An amazing performance record has come to light at Leeds family-owned commercial printer Robrook Press...
...it has emerged that one of its four KBA RAPIDA SRO B2 presses is still running at near-factory specification production speeds after 167 million impressions and more than 23 years of service.
Robrook Press was founded by brothers Keith and Tony Middlebrook in 1972 and is now run by the next generation brother and sister team Paul Middlebrook and Sarah Siddle.
Paul explains the history behind the presses. “We bought the first press, a 1988 four colour, after a thorough review of the market. We were very pleased with it and it made sense to follow up that investment with a press the same size, so we added a 1989 model. When we needed to expand capacity further we sourced two 1990 RAPIDA SROs – so now we have three four-colours and a two-colour.
“Having the same presses meant we only needed one size of plates and blankets. We could also use the same consumables. We can output one batch of plates and then see what press is free to do the work. This way we don’t have to have a range of hardware systems and we can be flexible about the job workflow.”
Despite their age the RAPIDA presses are still highly productive: “They continue to perform at almost the levels of quality they did from the day they left the factory floor. They have outperformed our expectations and lasted longer than anyone would have anticipated.”
£1.5m turnover Robrook Press has 27 employees