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Archant Print celebrates 20th anniversary

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On Sunday 25th October, Archant’s state of the art Print Centre in Norwich celebrated their 20th anniversary. The centre was officially opened by the Duke of Kent in 1995 and since then has seen huge changes in technological advancement and development.

Over the last twenty years Archant Print has established itself as a pioneer in the industry, increasing its capacity to ten press towers capable of printing up to four papers and 320 different pages at the same time - making it one of the largest privately owned regional newspaper presses in the country.

Leading the way with some of its initiatives and technology, its investment in Kodak thermal image setters with FM staccato screening was a first in the newspaper industry and allowed for sharper images compared to the traditional newspaper AM screening.

The Print Centre was also the first regional newspaper plant to be awarded ISO 14001, ISO 18001 and 9001 simultaneously for their environmental standards, health and safety and quality management. Since then they have been awarded ISO 50001 for their efficient energy management.

Nick Schiller, Group Operations Director, said: I'm proud to have led the team at Print for the last 10 years. The team were among the first to adopt contemporary manufacturing techniques into a traditional print environment. ?Today the Print Centre produces some 3.5 million newspapers a week, on-time with ‘best in class’ quality at highly competitive costs. These achievements are well recognised and respected within the industry, something which the team at Print are rightly very proud of and I for one share that pride."

In the past 20 years Archant Print has consumed 500,000 tonnes of newspaper, 10,000 tonnes of ink, printed 200 billion pages and produced 15 million plates.

Clive Want, Director of Thorpe Print Centre, comments: “We have a fantastic team of hard working, dedicated, creative people at Archant Print and we have a reputation in the industry for fantastic quality and service, demonstrated by the quality awards and commendations received over the years.”

© Archant Ltd 2013