Patrick Roe started The Logan Press in 2004 after half a lifetime of supplying, restoring and moving old letterpress machinery and equipment.
He has always had a particular love of Arab presses since owning one as a schoolboy and this obsession has endured to the present day.
A few years ago, he took on Guy Brudenell, an experienced and enthusiastic engineer who had a passion for all old machinery including his own 1926 BSA motorbike.
AMR Press, run by Giles Hovendon, was one of the few other companies in the UK to specialise in the supply, transport, installation, maintenance and reconditioning of letterpress and printmaking equipment.
They had 25 years experience of this work, having grown from the renowned Printing House Museum in Cockermouth, Cumbria.
At the beginning of 2020, AMR Press and The Logan Press decided to merge and became AMR Logan Press. The premises Josiah Wade first built in Halifax for the manufacture of Arab presses was Crown Works, so the Finedon building took this name. Melanie Hollin keeps everything running smoothly and is the first point of contact over the ’phone.
The new company took on Theo Miller, an artist and printmaker with a keen interest in engineering and the heritage and technical aspects of printmaking. He has a wealth of experience as a tutor and technician at De Montfort University and Leicester Print Workshop. With his own studio, he has also designed his own etching press and has rescued a number of iron hand presses from the clutches of the scrap man.