IFS enjoyed a 25% increase in sales during 2018 to in excess of £10 million. These positive figures are the result of printers seeking to expand their portfolio of services and improve their end to end operation with highly automated and cost-effective systems.
Bryan Godwyn, IFS managing director explains: “In the past 12 months we have sold over 190 Horizon finishing solutions – up from around 140 last year which is an incredible growth considering the uncertain times we are in. It shows that our ambitious customers are focused on delivering high quality results and committed to expanding the value-added services they can provide cost effectively in house.”
Key products such as saddlestitching lines, single and multi-clamp binders along with the ever popular fully automatic B2 combination folders accounted for the growth. Printers also brought lamination in house with easy to use Foliant laminators.
As for the coming year Godwyn says: “We hope to see this momentum continue well into 2019 as the connectivity delivered by our Horizon pXnet Bindery Control System continues to bring efficiency and value in high-mix and low-volume production environments where frequent job changeovers are needed.
“We will continue to see print runs become far more complicated requiring them to have verification or a bar code systems and of course full automation to assure all the elements are completed accurately – supported by the service people have come to expect from Horizon and IFS. We will also see continued interest in solutions that provide value added services for both digital and litho print, in house. This supports operations as they expand applications and keep costs and turnaround times to a minimum.”
He continues: “In the coming year we will focus more on collaboration with vendors such as HP, Canon and other digital suppliers as the market continues to expand. We are also looking forward to working in partnership with customers to understand their individual business pressures and identify the most appropriate ways to help them thrive.”