Friedheim’s converting division gains a digital twist
One of the biggest growth sectors in the converting industry is digital packaging. To support this, Friedheim International has welcomed back John Harrison as national sales manager to its converting division.
‘John Harrison’s name is already synonymous with Friedheim and converting,’ said managing director Mark Bristow. ‘John was the converting manager three years ago, and after some very successful installations we said goodbye because he wanted to branch out into the digital arena. In his move to HP and later Komori, he gained invaluable experience in greater appreciation of the workflow due to the increasing efficiencies of the digital presses, creating pressures at the finishing end of the workflow.
‘As most in the UK converting industry will know, John has an excellent grasp of all the techniques involved in carton and corrugated manufacturing, and as a seasoned veteran of the industry, he understands our customer’s needs to design a solution that will meet their exacting requirements.’
In his previous sales positions John has worked with all the leading carton and corrugated manufacturers. He was previously UK sales manager of Duran, Kama, and Kohmann, with long standing relationships with most of the UK’s carton and corrugated companies.
At Friedheim, John will take over from Roger Cartwright in the coming months, whilst current projects are finalised and handed over. He will be responsible for converting solutions for the folding carton, corrugated, point of sale/display and commercial print industries within the UK and Ireland.
John said, ‘It is exciting being back after some years in a completely different environment – it is a little like coming home! Things have changed quite a lot at Friedheim in my absence; the taking on of the Duran agency is by far the most important, since it is at the very top of the game and I have had very strong relationships with the manufacturer for years. I am looking to build on recent successes with new suppliers and our excellent sales, service and spare parts organisation.’