Published: November 19, 2021 | Updated: November 20, 2021

Hot off the press: Printer invests over £1.5m in the latest environmentally-friendly equipment

Blackmore Directors (left to right): Andrew Robbins, Managing Director; Simon West, Commercial Director, and Nigel Hunt, Production Director, with the new Komori GL540 printing press.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

A long-established printer has added to its range of environmentally friendly print equipment by investing more than £1.5 million in a new, state-of-the-art press.

Shaftesbury-based Blackmore, which was founded in 1900, has installed a Komori GL540.

The press promotes green printing by reducing consumable and energy usage, lowering the carbon footprint of print.

It has a printing speed of up to 16,500 sheets per hour and combines high-performance green printing with increased capacity for brochures, packaging, magazines and much more.

According to the press manufacturer, Komori: “95 per cent of the environmental impact of a press takes place during the usage stage.

“During the critical stage, this press achieves a minimal impact by saving energy and resources through shorter ‘make ready’ time, minimal paper waste, and reducing harmful chemical substances.”

Andrew Robbins, Managing Director of Blackmore, said: “Everything we do at Blackmore is underpinned by our ethos to limit any impact on the environment.

“We make sure that greener print comes as standard for all our client print projects.

“It was really important for us to select a print press with excellent ‘green’ credentials.

“The press can print using either conventional vegetable-based inks or ozone-free UV inks; it has a reduced power consumption, reduced CO2 emissions, and reduced paper and ink consumption, whilst keeping VOC (volatile organic compounds) emissions low.

“It is also a very flexible machine, as it can print on a range of materials from lightweight paper to craft boards for packaging such as mailing boxes or company folders.

“It can also handle a variety of sizes from business cards right up to B1 size, ideal for posters and signs.

“The press has five print units (including UV white inks) and can apply a range of decorative coatings and spot UV varnishes to highlight elements of the design, taking our client print projects to the next level.”

Since it was founded, Blackmore has carved out a reputation as one of the UK’s leading green printers.

It has won several awards (including the Kodak Green Leaf Award) for its environmental credentials and also holds the ISO:14001 environmental certificate.

The printer works with a broad range of clients from large corporate companies and world-renowned charitable organisations to local, small-scale businesses.

It is also working with local businesses for its new on-demand packaging print service.

Among the publications printed by Blackmore are the New Blackmore Vale Magazine and its sister New Stour & Avon Magazine.