Gault&Millau x Buroform

When you have a passion for what you do, any success of your partners is also your success. We were completely speechless and at the same time overwhelmed with pride when we learned that 18 of our clients are listed in the Gault&Millau Guide 2024. Incredible recognition for the hard-working teams behind these top businesses.

Thyme 12/20

Nestled in a beautifully renovated old farmhouse, Brasserie Thijm is the beating heart of Schilde. The moody terrace provides the perfect backdrop for any dinner party. Our extensive menu is a melting pot of worldly flavors, including delicious vegetarian options.

Design: UNIKAVI – Brand builders

Living Room Restaurant Dante 13/20

Warm hospitality and refined flavors with chef Sven Fonteyn and hostess Otis Claes. In this intimate establishment, they unveil a multi-course menu full of culinary surprises. A visit to Dante is a symphony of flavors, served in a warm, homey atmosphere.

Copyright: wim knapen

Pont Neuf 13.5/20

Pont Neuf, charmingly nestled near London Bridge, welcomes guests with open arms and an open kitchen. Led by hostess Dominique Leroy and chef Tommy Bocklandt, this stylish restaurant attracts a loyal clientele attracted by its pure, classically inspired cuisine, free of unnecessary frills.

Essenz 13.5/20

Having proven his ability at Faim and Verso Café, chef Joris Hoefkens has now teamed up with Benthe Vande Woestijne to create an intimate eatery in Antwerp’s Kronenburgstraat. Here he indulges his guests with a menu full of sophisticated flavors, including a vegetarian option and a concise à la carte.

Fortune 13.5/20

This past yea, Fortune was awarded “Brasserie of the Year. Also in 2024, Fortune continues its course, under the inspired leadership of chef Stijn Rotthier and his team. Here, brasserie classics are revived, each with a unique and personal touch. Depth and flavor are key, as seen in their signature dish: a toast cannibale of hand-cut beef tartare on a crisp baked brioche.

Design: UNIKAVI – Brand builders


Dishes at Bravohoeve testify to expertise and dedication, perfectly in line with the spontaneous attention that hosts Grgory Van der Brempt and Christophe Balthazar, along with their service team, give to their customers. This combination creates a unique “feel good” atmosphere that is characteristic of the popular brasserie.

Design: UNIKAVI – Brand builders

Numerus clausus 14/20

In the heart of Lier, you’ll find Numerus Clausus. Chef Steven Persyn is at the helm with his classic French cuisine, while wife Annelies welcomes guests, many of them loyal visitors for decades. Thanks in part to its price-friendly market menu, this restaurant has gained the trust of its guests. Moreover, the à la carte option still offers a selection of classics.

Lizanna 14/20

Liza and Anna, the two grandmothers who share a love of good food, hospitality and warmth with chef Levy De Beucker and hostess Stephanie Iserbiet, resulted in Lizanna. This homey restaurant, which earned two chef’s hats last year, continues to set high standards with their seasonally driven produce cuisine.

Design: Singa Graphics


Under the capable direction of chef Rudy Van den Seylberg, De Gouden Muts offers a perfect balance of carefully crafted menus and an extensive à la carte selection.

Tinèlle 14.5/20

Tinèlle, housed in an impressive 17th century former monastery and military hospital, is the culinary home of Ken Verschueren and Jenny Callens. The atmosphere in the restaurant is relaxed and convivial, which makes you want to stay a little longer. The quality of the dishes is top notch and the prices are more than reasonable.

Design: Singa Graphics

Atelier Noun 15/20

An evening at Atelier Noun feels like coming home. Here, hostess Sandra Ponchaut and sommelier Siebe Seynaeve seamlessly weave service and atmosphere smane, making every meal a special experience. The true magic happens in the kitchen, where chef Bert Castermans and his right-hand man Lander Faber create culinary works of art time and again.

Nebo 15.5/20

At Nebo, led by chef Dimitri de Koninck, the culinary experience is taken to the next level. Thanks to a strong kitchen team, the chef now more often takes the time to personally present his suggestions at the table, a gesture that significantly enriches the dining experience.

Dim Dining 16/20

Chef Simon van Dun and host sommelier Jonas Kellens are at the helm of experience restaurant Dim Dining. Here they continually strive for evolution and innovation, resulting in ever higher scores. Their development and dedication to bringing together diverse Asian food cultures, with an emphasis on Japanese dishes enriched with fusion influences, is nothing short of impressive.

Design: UNIKAVI – Brand builders

Restaurant Fine Fleur 16/20

Under the wings of Jacob Jan Boerma, chef Thomas Diepersloot continues to refine his cuisine and give it individuality. The serene and warm interior immediately provides a sense of comfort. Here you are welcomed with open arms, and sommelier Melissa Dominicus enriches the experience with her excellent wine pairings.

Design: UNIKAVI – Brand builders

Nuance 18/20

On May 8, 2008, restaurant Nuance opened its doors for the first time. Thierry and Sofie had thought long and hard about the name. “Nuance” means “fine distinction. A term that very nicely reflects their philosophy. To this day, that thought is palpable in every facet of their business. First, in the bold flavor associations on the plate. But also in their love of hospitality, with increasing attention to customer friendliness, comfort, atmosphere and experience.

Design: Tina De Souter book design

Salty 18.5/20

On the top floor of the MAS, you’ll find Zilte. Amid the Antwerp skyline and overlooking the stream, the cuisine of chef Viki Geunes, hostess Viviane Plaquet and their team unfolds. Total experience is the focus here: from hospitality to unique creations with attention to the essentials. Let your senses be stimulated.

Design: UNIKAVI – Brand builders

Boury 19/20

Under the leadership of chef Tim Boury, this restaurant continues to impress and has achieved a higher score for the second year in a row. With a 19 out of 20 and a fifth chef’s hat, Boury now stands proudly at the top of Belgian gastronomy. This achievement is a fine tribute to the entire team, with special thanks to wife and hostess Inge Waeles, brother Ben and top sommelier Mathieu Vanneste, essential links in this welcoming and efficiently orchestrated ensemble.

Design: Beeldburo


At Jitsk Chocolates, located in the bustling heart of cookie city Antwerp, craft and innovation go hand in hand. Top chocolatier Jitsk stands for traditional craftsmanship with an innovative approach, working only with the highest quality raw materials.

From cozy bistros to avant-garde culinary temples, our clients have set the bar high in the gourmet sector. It is an honor to work with each of them and be a (small) part of their success story. So if you walk into an establishment from the new Gault&Millau guide soon, chances are you will be presented with a Buroform printable ;-).

Breakfast sessions at printing company Buroform: a hit with us

Ever thought you could experience the best of the printing industry while starting your day with a croissant and coffee? At printing company Buroform in Mechelen, this is the new standard. Buroform recently began hosting bi-weekly breakfast sessions with notable industry speakers.

Trudy Dorrepaal as guest speaker at Café Cliché at Buroform
Dutch book consultant Trudy Dorrepaal showered her guests with physical examples of exclusive art books.

The new generation of printing experts

Buroform Printing Company has always set the bar high with its baseline “FIRST-class printing.” “We’re no rookies at bringing people together. We’ve done that before on a larger scale,” said Jesse Marynen (Chief Print Officer, Buroform). “But now it is precisely the small scale that makes the concept so powerful. Our main goal is to inspire and network. We create an intimate setting where connections go as deep as our passion for strong printing.”

Know-how & ‘street cred’

“The speakers, including ‘paper doctor’ Katrien Maes and Bposter Tatjana Raman, share not only their know-how, but also their life experiences in the industry,” Jesse said. “What you learn with us is not written in any book. It is the quality of the content that makes our breakfast sessions so extremely valued.”

“What you learn with us is not written in any book.”

Simplify print ordering

“We realize all too well ourselves that ordering print materials can be technical and complex. With the breakfast sessions, we equip our customers with the knowledge they need. This is always done in a friendly and approachable way.”

Tour of the print shop

Each session provides space for networking and for a tour of the print shop. “Most guests love seeing our printing machines up close. It’s a unique look behind the scenes that you don’t easily get anywhere else,” says Jesse.

No marketing and sales pitches

“While many in the printing industry like to eulogize the irreplaceable role of print, paradoxically, they often do so only through digital campaigns or average newspaper ads. That’s comfortable, but it misses the real soul of what we do. If we sincerely want to show the unique and tangible impact print can have, it is time to go beyond the usual marketing talk. It’s high time for action, for delivering First Class printing that amazes our customers and truly highlights the value of our craft.”

Made to measure

The initiative is fully in line with our mission: to make printing accessible and accessible to every company. “We continue to learn and innovate. With these breakfast sessions we take our customers through that process and want to offer them that little bit extra,” concludes Jesse.

Do you also want to keep up with the latest trends in printing? Signing up for a breakfast session at Buroform is easy and free via the Café Cliché website:

These books were launched during Café Cliché

Café Cliché is our way of giving you more insight into the endless possibilities of print. Each edition covers a different theme and is flavored by numerous experts over delicious finger foods and drinks. We’ll shower you with ideas and examples so you can discover what print can really do for you. In honor of Café Cliché, we created and launched 4 art books. Each book in itself is very different and in its way always links to a current topic. What makes the books so special? You’ll discover that here.

TABOOB by Noortje Palmers & Jasper Declercq

TABOOB is an idea of Noortje Palmers and Jasper Declercq. With the project, they wanted to test how far censorship of women’s breasts extends on Instagram. The project went viral on Instagram but was removed from the Internet in no time. Now the project was immortalized with a book.

→ more about TABOOB

OUTSIDE by Carolle Servayge

Extraordinary is Carolle Servayge’s debut novel and a plea for self-acceptance and positivism. The book brings together photographs and personal stories of people with special external features, challenging today’s stereotypical ideals of beauty.

→ more about Extraordinary

DIESEL & VEGGIE OIL by Timo Vergauwen

While touring America, videographer Timo Vergauwen met the American folk band Handmade moments. He decided to follow them. Without realizing it, a breathtaking story was waiting for him. The group ended up in a head-on car crash – and as if that wasn’t bad enough….

→ more about Diesel & Veggie Oil

THEY LOOK FOR by Stijn Van der Linden

When he visited Corcovado and other national parks in Costa Rica years ago, he noticed how other visitors were mainly interested in spotting animals. They let the immense diversity of the plant kingdom pass them by, while just that blew Van der Linden away.

→ more about They look for

These books are packed with print “candy. It’s up to you to discover them! Do you want them on your book shelf? Each book is available separately, or you can choose to order the full package.

Jesse’s story at the Benelux Online Print Event (BOPE)

On June 8, the Flanders Meeting & Convention Center at Antwerp Zoo was transformed into BOPE. A large-scale convention that brought together various entrepreneurs from the Benelux around the digitization of the printing sector and the challenges of tomorrow.

The program was spectacular: speakers from Germany, the Netherlands, Panama, Denmark and Belgium underscored the international nature of the event. Also came to speak: our Mr. Chief himself, Jesse Marynen, who meticulously explained the story of our online platform INKOprint. A little recap of his – if we do say so ourselves – impressive talk!

How authenticity helps build a future-proof print business

Jesse Marynen: “I’d like to take you back to the year 2017. I had ordered business cards for myself. Never did I think something so simple would change the course of my career. When the cards arrived at my home, I was blown away. The quality of the packaging almost surpassed that of the product itself. Every detail was just right. Goosebumps!”

“I had ordered the tickets from Until today one of the largest e-commerce printing platforms in the world. It has several production sites in the UK and US and revenues exceed $100 million a year. The crazy thing: they only use five to seven different papers. This gave me an idea…”

Evolution of the graphics market

“I thought about the question: what is the added value of print and how will print evolve in the next decade? Online printing companies have proven their existence in recent years. They have made printing more accessible and popular for everyone. See how easy it is to order 25 invitations today. A decade ago, that was not possible.”

“On the other hand, we all notice that the market is stabilizing. With larger product offerings and more print options, we have to look for new markets, with an increasing focus on B2B in particular.”

A digital extension for Buroform

“An online print platform is indispensable if you want to build a future-proof print business. So, I stood there on my doormat, with’s cards in my hands, and I thought I had found the answer: I copy!”

“I looked for a business partner with an IT background and started visiting companies that could possibly help us build out the platform. Soon we found out that building such a platform would cost €500,000. Money we didn’t have.”


“I started looking for investors. I remember the pitch at Cartamundi like it was yesterday. I stood there in a large conference room, where four managers looked at me with a scary look full of expectations.

Clammy hands, buckling knees…. I thought, Jesse, you MUST get this right. But even before I could finish my pitch, they interrupted me: Cartamundi didn’t see a future in the concept. And I also got the same cold ‘no’ on all subsequent pitches.”

“I was deeply disappointed, but I believed in my project so much that I decided to look for a cheaper solution and fund the project myself. In Eastern Europe, I found a partner who would develop the platform for €88,000. Hallelujah!”

© Yorgos photography

“Weeks went by. And the more time passed, the clearer it became that things would not go as smoothly as I had imagined. Communication was strained, expectations didn’t match. We had to pull the plug. My project had failed and I had lost a lot of money.”

“Grow like a lobster”

“I was convinced that I should abandon my dream. That maybe it just wasn’t ‘my thing.’ Yet I didn’t want to just throw everything overboard. I was and still am convinced that e-commerce is the future. I decided to crawl under a figurative rock for a while and let the idea grow, just as a lobster does. A story that Dr. Abraham Twerski could explain better than myself.”

In his talk, Jesse references the story of Dr. Abraham Twerski.

“Under that rock, I realized it’s not enough to be a copycat. To be successful, you must stay true to your own values:

  • I value accessibility and ease of use.
  • I love printing and the craftsmanship involved.
  • Nothing is worth more to me than the freedom to do what I love for myself.

Step by step

“I wanted to rework the concept with my own values in mind. Start small and build step by step.”

“A customer told me, ‘Jesse, when I need special advice on paper and binding techniques, I come to Buroform. But for standard printing, I look online. That’s just easy: You choose your product, upload your file and confirm.'”

“In addition, I regularly receive students in the print shop for a company visit. And again and again I ask them the same question: ‘Suppose you come into a marketing agency, how would you order your printing?’ What do you think the answer was?”

Online, of course!

“It became increasingly clear to me: why not just combine the best of both worlds? Niche products in an e-commerce context. I wanted to build out a version of Buroform that would be accessible to any online client. My own values formed my compass.”

Freedom, craftsmanship and accessibility

“Because I value freedom , we decided to write the platform from scratch. We want to remain captains of our own ship.”

“My love of craftsmanship manifests itself in the fact that we stay close to our product. We print what we are good at ourselves, and work with local print partners for products we have less experience with. And, of course, our platform is fast, user-friendly and accessible to everyone.”

“The sum of those three values became my new company: An online printing company that unites authentic craftsmanship and the digital future of printing. It serves current and future generations who crave accessibility, ease of use and a wide range of premium products.”

“And best of all: I see myself reflected in my business because it is built on my authentic values.”

Are you ready for your lobster moment?


When Jos Steutelings of VIGC – Graphic Innovation asked me if I wanted to be part of the speaker program during #BOPE2022, my breath stopped for a moment. I could only think of one word: Wow…. WOW! – Jesse Marynen

Graphics sector suffers from paper shortage

You’ve probably caught it before. Paper has become a scarce commodity worldwide. Demand for print is on the rise, which makes us happy, because print media is growing and thriving again. But there is also a downside, as commodity prices have risen internationally as a result.

Whence comes this shortfall?

We face a global shortage of raw materials on which we build, namely: paper, ink and aluminum. The paper pulp shortage comes from several directions. Transportation costs have skyrocketed, resulting in less paper being imported. Wood fiber is hard to come by because of the high demand for wood from the construction industry, and the popularity of online shopping is bringing with it a high demand for cardboard for packaging. Especially on recycled paper, this has an impact, because cardboard also uses waste paper.

Unfortunately, this problem will remain unresolved for some time. Factories saw the rising demand for paperboard coming earlier. Investments were made over the years in packaging machinery and cardboard production, but then suddenly the demand for paper rose again, and today paper producers’ capacity does not accommodate that.

Sleeping on two ears

We do everything we can so that you can sleep on both ears. Commonly used papers were pre-ordered and delivered to our stock as a precaution. The paper you had in mind not in stock? If that is the case, we will contact you and our printing experts will suggest an equivalent alternative.

Do you have questions about this or wish more detailed information about the situation? If so, be sure to contact your trusted contact at Buroform, or We are very happy to talk to you!

Thank you for your understanding,

The Buroform team

CEO Buroform on printing under pressure

Published by:
Bloovi studio

Print is not dead, but it must do its best to survive: that’s pretty much the consensus on the print industry. Jesse Marynen of Buroform agrees that it is hard work, but as self-proclaimed new generation print experts, they do look for and find new and promising opportunities within their organization. Which is not obvious when you know that a new printing machine costs two million euros and has to run at high volumes….

Jesse Marynen, CEO of Buroform (© NDPhotography)

Jesse Marynen started in his father’s print shop 11 years ago in the production department, moving on from there to administration and, through sales, eventually becoming chief print officer, which amounts to running the print shop. “I’m very grateful for that process – although it wasn’t always fun because, after all, you’re climbing a ladder – and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way because I learned in a very direct way how much is involved in printing. We recently hired a new sales person who is not from the industry. When that one got a tour of the print shop, she drew big eyes (laughs).”

With the briefcase under the arm

“At that time, as a sales representative, I literally went skimming company sites with the briefcase under my arm, presenting our showcase everywhere,” he recounts of that period. “It’s unimaginable that this was only six years ago, because something like this just doesn’t work today: after all, you shouldn’t force your product and showcase on the customer, you should first and foremost listen to what that customer needs. But that was my naive enthusiasm at the time: the more contacts I make, the more likely someone will bite (laughs).

“When I became my father’s right-hand man at one point, the focus was also mainly on acquisitions, in order to bring in new and cross-media technology – it was that or be acquired myself. Thus, in a short period of time we succeeded in becoming a printing company with more impact, because the market of artisanal printing was under pressure due to digitalization and the emergence of web shops where you can easily order printing yourself.

“When I became my father’s right-hand man, the focus was primarily on acquisitions in order to bring in new and cross-media technology – it was that or be acquired myself”

On the other hand, it was also a rather painful, but very interesting learning experience, because we simply made so many acquisitions at that time – we grew from 14 to 70 people in a short time – that in time we began to neglect Buroform itself. It has only increased my admiration for corporates that manage to make acquisitions and structure and blend that well. Because for us, that was very difficult.”

Alternative to fast food communication

Consequently, three to four years ago, Buroform decided to reposition itself as a brand and look at print differently. “We wanted to stop focusing on what we do and start focusing on why we do it. And the answer to that was: create added value and impact through premium printing. It’s up to us to convince clients of what quality print can do for their brand: literally a feeling, a tangible sensation that lingers much longer than an article you read online. Our big challenge then is to make sure that our client’s target audience retains and remembers the printed material just a little bit longer than that of its competitors.”

This focus on quality is also a consequence of changed communications: having a million trade brochures printed and distributed simply doesn’t work anymore, and what’s more, these brochures are nowadays simply distributed online. Less but better meat, says Hendrik Dierendonck. Less but better printing, we say. The best alternative to today’s fast food communications. Take just the simple example of a name card: we like to suggest to the customer that it be printed on slightly heavier paper, because that extra weight makes more impact.”

“We wanted to stop focusing on what we do and start focusing on why we do it. And the answer to that was: add value and impact through first-class printing.”

“We see as a new generation of print experts print today is also much broader than print on paper. There are still huge growth opportunities for traditional printing companies if you dare to look beyond traditional forms. With the development in technology today, there are many more opportunities to print various materials and shapes, such as, for example, a nice brochure in a personalized packaging box or a printed puzzle that you can order in small quantities to offer as a year-end gift. A creative approach offers your end customers tremendous opportunities. Our future lies in those various forms of printing coupled with offline and online capabilities. We must and will evolve to this hybrid form of print, online and more than paper. Let’s start by inspiring our customers what print as a brand sense can really mean.”

Innovation first

All this notwithstanding, Jesse Marynen is a big fan of and remains eager to learn about digitization – if only to not let the train pass by and actually jump on it. “So I don’t see digitization as a competitor, but as something that can strengthen print and vice versa. Just look at how Bloovi, as a digital platform, has already distributed three high-end magazines to customers – our print work, by the way (laughs).

“Moreover, digitalization puts us on edge and forces us to innovate. Such as solutions to automate standard printing and focus more on custom printing. The best proof of that attitude is that we not only continue to do print management for companies, but also offer smart digital solutions to clients.

“Therefore, I do not see digitization as a competitor, but as something that can enhance print and vice versa.”

Such as our (open) e-commerce platform in which the customer can configure and order printed matter completely customized. In addition, we also offer BAAS, or Buroform As A Service, a (closed) marketing platform tailored to the client’s needs. The customer can find all their marketing materials in it and reorder personalized ones if needed. For example, name cards for a new employee, banners,…”

Jesse Marynen, Chief Print Officer of Buroform

“I spoke often in our conversation about the challenges in our industry,” Jesse Marynen let us know quickly before the call closed, “but I hope I didn’t come across as too negative or fatalistic. Yes, it’s true that those challenges make us play finals every day and we have to make the right choices every day – because any decision can turn out wrong in a pressurized market with ever-shrinking margins – but that’s also what makes it all so fascinating. Moreover, the love for the business is just too great to take on that challenge and we continue to grow as a company – we turned a positive figure last year, which is by no means evident but shows that we are doing well.”

Also looking for a partner for your high-quality printing? Find out what Buroform can do for you here.

This piece is a collaboration between Bloovi Studio & Buroform.

Buroform launches online platform for occasion printing with Designcards

After two years of brooding, brainstorming and working out, may we finally introduce it to you: our online ordering platform: Designcards. On it you can design your occasional printwork all by yourself, making it even faster to get it to you. All with the same familiar quality.

Designcards mood image

About Designcards

The mission of Buroform – of which Designcards is a part – says it all: making modern, high-quality printing accessible is what matters to us. Designcards flowed further from this idea and specialized in creating custom occasion printing. Designcards’ cards allow emotions to be translated using strong designs and artisanal printing techniques such as letterpress (impression) and foil printing.

With Designcards, we especially want to inspire people with beautiful designs for their printing. We are starting with some wedding and birth cards, but behind the scenes we are working hard on new designs and additions to celebrate even more beautiful moments with a “Designcard.

Why online?

We want to lower the barrier to ordering high-quality (custom) printing. Today everything goes digital, but when it comes to high-quality printing, it’s hard to find your way online. In addition, it also takes a lot of energy to have a design done by a graphic designer or request a quote if you don’t already know the possibilities. To these shortages, our new platform should provide a clear answer.

For example, you can order a sample pack through Designcards’ website. This package introduces you to different styles, finishes and paper choices. On the online ordering platform, you can then choose the design that suits your style. Do you prefer to create your own? That too can be done online. The online editor makes it very easy to modify existing designs or to simply start from a blank card.

In the ordering process, you can calculate your own price and create compositions (for example: envelope + card + sticker). After your order, our experts are ready to check each design extra carefully. Immediately after approval, your design can go into print.

Who is Designcards intended for?

Designcards is designed for individuals, for people who want to be inspired or who are looking for beautiful ready-made designs that perfectly fit the moment. In addition, it is also intended for people who would like to be immediately informed (prices, options, methods, etc.) and get started themselves.

“We stand out. No thirteen-in-a-dozen, but creative and inspiring designs. We go for genuine craftsmanship. Quality comes first, both in production and in our customer service. The printed matter is made with love and you can feel that from the moment you hold it in your hands.” – Lisa De Kegel, graphic designer

Future Vision

Behind the scenes, diligent work continues on Designcards’ offerings. On the one hand, in breadth: new categories such as “party,” “communion” and “Christmas and New Year cards” are being added.

On the other hand, in depth: for example, in the near future there will be a whole range of products to order by design. Are you choosing a birth announcement card? Then you will also be able to choose a matching baby shower card, a christening sugar label or sticker, envelopes, closing seals and so much more.

The same goes for wedding cards. If you choose a particular wedding invitation, you can already start with a save-the-date card and complete the whole wedding with menu cards, table cards, name cards to even thank you cards in the same style.

Are you looking for occasion printing yourself? Or are you just curious? Then be sure to take a look at

Heidelberg launches the Speedmaster CX 104 press

A publication of Graphic News, June 28, 2021.
Author: Aurelia Ricciardi

During “Showtime,” a virtual event hosted by Heidelberg on June 23, the press maker unveiled the new Speedmaster CX 104. At the same time, the machine also had its world premiere at the “China Print” exhibition in Beijing.

The Speedmaster CX 104 has been given a new ergonomic design and new technical features. The offset press shows itself to be very versatile and can be configured as a machine to produce packaging, commercial printing or special applications. “This is a multipurpose and extremely flexible platform. I don’t think there is a comparable press in its category,” explained Jens Kalbantner, the R&D project leader for the CX 104.

A ‘game changer’

Those who opt for the new Speedmaster CX 104 start from a basic model that can be configured in various ways. The press can count up to 15 pressure units so that it becomes up to 30 meters long. “In theory,” specifies Florian Franken, the product director(pictured). He does indicate, however, that two orders for such a configuration are already pending. “It is not always the fastest or the most powerful that survives, but rather the one that adapts best to the situation. And exactly on that point, the Speedmaster CX 104 has strong strengths: the press can evolve and is particularly flexible,” he adds.

According to Franken, Heidelberg wanted to build a press that can adapt to the needs of a wide range of customers: “Commercial printers in Europe or North America are looking for flexibility, but also a high degree of automation. At the same time, we also wanted to meet the needs of markets in Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. There, industrial packaging printers are at work producing up to 15 to 16 million prints per year. They need a sturdy and reliable machine. And finally, customers also want a specialized and personalized machine for special applications.”

The Speedmaster CX 104 produces at a speed of 15,000 to 16,500 sheets/hour and can handle a wide variety of carriers, from 0.03 mm to 1 mm. As an option, Heidelberg also offers some special packs for thin media, for cardboard or for plastic.

Buroform did the test

In Belgium, the press has already been tested in practice at printing company Buroform. Jesse Marynen, the chief print officer of the Mechelen printing company, testified about this on Showtime, “We were looking for a machine that could handle both large and short runs. We print a lot of uncoated paper, and our customers want the best printing and reproduction quality. And those are the features we found in the CX 104.”

Jesse speaking on ‘Showtime’. © Heidelberg

Other improvements and technical features

  • The CX104 is controlled by Prinect Press Center XL 3 with IntelliStart 3.0, a new operating system that is “as easy to use as a smartphone.
  • A new vernis unit that is “completely reimagined” and scores especially on ergonomics.
  • A new grid roller for the vernis unit simplifies the replacement of Anilox rollers: a single operator suffices. Because the roller is lighter, it can be replaced 75 percent faster – in 1 minute 20 instead of 5 minutes 30.
  • The WashAssistant, in turn, optimizes washes.
  • A new exhaust system reduces ink mist and emissions so the air in the workshop is cleaner.

Novelties in finishing

Also presented at Showtime was the XL 106-D rotary punching system, in a single-unit configuration. This reduces energy consumption and carbon footprint compared to the previous model that had two units. Polar, for its part, proposed a new cutting system, the DCC-12. That makes it possible to increase productivity by up to 25 percent and produce 10 packets per minute instead of eight. Another development from Polar: the AirGo Jog that automates the preparation process. Heidelberg also presented the new folding cylinder PerfectGrip, which combines new materials with a new geometry.

LE UV printing press: an investment in the environment and in quality

Great news, because we have equipped our machine park with the LE UV Heidelberg Speedmaster CX104-4, a full option offset press of the “Push-to-Stop”generation which allows faster, more efficient and more sustainable printing, resulting in sublime print quality!

LE UV curing technology: great energy savings

The offset printing press is an investment that fits perfectly into our vision of environmentally friendly business. Like ourselves, this printing press has a heart for the environment, which is expressed in several ways. LE UV stands for
Low Energy Ultra Violet:
in contrast to traditional UV offset presses, ink curing is done using energy-efficient lamps with a precisely designed spectrum. On top of that, the use of washing liquid is reduced to as little as 2 cl per plate and a standby function ensures that half as much power is needed as normal.

Also nice to know: 918 trees were planted during the production of the press. You can view the certificate here.

“Choosing environmentally friendly printing and paper is not just an aspiration for Buroform, but a condition in itself. The LE UV is an investment that fits perfectly into our vision of sustainable business.”

The LE UV speedmaster CX 104-4

Faster delivery times, deeper colors

LE UV technology has numerous other advantages. The ink is cured in an instant and can be finished immediately, allowing for shorter lead times and faster delivery times. This rapid curing means that hardly any antismet powder is still needed, and the risk of ink transfer to overlying sheets is completely eliminated. Because the ink has no chance to be absorbed by the paper, the colors are also much stronger, brighter and deeper. Thus, the quality of printing increases gradually!

High productivity, sublime quality

It’s not just the rapid drying process that allows us to serve you faster. The LE UV press uses push-to-stop technology that increases productivity: it operates almost fully automatically, requiring far fewer human actions. For example, plates are replaced, positioned and checked by the machine itself. The insertion (the paper loss) shifts down almost by a factor of ten AND the press is set up and ready to print within a minute. Every hour we can process up to 16,500 sheets, resulting in sublime quality!

All the benefits again:

And in closing, another solemn “bye bye” to our old press:

Mechelen printer Buroform looks beyond printing on paper

Mechelen – The Mechelen tower puzzle of 1000 pieces with the beautiful photo of our colleague Sven Van Haezendonck and the unique illustration book about the Mechelen urban legend of the Maneblussers…. these are just two of the many beautiful products that were made at the Mechelen printing company Buroform. Reason enough to take a look behind the scenes of this family-owned business.

“Both the illustration book and the puzzle were absolute best sellers,” affirms case manager Jesse Marynen (33). “For both, we are making a second printing. Puzzlers will have to be patient for a while longer. Because of the corona crisis, puzzles have become so popular that you can hardly find suitable cardboard for puzzles anywhere in Europe. As a Mechelen company, we are of course very proud that we were allowed to participate in this. It is up to us to make the production of high-quality printed matter accessible to as many companies as possible. In other words, it’s our job to make sure that Sven Van Haezendonck’s photo gets on the puzzle pieces as well as possible.”

More authentic and special

Jesse has been at the head of the company for six years. In that time, much has changed in the world of printing. “We have to move with the times and therefore with our customers. A sustainable, quality and innovative printing company is a standard today to still be relevant in our market. That does not mean producing everything in-house, for certain products other companies are better equipped. Then it makes sense for us to call on them. This way we offer all our customers the right solution within their budget and for that we are experts in what we do.”

“In a sea of fast-food communications, high-quality print can stand out just right.”

Buroform acquired a number of companies in recent years, and the investments are following in rapid succession. According to Jesse, you need a certain scale to keep investing in the latest technology. Today it is essential for any printing company to produce as efficiently as possible, margins are under pressure from digitization and there is an oversupply of standard printing. The shift to small volume printing but more authentic, more special, with more impact, is a reality.

Personalize with print

Despite the shrinking market in mass communication on paper, the global market in print continues to grow worldwide. The opportunities to personalize something with print are getting bigger and bigger every year. “Due to the corona crisis, for example, more people started to spend their time next to their smartphones or computers and started to do plenty of puzzles. Making personalized puzzles suddenly became a gap in the market, the manufacturers hadn’t seen the rush coming so stocks of puzzle pieces weren’t replenished until the end of February. Also printing floor stickers, plexiglass screens and all the products to inform us to keep our distance boosted our print sector.”

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“We want to offer our customers the best of both worlds. That means automating standard products with smart tools so we can focus more on consulting on high-value products. For example, we set up print portals for customers such as Spaces, Volvo, Alcon Benelux, Carglass, SMA Benelux & UK. In this way our clients can serve their own customers smoothly with their communication material that we manage on these portals but also physically send all over Europe. In addition, we are experts in producing high-quality printed materials, telling examples are our collaborations with Tomorrowland, Cartamundi, Zilte and numerous publishers for whom we print high-profile art books.”

Jesse takes us behind the scenes in the print shop. “As you can see, a completely new state-of-the-art printing press installed.” In another room, printed sheets are cut to size and folded fully automatically. In another workshop, it seems as if we are going back in time several decades. There, a number of old printing presses are still set up where large sheets are refinished with foil printing for an art book cover. And finally, Jesse takes us to another building where there is a complete digital printing shop. “This is where small runs are made and we can finish up to fifty or more jobs a day. We have adapted all of our business to what customers expect from us. That is innovative, sustainable and high-quality printing.”

The typo department of Buroform
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Written by: Ward Bosmans