Dorset-Based Printer Enhances Green Credentials by Investing in a State-of-the-Art Printing Press

United Kingdom, Blackmore | Lithrone GL540

From left-right: Blackmore Directors: Andrew Robbins, Managing Director; Simon West, Commercial Director; Nigel Hunt, Production Director with the new Komori GL40 print press.

Shaftesbury-based printer, Blackmore, has added to its range of environmentally friendly print equipment by investing over £1.5m in a brand new, state-of-the-art print press, the Komori GL540. The print press promotes green printing by reducing consumable and energy usage and lowering the carbon footprint of print. With a printing speed of up to 16,500 sheets per hour, the machine combines high-performance green printing with increased capacity for brochures, packaging, magazines and much more.

95% of the environmental impact of a press takes place during the usage stage. During the critical stage, this press achieves a minimal impact by saving energy and resources through shorter ‘make ready’ time, minimal paper waste, and reducing harmful chemical substances.

Andrew Robbins, Managing Director of Blackmore said “Everything we do at Blackmore is underpinned by our ethos to limit any impact on the environment. We make sure that greener print comes as standard for all our client print projects. So, it was really important for us to select a print press with excellent ‘green’ credentials. The press can print using either conventional vegetable-based inks or ozone-free UV inks; it has a reduced power consumption, reduced CO2 emissions, and reduced paper and ink consumption, whilst keeping VOC emissions low.”

Andrew goes on to say “It is also a very flexible machine, as it can print on a range of materials from lightweight paper to craft boards for packaging such as mailing boxes or company folders. It can also handle a variety of sizes from business cards right up to B1 size, ideal for posters and signs. It has 5 print units (including UV white inks) and can apply a range of decorative coatings and spot UV varnishes to highlight elements of the design, taking our client print projects to the next level.”

Formed in 1900, Blackmore has carved out a reputation as one of the UK’s leading green printers, winning several awards (including the Kodak Green Leaf Award) for its environmental credentials and also holds the ISO:14001 environmental certificate.  Blackmore works with a broad range of clients from large corporate companies and world-renowned charitable organisations to local, small-scale businesses.  Blackmore is also working with local businesses for its new on-demand packaging print service.

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