Central Foiling adds laminating to portfolio

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Central Foiling has rounded off a £170,000 investment with the purchase of a laminator to bring more work in-house. Founder Jamie Boland said: “We wanted to add lamination to the processes we can complete in-house. Before we were sending out work or turning it down.”The Birmingham business he launched 15 years ago chose the DigiFav-B2  from Terry Cooper Services, following extensive building work including adding a new mezzanine floor.The 30mpm  DigiFav-B2  has a touchscreen, fast film-reel loading, automatic temperature balance and intuitive device adjustments designed to support quick-change overs.The laminator joins existing equipment including two Saroglia foil blockers and two Heidelberg platens.Central Foiling specialises in foil blocking, die-cutting and other bespoke work to the print and design industry. There are 10 employees at the £400,000-turnover firm.Boland added the mezzanine to increase floor space and house the new laminator for multi-process jobs; two-colour foil blocking, three-colour foil blocking and die-cutting.The new DigiFav-B2 Pro cost about £30,000 and the mezzanine £20,000. A further £120,000 was spent on the second Saroglia foil blocker, which was installed a year ago.“We wanted more capacity. If a 5,000-run job comes in needing three colours on the cover and then has to be duplexed, a little job becomes a big one because foil-blocking isn’t the fastest process.If you only have one B2 machine it becomes a problem as jobs start backing up while we wait for equipment to come free.”He continued: “Adding the mezzanine enables us to spread some of the processes out and open up more floor space. It also streamlines the workflow and makes planning a lot easier.”Boland liked the DigiFav-B2  because it was a substantially built system with a compact footprint.“We have had no problems with it and recently put a 1,000-run job on it which was then foiled. This took five hours whereas previously it would have taken at least three days.”