More than £125,000 has been invested by the DCB group into its print on demand company Aspen to increase production and benefit the environment.
The group, based on Trafford Park, celebrates its tenth anniversary this year and says the investment has already started to pay for itself.
A new Morgana 300XL PUR binder enables the company to bind books quickly efficiently and on site for the first time. It can bind 300 books per hour and is easy to use, even by non-specialised personnel, via a touch screen panel with icon graphics that allow the programming of all precision operations in just a few seconds, including startup and shutdown.
Kevin Hart, production director at Aspen explained, it gives the company the opportunity to do everything under the same roof.
“It has made a massive difference. We deal with all of JCB’s books and we have never let them down on delivery and this has helped us to maintain our 100% record on customer satisfaction by bringing everything in-house.”
DCB is also now producing Timpsons dry cleaning books using the same equipment.
“The PUR binder has already paid for itself. We have started doing all Timpsons dry cleaning books for them and they invested in £110,000 of business with us. We hope this will now be a year on year thing.”
Printing mesh and pull-up banners has also been made a lot more efficient thanks to a new OCE Colorado 1640 Wide Format Printer.
“We look at speed, production and cost. Looking at all three elements this is the best machine out there.”
It has also enabled DCB to retain its commitment to environmentally friendly working practices.
“It was a no-brainer because we have taken out four machines and hugely reduced our carbon footprint by replacing them with this one machine.”
It also helps the company to reduce the cost of producing business cards as it has an automated cutting system.
What used to be a manual job by guillotine on a separate machine is now done at the click of a button.
Kevin added: “We only bring the machines in when we have reached the level of work for them and these investments are already paying for themselves.”