KSP | Banbury
Since its formation in Banbury more than 30 years ago, KSP has built an enviable reputation for its bespoke printed solutions of presentation products and Point Of Sale items for clients throughout the country, including such leading high profile brands as Cadburys, Land Rover Jaguar, John Lewis and Rolls Royce. KSP was one of the first in the UK to offer direct-to-substrate digital printing on materials such as plastics, polypropylenes, acrylics, metals, paper, display boards, corrugated boards, foam PVC’s, wood, aluminium and glass in addition to papers and boards. Today, its ability to offer high quality bi-directional printing to a remarkable 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution in up to 6 colours with white and varnish to give incredible clarity and brightness to the printed image, in combination with super accurate die-less digital cutting, creasing, folding and milling of just about any shape – from one-off mock-ups to high volume production runs – defines KSP as a leading force in this sector.
The most recent addition to KSP’s in-house production capability is high quality box making. Managing Director Kevin Woodcock describes the circumstances that led to his investment in the recently-launched IML equipment, supplied in the UK by Perfect Bindery Solutions:
“In 2005 we began to manufacture a variety of 2 dimensional paper-over-board products, such as ring binders, and we found since then that we would be asked if we were able to supply boxes, too. It is our policy to predominantly manufacture in house so that we can control quality and ensure deadlines, so we passed on those opportunities. It wasn’t until last year, when we attempted to source some boxes which were components of an important project for one of our regular clients that we began to think again. This was a large job and when we attempted to place an order with one of the country’s leading box manufacturers we had a bad experience with delays at every stage; in fact, if we had relied on that contractor we would have failed to deliver the project! We decided, literally, to take the matter into our own hands. We bought the IML corner taper from PBS so that we could form an initial quantity of boxes ourselves which we then hand-wrapped to meet the deadline. Then, when we visited The Print Show we bought the DA900 wrapping system and completed the run with ease. The quality was consistently excellent and the client was delighted and, since then, we have received repeat commissions.”
With box making proving such a hit – and aware that others must be suffering similar experiences to his own, Kevin followed that investment with the IML DC905 3D printer:
“This system allows us to make the dies for the boxes in-house, so we can respond to any requests very quickly. Now we are finding there is a very buoyant demand for high quality boxes among design houses, agencies and commercial printers and we are fulfilling orders from tens to thousands on a regular basis.”