State-of-art equipment

2011-08-16 00:00

ESTABLISHED Pietermaritzburg business Kendall & Strachan Printhouse has invested in a state-of-the-art printing press. This enables the business to produce the highest-quality printing, and improves productivity.

Owner Mike Coldbeck told The Witness that the multimillion-rand move brings with it the latest in on-press computer controls, linking and matching the printed image to the electronic file supplied either by the customer or created in the company’s own up-to-date design studio. This eliminates any human error in the colour work being printed.

“Setup time on the press is measured in minutes as opposed to hours on our previous equipment. The number of printed sheets per hour has also doubled. This enables us to print more than 400 000 A4 full-colour sheets in a single shift on this press alone. It’s about providing our clients with a faster turnaround time and providing a vast improvement in quality,” Coldbeck said.

This acquisition follows Kendall & Strachan’s recent relocation to bigger premises in Victoria Road, from Pietermaritz Street, where it was located for 46 years. The new premises offer the business more floor space, off-street customer parking and improved loading facilities.

Coldbeck said the printing industry is in a constant state of evolution, both in terms of customer requirements and the equipment available to satisfy these needs. Kendall & Strachan has evolved with the industry over the past century. The business has been in the Coldbeck family since 1947.

As a family business, there is notable dedication from the staff. Two long-serving members retired in May 2011: Thumba Gounden with 46 years service and Daya Govender with 40 years service.

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