Ancient House Press invests in £2.5 Million Komori Ten Colour Perfector.

Ancient House Press, based in Ipswich, is demonstrating its confidence in a competitive marketplace by announcing a multi-million pound investment in the latest generation Komori Lithrone GL40 printing press.

The £2.5 million investment in the Komori Ten Colour GL1040P sheet fed press will enable the company to enhance and strengthen its business for the future, particularly in the production of catalogues, high quality brochures and reports.

The new press offers a portfolio of technology designed to enhance production efficiency, improve print quality and lessen the environmental impact of the process by dramatically reducing make-ready waste. The press is the first in the UK to be specified with the Komori Asynchronous Fully Automatic Plate Changer; it also features the latest generation PDC-SX closed loop spectrophotometer with auto register system and the KHS AI self-learning control system, technologies which combine to enable five minute make-readies.

AHP has also decided to equip the press with a Mabeg reel-sheet device. This provides a perfect fit with its existing two Komori 38S five unit 16-page web presses and demonstrates the partnership between AHP and Komori running both sheet and web technology.

It is anticipated that this latest development will also result in new jobs across all departments at AHP.

Allison Berry, AHP Joint Managing Director said: “We are delighted to announce this latest investment which puts us in an excellent position to continue to provide our existing client base with outstanding quality work, faster and more efficiently, as well as develop new markets which is very exciting.”

“Before making the decision, we looked at a number of manufacturers and carried out various print tests. Our experience with our Komori System 38S webs has been excellent and we have been blown away with the latest Komori sheet fed technology; the quality of print, combined with the efficiency gains are the two main factors our clients require”, added Michael Underdown, AHP Joint Managing Director.

Steve Turner, Director of Sheetfed Sales at Komori UK added: “AHP was extremely thorough in its evaluation of the market place and the decision to invest in the Komori is testimony to the quality and sheer efficiency of this sophisticated Lithrone GL 1040P press.

“I also think that the long term reliability that AHP has experienced from its Komori System 38 web presses and the service support that we provide played a significant role in the decision making process. We are, of course, thrilled that AHP chose to move to a Komori sheet fed press for this important investment, and this will be a flagship installation for us.”

AHP is a family-run business which has been established for over 160 years and employs 105 people. It holds both ISO 14001 accreditation and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Chain of Custody certification.