Faster printing at Intrepid

2011-06-01 00:00

WILLOWTON-BASED Intrepid Printers has made yet another multi-million rand investment, with the acquisition of a new binding line.

The investment comes on the heels of Intrepid Printers’ acquisition of a state-of-the-art, German-made KBA eight-colour printing press last year.

Managing director Trevor Cape told The Witness that the new binding line is used for perfect-binding magazines and books.

The new machine installed at the 10 000-square-metre facility is a Kolbus KM600 and has a 70 metre binding line. It can bind 7 000 books or magazines per hour at speed.

“It is a state-of-the-art machine — the latest in South Africa,” Cape said.

The new machine replaces the 15-year-old tren binder, which achieved a top speed of 4 500 books per hour.

The new binding line, said Cape, “is based on vastly improved technology. It is highly computerised and operates off touch-screen controls.”

Cape stressed that the time taken to set up the machine has been vastly reduced, thereby achieving improved efficiency.

“With the old machine set-ups could take as long as one hour, whereas this machine can be set-up in 12 to 15 minutes. “In terms of the industry trends, run-lengths are coming down so set-up times are more important. The machine also has a portal that allows us to communicate with the factory in Germany.”

Intrepid Printers also announced the appointment of former works manager Johnny Singh as production director.

His association with the company dates back to 1987 when he was an apprentice compositor.

Commenting on his appointment to the board, Singh said he believes in hard work, commitment and perseverance.

“My philosophy has been to operate at the level one aspires to be promoted to, which has been the secret to my success.

“But all of this would be in vain if Intrepid was not a 21st century company with benevolent directors to give recognition where it is deserved.

“Intrepid has done a lot in affording me many opportunities to train and develop, sending me to conferences and trade shows in Miami, the UK and Germany, as well as to evaluate cutting-edge equipment in many other countries.

“I am very excited to be appointed to the board and am sincerely honoured that the directors feel that I can make valuable input on the direction of the company,” Singh said.

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