GH Smith & Sons has been managed by six generations of Smith since its foundation in 1866 and is showing no signs of slowing. The 13-staff, Easingwold-based B2 printer mainly does short-run digital magazine work but its owners also edit, print and publish two local newspapers. Co-owner Rupert Smith, who has been with the business for coming up to 30 years, said: “We’re very proud of this achievement but obviously you can’t live in the past so our aim is to carry on for the next 150 years. “We’re not running a PLC, me and my brother Alex are in charge but my father David has taken a bit more of a backseat, although he comes in most days to help out." Alex Smith has been with GH Smith for 20 years and David has been with the business since 1956. click Read More for the rest of the story
By offering a combination of trusted brands, consistent products and OEM partnerships combined with ‘Best in Class’ manufacturing, Flint Group was well positioned at IPEX to help printers extend their printing capability in respect to new substrates and targeting new market sectors.
The XCURA EVO ink series featured heavily during the show. This ink series has been designed to help printers achieve maximum performance from new LED-UV presses and presses that have been retrofitted with a LED-UV curing system.
Following on from IPEX Flint Group is pleased to announce that Fontain, a London based commercial printer, has agreed to Flint Group being the sole supplier of LED-UV ink for its brand new RMGT Ryobi 928P. This four-over-four perfecting press with LED-UV drying was also running live print jobs at IPEX.
Huw Harcombe and Adam Frost, Directors from Fontain commented; “Having been established in London for over 20 years we know what it takes to service the growing needs of the City of London and beyond. The new LED press represents an important part of our overall strategy of ongoing investment to guarantee that our clients always get the best possible print quality and to enhance our eco-friendly printing by further reducing our carbon footprint. The development work and experience in LED UV printing that Flint Group has invested in both people and the XCURA EVO ink and consumables range is clearly demonstrated. We are now looking forward to working with Flint Group to explore new markets and added value printing that LED UV printing can achieve. We are specifically interested in exploring a wider range of printing techniques including the use of opaque white and new substrates that conventional printing would find too challenging.”
The credentials of XCURA EVO were further enhanced by the decision of APEX Digital Graphics, the supplier of the RMGT Ryobi press to Fontain, to run live press demonstrations during IPEX using XCURA EVO as one of the preferred ink products.
Flint Group also announced at IPEX the global launch of Novastar D2000 IML BIO. This technically advanced fast oxidative drying ink series has been designed for in-mould labelling applications and is ideal for printing onto foil and other non-absorbent substrates.
Peter Baird, Flint Group Sheetfed Marketing Director EMEA, commented: “The quality of visitors at IPEX was very good with a wide range of international and UK based enquiries. The show provided an excellent networking opportunity and in this respect the BCF (British Coatings Federation) Ink Pavilion, which we were part of, worked extremely well. We are very excited by the decision of Fontain to use XCURA EVO on its new press, as this clearly recognises the amount of work that has gone into formulating this ink to ensure it meets the needs of the latest LED-UV print technology.”