FastAnt Marketing Materials Management, the fulfilment arm of leading Leicestershire printer Taylor Bloxham, has installed a HP FB7600 flatbed inkjet press and Kongsberg XP cutting table as part of its continued expansion into large-format display printing. The investment is designed to enable FastAnt to offer a complete design to fulfilment service to the retail, events management and bespoke packaging markets.
The investment follows 14 months that have seen FastAnt Instore - FastAnt’s dedicated POS brand - grow from zero to around £1.4m. Increasing volumes have led to the company requiring its own equipment to bring previously outsourced production back in-house.
The company already has an HP5000 Indigo press on its Leicester site, which will make for easier staff integration with the company’s new equipment. A new Buhrs 300 enclosing machine will replace smaller less automated systems to create space for the point-of-sale investment.
FastAnt managing director Matthew Wennington said: “The new equipment investment means that we now have the ability to completely control campaigns for our customers as we can provide in-house the design, planning, production and fulfilment that will result in shorter lead times and eliminate cost. By partnering with FastAnt, customers can be assured that their campaigns will be effectively managed from start to finish.”
The move is also planned to bring the print and fulfilment sides of the businesses closer together to provide customers with a true single source production route for complete marketing campaigns.
The FB7600 is a six-colour press running with UV inks and able to print at 500m2/hr printing from rigid materials 2mm high to 120gsm papers.