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Commercial print shops reap cost and production benefits of CutStar sheeter from Heidelberg

  • 300th CutStar goes to UK print shop Stephens & George
  • Reel stock costs around seven percent less than sheet stock on average
  • Sheeter processes wide range of paper grammages and thinnest of foils

Welsh print shop Stephens & George is the proud owner of the 300th CutStar sheeter from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). The sheeter was delivered to the company's Merthyr Tydfil branch together with a Speedmaster XL 106 eight-color perfecting press. Heidelberg launched the CutStar at drupa 2000 and introduced further developments adapting the sheeter to the new press design at drupa 2012. "We purchased our first CutStar in 2003 and have bought nine others since then," says Andrew Jones, Managing Director of Stephens & George. "With the new machine, our pressroom now has four Speedmaster XL 106 long perfecting presses with CutStar and a Speedmaster XL 105-5+L. To optimize productivity, three of the presses operate at 18,000 sheets per hour," he adds. Founded 103 years ago, Stephens & George has 230 employees and generates sales of 25 million pounds (around 37 million dollars). Magazines and other regular orders account for 40 percent each of production, with standard commercial work making up the rest. "The main benefit of the CutStar as far as we're concerned is that reel stock costs less than sheets of paper. The variable cutoff length optimizes paper usage and increasing the machines' capacity utilization also cuts productions costs," stresses Jones. "A Speedmaster XL 106 with a printing speed of 18,000 sheets per hour equipped with CutStar, Prinect Inpress Control color measuring system, and AutoPlate XL simultaneous plate changer boosts our capacity by up to 30 percent," he reveals.



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