Glossop Cartons has announced details regarding the installation of a second Mitsubishi printing press at its Glossop, Derbyshire premises. The four-colour Mitsubishi D3000LX B1-format litho press incorporates inter-deck UV drying, end of press coating, as well as IR and warm-air drying solutions.
This latest Mitsubishi joins a V3000 press from the Japanese manufacturer at the award winning retail printed packaging specialist.
Commenting on this latest acquisition, Jacky Sidebottom, Managing Director of Glossop Cartons, said: “We had been seeking the right press to accomplish a complex printing task for our business for some time. The coating unit and the coating know-how of the team at M Partners were key to our decision to purchase our second Mitsubishi machine.
“Our V3000 press has been extremely reliable and has performed wonderfully and consistently for us, so we had no doubts whatsoever about the print quality on offer from Mitsubishi, it was all about the specific coating task that we had to achieve. Other press suppliers, including both German and Japanese manufacturers, were unable to supply the solution for us in our time frame. M Partners, with their knowledge, gave us the solution to our request and gave us a real working fix.”
The new purchase allows Glossop Cartons to produce “film-ready” skin pack cards in one pass – something that had previously required two machine processes. As the largest UK producer of skin packaging, this advance provides a further significant competitive advantage to Glossop.
“Previously we had added coating to the cards as an offline process. This ageing offline unit needed upgrading, but we were finding it difficult to purchase a suitable replacement. Incorporating the coating routine into the printing pass was the ideal solution, but too many coating “experts” were saying it couldn’t be done,” added Jacky Sidebottom.
M Partners litho specialist and head of sales, Gary Doman, said: “I was convinced that the Mitsubishi coating unit, combined with our in-company expertise and experience, could provide the answer to the questions being posed by the team at Glossop Cartons. We worked closely with the coating supplier and experimented with a variety of transfer mechanisms in the coating unit itself. The right components helped us to solve the puzzle!”
Skin cards are used to produce retail packs typically found in the DIY and car accessory market sectors.
Glossop Cartons is a well-known UK manufacturer of quality retail packaging solutions, including litho printed cartons, sleeves and wallets, blister pack cards, and skin pack cards. The company involves itself in both the design and manufacture of packaging that is suited to a wide range of products. From initial packaging concepts through design, production and delivery, the team at Glossop Cartons make it their business to be imaginative in offering packaging that is both cost effective and innovative.
“This latest addition to our production capabilities illustrates our approach to packaging very well,” said Jacky Sidebottom. “We make it our business to be aware of the requirements of packaging in our customers own marketplace.
“A typical scenario would involve us presenting our initial concepts to a customer for approval – concepts that will have been thought through carefully. Based on a detailed brief we will provide plain CAD samples in production materials. With these samples the customer can check the style, functionality and visual impact of a packaging design and gain approval and commitment from their customer at a very early stage of development. The creative graphic design element can then follow. At Glossop we can now print one off graphics onto the production material, creating a cut-out prototype sample or samples for our client to present to the product buyer, adding that final touch of style that will best market a product or range.”
About M Partners
In 2010 M Partners took on the management of both sales and service for Mitsubishi Litho Presses in the UK and Ireland. This representation joins established products such as GUK folding and inserting equipment, and Steinemann laminating products. More recently, 2011 saw the business expand into the digital market following an announcement regarding MGi digital printing and finishing equipment; and market-leading post-press inspection equipment from Mabeg.
M Partners offers manufacturers considerable marketing and business expertise across both the printing and packaging sectors and provides high-quality national coverage for sales, support and technical service.
The Joint Managing Directors established M Partners Ltd in 2006 after gaining many years of industry experience in senior management roles at a major press manufacturer and used equipment dealer. They were responsible for corporate and product marketing for pre-press, press, post-press and service, plus operational control for digital, consumables and used equipment divisions.