Hull digital printing firm sees huge production growth after £1.3m expansion
Inside Springfield Solutions' Printworks factory
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 9 Jan 2018
A Hull-based digital printer and brand management company has seen a 25 per cent growth in sales volume after launching its £1.3m Printworks expansion in the city last year.
Springfield Solutions’ significant investment at its headquarters in Thomas Street, east Hull, meant it doubled the size of the digital print operation.
Since the expansion, taking the building from 20,000sq ft to more than 26,000sq ft, the firm has printed 6.9 million metres of labels for the food, pharma, paints and coatings, household and beauty sectors.
The figure represents a 25 per cent increase from the same period the year before, when it printed a total of 5.5 million metres.
Joint managing director Dennis Ebeltoft said the figures demonstrated that the investment was paying dividends, and that the increased print capacity was already converting into revenue.
He said: “PrintWorks involved acquiring a new building, designing the layout to maximise efficiency of our print operation, turning that vision into reality and investing in a new Screen Truepress L350UV ink jet digital press, and new finishing lines from Bridlington company AB Graphics International.
“It was a huge undertaking that took months to complete, and as a result, we’ve only just had chance to analyse exactly how it is performing.
“To see a 25 per cent increase in volume in just over six months is absolutely fantastic. It demonstrates that the investment is already paying dividends, which is paving the way for further investment, and that could be just around the corner.”
On International Print Day in October, the company decided to test the extra capacity as a result of the investment, completely surpassing the 100,000m of labels target they set and achieving just short of 125,000m.
Steve Nix, print operations manager at Springfield Solutions, said the figure demonstrated how far digital print had progressed in recent years.
Mr Nix said: “Digital presses now see 20,000m runs as the normal, when only three years ago this was just a pipe dream. A perfect example of this was in our recent print day when we ran over 124,000m, 100 per cent digital prints in a single double day shift.
“Two years ago, we would have been printing 250,000m across an entire month.
“All this means that we are beginning to challenge litho and flexo in regards to run length, particularly the shorter runs they would usually do, and that is why we have invested so much in PrintWorks, because digital is the future of print and Springfield Solutions is at the forefront of the industry.”
PrintWorks followed three years of growth at Springfield Solutions which saw the business successively break its own records.
In 2014, the company printed more than 100 million labels in a year for the first time and by 2015 this increased to 140 million.
Last year, the company printed more than 175 million labels, and is on track to top that again in 2017.