Jeremy Crossley returns to print finishing with ACA
Jeremy (Jes) Crossley has returned to print finishing after a 20 year stint with Heidelberg UK as a post press specialist and sales representative. He has joined comprehensive print finishing and packaging converter ACA as business development manager.
ACA offers in the region of 70 different finishing processes and, being based adjacent to Glasgow airport and the M8, distributes to a UK wide market. Currently 60% of its work is from Scotland, 40% from the rest of the UK but with expansion in mind it believes the split will be nearer 50-50 in the next three years.
‘In my role with Heidelberg I have worked with print and packaging companies in the north of England and Scotland. I had called on ACA regularly over the last 20 years and was impressed when the £6.5 million management buyout took place in 2016, backed by Royal Bank of Scotland,’ said Jes Crossley. ‘It was clear that this company wanted to push forward, that it was eager to double its turnover to £8 million and that it was willing to invest in the equipment and people to make that happen.’
Armed with BRC double-A packaging certification and ISO 9001 quality accreditation, ACA is a company which provides controlled quality across a range of services which include die cutting, foiling, gluing, vanishing, laminating, folding, stitching and binding as well as supplying blocking dies and laser formes.
Jes spent the first 22 years of his career in print finishing across a wide range of equipment and with departmental management roles. He is happy to return to the trade and to continue his relationship with a growing number of print and packaging companies in the UK.
Dara Changizi, director of ACA, said: ‘I knew Jes when he was at Heidelberg and went to some open houses. I could see that print and packaging firms gravitated to him and that they (and I) would listen to him because he didn’t waste your time but added to your knowledge. He will be respected by our customers because of that approach.’