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Hans Gronhi press to tackle niche market for Norfolk printer


    • Everett

     

    Four out, one in

    L F Everett and Son of Dereham, Norfolk, has installed a two colour Hans Gronhi GH522NP press from Printers Superstore, following a sale agreed at IPEX. The machine replaces no less than four single colour presses, but according to proprietor Bob Everett, the Gronhi machine has increased capacity, quality and productivity for the company.


  • “Our presses were getting very old and it became apparent that we needed to upgrade with more modern and efficient equipment,” he says. “The Gronhi press is showing us a new way of working – it’s highly automated, much cleaner and far easier than we’re used to. We can produce to a very high standard quickly and efficiently.”

     

    On top form

    L.F. Everett produce a range of general commercial print from business cards to brochures and magazines for businesses both locally and further afield, but Mr Everett says that his company has experienced steady growth in single and two colour business forms work, an area considered unfashionable by some.

    “It’s true that a lot of forms work has gone online and away from print altogether, but there is still a strong demand for physical multipart form sets from a wide range of businesses, from the ‘white van man’ to various kinds of retailers. Our GH522 is equipped with a numbering and perforating unit for this reason.”


    Attracted by the price, convinced by the quality

    When investigating the two colour press market, Mr Everett says he looked at various manufacturers before opting for the Hans Gronhi machine. “The alternatives were very expensive, so we were attracted to Hans Gronhi by the price - but we would never have bought one unless we were convinced by the quality. When we saw the Gronhi machine at Printers Superstore it was obvious that this is a well engineered and substantial piece of kit, incorporating all the latest technology.”


    Straight talking professionalism

    Mr Everett says the personal touch is also very important. “When you’re buying capital equipment you need to be reassured that the people you are buying from are trustworthy and able to provide quality long term support. From the outset we have been impressed with the professional and straight talking attitude we get from everyone at Printers Superstore. The engineer who did the installation and training has been excellent and shown a lot of patience helping an inexperienced operator following the recent retirement of our old press minder.”

    The new press operator in question is Mr Everett’s son, representing the fourth generation in a line of Everetts since the company’s formation in 1936. Despite being a small company with only 3 regular staff, the company offers a comprehensive design and finishing service alongside both litho and digital print at its 3,000sq ft premises. Turnover is in the region of £300,000 per year.



    Picture above taken at Ipex 2014
    L to R:
    Bob Everett, MD, LF Everett
    Arai Liu, Sales Manager European Market, Hans Gronhi
    John Emery, Sales Director, Printers Superstore
    Jonny Everett, Press Operator, LF Everett