The deal, which was finalised recently at FESPA, involved the signing of a third Durst large format printer. Thanks to the extra capacity that the new large format printer will create, Horizon is looking to capitalise on opportunities in the packaging sector.
Durst has agreed to supply a fully automated Rho 1312 with a Smart4 speed advancement tool that improves speed and productivity by 40%. Horizon already has Durst P10 25O HS and Rho 1312 print production machines, which are also automated systems.
Tony Gillen, a Director at Horizon, said: “We have gone through transition at Horizon over the last 10 years and Durst has been part of that. We don’t want to fix something that isn’t broken. Our decision to once again partner with Durst was an easy one. The Durst 1312 Automate is state of the art and will increase our capacity significantly. It is around 300% faster than the previous machine, thanks to automated handling around the printer. It also gives us gloss, semi and matte finishes through varying the cure depth.”
The consistency of the Durst printer ensures there are no colour variations in print runs from start to finish. As for colour matching, Tony says that the Durst matches the Pantone spectrum more accurately than any other machine in its class.
“We pride ourselves on our ability to react to our customers’ needs without compromising on quality; that’s the cornerstone of our business model. The team at Durst gave us the confidence to develop our business further,and as partners they too provide second-to-none service and support. Durst provides us with the confidence to meet our clients’ needs.”
Gillen says that Horizon is now well placed to start targeting packaging options. “This is a new machine that allows us to enter new markets and with its capacity, it will put the sales team under pressure. We are looking at packaging in a big way because of the growth in e-commerce and people getting purchases delivered at home.”
Horizon was formed more than 30 years ago and employs over 80 staff. With a design and print hub, it specialises in retail, POS, outdoor advertising and interactive digital and works with a cross-section of clients, including blue chip companies.