Book Media Press installs first Heidelberg Speedmaster

Philippines printing company, Book Media Press Inc. in Quezon City, Metro Manila, has purchased its first Heidelberg press, a new Speedmaster (SM) 102 four colour (SM102-4). The new press joins a recently installed Heidelberg Suprasetter A105 CtP device.


Benito Javieto Brizuela, Vice Chairman and Ma. Cherry B.  Sayago, President of Book Media Press say the new press was chosen to enable the company to innovate and drive new business. “The Speedmaster press will allow us to meet the increasing demands of the market and help us to prepare for future contracts. The printing industry in the Philippines is very competitive, and the new press along with our CtP machine will help us to produce print faster and more cost effectively”.


Book Media Press has been in operation for 23 years. In the peak season the company employs upwards of 200 people, and in the regular months around 90 staff. Its main clients are publishers, government agencies and advertising agencies and the company provides a full range of services from graphic design, artwork, pre-press, printing and finishing through to materials handling.


Mr. Brizuela says Heidelberg’s reputation for quality engineering and state-of-the-art technology was a factor in the company deciding to invest in the SM102-4, and also the Suprasetter A105. “Heidelberg’s presses are known for their durability, high quality print and minimum downtime for maintenance. These presses are built to last and we have confidence that the new Speedmaster will meet our expectations now, and into the future. The same can be said for the Suprasetter also which is very easy to use and has fitted into our operation easily”.


Since Book Media Press had not operated a Heidelberg press before, Mr. Brizuela reveals the company “spoke to other printing companies we know who are using Heidelberg presses to find out what they thought of the equipment and also of the service. Their comments were very positive and helped us to decide if this press was right for our business”.


The President of Heidelberg Philippines, Henrik Engell-Jensen said, “I am very pleased that Book Media decided in favor of a Heidelberg Suprasetter 105 and a Heidelberg Speedmaster SM102-4 as part of their latest expansion program. We look forward to continue expanding the strong ties between our two organizations”.


Increasing capacity for growth

Many printing companies in the Philippines still operate out-dated equipment, which impacts their ability to produce print cost effectively and profitably. Installing new equipment allows for processes to be improved and increases a company’s capacity to take on new work and provide high quality service.


Book Media Press will use its new press to produce commercial and government projects. Mr. Brizuela says the press will “definitely help us to gain new business and to take on jobs that we haven’t been able to handle in the past. The more automated our processes are the greater our opportunity to compete in the market”. 


The new press also fits into the company’s push to modernise its facility. In May this year Book Media Press installed a new Suprasetter A105 CtP device to enable it to process plates faster and at a lower cost. “We were using CtP violet processing prior to the installation of the Suprasetter. The new CtP machine gives us greater flexibility to take on more work, as it is very fast and easy to use. And it is also cost effective”.


From a productivity perspective the Suprasetter delivers faster make ready times in the pressroom, which also reduces the number of make ready sheets for each job. From an energy perspective, these units have very low power demands, and low heat emissions, so they are highly energy efficient. The Suprasetter solution is also ideal for print companies concerned about space as the devices have a very small footprint. And its plug and play concept makes it extremely easy to use.


As a new customer to Heidelberg Mr. Brizuela says the company’s commitment to service and support is greatly appreciated. “Whenever we call for technical assistance, Heidelberg sends their technical staff promptly. They patiently answer all our inquiries even over the phone and are a good partner. It is very important that we can keep our machines in the best condition and operational and having Heidelberg’s support behind us is valuable,” he concludes.


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