Major Investment at Cornwall-Based Printing Company

Major Investment at Cornwall-Based Printing Company

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Nationwide Print in St Austell has announced the arrival of new state of the art presses, laminators and digital printing technology this month, after significant investment in equipment.

The arrival of new machines reflects healthy trade at the Cornish family business, which is an industry-leader in quality, innovation and environmental sustainability.

Managing Director, Julian Hocking, explained the reasons behind the recent purchases, saying: “The new equipment will allow us to continue to exceed the expectations of our clients in terms of quality and efficiency, but it will also help to future-proof the business for some time in a dynamic industry which is always evolving.”

The new kit includes a P8000 Epson for large format posters and banners; the latest in photographic ink jet technology, this machine offers unrivalled coverage, precision, speed and quality.

Nationwide Print clients will also benefit from a new B1 Laminator for longer run printing tasks.

In terms of digital technology, a new Ricoh 7100 press allows Nationwide’s highly qualified technicians to get great results as they work with cutting-edge lasers, premium finishes and new ‘textured media’ to produce light packaging, direct mail, books, brochures and business cards.

A custom-built digital room has been constructed to accommodate this machine alongside the existing Ricoh digital kit, creating a specialist centre for new printing technology.

The company, which has been in Julian’s family since the 1930s, has withstood tough times for the printing industry thanks to constant innovation, investment and a willingness to embrace new technology.

With the rapid rise of digital media, long-run printing jobs using traditional lithograph machines have decreased; those companies that have kept pace have added to their lithograph work with digital presses for shorter print runs, which incorporate the latest software and allow for fast turn-around and high quality finishes.

Nationwide Print is one of the top printing companies of its size in the UK, and won the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) category at the national PrintWeek Awards in 2014.

Julian believes that the future is bright for his family enterprise, saying: “With continued investment in new technology as well as staff training, and our ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability, I believe that Nationwide Print will still be employing local people in skilled jobs for many years to come.”

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