from suppliers Apex Digital Graphics. Managing director and sales manager Mr. Neil Handforth said:

“The Ryobi’s 522GE was an ideal first machine for a start-up company or a great upgrade path for printers looking to move from portrait to landscape production”.

The City Council operates a DPX computer-to-plate system for their imaging requirements. The new press is capable of semi-automatic plate changing and has a PCS off-press control unit, which should prove to be a great asset in coping with the more complex jobs that the print section is now handling. Mr. Handsforth indicated that the City Council was looking forwards to working with Apex Digital Graphics and they were very pleased with the choice they had made after careful research of the marketplace.

Apex recently celebrated their twentieth anniversary in November last year with an open house event. They also took the opportunity to launch the Ryobi 525GE B3 landscape format offset press which can handle five colours and offers considerable space saving and competitive pricing, compared to the five colour GX machine.

No doubt there will be other print companies in Stoke-on-Trent on the brink of making crucial upgrade investment decisions. The printing industry continues to evolve at an ever increasing rate.