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Solopress acquires two new Anapurna printers

Solopress acquires two new Anapurna printers

Solopress has become the latest new customer for Agfa UK, investing in two new Agfa Anapurna hybrid UV LED printers to satisfy its rapidly growing wide format division.

The Anapurna H2500i LED systems were installed just four weeks ago and have since been running 24 hours a day, six days a week, helping to satisfy an increased level of orders during May. The new 2.5m wide hybrid engines not only print at twice the speed of the printers they replaced, the cost of ink has also been halved due to Agfa’s unique Thin Ink Layer Technology. In addition, the printers have also enabled Solopress to offer rigid print products on its competitive next day delivery promise.

Simon Cooper, the Managing Director of Solopress, who joined the company at the beginning of this year, said: “We are in a strong growth phase in wide format, where we are seeing 35-40 percent growth, year on year.

“We were looking at the next step on our wide format journey and the Agfa Anapurna is quite uniquely positioned as an affordable quality hybrid, thus enabling us to acquire two machines and massively increase our capacity.  It may be early days, but the quality of the output has surpassed our expectations and the near-seamless installation and training meant we were up and running in just a few days. We have been very impressed with both the service from Agfa and the product performance. It’s been a positive experience so far from a new supplier to the business.”

Solopress, which became part of Onlineprinters, a German Group with sales in excess of €200 million pa, two years ago, is based on a 100,000 sq ft site in Southend-on-Sea and employs 270 people.

The company is 20 years old this year and started, as its name implies, as a one-man, one press set-up. A key turning point for the business came in 2005 when it began to offer an online platform, which has helped it to grow sales exponentially. It now enjoys a turnover of over £30 million a year, with a large proportion of orders coming via its online portal. It uses an impressive line-up of eight offset presses, nine digital presses and a total of five wide format printers to deliver a next day delivery service on a wide variety of litho, digital and wide format products.

Simon concluded: “We have a loyal customer base that appears to be happy to work with us and most of our growth is now coming from new products. The Agfa printers couldn’t have come at a better time, as we certainly would not have coped with the influx of orders received in May without them.”

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