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CMP (UK) futureproofs versatile book production with Horizon system

Leading book printer CMP (UK) has confirmed its commitment to versatile and responsive, fast turnaround, short run production with investment in a Horizon HT-300 iCE Trimmer from IFS.


Established in 1995, the Poole, Dorset, operation offers a vast array of book printing services to publishers and self-publishing authors. Producing high quality soft and hard back books in black and white, full colour or a mix of the two, its mission is to provide an unrivalled publishing service, with regards to both cost and print finish. It operates two Canon colour digital presses and three Canon VarioPrint mono digital presses.


Paul Dawe, Owner and Managing Director, explains the investment: “The Horizon HT-300 iCE Trimmer was chosen to introduce production and financial efficiencies and respond to a number of operational challenges. We want to deliver more responsive services and, when it is harder and harder to find good people, investing in the best highly automated equipment helps us achieve that cost effectively.”


Richard Johnson, Client Service Director, continues: “We have been having a lot of success in the publishing market and in a post covid environment there is an emphasis on short run orders being placed more frequently. That is something digital print is perfectly placed to meet. The Horizon HT-300 iCE Trimmer replaced two Horizon HT-30C trimmers and tripled our productivity. It has helped streamline throughput and enabled us to expand our capacity. We can be more flexible and that in turn supports our clients as we can more easily react to their needs.”


CMP (UK)’s Horizon HT-300 iCE Trimmer runs at 1,100 books per hour and offers fast set up and reduced operator touchpoints. It incorporates iCE LiNK cloud-based workflow that provides access to an intuitive easy to use dashboard that reports real-time production analysis for improved efficiency and profitability, remote update capabilities and scheduled maintenance resulting in less downtime. The information is accessible via smartphone, tablet or desktop PC and the software is designed for integration with MIS systems.


The Horizon HT-300 iCE Trimmer joins a Horizon BQ-470 Perfect binder and Paul says: “We chose the Horizon HT-300 iCE Trimmer because we have had other Horizon solutions and the team is comfortable running them. We put the system through its paces at IFS’s showroom and immediately saw the impact it would have on production. The iCE LiNK will help futureproof us as we continue to invest in the bindery over the next 24 to 36 months. We will be able to join up any new additions together and measure what we are achieving.”


The installation was quick and easy adds Richard: “It was seamless – we were up and running almost straight away. It is three times more productive than the two trimmers it replaced and so we can better support our existing clients as well as confidently look to win new work.”