Harrogate-based print business, Platinum, has made a further investment in plant at its Hookstone Park premises bringing its total investment this year to over £1,000,000 as well as adding to the staff with a new apprentice.
The firm’s latest investment in technology is in a Horizon B2+ fully automated folder with a reversible mobile knife unit from Intelligent Finishing Systems.
This purchase follows the commissioning of the UK’s first four-colour Komori Lithrone S429 with H-UV drying technology.
Managing director Mark Plummer said: “Our existing folding system was inefficient and, without a doubt, the new folder has improved our productivity and allowed us to reduce clients’ direct mail costs as we can now endorse fold booklets.”
The firm’s latest recruit is apprentice Macauley Morphet who is sixteen years old and has just completed his GCSEs at Harrogate High School.
He is doing a two year apprenticeship in intermediate print finishing.
Leeds City College are running the workplace training course and he will be learning to work in the finishing and mailing departments running envelope insertion, tabbing, booklet-making, folding, packing and some computer inputting. The firm has other vacancies as it seeks to expand the workforce.
Mark Plummer said: “We are planning a further investment of £400,000 in the next twelve months as we consider further digital and automated cutting technology.
“We are totally focussed on maintaining our competitive edge through modern efficient equipment and maintaining a well-trained dedicated workforce.
“We can now add value in many more ways and that means we can expand our services and create a stronger relationship with our customers and secure the future of the business.
“We are at the cutting edge of the industry with some of the most advanced equipment available and a range of services and quality that cannot be matched under one roof.”