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Gilmex scores Ricoh hat trick

Gilmex International says it has ‘dramatically increased’ its output quality and turnaround times thanks to the installation of a new Ricoh Pro L5160 printer with Latex ink. The company has ordered three new L5160 systems in total, with the other two printers to be installed soon.

Based in Woolwich, Gilmex describes itself as ‘a complete print management business serving a diverse client base.’ Operations director Terry Mills explained that the business ‘pushes equipment to its limits and is always keen to invest in the best new systems. 

‘We’ve been exclusively using Ricoh now for about five years. When we were looking to invest back then we considered a range of factors, not just price, but reliability and quality of output too. However, the biggest priority was the support which has never faltered.’

The three new systems will be used for running material for pull-up banners, poster paper and PVC banners respectively. The first, for banners, is up and running and Mr Mills says its impact is already being felt. ‘The new Ricoh Pro L5160 is significantly faster than our older machine, which was something I was obviously hoping for. What I didn’t expect was the noticeable difference in quality – it’s by far superior to our solvent machines.

‘The strengthened motor and take-up reel are able to support the quantity we want to put through it so we can confidently leave it to print overnight, which has dramatically increased our output and turnaround time. The days are now designated for finishing – essentially we’ve extended the working day without adding to the manpower.’