New printer is a world first and will benefit city

BOOST Affinion director Greg Howford, Linvoy Primus and vice president of European operations Andrew Mutch.  Picture: Sarah Standing (121270-7203)
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A GLOBAL firm has invested £2.5m in its Portsmouth base.

Affinion International yesterday launched its new print centre at its Airspeed Road factory.

It is a room which houses a huge printer and finishing machine that are together in the same place for the first time in the world.

The machine is so fast it can print, collate and personalise up to three million A4 sheets a month – 1,040 a minute – and stuff them into envelopes ready for the postman.

Whilst Affinion International, which also works in fraud prevention, will use the giant printer for its 7.4m customers, the firm will also be working with local printers to allow them to offer the service.

Greg Howford, head of Affinion International Print Services, said: ‘We deal with a lot of local printers which don’t have the capability to do this and we’ll subcontract to them and partner with them.’

The firm is already bidding to print the election ballots for 14 local authorities.

Mr Howford added: ‘We can also bid for work in Europe, and if we bring the work to Portsmouth then it’s good news for Portsmouth.’

The new print centre was unveiled by Pompey favourite Linvoy Primus, as Affinion works closely with the football club on community projects.