Apex originally hoped a UK demonstration model of the B2-format, space-saving offset-litho press would arrive last autumn, but the delivery was delayed.

The compact model, which is ready for demo at Apex’s Hemel Hempstead showroom, features a Ryobi PCS-K control system above a new low-pile delivery section and new-style footboards.

“It is built on the foundation of the 750 series, which is long and well established all over the world,” sales and marketing director Neil Handforth said of the device, which has a guide price of £480,000.

“Ryobi wanted a machine more accessible for the smaller print shops wanting to move up a size or those with B2 kit wanting shorter runs but tight on space. This is 20% smaller than a 750 series machine and is just short of 8m long.

“But the important thing to remember is that although this is a compact press, underneath the covers it’s still a 750 series heavy-duty machine with the same inking power, up to 600 micron.”

Handforth said: “In spite of the number of digital products launched into the B2 sector at Drupa, we are convinced offset still has a significant role to play.”

The 760E press prints up to 13,000sph, 2,000sph slower than the entry-level 780E and the 750. Handling paper sizes through to 765mm x 600mm the device has a maximum printing area of 765 x 545mm for the S type machine, and 765 x 580mm for the XL.

A double-diameter impression cylinder and transfer drum aid stable and efficient paper transport, even with heavier stocks, according to the manufacturer. Similar to the 780E and 750 models, the 760E can handle paper thicknesses from 0.04-0.6mm in straight mode or up to 0.4mm in perfecting.

Other features include semi-automatic plate changing and continuous dampening, and an ultrasonic double-sheet detector.

Additionally, following the Kodak/Ryobi partnership announced at Drupa, the device can be specified with Kodak Prosper digital inkjet printheads to provide a hybrid printing system.

The device will be on display at the Print Efficiently event at Apex’s Hemel Hempstead showroom in October.