Hot on the heels of our rescue of failed Manchester printer Clowes, a move which saved 18 jobs and boosted turnover to around the £5m mark, we’re gearing up for what we believe will be our best ever start to a new year thanks to the acquisition of some new kit.
After conducting a detailed analysis of our gluing department, we’ve made a significant investment, taking delivery of a new gluing/folding machine and integrated precision gluing system; upgrades which will help improve efficiency and reduce lead times. They’ll help us to provide current clients with an extended range of packaging as well as giving us the opportunity to expand our customer base further.
Our new Bobst Expertfold 110 A2 folder-gluer is a machine capable of folding and gluing a variety of packaging cartons up to 1100mm wide at incredible speeds of up to 450 metres per minute. Supplied with a Bobst HandyPack GT, the new machinery will also helps our end-of-line staff to pack finished cartons into transport containers more efficiently.
We’ve also invested in the very high specification WH Leary Array glue system which delivers precise gluing control regardless of machine speed or the complexity of application. The Array integrates seamlessly with the Expertfold and automatically produces management data which is fed directly into our intranet enabling us to improve monitoring and planning of production runs.
As well as helping to improve manufacturing efficiency immediately, because both purchases are modular in design, they can evolve with us as our business grows to satisfy increased market demand.
Company director Jacky Sidebottom explains: “We’ve taken a twin-track approach to growth – investing in both people and machinery. The Clowes take-over was an ideal opportunity to consolidate our position in the marketplace. New staff bring new skills, contacts and business leads which helps improve our economies of scale and purchasing power. Now with the Bobst folder-gluer and WH Leary system, and the improved productivity they’ll bring, we feel like we’re heading into the New Year in a stronger position than ever.”