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Double Morgana Purchase for BFE, Bristol

Double Morgana Purchase for BFE, Bristol

Business Forms Express Ltd (BFE), Temple Cloud, Bristol, has added two more pieces of Morgana print-finishing equipment to its post-press operation in January 2021 – a Morgana AutoFold Pro and an EBA6660 guillotine.

The new purchases join other Morgana products, including a Morgana AutoCreaser Pro 33A purchased in August 2020. The new AutoFold Pro is now connected to the AutoCreaser.

Commenting on the additions, Sam Winsor, Sales Director at the company, said: “Our team are used to the high quality of equipment that Morgana provide. We had an ageing Morgana folder – this needed updating to the new model in line with the changes to our product mix. We are seeing the demand for folding work growing with the increase of leaflet printing, folders, and brochures.

The new AutoFold Pro is now connected to the AutoCreaser Pro 33A

“We were also keen to add a new guillotine – we have a larger model that is suitable for chopping down large A2 sheets, but we needed something a bit more nimble for the growth in our digital print sales. That is where the EBA came in. It is very operator friendly and ensures that we can keep up with our cutting requirements.”

With regard to the overall picture for the business during lockdown, Sam Winsor adds: “Whilst we have seen a downturn in sales, from £300k per month pre-Covid to £220k currently, our plan is to invest and try and sell through the current pandemic rather than sit still and wait for something to happen.

“We are predominantly a lithographic business forms printer – continuous stationery, NCR books and pads, A4 laser sheets, and some general commercial work – all under the umbrella of being a trade printer. In 2018 we made the conscious decision to move ourselves into the digital printing market. This has shown dramatic growth, going from zero to around £11,000 per month at the end of 2020.”

With regards to the customer base, Winsor says: “We focus totally on being a trade house, so rely on the orders from third parties. Our extensive customer base includes printers, print managers, and office supplies companies. Our printer clients feel 100% safe in sending work to us.

“Adding digital to our portfolio gives us another avenue to explore and win more trade customers. Short run work or jobs requiring variable data are typical of the work coming our way from printers who are either too large to focus on the small jobs, or not suitably equipped or skilled to handle them yet.”

Morgana AutoFold Pro

The Morgana AutoFold Pro is an automatic folding machine designed specifically for the professional digital or litho printer who has the need to fold precreased sheets.

Controlled by the same innovative seven-inch SmartScreen panel as other machines in the Pro range, the AutoFold Pro is instructed on how long the pre-creased sheet is and which fold to produce. All settings and adjustments are made using the new SmartScreen, and as only symbols are used, operation couldn’t be easier.

The free-standing folding unit is designed for folding digital stocks using Morgana’s patented flying knife technology, developed to prevent the scuffing and marking on digital stocks that are caused by folding using conventional methods. The unit is capable of folding up to 6,240 sheets per hour, and takes stock of up to 0.4mm thickness and sheets of up to 630 x 385mm with the optional long sheet conveyor.

EBA 6660 Guillotine

The EBA 6660 is a compact guillotine with a cutting length of 650mm, and an electro-mechanical blade drive and clamping system. It is ideal for the busy printshop. Incorporating the latest IR safety guards, the product is delivered with its own stand complete with storage shelf.

About Business Forms Express

Business Forms Express Ltd (BFE) is a trade only printer that produces continuous stationery, A4 sheets, NCR cut sets, pads and books. The company has been trading for 34 years and has established one of the most respected names in the business forms industry. BFE currently has a turnover of around £3 million. The company employs 26 people at its 35,000 sq. ft factory just south of Bristol.