Heidelberg Speedmaster Investment for Antrim's WG Baird

Heidelber Speedmaster installation WG Baird
The Installation of a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL106-8-P at Northern Ireland printer W&G Baird is currently underway, with the company expecting that the new press will equal the work currently being produced by two ten colour presses, whilst also significantly reducing its carbon footprint.


The new press is part of a Bank of Ireland backed £4m investment programme and will be officially launched by Northern Ireland enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell on the 4th March.

Amongst the features on the XL 106-8-P are the Inpress 2 automatic colour and register control device and the UK’s first Autoplate XL 2, a fully automatic simultaneous plate changer on which the plate cylinder is decoupled from the gear train to perform the plate changing process. At the same time as changing the printing plates it is possible to wash the blankets and impression cylinder.
Other production tools include the latest version Pressroom Manager, a workflow that will link in with Baird’s prepress workflow and in the longer term with the company’s MIS system. An Ink.Trac bulk inking system, has been supplied by Techno Trans and will run with Flint vegetable-based inks.

The decision to buy the Speedmaster XL 106-8-P followed extensive research which included site visits to six existing users. “Each of them told us that they would never buy a press without Inpress Control in future,” says Patrick Moffett, managing director of W&G Baird.

 “With the help of Heidelberg Germany we measured the annual output from our two SM 102 ten-colour presses and then mapped them on to the XL 106 press. The results were extremely impressive. We estimate we will reduce paper usage by 217 tonnes which delivers a reduction in CO₂emissions of 276 tonnes and equates to a saving of around 3,200 trees per year,” says Mr Moffett.
“Energy required to produce the work will be down 18%. This combined with IPA alcohol and ink usage reductions, means that the total annual saving in CO₂emissions on the XL press will be over 350 tonnes.
”All this, along with the quality and consistency of the XL and the strength of Heidelberg’s service offering in Northern Ireland, made the decision to purchase an XL an easy one,”
Mr Moffett concluded.

The press is currently being installed and training undertaken. For WG Baird’s customers this investment will mean even better quality and colour control with no compromise to service levels. W&G Baird supplies sectional work including magazines, books, educational products and commercial work. The company, based in Antrim, has been in business since 1862 and was named 2016 Brochure Printer of the Year in the recent Irish Printer Awards.