Company invests in cutting-edge printer

2014-08-12 00:00

CPW Printers, a company that next year will celebrate its 100th year in Pietermaritzburg, has invested more than R10 million in a new printer.

Mark Backhouse, director of the family-owned commercial printing business, said they first considered buying a new colour press in 2012 when they were at the Drupa printing exhibition in Germany. About 18 months was spent investigating different printing press suppliers.

CPW had started out with a relatively small Heidelberg colour press. Then it expanded by getting in a colour press capable of A2 page printing.

“We were told we might not be doing the right thing at that time, but the colour market just grew. Now we are going a step further with the new press,” he said.

The printing press, bought from Komori in Japan, is the first of its kind in Africa in terms of the latest technology.

It operates faster, it prints on different substrates, the colour is more vibrant, the set-up time is faster and it cures ink in an instant, eliminating smudging. It also uses less electricity.

The new equipment would also enable the firm to enter other printing markets, he said.

CPW employs about 50 people at its plant in Langalibalele Street.

Backhouse said the staff were committed to giving service to customers “at a moment’s notice”. He said an indication of the commitment and loyalty of the staff was the fact that the average term of employment was probably around 25 years.

Backhouse said a key to the success of the company over the years has been the strategy of investing in new technology and in areas where it saw weaknesses in the business.

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