Best Color Press Ltd. of Vancouver, British Columbia, expanded its trade-printing operation with the installation of a six-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75 with coating and UV capabilities.
The Speedmaster XL 75, running a maximum sheet size of 530 x 750 mm (20.87 x 29.53 inches), reaches production speeds of up to 15,000 sheets per hour with UV production. Best Color, founded in 1989, runs a range of sheetfed presses, as well as prepress and post-press services.
In addition to continuing to run its original single-colour Heidelberg MO for small print jobs, Best Color’s press fleet includes the Speedmaster XL 75; a 10-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster SM 102 perfector; and a 6-colour, 40-inch press also equipped with UV decks.
“Many jobs do not require a 40-inch press; short runs, 6-page brochures, presentation folders, etcetera,” says Best Color CEO Sunny Chan, describing some of his rationale behind installing the 29 ½-inch XL 75. “We can plan jobs more efficiently, which increases productivity. UV print is a very important part of the Vancouver market, so I must have this ability to serve my clients. This press suited all of my needs at this time.”
Chan also points to the XL 75’s flexibility to change sheet size and thickness on a job-by-job basis, which is primarily driven through the press’ new generation Intellistart Operating System. Best Color’s XL 75 also includes Wallscreen and AxisControl systems for automating operator control. The press’ UV system, developed by IST METZ GmbH, features interdeck and end of press curing, allowing Best Color to expand its use of substrates into more plastics and foils.
Employing more than 50 full-time workers, Best Color provides its services primarily to the print community of Greater Vancouver, but also to surrounding areas and south into the United States. “I offer good service, good quality and timely delivery to my clients. As a result of this many of my daily print runs are from repeat clients. That tells me I am doing something right,” says Chan. “We don’t advertise in traditional ways, and you won’t find me on Twitter, but we grow and put the equipment in our plant that our clients need to be successful.”