Digital printing company makes £1 million investment in new studio tech

A Cardiff-based digital printing firm has ploughed around £1 million into new studio technology as it gears up to celebrate its 29th year in business.

Spectrum Printing, which was launched in 1989 by Lawrence Corria Snr, has confirmed that it’s invested a seven-figure sum into state-of-the-art machinery and technology.

The family-run business, which offers lithographic and printing services to clients across the country, has acquired a Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 75 production facility.

Lawrence Corria Jr, who runs the firm alongside his father, said the company has been able to make the hefty investment following several profitable years.

“We have grown our public sector contracts healthily and as a result and have put much of the reaped rewards back into the business. And with this new machinery we are forecasting to achieve a healthy increase in turnover in 2018,” he said.

Spectrum Printing works with a range of large marketing agencies and blue chip businesses in the private sector, but it’s also a supplier to the Welsh Government.

The firm is listed as one of the top businesses in the All Wales Printing Framework. This means that its 20-person team can work with public sector organisations and councils in Wales.

Mr Corria Jr continued: “As we edge towards our 30th anniversary, it is incredible to see how long the business has come in terms of clients as well as technology.

“The print industry may well be under some pressure as a whole, but we are living proof that by taking a pragmatic approach and delivering a quality end-product with a dash of polished customer service, you can still do very well.

“With the new addition of the Heidelberg Speedmaster CX75, we have implemented a double-shift pattern of our staff due to increased demand and contract wins – it really is dictating the pace at which we work.”

Since installing the German-made machinery, the company has been able to cater for more customers and improve efficiencies. Corria Jr said: “The new machine allows us to print at a top-speed of 15,000 sheets per hour giving us an enormous capacity in which to service clients.

“It is the fourth Heidelberg press we have had in 29 years and they have always stood us in good stead. We look forward to being the flag-bearers of the Welsh printing industry for years to come.”