Bob and Mark Stokes from Black Lion Press Ltd in Maidstone, have just recently replaced their first wide format printer purchased from Repro Sales and Repairs Ltd.
Two years ago, we installed a Xenons R180 UV Hybrid Printer for them, to get them into the wide format market, with a production speed at saleable quality of 5 sqm per hour.
Having grown their market place, they decided to replace the Xenons R180 with a Yotta YD-H1800R5 UV Hybrid Printer, with Ricoh Gen5 print heads and an SAi Flexi RIP on PC from Repro Sales, giving 15sqm per hour at high quality.
Being a hybrid, it can handle both roll to roll and flat board up to 10ft x 5ft.
The installation, setup and training took 4 days, with production speeds now being met.
This set up allows Black Lion to handle larger orders at better quality whilst being very competitive.
Black Lion also have a litho section, with a 5 colour SM52 Heidelberg Press, full finishing and a high end Ricoh digital sheet fed system, making them a one stop shop for all print requirements.
YOTTA flatbed UV printers adopt industrial print heads and high-quality components, to ensure superior colour printing and strong stability. With UV LED curing systems and ECO-friendly UV-curable printing inks, YOTTA direct-to-substrate UV printers print onto a wide range of flat substrates with waterproof, anti-UV, scratch, and fade resistent characteristics. YOTTA's digital UV LED flatbed printing machines have been widely applied in different fields of printing, such as packaging, textiles, building materials. Yotta offer a wide range of options using Print Heads from Epson, Ricoh, Xaar and Kyocera. Print Heads can be configured based on customer requirements and budget for speed and number of colours required.
About Black Lion Press
Black Lion Press Ltd are a Lithographic, digital and large format printing company who operate from their factory based in Maidstone,Kent. From this plant in Kent they can deal with all your print needs!
Established in 1981 by Bob Stokes who is still the Managing Director, his son Mark Stokes is the Director.
They have seen many changes in the print trade over the past 38 years but have also kept up with the latest kit such as the impressive Ricoh digital press to the 2m wide UV Yotta flatbed. Black Lion Press have a very impressive client list and are preferred print suppliers to many blue chip companies in London & the south east with a great reputation for quality print & service.
Unlike other printers Black Lion Press, Maidstone, still offer the personal touch, although you can buy print via the website, they would still advise on quality of artwork prior to print rather than just taking your money and of course you can speak to them on that old thing called the telephone if you prefer!!
Most printers in the Maidstone, Medway, Kent area are just print brokers who have no machinery, or no experience in print, they just buy their print in, however we do have machinery which comprises of:
Heidelberg SM52 5 colour / Heidelberg GTO 2 colour
Ricoh C7100, 5 colour digital press
Yotta UV Hybrid/flat bed
You are always welcome to come and take a look!
Black Lion Press also offer artwork facilities, not sure what you want to design? Why not come in and sit with our studio and you can go through your creative concept!!