Paper prices are rising again this month

Print-Leeds managing director, Rod Fisher.

Paper prices are set to rise again this month (October) with some suppliers informing customers of increases of up to 8%. The soaring price of pulp is mainly to blame for the fourth increase this year.  This is not just an increase for the UK but Europe wide as the demand for pulp increases.

The products that are mainly affected include woodfree coated and uncoated grades in sheets, reels and cut sizes, board and speciality products, plus some office paper.

Print-Leeds’ managing director, Rod Fisher said: “There is not much we can do about the situation as we can’t control it but I, like all other printers, am not happy about the increases.  As a firm we are continually testing new materials and suggesting new methods of production to customers. We are also pushing our procurement department for a hold or more competitive prices from other suppliers which has worked well for digital print but for wet glue labels there are so few suppliers of the materials we use. It is a sad fact that everything is going up and the uncertainty over the deal for Brexit is exacerbating this. We are defiantly working our hardest to be competitive and efficient.”

The BPIF’s latest Printing Outlook which was published in August showed that 62% of people who took the survey stated that board and paper pricing is a major business concern. This is a 30% rise from the study published in May 2017.

Rod Fisher added: “We are in constant dialogue with the mills and merchants to ensure we are fully informed of any new developments or methods to maximise production and keep waste to a minimum. Keeping ahead of the game means we can react better as a business.”

Mason rides again

Paul Mason competing in the Cheshire 100

For the second year running, label sales executive, Paul Mason has completed the Cheshire 100 cycle sportive. Starting at Arley Hall near Knutsford, the course was a repeat of the previous year, over the flat Cheshire plain then up into the foothills around Macclesfield Forest.

Some challenging weather conditions saw thick mist and slippery roads on the higher ground and it was a case of controlled braking during the descents. All was well though and conditions turned to warm sunshine for the rest of the ride back out to the finish.

Several months of rigorous training prior to the event saw Paul complete the 100 miles (including 3,680ft of climbs) in 6 hours and 21 minutes, a full 25 minutes quicker than last year. Congratulations Paul!

We’re recruiting!

We’re on the lookout for an exceptional digital print sales executive with an established list of clients and connections to enhance our already busy digital printing department. The right candidate will be experienced in selling all types of quality short run digital print – e.g. banners, POS, large format, vinyl stickers, paper posters, kiss-cut stickers, vinyl lettering, decals, Correx and Foamex panels, canvasses, posters, exhibition displays, signage, stationery and general promotional print.

Competitive salary plus car allowance, 25 days holiday and pension.

If you’re interested please email your CV to isobel@printleeds.co.uk
NO AGENCIES, thank you.

Print-Leeds director completes Yorkshire Tough Mudder

A member of our management team completed the Yorkshire Tough Mudder on Sunday 29 July 2018 as part of a team from her local gym.

This is Isobel Hainsworth-Brear’s second Tough Mudder and this time her team, Hollins Heroes, completed the course in 3 hours 15 minutes. The event was held at Broughton Hall in Skipton and was 10 miles of undulating mixed terrain, interspersed with 20 very muddy and wet obstacles. The extremes of the course were not helped by the driving rain.

Isobel said: “It’s a great event that tests your fitness, courage and stamina. We completed the course as a team which is excellent for team building and friendship. The whole ethos of Tough Mudder is about helping all the other Mudders you meet on the course – there is great camaraderie and Tough Mudder is great at building a community.”

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 www.agfagraphics.co.uk.

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, thebusinessdesk.com

 

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
Bramley
Leeds LS13 4NE

Tel: 0113 290 0340

sales@printleeds.co.uk

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.