Ballymena printing firm presses button on new hi-tech machinery

Aaron Klewchuk, owner and managing director of Ballymena based Ballyprint

PRINTING firm Ballyprint has scored a Northern Ireland first after investing in Xerox's new Iridesse production press, which is part of an ambitious plan to grow the company following a major investment of £300,000 in new high-end digital printing and finishing equipment.

And the move will see the Ballymena company, established in 2009, add five more employees to its workforce, bringing it to 15.

Aaron Klewchuk, owner and managing director of Ballyprint said; “The Xerox Iridesse is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland and gives customers a multitude of brand-new custom print effects.

"It has the ability to create an iridescent rainbow of metallic hues, mixed metallic with gold or silver, white ink and clear varnish in just one single pass, in fast turnaround times and at a low cost.”

Running alongside the Xerox Iridesse, the firm has also installed a HP Scitex flat bed printer, roll to roll label printing and finishing equipment and a Heidelberg foiling/embossing press as part of the investment.

Aaron added: “This significant investment is a great way to finish off an excellent year for the business. We have made the substantial investments to ensure sustained growth in wide-format printing, label printing and job automation.

“The Iridesse, in printing terms, is the top of its class. It's a game changer as it will allow us to offer a wide variety of print applications, which will give our new and existing customers exciting options with creative papers and embellishments in a cost-efficient way which was very difficult to offer previously.

“We are excited to find out what creative solutions we can offer with this latest technology and what possibilities lie ahead for Ballyprint. We continue to seek out opportunities to grow, while continuing to offer exceptionally high-quality print solutions.”

Ballyprint produces a range of commercial print including brochures, reports, business cards and leaflets, which includes its sister company Perfect Day Print, a bespoke, luxury design and print studio specialising in wedding stationery.

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