Galloways Printers – 150 years in the making!

I have always said that the greatest things about my job is that you get enquiries out of the blue and no two days are the same.

This was the case with printer manufacturers, Heidelberg, who contacted me directly from Germany asking to create a series of images of Galloways printers, based in Manchester, to feature in their industry based magazine.

The brief was specific with both environmental portraits and staff photography working on the machines…

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Heidelberg…
Founded in Germany 1850, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG is a German precision mechanical engineering company
It’s particularly well known in letterpress circles for the Original “Heidelberg Platen” Press, commonly known as the “Windmill” after the rotating arms of the paper feed mechanism.
Yes. It does sound scary and Health and Safety would no doubt have dined out on the stories for years!

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Galloways…
With over 150 years of printing experience and five generations of the Galloways family at the helm, it was easy to see why they are so revered in their industry.

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Exceptional customer service…
Galloways pride themselves with great customer service; it’s almost the ethos of the company. They have the ability to take your printing needs and make it a reality. From thousands of copies to complex printing jobs, they are more than capable of delivering the solution.

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Investment…
Galloways decided to install Heidelberg machines pretty much throughout the factory and the star of the show was the CX102, and to say it’s fast is an understatement.

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Quick…
It will print, in stunning quality at 720x1020mm x 16,500 sheets an hour.
That’s the equivalent to an eye watering 148,500 A4 sheets in and hour or just over 41 sheets of A4…every second!

The staff…
Like any good business, it’s the people that really make it, their friendliness and their attention to detail was extraordinary.
The print is checked throughout the process and the final scrutiny comes under the watchful eye of a litho print specialist.
Whilst there, I met everyone involved and they all had time and patience for me to get the pictures required by Heidelberg.

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The real thing…
My general rule of thumb when shooting industrial photography is to keep it authentic I might move something in the background that would divert the eye from the images (cans of soft drinks or calendars), but in general, it’s what you would see if you were to visit.

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Maggie May…
If you look closely you’ll even find that the warehouse and logistics manager is also president of the Rod Stewart fan club!

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Sign of the times…
We are all too aware now of infections from viruses and bacteria and how they can stay for protracted periods on the surface of printed. In fact, recent studies have shown that MRSA can survive on paper for up to 38 weeks – eek!

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The future of printing…
As digital marketing reaches saturation, there is a loss to the real sensory experience that you get from the printed sheet.
Humans are above all tactile and research has shown that ultimately, they are more likely to buy from a touchy-feely moment!

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The Galloways solution…
They can print on both paper and board using a product called Biomaster, with which has lasting antimicrobial protection.
It reduces the risk of cross-contamination and prevents bacterial build-up whilst in storage.
Great for the food industry especially restaurant menus and airline in flight.

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“Everything great in science and art is simple. What can be less complicated than the greatest discoveries of humanity – gravitation, the compass, the printing press, the steam engine, the electric telegraph?”
Jules Verne