Sheeting plants serve a vital purpose in ensuring that smaller printing houses can adapt to changes in demand and serve their customers swiftly.
We talked with Ivan De Donder, Plant Manager for LumiPaper NV in Antwerp, Belgium and Paul Mahney, Sales Manager for LumiPaper Ltd in the UK. Find out what the two had to say about the role – and the future– of sheeting plants in an increasingly digital world.
Could you shortly describe your facilities and the services you provide?
Ivan: Founded in Europe’s second largest port, Antwerp, LumiPaper NV was built to shorten lead-times and help customers react to the changing business environment. Thanks to our central location we can reach 80 million people in a radius of only 300 km. LumiPaper NV houses three fully automatic sheet cutters and three ream wrapping lines.
Our renovated rewinder also provides narrow format reels for digital printers as well as direct mail and envelope converters. With the ReadyReel service we can rewind and palletize reels directly in the customer’s preferred format – in a wide range of diameters with a variety of different cores to choose from.
Paul: An hour’s drive from Cambridge, UK, LumiPaper Ltd houses 2 sheeters dedicated to the efficient production of bespoke and standard sizes. Orders are sheeted in 5 working days or via FastTrack in 3 working days. We cut only coated papers resulting in better cutting and better presented pallets.
What is the role of sheeting plants? How do they add to customer value?
Ivan: Pressure in the business environment has resulted in a diversification of demand: these days, customers increasingly need both very small and very large sheet sizes. Print runs have become shorter and consequently small and fast deliveries are needed. Without sheeting plants, customers would have to keep large levels of stock to answer this changing demand.
Paul: Our quick lead times allow customers to produce high-volume jobs at short notice, without the need for warehouses full of paper. We often find that lower stock levels mean lower volumes of redundant items or damaged stock – both of which create additional costs for businesses. In the end, it’s all about improving our customers’ stock management and financial performance.
What are the biggest challenges faced by customers in your local market? How do your services help address them?
Ivan: Despite the shrinking paper consumption in Western Europe, there is still one growing segment which is digital paper presses. LumiPaper NV was one of the first suppliers to provide specialized service for these customers. We help our customers face these challenges with agility – by ensuring that printing houses continue to operate without large levels of stock.
Paul: The pressure to keep costs under control and to produce jobs against tighter deadlines are challenges for customers in the UK. Our services allow customers to be as cost effective as possible with the amount of paper bought and as efficient as possible in the production process. Delivery in 3-5 days with these combinations isn’t offered by any other mill group in the UK today.
Speed and agility will continue to be the keys to success. Having LumiPaper Ltd supports the reason for choosing paper and print – especially in a time where print is seen as a more trustworthy form of communication.
Discover our ReadyReel service for narrow format reels which has been developed to serve digital printers as well as direct mail and envelope converters.