Print-Leeds signs a five year deal with Agfa

Print Leeds has praised Agfa’s proactive approach and rewarded their patience by
signing a new five-year plate contract and investing in Agfa’s Arkana plate processor
and wide format Asanti workflow for their business.

Print Leeds Operations Director, Paul Fisher, said “I felt there was more synergy moving forward
with Agfa and have been impressed by their product innovations over the years. Whilst they have
never directly supplied Print Leeds before, they have proactively kept us aware of their

developments over a sustained period of time, giving me the confidence to make the move when
the time was right.”

The timing came when Print Leeds were planning the move to new premises, the old Drawn Metal
site in Bramley Leeds, four times the size of their old facility. They had invested in another
Heidelberg XL106-7 seven colour press, so they went in search of a new plate deal to satisfy their
increasing orders. A new environmentally friendly processor was also required and as the Agfa
Arkana offered such a light footprint, using a bath with just 15 litres capacity, Print Leeds felt it
would help with their retention of ISO14000, where a year on year reduction on environmental
impact is required. The deal was finally clinched by Agfa’s unique Asanti workflow, offering an
advanced, but easy to use workflow solution for the businesses wide-format department.

The Asanti production upgraded their workflow technology and whilst it was originally designed to
be used with Agfa output engines, the Asanti’s flexibility facilitates the driving of third party
engines either direct or by using a generic output.

Print Leeds, established in 2002, moved into a new four-acre site just two months ago and whilst
work is still underway modernising the facility, it offers plenty of room for growth over its four
industrial buildings. Investing in the business and new technology is nothing new to Print Leeds,
Managing Director Rod Fisher, who started his career in reprographics, bought his first Heidelberg
press in 2002. He purchased a further business, that specialised in labels, a few years later and
now his business has 39 employees, three print divisions: Labels, Litho UV on to plastics and Wide
Format Digital and boasts a £5m turnover.

The company’s new 5-year deal with Agfa is fundamentally based around printing plates. They use
an estimated 11,000 square meters per annum, which is set to grow with their additional
Heidelberg press and they selected to use the Agfa Energy Elite Eco Plates known for their longrun
performance. These plates are an advanced and robust no-bake thermal printing plate for
high-end, high-performance commercial, packaging and UV printing.

The Agfa Arkana processor, perfectly complements their Energy Elite Eco printing plate. It offers
consistent quality plate processing with minimal chemistry usage and maintenance, allowing
printers to further reduce their Eco footprint. Maximum throughput even on Very Large Format
(VLF) CtP lines makes it the perfect match for high production and heavy-duty environments.

Arkana (a product of Agfa’s ECO3 principle of Ecology, Economy and Extra Convenience)
incorporates a small developer tank, drastically lowering replenishment rates and considerably
reducing chemical consumption. It features the Agfa patented gum cascade technology in which
the gum both cleans the plate and protects it with a finishing layer. The process eliminates the
need for rinsing water so all in all it produces up to 50% less collectable waste than similar
products. Its long bath life reduces maintenance frequency, while the clean chemistry technology
used in the system reduces maintenance time.

The Agfa Asanti was purchased as a completely automated production hub for the company’s, non
Agfa, wide format printer. It features Agfa’s award-winning colour management solution and
integrates with the latest version of Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) enabling highly specific
functionalities (like nesting, see-through concept, proofing support) together with fast, automatic
pre-flighting. It avoids errors, minimises manual interventions, shortens pre-press procedures and
simplifies the entire printing process.

Owner Rod Fisher concludes “The deal with Agfa has been part of our £5m investment in new
premises during late 2017. The plate price obviously had to be right and the product exceed our
expectations, but knowing that AGFA is a well established brand in the industry, with trusted
relationships, gave us the confidence to change.“

Agfa Graphics is a global solution provider to the printing industry, employing over 4000 people.
They supply an extensive range of prepress solutions, including hardware, software and
consumables to commercial, display, newspaper and packaging printers. Their UK offices are in
Brentford and Leeds. Details at

Read this story in Print Week , Print Monthly and on the Agfa Graphics website.

Print-Leeds makes move to double production

Specialist printing company Print-Leeds has moved premises in the first part of the company’s expansion and £5m investment plan which will double its production capability.

The company has moved to a new four acre site in Bramley, Leeds half a mile from its original premises in Pudsey. The new site comprises of two 30,000 sq ft units, one of which Print-Leeds will fully occupy by the end of this year.

The office, production facilities and the digital division have already moved and the company’s current Heidelberg 7-colour litho press is due to be dismantled and moved during the Christmas break.

Print-Leeds prides itself on being one of the most technically advanced printers in the UK, constantly investing in new machinery to open up new markets and better serve its clients. The company acquired a wet glue label printer five years ago which trebled its turnover.

The company has ordered a new Heidelberg XL106 7-colour with coater which will be installed alongside the existing press and both will be up and running for the first week in January. This will give the firm double the production capacity, streamline production, provide greater flexibility and will bring the all-important contingency option in-house for the production of wet glue labels, composite tube wraps, litho box laminates and all the litho plastics work.

This is a £5m investment for Print-Leeds and another milestone in the company’s long history.

Rod Fisher, managing director of Print-Leeds said: “It is the wet glue label division that has spearheaded this expansion programme as demand rises for this type of printing. Despite extending our previous premises when we acquired S&C Labels we have outgrown the building and its production capability. Tanda Works gives us a lot of options: room for two presses, a newly housed digital division, a specific finishing department, paper storage and we will be able to add a PSL line. Its exciting times.”

Property consultant Eddisons has completed on the sale of Print-Leeds’ old premises and the purchase of the new, with a combined sale price of £2.8m.

Steven Jones, director of agency at Eddisons, said: “We are seeing an escalating demand for quality industrial space in the right location and it was satisfying to be able to assist a local Leeds business in both selling their existing premises and relocating to a great new site.”

He added: “The new Print-Leeds site has two units and the neighbouring Anchor Works on Swinnow Lane will be available for any 30,000 sq ft occupiers looking for freehold or leasehold premises.”

Eddisons has seen a recent influx of new freehold sales instructions in Leeds. Mr Jones continued: “There is particularly good demand in the market currently. Yet again we expect to see all vacant possession opportunities being snapped up in the short term due to the lack of development and supply in the market.”

Read all about us in the news in Labels & Labeling,  Bdaily,


Print-Leeds is on the move

We’re moving premises on Friday 8th September which may cause some inconvenience to our clients as our phone lines and email will be down for a short period of time. Please use our mobiles in the interim:-

Rod Fisher, Managing Director – 07712 783942

Paul Fisher, Operations Director – 07946 235413

Simon Wiggington, Production Manager – 07919 370353

Darren Holmes, Account Manager Plastics Sales – 07712 783944

Paul Mason, Account Manager Label Sales – 07713 477881

Nicole Mortimer, Account Manager Digital Sales – 07540 689139

Richard Tandy, Account Manager Digital Sales – 07802 322924

Isobel Hainsworth-Brear, Market Director – 07947 000497

As of Monday 11 September our new address will be:-

Tanda Works
Swinnow Lane
Leeds LS13 4NE

Tel: 0113 290 0340

Print-Leeds invests in DYSS cutter

Read all about our latest investment in a DYSS X7 Digital Cutter in Print Week and Large Format Review

Mason takes up the Sir Chris Hoy cycle challenge

Paul Mason, who manages our label sales, is into his cycling in his spare time. On the 2 July, Paul took part in the annual HOY 100 sportive starting from Arley Hall in Cheshire where he and over 700 other cycling enthusiasts joined Sir Chris Hoy on a 100km or 100 mile courses. Paul took up the challenge of the 100 mile ride.

With Sir Chris being based in Cheshire these days, the courses were designed with his input and gave cyclists a chance to ride some of the Olympic track star’s favourite cycling roads. The rides offered a real mixture of terrain, from the flat country lanes on the Cheshire Plains to some challenging climbs on the edge of the Peak District.

Starting from the grounds of the Arley Hall Estate, the 100 mile route is longer and more challenging – taking riders to the more demanding terrain on the edge of the Peak District. There was a chance for the cyclists to test their legs with a climb through Macclesfield Forest before heading back past Alderley Edge, and then a relatively fast and flat run in across the Cheshire Plains to the finish.

Paul completed the ride in 6 hours and 46 minutes and once he’d recovered from being saddle sore he completed the 100km route two weeks later “just for the hell of it!”

New team member rides in Pink Ribbon Tour

One of our newest members of the team, Isobel Hainsworth-Brear, took part in the Pink Ribbon tour in London last weekend with a group of friends raising over £500 for Breast Cancer Care.  The ride was 25km long representing 25 years of Breast Cancer Care.  For 25 years the Pink Ribbon has been a symbol of hope, strength and unity for everyone affected by breast cancer.

Almost 1,000 women (many wearing pink) cycled 25km through central London in celebration of the Pink Ribbon on the morning of The Women’s Tour final track.

The riders were cheered on by supporters including the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and Denise Lewis, the 2000 Olympic heptathlon champion. The Mayor even gave a “high 5” to some of the cyclists and shouted “good luck” to Isobel as she began her ride.

Print-Leeds strengthens team with three new appointments

New recruits: L-R Richard Tandy, Isobel Hainsworth-Brear and Adam Rider

Specialist printing house Print-Leeds has strengthened its digital print and management team with three new appointments bringing the total number of staff to 39.

Richard Tandy and Adam Rider have joined the digital print team – Richard as an Account Manager in Digital Sales and Adam as a Digital Print Operator.  Isobel Hainsworth-Brear has joined the management team as a Director.

Richard Tandy joined Print-Leeds from Bluetree Design & Print where he managed the POS channel.  At Print-Leeds he is responsible for the sales strategy of the POS division, client liaison and business development, negotiating client contracts, project management and technical reviews.  Richard has worked in the printing industry for 18 years, starting as a trainee estimator.  He has a broad industry knowledge and a wealth of technical experience which is key to keeping on top of all developments in the digital printing industry.

Adam Rider joined the firm from Dominion Digital Print.  He also has 18 years’ experience in the printing industry starting in screen printing, moving to Litho and then Digital.  Adam has extensive experience on a number of different printing machines from a Heidelberg four colour press to a flatbed digital press.  At Print-Leeds, Adam will be operating the Truepress wide-format digital press.

Isobel Hainsworth-Brear has joined Print-Leeds from Deloitte where she was Clients & Markets Lead for Yorkshire and the North East.  She will be heading up the marketing function and working on a number of special projects for the management team.

Rod Fisher, owner and managing director of Print-Leeds said: “The company continues to grow as we find new markets across all the divisions and the addition of highly experienced staff is of great value to us. We are renowned for our high quality digital work and this division is showing strong growth.”

Print-Leeds prides itself on being one of the most technologically advanced printers in the UK.  The digital print facility uses the latest technology and complements the rest of the business, producing large format banners, stickers, kiss-cut stickers, vinyl lettering, decals and canvasses, as well as posters, exhibition displays, signage, stationery and general promotional print.


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Print-Leeds welcomes Northern IBD members to its newly extended factory

Print-Leeds managing director, Rod Fisher.

Print-Leeds managing director, Rod Fisher.

Specialist label, plastics and digital printer, Print-Leeds welcomed nineteen Great Northern Section members of the IBD (Institute of Brewing and Distilling) for an exclusive visit to its state of the art facilities in Leeds.

Eighteen months ago Print-Leeds bought the assets of S&C Labels, a wet glue label producer for the drinks and food industries based in Huddersfield.  Rod Fisher, Print-Leeds’s Managing Director, moved the company and its 27 staff to the Print-Leeds head office and production facility in Stanningley, Leeds at the end of 2012.  The Print-Leeds site has been extended to double its square footage to 19,000 sq ft and a new Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 102-7+L with Inpress Control was installed and put in production in January 2013, making it the most technologically advanced printer in the UK.

Rod Fisher, Managing Director said: “It’s been a very exciting 18 months since we created a label printing division.  The plastics and digital divisions remain steady but the introduction of label printing has significantly increased our turnover.

“The IBD visit has been a coup for us – a great chance to meet more local brewers and show off our new press and facilities.  This is the first event we’ve held since all the building work was finished.”

The new press has doubled the company’s production capacity because of its increased speed and reduced make-ready times.  The Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 102-7+L with Inpress Control will be 80% used for the labels work but will also handle the Print-Leeds’ plastics printing, primarily POS and promotional work. The average run for the labels business is 20,000 sheets, much of the work for the beer, water and food industries but the company has recently picked up orders for composite can wraps. The plastics orders tend to be much shorter, averaging about 1,000 and frequently include lenticular work. Previously Print-Leeds used B2 technology so the new press enables them to handle larger B1 sheets.

Print-Leeds prints labels for most of the household name brewers and the IBD members were keen to see how label production works from order to printing, and finishing to dispatch.

The IBD visitors were given a tour of the factory, a short talk on label printing by Paul Mason, label sales manager, which included Inpress Control the technology that automatically measures and controls colour and register on the fly and at any speed, the foiling machine and the finishing department.

Graeme Hall, chairman of the IBD Great Northern Section said: “Print-Leeds has a fantastic new facility with a state of the art press that can produce high quality wet glue labels. This is why we used them for printing our wet glue labels at Frederic Robinsons. The feedback from our members is that it was a very interesting visit which gave a superb insight into the world of printing beer bottle labels.”

Have a heart for Darren

Darren’s epic walk from London to Brighton has been mentioned in Packaging News.  He has raised £1400 for the British Heart Foundation so far and there is still more money due.  Great work!

Print-Leeds for your print needs

Read our latest news…in this edition of our newsletter we cover:

Our new B1 Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 102-7+L with impress control;

Printing composite can wraps;

High quality, large format signage and POS;

Printing on clear plastic; and

Metallized paper and mirri board.

Click on the link to read all about it.