Established in 1870, Manchester based commercial printer Galloways has installed an automated Stahlfolder TH 56 that, thanks to its ability to offer pharmaceutical and healthcare folded leaflets, has enhanced the services the firm can offer its existing clients and create opportunities for growth in new areas.
Automation has taken a lot of the makeready cost out of the folding process and, since installation at the start of the summer, the company has seen makeready times reduced from an average of 35 minutes (and some complex jobs were taking over two hours) to under 15 minutes.
In its first month it has handled several small runs but also an unusual 1.2 million gatefold leaflet order when the Stahlfolder TH56 ran at 24,000 per hour for 50 hours.
According to Matt Galloway, director and sixth generation of the family business, the job simply wouldn’t have been commercially viable with the company’s previous set up and would have strangled the department.
“The new folding machine has given us the ability to produce more efficiently so this was a very good test for the machine,” he says.
Mr. Galloway recognises that customers want work that stands out and that can be down to printing but also finishing and it sees the new folding options as an advantage for the more creative print buyers.
“The printing industry is ever changing and we are determined to have the right foundations in place to handle the demands of our clients and to foster growth over the coming years,” he says. “We are undertaking assessments of the work we produce and analysing efficiency from prepress through to finishing. By doing this we can make the right buying decisions and ensure we serve our customers well moving forward.”