Investment during 2012 continues at Fretwell’s as we install a brand new Heidelberg Stahl TH66 folding machine. At the same time we have taken delivery of our second Konica Minolta BizHub Pro high speed laser printer in our Direct Mail department.
The new folding machine increases our capacity significantly and enables us to relocate an existing folding machine into our DM department. The BizHub laser more than doubles our laser printing capacity and also comes with the ability to merge and fold up to 5 personalised pieces. In total the investment is somewhere in the region of £150,000 and keeps Fretwell Print & Direct Mail at the cutting edge in the industry.
2012 also sees a major step forward with our business as we exceed £5 million turnover for the first time. Our growth has been totally organic as we develop ongoing relationships with many of our blue-chip clients, as well as intorducing significant new business in both the UK and Republic of Ireland.
During September 2011 we move into Digital Print with the installation of a brand new Ricoh Pro C651EX SRA3 four colour digital press. The investment worth around £100,000 has been bought outright by the business as it expands its print and direct mail offering to clients. Our new investment will print static and variable text and images up to 65 pages per minute. It brings greater flexibilty to the business and allows clients to benefit from colour personalisation.
This investment closely follows the recent installation and £70k Investment in a new Polar115X Plus Guillotine to speed up the process of delivering quality products at Fretwell Print & Direct Mail. The Polar 115X Plus is the first installation in the UK of this product. Installed by Heidelberg UK during late July it will bring a 30 – 50% increase in guillotined products through the shop floor.