Getting ready for our new arrival


By Emma posted May 16th, 2017

Image for website storyIt’s an exciting time at PCP with the building work well under way to extend the sheet fed capacity on Site 1.

Having purchased a new RMGT (Mitsubishi) 1050 Tandem Perfector press to enhance our sheet-fed printing capabilities more floor space was needed.

Andy Millington, Maintenance Manager gives us an update;

“Work to site 1 started at the end of January and was planned for 158 days with a completion date for the project set for 1st September 2017.

“Work began with demolishing the existing fascia, erecting steelworks and completing brickwork for the new fascia, which is now near completion.

“The next phase will be to lay the concrete floor slab, which should be completed by around the end of May and will be followed by finishing of the roof, fascia cladding and adding drainage. Final snagging will then take place ready for handover at around the beginning of June. Once the builder has finished the floor it will be epoxy coated and a number of press services installed prior to the arrival of the press. A new RO unit and new ink system are also being included within the project.

The press is currently at the final build stage in Japan and will be delivered to site on 24th July 2017. We are all very excited about the developments at PCP and the opportunities this new press will bring.”

Alex Evans, Managing Director adds;

“Any press investment is a critical decision for a printer. We wanted to make sure we made the right one. Having made the decision to purchase the Mitsubishi, we are now looking forward to the installation of a very exciting press – we believe that this new machine is unique in our market, and will allow us to provide a whole range of new and exciting products for our customer portfolio. The 4-over-5 configuration, supported by a coating unit, will provide a full UV drying system, with both inter-unit and after coater curing lamps. It will allow for such techniques as drip off varnish for spot and matt UV, metallic inks, and flood UV in one pass. It is the only press of this configuration and specification in Europe and offers PCP a major opportunity to stand out in the magazine covers sector.”

 

Brett Walker at Image Publications answers questions on the importance of Printed Media and why they use PCP


By Emma posted April 28th, 2017

IMAGE magWith Digital technology at the forefront of everyone’s day to day life how important is printed media to you?

 

Printed Media remains very important. While Digital technology continues to grow, print remains vital to securing revenue from advertising. One of our publications, in advertising revenue is up 8% (2015-2016). While another of our publication’s ABC circulation figure is up 5.8% 2015 – 2016, which represents that not only are advertisers still enjoying their product in print, the consumer is still enjoying buying the printed product. However, including digital into the mix, the importance in print is that it offers an additional tool to secure partnerships and vice versa. While digital may create its own revenue, print revenue remains a vital cog in our business

 

Do you think print media captures its audience in the same way digital technology seems to?

 

Digital perhaps captures a broader spectrum of an audience whereas print captures the bona fide audience which is actually interested in the product/industry. There’s a huge difference to someone actually purchasing a magazine to someone browsing the web and clicking through a website. In that context – the magazine purchaser is definitely an interested audience. It is vitally important to our advertisers that we hit this captive market for their product to be seen by the right potential customers.

 

Where do you think Printed Media will be in 10 years time?

 

Print will still be around in 10 years time. I suspect it will flatten out and quite possibly be on a decline, but it will be worked in close conjunction with digital to create one product which has print and digital elements.

 

Do you think special finishes and different printing techniques add value and a more luxurious feel to a printed product will be attractive to more specialist publishers focussing on niche hobbies and products?

 

Certainly. Not only in the niches though, there is something about holding a quality magazine in your hands and flicking through it. From the feel of it, the smell of it and especially the look of if it can give anyone a ‘feel good’ moment. There are definitely opportunities for niches to create a super product to match their industry.

 

And finally why do you choose PCP as a printer?

 

As well as value, we receive efficient, innovative quality work that we can depend on. From Peter in Estimates to James in Commercial through to the final product produced, PCP is as passionate about print as we are.

Celebrating 25 years of ‘Reflections’ with Bannister Publications


By Emma posted April 11th, 2017

Reflections‘Reflections Magazine’ published by our customer Bannister Publications celebrates 25 years of print.

The magazine does exactly what its title says; it reflects on Derbyshire’s heritage, addresses what is happening in the county now and the changes that might take place in the future.

Having printed the magazine for 15 years we celebrated its 25th issue by adding silver to the front cover to make the publication feel extra special.

Mike Snow explains;

“Reaching 25 years in print is a real milestone and we wanted this issue to really stand out and acknowledge this achievement. Our lifestyle magazine boasts quality in its content but also in its look and feel. Print has a tactile quality that digital communication will never achieve.

“The magazine is our focal point for sharing information and is supported with our website and social media platforms.

“We will continue to invest in print working with PCP because they deliver an excellent service, the team are flexible and always helpful and I can confidently say I’ve had no problems at all.”

PCP staff training awards presented …


By Emma posted March 28th, 2017

Staff AwardsOn Thursday 23rd March Precision Colour Printing presented training awards to colleagues, hosted at a ceremony at the Park House Hotel in Shifnal.

A number of colleagues are taking courses run by GB Training and the British Printing Industry Federation whose training co-ordinator Steve Power, said: “We are delighted that PCP recognises the value and importance of the training given to its staff as all concerned will benefit in the long term when completed courses come to fruition.

“These courses give staff members added confidence in their work which eventually results in greater efficiency, less waste and getting the job right first time, thereby encouraging emerging talent to train, develop and prosper within the organisation.”

PCP managing director, Alex Evans, added: “Credit must go to our team who put in so much effort with their studies and relevant training projects, often in their own time, aspiring to achieve accreditation for the different tasks which they perform within the company.

“We currently have over 30 staff members studying a wide variety of disciplines, including team leading, HNC engineering and machine print levels, alongside three apprenticeships.

“I would like to personally thank them for their hard work and achievement in being part of the PCP learning and development success story, which provides us with a multi-skilled and highly talented workforce.”

Pictured are, from left, Alex Evans and Steve Power, with award recipients, Steve Christmas, Hakan Sahin and Jayleigh Price.

Head of Distribution, Gianni Cavalli of City A.M. explains why a printed magazine helped to grow their brand


By Emma posted March 17th, 2017

City AM has always carried a large number of high end brands given the nature of its readersCity A.M. demographic. The cold set print process of the daily newspaper has not always been the best vehicle for a number of these brands and often limited its ability to obtain certain advertising campaigns.

Gianni explains why City A.M. chose a printed magazine to grow their brand.

“City AM launched its first magazine back in 2012 to cater for the needs of these brands and soon found that it was able to grow its own luxury advertising division within its sales department. There are now 4 different luxury magazines that cover Living, Finance, Travel and Fashion printing over 22 combined issues per year.”

As with most publishers City AM is also developing its own digital platforms with a very sophisticated native advertising model that allows brands to run campaigns across all mediums which is absolutely vital in this ever changing market.

Gianni continues

“Print is still the core of the business as it enables City AM to deliver its daily editorial in an accessible format with less intrusive advertising which can often be one of the downsides of a digital medium.”

Peter Helfrich, Senior Sales at PCP comments;

“We’ve worked closely with City A.M. over the last 12 months delivering a flexible service by printing high print runs that need to be turned around quickly and often require last minute changes to pagination. Our USP with City A.M really has to be our binding; we are able to perfect bind as narrow as a 1 mm thick spine, which was an absolute requirement for them.”