Left to right: Wesley Sykes – technical director
Jamie Towers – general manager, Stuart Bamford, national sales manager – Friedheim
We’ve installed the world’s fastest folder into Leicester-based print and marketing communications giant Taylor Bloxham Group. The MBO K8 RS will be replacing Stahl KH82 (which has been sold onwards) and will boost the £26 Million turnover company’s folding efficiency producing mainly 16-page section work running 24 hours a day – six days a week.
MBO K8 RS - Rated as the fastest folder in the world!
Taylor Bloxham technical director Wesley Sykes said: “We’ve bought the machine in mainly to fold 16-page section work. Our biggest bottleneck is folding and this machine is about two to three times quicker than our existing kit.
“Where we would fold a 16-page section at about 4,500 [cycles] per hour on our existing kit, we’re expecting to get to between the 12,000 and 13,000 mark with this machine.”
The MBO was chosen over the competition mainly due to the productivity of the machine, the build quality and the level of automation. However, the operators had a big say in the decision making which was a key factor.
“I looked at a few machines that would deliver what we anticipated and then it very much came down to the operators who were involved in the trials and had a big impact on the final decision – they’re the ones that have got to make it work,” said Wesley Sykes.
Our Post-Press Sales Specialist Tom baker said: This is the 26th MBO K8 RS that we’ve sold into a major UK printer, and I think the stats speak for themselves. The K8 is a fantastic high-speed folder and with the automation on the Taylor Bloxham machine will enable fast change overs, especially with the slitter shaft cassette. The new M1 control panel makes the entire machine more user friendly with touch screen controls, and an intuitive set up for jobs.
The MBO K8 RS will be joining six other folders that including an MBO B26 and T800, a new binder and saddle-stitcher from Muller Martini, a host of Heidelberg presses and other finishing kit.
Our National Sales Manager, Post- Press said: Taylor Bloxham are the latest in a long list of high profile industrial printing companies to choose the MBO K8 RS. Once a company takes the time to look at the MBO then the penny drops. MBO specialise in manufacturing and designing folding machinery to suit the market, they only manufacture folding machines, this is the why they are the best.
We have 26 K8 and K8 RS models happily installed in the UK. All we at Friedheim would ask is that we are given the opportunity as there are still some companies who just listen to their existing supplier and do not investigate what else is available.
Formed in 1938 Taylor Bloxham boasts 200 staff at their current site of 50,000sq/f, and is now part of The Taylor Bloxham Group which consists of POS 20,000 sq/f and their direct mail and fulfilment section Fastant 20,000sq/f along with 25,000 sq/f for storage and logistics.