Printech weathers the 2020 storm

Printech Engineering is a formidable name within Southern Africa’s printing industry. Having helped to shape the industry in South Africa for 40 years, there are very few individuals and companies that have not had the pleasure of doing business with them.

Always keeping at the forefront of technology and service, and for many years, a household name and go to partner for the industry, Printech continues to be a vital force within the industry 40 years later.

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Imparting knowledge onto up and coming engineers has been the backbone of Printech’s ethos. Looking back at the many successes, we are filled with pride of our contribution in developing the industry to where it is today said Richard McQueen, CEO at Printech.

In addition to offering ‘Alternative to New‘ machines, Printech is also the Southern Africa agent for Koenig & Bauer and BaumannPerfecta, making them to be a truly one stop partner for any and all machine requirements. Koenig & Bauer are amongst the world leaders in packaging machinery and have expanded their portfolio to post-press machines including Iberica Flat Bed Die Cutter and folder box gluers, enabling Printech to assist their customers with some of the most advanced; cutting edge and reliable machines the world has to offer.

Across their three metropolitan branches, Printech employs highly skilled and trained engineers providing service and repairs on KBA, Heidelberg and bindery equipment. Their reach extends throughout Southern to Central Africa, with regular customers in Zimbabwe, Namibia, Rwanda, Angola, Zambia, Botswana and Lesotho. Printech provides a SETA approved apprenticeship training program which includes required skills to high level specialised work like removal of side frames, cylinder repairs, refurbishment of machines and installation of printing and bindery equipment, electrical training including PC boards, programming and fault finding.

The world economy, including South Africa, has not been without serious challenge over the last several years. Despite this, who could have foreseen how the year 2020 would unfold? The last year has undoubtedly been the toughest year in living memory, both for the industry, the country and the world at large.

Despite the serious challenges, Printech stands proud of its achievements during the year, with some highlights as follows. Prior to lockdown, Printech installed a Heidelberg SM74 5 Colour Machine at Spektrum Print in Pretoria, which they had previously rebuilt. The Owner and MD of Spektrum, Hugo Nell only wanted to work through Printech. The experienced Printech team in Johannesburg efficiently installed the machine under the watchful eye of Hugo.

“We at Spektrum Print are proud to announce that we installed a Heidelberg SM 74 Perfector – 5 colour machine in March 2020 just before lockdown. We all know that commercial print had a massive blow in the last few years but Spektrum still invested in this Heidelberg printer from Printech. We believe there is still a market for print and this installation means better work quality and flow. This 74 Heidelberg replaces some older presses. We decided to purchase the machine from Printech as we have a long business relationship since 1993 when we bought our first Heidelberg press from them.

We at Spektrum will always support Printech because of their after-sale service. I must admit during a very challenging time in lockdown the technicians still assisted us whenever we needed them. Spektrum recommends Printech for their excellent skills and workmanship”, said Elna and Hugo Nell.

Following on the SM74 installation we were able to supply and install a New Baumann Guillotine days before the imminent country lockdown. “Catering to their increasing production requirements the guillotine facilitated faster turnaround times,” said Kobus Koorts, Head of Bindery and Finishing.

A key strength of Printech, and commitment to their future engineers, is their SETA approved training and development program. Each year they identify a number of potential future engineers who go through a meticulous training process, whilst Printech sponsors their part-time studies. As a part of the apprentice program, they include training on machine rebuilds, to ensure their apprentices receive a complete start to finish training. During the machine refurbishment process, all parts are tested in accordance to the original manufacture specifications and tolerances.

As a reflection of their reputation and commitment, a rebuilt MBO K800 was sold to Process Litho, a Durban based customer, in the midst of the lockdown Level 5.

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Fully Refurbished MBO Folding machine installed at Process Litho

“Process Litho is very pleased with the performance of the MBO K800 that was installed by Printech. This piece of equipment has enhanced our production capacity and efficiency. We have seen a huge reduction in wastage and we are now able to supply our book binding and stitching lines much faster. The quality of output from the MBO is simply amazing. We are pleased with the technical support we are continually getting from Printech. Kobus Koorts and his team are doing a great job.” Said Sandile Mtshali, Chief Operating Officer at Process Litho.

“We conducted various “virtual” tests which were couriered to the customer for approval. Testament to the commitment of Printech and our rigging partners, the machine was dismantled and shipped to Durban where our dedicated Durban team lead by Kobus Koorts, our head of bindery and finishing. commenced with the assembly of the machine” said Ralf Spoerer, Production and Workshop Manager at Printech.

The customer was set on a “newer” model machine. Once Printech demonstrated a Folding Machine that they had rebuilt in their Cape Town factory, the performance of the rebuilt machine was superior, at a more cost-effective price than the newer machine and a shorter delivery lead time. Since the successful installation of the folding machine, Process Litho has successfully halved their production time and doubled their efficiency with their new machine. Inthese tough economic times, there is a huge amount of value in the “Alternative to New” strategy that makes Printech a formidable force.

They have also sold a number of smaller machines, including GTOs and KORDs during the lockdown period. Max Millies, of Earthgro Fragrances and proud new owner of a recently purchased Original 1970 Heidelberg KORD 64 says “I can say for sure that Printech is the top print machinery supply company in Cape Town. This is in terms of service, product quality and fair pricing.”

“Printech remains, first and foremost, customer focused, which is evident in each and every project we undertake. All of our rebuild projects carry our commitment and guarantee that we stand behind. We view each new, and existing customer as a new and exciting opportunity. We seek to be the supplier of choice, with a proactive approach and speedy response time, with access to spare parts at competitive pricing. We are also able to offer rental pumps, motors, feeder heads and infeed parts to ensure our customers remain in production whilst their equipment is being replaced or serviced” said Mario Mangiagalli, Technical Director at Printech.

Having a full turn-key solution, Printech is also able to manufacture and machine certain parts in their workshop, an economic saving that is passed on to their customer’s. Their in-house engineers (equipped with milling, surface grinder and a lathe machine) are capable of engineering and repairing parts tailored to a customer’s needs. Printech also supplies a huge variety of spares, original and alternative, and exchange parts.

Brad Beale, owner of Directory Publishers in Zimbabwe, said “Being based in Bulawayo, it is reassuring to have a service partner in Printech. They are an amazing company to deal with. Their professionalism, service and attention to detail are second to none”. Printech highly recommends that their customers implement a Preventative Maintenance Contract with them to ensure that the customer continually achieves maximum production efficiencies with fewer breakdowns.

The Preventative Maintenance Contract can be taken out on any age machinery, tailor made for any customer need. They also provide extensive training of operators and the solving of any print related issue with their fleet of engineers on standby 24/7 to provide service across the three main metropoles of South Africa.

“Taking on challenges that some have shied away from, has built a company that is now recognised worldwide! With our overseas partners showing their confidence in us, we are proud agents and suppliers for a number of European brands. With a vast knowledge developed through rebuilding printing presses we have tried and tested products that we know are best for your machine and production” says Richard McQueen, CEO at Printech.

“Our consumables range from press to post press with high end market leaders like CITO; Westland Rollers; Galaxy; Pressclean and Prisco just to name a few. We can now offer you services from our sister company, Printech Consumables and Services, a proudly Level 2 BBBEE company. Our product range carries all the necessary guarantees such as Fogra approved roller wash and wash cloth, Isega food grade Coatings and a CITO range specific for the food industry” says Ryan de Vries, Johannesburg Branch Manager at Printech.

“As we prepare for the celebration of our 40th year in business, our promise of competitive pricing, dedication to quality and production remain the cornerstone of our foundations at Printech”, concludes Richard McQueen, CEO at Printech.

Contact Printech for all your print needs including machine sales, services, spares and repairs (ask about their guarantees).