Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd’s AccurioPress C14000 professional print solution is helping Spingold Design & Print Ltd meet increasing demand from online orders, especially for its highly successful niche bespoke playing and gaming cards. Working closely with its specialist professional print partner ASL Group Ltd, Konica Minolta is also delivering Spingold with increased print capacity and speed, along with full professional service and support.
With over 25 years’ experience in the Design, Graphics and Print industry, Suffolk/Essex border based Spingold’s products include business cards, brochures, posters, full exhibition graphics and stands. More recently it has specialised in producing highly personalised playing cards - www.playingcardspersonalised.co.uk – along with the launch of extensive online ordering services for businesses and consumers www.printfromyoursofa.co.uk.
With its incumbent colour print solution nearing end-of-life, Spingold needed to find an excellent quality replacement and therefore turned to ASL Group Ltd, for advice. Spingold was introduced to the benefits of Konica Minolta’s market-leading AccurioPress C14000, with standout features including the long sheet capability, unique three high-capacity vacuum feed stacking trays (that can duplex 900mm and helps with productivity and consistency), and increased speed (up from the previous solution’s 70 ppm to 140 ppm).
Paul Stead, Sales at ASL Group Ltd commented, “Konica Minolta is the first manufacturer to offer a set of three paper draws that will hold up to 900 mm – you can effectively have three long sheet substrates in there. With the combination of impressive speeds, attractive service costs and extensive long sheet feed capacity, the AccurioPress C14000 represents an evolution in digital output that fuels productivity increases for businesses like Spingold.”
Ed Oakes, Managing Director of Spingold commented, “Along with the impressive input capacity and assured output quality, the speed was the big difference, as it had the potential to double our capacity.”
ASL Group Ltd and Konica Minolta are also providing expert support including the provision of parts and consumables onsite, to ensure constant availability for servicing and any unexpected needs. Additionally, Konica Minolta will shortly be delivering advanced Operating Training for Spingold’s Production Manager, Chris Hynard, enabling the company to manage more of its own servicing requirements and to further reduce any downtime anxieties.
Spingold is already enjoying the benefits of the AccurioPress C14000. “The increased capacity and speed have been highly beneficial in helping us meet the demands of our customers,” added Ed. “Chris runs four printers and two laminators, so this increase in capacity means he now has more time to attend to all the machines, rather than having to manually supervise printing of large jobs.”
The AccurioPress C14000 is at the centre of Spingold’s investment and ongoing success, as Ed concluded, “I couldn’t be happier with it all. It’s great to be busy, to be able to employ new staff and to keep this talent in the industry. Print is undoubtedly changing; new markets are replacing traditional ones and it is essential to have the right tools and professional support in place as we all adapt.”
Jon Hiscock, Head of Production and Industrial Print at Konica Minolta also commented, “We are delighted that, in conjunction with ASL Group Ltd, Konica Minolta are able to provide our market leading production technologies and support to Spingold and help them continue to grow and evolve as a business delivering highly innovative products.”
For more information on ASL Group Ltd please visit: www.asl-group.co.uk
For more information on Spingold Design & Print Ltd please visit: www.spingold.co.uk