The show, taking place on 26 April, marks the first time that the UK litho supplier can talk “seriously” about orders for manufacturing partner Shinohara’s S-series presses, Printers Superstore managing director Graham Moorby said.
The Shinohara S range, which includes SRA2, B2, and SRA1 machines, was shown at last year’s Drupa, weeks after Shinohara was acquired by fellow Printers Superstore partner and B3 press manufacturer Hans Grohni.
Moorby explained that while Hans Grohni’s order book (from customers worldwide) for the S-series presses was rather full, he and his joint managing director Richard McNeill could start placing orders for UK customers by the end of April.
He said: “We are particularly interested in talking to customers about the Shinohara range of presses. Hans Gronhi became a top selling brand in the UK thanks to an unbeatable combination of low cost, high quality and the latest technology. It now manufactures Shinohara machines, meaning that some of the world’s most advanced patented offset systems can now be produced at a lower cost.
“This means an unprecedented opportunity for high-end commercial printers here in the UK, as we are now in a position to offer the very best offset printing technology from B3 to SRA1 at truly affordable prices.”
“We are giving the opportunity to people who might be thinking about that size of machine to ask questions and organise site demonstrations with us,” Moorby added.
Due to the size and demand for the presses, there will not be an S-series model on show at the open house, but the Hans Grohni GH range’s flagship machine, the five-colour GH 525 B3 press, will be present along with its complementary Speedy 56 CTP system.
The distributor will also be showcasing the Dumor range of finishing equipment for the second time since it signed an exclusive UK dealership contract with the manufacturer in September 2012.
Those interested in attending can register at the company’s website. Printers Superstore will also be exhibiting at the Media Marketplace event that day, hosted by Print Yorkshire at Leeds United’s home ground.
Meanwhile, Printers Superstore has been in discussions with the Ipex 2014 team after the Leeds-based litho supplier expressed its disappointment in organiser Informa Exhibitions’ decision to “refocus” Ipex 2014 as a digital and cross media event via an open letter.
“Ipex 2014 is something that we still want to be a part of and we are committed to the show but are still finalising discussions as to whether we are going to the event,” Moorby said.