Latcham increase hourly cutting output with Baumann Wohlenberg 115

Personalised digital and print solutions provider Latcham has revealed that its investment in a new Baumann Wohlenberg 115 high speed guillotine has helped significantly increase its hourly cutting output.

The Bristol and Crawley based business recently purchased the machine from print finishing specialist Friedheim International as part of its 2021 replacement strategy, where it sought to identify more reliable and efficient equipment for its portfolio.

Latcham singled out the Baumann Wohlenberg 115 as the perfect replacement that was within its budget, and took on the ex-showroom device from Friedheim.

While the guillotine has only been operational for a number of weeks at Latcham, Operations Director Colin Mattinson said the company has already experienced a number of key benefits, including significantly faster cutting speeds.

“The device has been received well by the production team; training was beneficial in order to understand the guillotines programmable functionality,” Mattinson said.

“The new device has a larger cutting capacity than the one it replaces and we have significantly increased our cutting hourly outputs, therefore reducing the operational hourly costs.”

The purchase came at an important point in Latcham’s history, with the company having undergone a major rebrand and strategically re-aligned to a number of new sectors. Mattinson said the Baumann Wohlenberg 115 will support its growth plans.

“Having more efficient and reliable equipment such as the Baumann Wohlenberg 115 will only assist Latcham in making positive in roads into these new markets,” Mattinson said.

Established in 2010, Latcham now employs more than 100 people between its office in Crawley and purpose built 8,000sqm print facility in Bristol, offering full service, tailored, personalised communications and fulfilment.
Over the past decade, Latcham has worked with Friedheim on a number of major investments, primarily with Robin Brown, Friedheim’s National Sales Manager for Digital.

“Friedheim assisted Latcham to transition over to inkjet by supplying an in-line Hunkeler CS6 cutter/stacker unit in 2017 with its chosen print provider at that time,” Mattinson said.

“We have always found Friedheim to be helpful and extremely knowledgeable of the equipment specifications and pulling together a package that meets our requirements on both timings and delivery and within our budget.”