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Tewkesbury Printing equips “top and tail” (Heidelberg UK, Press Release 15th August 2016)

Tewkesbury Printing is re-equipping its prepress and finishing to maximise its efficiency and productivity.

“We are running an 18,000sph Speedmaster XL 75-5+L with Inpress Control so our pressroom is very productive,” says Andy Siddall, production manager and a director of the company. “We have put off decisions on prepress and finishing but now the time is right to upgrade to faster, more productive equipment and software.”

The Prinect prepress software is being upgraded to the latest, seventh generation Prepress Manager specifications which Tewkesbury saw at Drupa. This software will enhance job preparation, including impositions and trapping right through to platemaking, the transfer of data to the press and will make pre-press a smoother operation.

In the finishing department a highly specified Polar 92N Plus will be delivered in the next few weeks with a stacklift uploader, jogger and stacklift downloader. This system replaces a 15 year old model which will be sold on. Now the company will benefit from the easy Opti-knife knife-changing device and enhanced job data storage as well as the more sophisticated touchscreen user interface.

Paul Thompson, finishing specialist with Heidelberg UK, says: “Tewkesbury have recognised the huge benefit materials handling around a guillotine will give them. Printers should review the output benefits of viewing cutting as a total system not a standalone machine. It is also good for operators, reducing their lifting and shifting work.”

Although Tewkesbury Printing did once deviate to a rival folder, it quickly returned to Heidelberg and once again it has selected the Stahlfolder and this time a buckle BH66 semi-automatic. It replaces a combination folder and has been selected because of the success the company has had with a continuous feeder buckle machine. “It’s more accurate and faster,” says Mr Siddall. “We have a good relationship with Heidelberg because they give us a fair deal and both the equipment and service is reliable.”

All the equipment will be used to produce brochures, leaflets and point of sale material as well as other commercial work. It will also enhance its digital and mailing operation. The plant works a 24/4 programme, moving to double day shifts on Friday. It is a very environmentally aware company that can offer carbon neutral printing.

Tewkesbury is also adding a B2 sheetfed laminator to speed up the production times for litho and digital laminated work.

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Hi-tech printers never fail to impress

A family-run company is set to celebrate three decades in business and an impressive reputation in the world of printing.

And the portfolio of customers of Tewkesbury Printing Company reads like a Who’s Who of the business world-insurance groups, banks, public schools, house builders, racing stables and holiday companies-to name but a few.

But from its modern, purpose-built centre on Shannon Way, Tewkesbury Business Park the company is just as happy providing its printing services to small enterprises and individuals as well as the multi-nationals.

With its comprehensive range of lithographic and digital pre-press, printing and finishing, Tewkesbury Printing Company is capable of doing prints runs from just 50 copies to a quarter of a million.

Managing director Peter Siddall founded the business and heads the sales operation whilst his son Andy runs the state-of-the-art printing centre which now operates 24 hours a day.

We are approaching our 31st anniversary and we’re delighted to be celebrating three decades in business in Gloucestershire. Some of our customers have been with us for much of that time. We can only attribute this to us providing a quality product with a competitive edge, giving customers a personal and friendly service and always meeting our deadlines.
Peter Siddall, Managing Director

Tewkesbury Printing Company prints a full range of products including books, brochures, leaflets, technical manuals, directories and company reports as well as business stationery. It also provides a mail out service for the completed product.

And seated in the first floor office of the company as we browse some of the company’s beautifully finished publications it is clear just how important quality and attention to detail are for Peter and Andy Siddall.

“We have some customers who have been with us since we began the company,” said Peter. “And we look after some very good family businesses.”

Post-recession, marketing is now more and more important and Peter says companies want quality printing to showcase their products and services but at the right price.

Tewkesbury Printing Company has three digital presses including the fastest press on the market capable of printing 18,000 sheets an hour, incorporating the latest state of the art German technology together with finishing equipment which gives outstanding results.

The impressive computer-controlled “nerve centre” at the heart of the presses means that the quality of printing is never compromised. And camera recognition technology ensures that as each section of a publication is printed it is always in the right order.

Andy, who joined the business ten years ago and has been production manager for the last 18 months, said: “The printing industry has been through a tough time generally but we have invested heavily in new technology over the last three years and we are now a much stronger company.”

Peter said: “Andy has worked for the firm since he was 16 and is very experienced in the print trade. We are very much a family-run business and we have a loyal and committed team of 25 people. They are fantastic.”

With plenty of space available to expand its production area, Tewkesbury Printing Company is looking forward to an exciting future.

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