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Selsey Press Celebrates 50th Anniversary and adds Morgana DigiFold for Creasing and Folding


Selsey Press Ltd, Chichester, West Sussex, has announced news of an investment in finishing equipment with the purchase of a DigiFold machine from Morgana Systems, the UK's premier manufacturer of post-press equipment for the digital print market. The product represents the most recent purchase by Selsey Press after 18 months of significant investments in pre-press, press and post-press equipment.

Commenting on the combined creasing and folding unit, David Lamdin, a Director of Selsey Press, said: “The combination of creasing and folding thicker stock in one unit is a tremendous time saver for us. The creasing element is an essential step when folding heavier weight stocks. Standard buckle folders are not suited to handling these materials. We had been using a Morgana AutoCreaser and then hand folding sheets – not the most time-efficient of solutions. The new machine will handle this work in one pass, and it will also be able to process the majority of our short-run folding work a lot more effectively than the larger machines.

“The Morgana takes just a minute to set-up on standard sized work, so is quickly into production. Our heavier duty folding equipment can take up to 15 minutes to set-up, which is fine for long runs, but DigiFold wins every time on the shorter run work that is more typical of digital print orders.”

Print at Selsey Press is created via both digital and litho processes, with Xerox digital equipment working alongside Komori five- and Heidelberg six-colour B2 litho equipment. “The new Komori press is capable of keeping up with digital in terms of getting jobs ready for print quickly. Make-ready on the latest model is down to just four-and-a-half minutes, which is tremendously competitive,” added David.

Selsey Press is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, having been established back in 1963, by David’s grandfather. Having previously owned a print business in London, he moved out to the delights of West Sussex and started a new company with his son Derrick as managing director. He carried on working at the company on a daily basis until after his 95th birthday. Five of his family members are currently involved in running the business of 24 staff.

The company now operates from a purpose-built factory near Chichester, West Sussex.  Starting from concept and design, through pre-press to printing via litho or digital, finishing and binding, to packing and mailing, Selsey Press provides the complete package.

An in-depth knowledge of the printing process ensures that digital output – both small and large format – is created to a standard that closely matches the company’s litho production, with both being produced to ISO12647-2 standards.

Commenting on the 50th anniversary of the business, David Lamdin said: “I’m proud to say that my family has run Selsey Press since it was formed in 1963. The family connection with printing actually goes back to 1925, resulting in over 80 years of industry knowledge and understanding. Much has changed since then, of course, but the expertise gained over the years provides a solid foundation to build on the skills used in the way the company still works today.”

Speaking about the installation at Selsey Press, Ray Hillhouse, Sales Manager for Morgana Systems, said: “DigiFold is the ideal product for companies needing to fold heavier weight stocks. Buckle fold devices are great for papers, but will always struggle to fold heavier weight stocks due to the design of the product. For work produced on card printers will benefit significantly from the unique creasing and knife folding solution offered by Morgana’s DigiFold.”

The DigiFold has been one of Morgana’s best selling products since it was first introduced in 2001. Over 1,000 units were sold before the 5000P model was introduced at Drupa 2008. Offering greatly increased speed this model sold nearly 500 units in its first two years, illustrating the need for a fast, accurate creaser/folder. Despite all the efforts of competitor companies, DigiFold is still the market leader and the product of choice for many digital printing professionals.

For more information on Selsey Press visit the company web site at www.selseypress.co.uk or call 01243 605 234.

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