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Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom, 2012/01/13 - SPS Print and Mail Solutions produces inserts for the Women's Institute, whose members inspired Calendar Girls - IntecPrinters.com.
INSERTS for the Women’s Institute Life magazine and other prestigious publications as well as promotional literature for health insurance are created from plates produced on a Glunz & Jensen PlateWriter 2000.
SPS Print and Mail Solutions in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire also puts these flyers into magazines for the Saab Owners Club, Royal Yacht Association, the National Trust and the Federation of Small Business. Additionally, it produces letters, pamphlets and folders for the Hospital and Medical Care Association.
“We do high volumes – nine million impressions a year with an average run length of 100,000,” reveals SPS Managing Director Tim Cullingworth, who also works with numerous smaller association publications like the Institute of Financial Accountants. “We do 40,000 per day on each of our three Heidelberg Printmasters and the G&J fits in very well.”
SPS installed its PlateWriter in 2009 and says that it is “tremendously reliable”. The company purchased it from Intec Printing Solutions in Poole, Dorset and Mr Cullingworth was pleased with “the high standard of very useful training” provided by Intec. The initial reason for the investment “was mainly down to cost”, he says. “It was very competitive particularly compared to other machines we looked at, especially for one that produces aluminium plates rather than polyester.
“It’s so easy to produce plates. It’s basically a click of a button whereas before we had to splice film then expose it to a pre-sensitised aluminium printing plate, after which the plate would have to be developed.”
He adds: “It produces up to 10 plates an hour and there’s very little labour involved thanks to semi-automatic plate loading. You just load a plate in, click the mouse and off it goes and you can go off and do other things,” he concludes.
SPS Print and Mail Solutions, which has been trading for five years, employs six staff at its High Street premises. The company also provides mailing solutions and magazine encapsulation.
Calendar Girls was inspired by Women’s Institute members in Yorkshire. It runs at The Mayflower in Southampton between Monday, March 5 and Saturday, March 10, 2012. The production is based on a true story about WI members who produced a nude calendar to raise money for Leukaemia Research in 1999.