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Published on April 30, 2024

A Journey through the Evolution of the Heaford Gravure Proof Press  

As part of Heaford’s momentous 40th-anniversary celebrations, we’re taking a captivating journey revisiting the remarkable evolution of the gravure proof press through the last four decades. From humble beginnings to global recognition, Heaford’s story is one of innovation, resilience, and unwavering dedication.

Pioneering Beginnings

Founded by John M. Heaford in 1983, J.M. Heaford Ltd, now known simply as Heaford, traces its roots back to a visionary craftsman with a passion for precision engineering. John’s journey began with an apprenticeship at Metropolitan Vickers in Manchester, where his expertise flourished. His transition from sales to leadership at George Moultons Ltd (later renamed GMS) marked the genesis of Heaford’s illustrious legacy.

Shaping the Industry

At GMS, John’s sales prowess propelled the gravure proof press into the limelight. Recognising the importance of proofing gravure cylinders before dispatch, John spearheaded innovations that revolutionised the industry. The robust GMS gravure proof press, a marvel of engineering, set new standards for quality assurance, with some machines still operational after four decades.

Innovation to Reimagine the Gravure Proof Press

In 1981, John embarked on a new chapter, establishing his own company to supply consumables to the gravure and flexographic industries. Fuelled by his design acumen, he reimagined the gravure proof press, enhancing efficiency while reducing costs. The transition to micro controlled systems and advanced hydraulic sytems heralded a new era of precision and reliability.

Expanding Horizons

Heaford’s ingenuity knew no bounds, from bespoke designs for floor covering samples to combined gravure and flexographic proofing machines for the wall covering industry, Heaford continued to push boundaries to meet customer demands. Each innovation underscoring John’s visionary approach and the company’s commitment to excellence.

A Glimpse into the Future

At Drupa 2016, Heaford unveiled a more automated gravure proof press, showcasing our commitment to cutting-edge technology. The integration of computerised systems streamlined operations, enabling seamless job approvals prior to production runs, underlining Heaford’s enduring quest for excellence.

A Legacy of Excellence

Renowned world-wide for premier design, innovation and technical expertise, Heaford has supplied over 550gravure proof presses supplied worldwide since its inception in 1983.

Please join us in celebrating four decades of unparalleled success underpinned by passion, innovation, and the relentless pursuit of perfection. Here’s to the next chapter of groundbreaking achievements!