The history ofSpringfield Solutions

1975

1975 was a vintage year in the technology world, perhaps one of the best on record. It heralded the start of the home computer revolution with the launch of the MITS Altair 8800 and those two giants of the hardware and software markets – Apple and Microsoft were founded.

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1977

Just two years after Albert Dass founded Springfield Solutions the company was on the move. Out-growing its initial base on Springfield Way in Anlaby – the street from which it took its name – Albert expanded to Wright Street, just below Italian restaurant Froggies. The move was to accommodate two new, big-named clients – London publishers Mitchell Beasley and IPC Media.

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1978

By 1978 – three years after Albert Dass founded Springfield Solutions – the business had built an enviable reputation as a proofing house serving major, national clients. But at the time Albert was relying on suppliers to create the films and plates that Springfield was proofing, leading him to conclude the job would be more efficient if it was carried out by a single company. With this in mind, he set about establishing his own film making operation.

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1984

In 1978 we looked at how Albert cut a hole in the ceiling of his house to fit a flat-bed camera, film processor and planning bench into his attic. It was from here he launched his film making operation to complement Springfield Solutions’ proofing services, and it proved to be an insightful move indeed.

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1990

Our founder, Albert Dass, has always kept his eye on developing technologies and in 1990 that was no different. Years before Microsoft and Apple became household names Danish company Purup was developing hardware and software for the reprographics industry and, spotting an advantage in adopting these, Albert decided to invest.

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1993

Over the years Springfield Solutions has been at the forefront of many developments in the reprographics, brand management and printing worlds, but in 1993 we found ourselves helping to instigate change in a completely different industry.

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1996

You see we espouse our credentials as experts in digital print on a regular basis and we believe with good reason. 1996 is the start of that. It is the year we first invested in digital. And it was a first not just for us but for an entire continent. Our Indigo Omnius 50 was the first reel-fed digital printer in the whole of Europe.

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1997

In our last post we looked at how we dipped our toes into digital printing for the first time in 1996, by investing in an Indigo Ominus 50 reel-fed digital press. It was a European first and the start of a process that has led the company to where it is today.

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2000

In 1999 we invested in our last ever analogue presses, which was the countdown to the end of an era. A large client in the paint industry changed from sheet-fed cans to self-adhesive labels which meant we needed to invest to complete the contract. Digital printing was not yet at the point where it could be used for anything other than short runs and prototypes, so we bought a flexo press and a litho press, both from Nilpeter, to ensure we could meet the client’s requirements.

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2014

We’ve achieved a number of firsts during our 40 years as Springfield and 2014 was no exception. Last year Springfield Solutions became the first company in the World to invest in a Screen Truepress Jet L350UV digital label press, which was new to the market and perfectly suited to our requirements.

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2015

During 2015 we looked back over 40 years of innovation at Springfield Solutions, and even those of us who have worked here for a long time have learned things we didn’t know about the company.

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Steve Forster

Vice Chairman

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Dennis Ebeltoft

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Neil Percy

Reprographics Manager

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Albert Dass

Chairman

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Steve Nix

Print Operations Manager

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Duncan Wilkinson

Scheduling & Customer Service Manager

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Julie Fields

Studio/IT/Projects Manager

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Matt Dass

Managing Director - Innovation

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