Acanthus 50-year history: Part Two 2001-2017

Acanthus 50-year history: Part Two 2001-2017

2004 Registered domain

  • 2003 Adobe launches its Creative Suite software suite, the Canon 300D changes the camera market. 
  • JDF 1.2 gets a lot of attentiona at drupa, Agfa introduces its first chemistry-free CtP plate.

2005 Management buy out of Acanthus

In 2005 Acanthus Holdings Ltd was formed and the current Shareholders completed a management buy-out of Acanthus Press, at the same time Finish Line was incorporated into the main company.

  • Kodak takes over Creo, Adobe acquires Macromedia.
  • Screen introduces Truepress Jet520 to launch high-speed commercial colour inkjet printing.

2007 Investment into digital printing with HP Indigo 5000

Acanthus ventured into the digital print market in 2007 with the purchase of a HP Indigo 5000 press.
This decision was taken as the industry wide demand for shorter production runs and quicker turnarounds increased.

  • First iPhone launched. Dropbox is founded.
  • The financial crisis wipes billions off the stock market and the economy enters an extended period of ‘austerity’

2008 Move premises with TWO new Five colour B2 Heidelberg presses

As Acanthus reputation for quality and service blossomed, turnover increased and it became clear that the business would outgrow its premises, so in 2008 it relocated to its current home, a 14,000 sq ft facility, just two miles from its original home.

  • Significant purchases were made at this time, with two new 5-colour B2 Heidelberg presses installed as part of a £1.6 million investment.
  • The company also invested in chemical free plates, became a member of the FSC and installed 200 solar panels that help produce the power and lower the carbon footprint significantly.
  • At DRUPA 2008 the focus lies on fast inkjet printers, ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Go green’ are the hype of the year.
  • First iPad launched in 2010

2011 Purchase of automated mailing machine to cope with increase in direct mail

Further investment followed in 2011 with the purchase of an automated mailing machine as greater demand for fulfilment services and personalised items off the digital press increased.

  • Heidelberg and Ricoh announce their cooperation in digital printing.

2016 Heidelberg Versafire bolsters digital capability

After adding the ability to print full colour envelopes with a fixed head inkjet printer, Acanthus invested in a larger format digital press from Heidelberg with a 5th unit for spot white and varnish.

  • HP have more floorspace at DRUPA than Heidelberg in what is seen as a shift towards high volume digital as many vendors showcase inkjet presses.