Richmond printers go digital with new press

A Richmond printing business is looking forward to an exciting future after taking delivery of a new piece of kit.

Richmond Print, on the Gallowfields Industrial Estate, has invested in a digital press to complement its offset litho printing press.

The high-tech Xerox Versant digital production press will allow the company to be more competitive and more productive, says the company’s Mark Metcalfe.

He added: “A lot of our work is leaflets. Somebody might come in and want 500 by the end of the week.

“With the litho press it’s just not possible, but with the digital printer we could potentially turn jobs around within the day if someone walked in with their own artwork.”

Printers Mark and Max Binks, who run the business with Mark’s wife Fiona, with the help of apprentice Shae Beetham, started in the industry in the 1980s.

When they began, they used a traditional letterpress machine, before learning offset litho printing techniques.

They still have the original Heidelberg letterpress machine and the equipment still has its uses.

The letterpress is able to handle thick, high-quality card that cannot be used in a digital press, and the company has regular orders to produce bespoke wedding invitations with the relief text that is produced by the press.

“The addition of a digital press means we can compete on another front and will mean our local customers don’t have to go elsewhere for their printing needs,” added Mark.