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Weber installs Mark Andy Performance Series in Scotland

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International labelling and converting group Weber Packaging Solutions has installed a Mark Andy Performance Series P5E flexo press at its UK headquarters in Scotland. The group, which has production plants across the world from Europe to Central America, and Australia, lists more than 50,000 companies in its customer portfolio.

Patrick Hughes, managing director of the UK and Ireland operation, said: ‘We have a longstanding relationship with Mark Andy that dates back to when it first began manufacturing label presses, and now have a large number of its presses installed in Weber plants around the world. In fact, the vast majority of Weber accredited printing press operators have trained and worked on Mark Andy presses and acquired a wide ranging level of skill and experience from them.’

The Performance Series now has more than 1500 global installations. The new P5E at Weber is a 430 mm eight colour press, fitted with a chilled impression roll for film applications and a cold foil facility. It has Mark Andy’s QCDC system for quick and easy die changing and the company’s new advanced waste wind up. Capable of production speeds up to 230 metres per minute on substrates from 12 to 356 microns, the P5E has 360 degree registration adjustment and controlled ink densities to ensure accurate dot repeatability.

Installed at Weber’s factory near Edinburgh, the new press offers both increased capacity as well as added value capability to bring unsupported film and smart labelling applications into the company’s large product portfolio. This will be particularly useful for Weber’s extensive range of products that embraces prime printed labels, RFID, booklet, no-look, foil and embossed labels for markets as diverse as pharmaceutical, food and drink, chemical, fabric homecare, automotive and retail, amongst others.

With a premium list of international customers to serve that includes leading brands like Amazon, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, and Coca Cola, Weber recognises the need to invest in the latest label production capacity to guarantee high quality products that satisfy the ever changing demands of a diverse range of industries.

But there is more to Weber than printed labels. Patrick Hughes, who has worked for the company since 1999 and been managing director since 2010, says he has seen a fundamental change in the company’s business in that time. ‘We have grown from being a global label converter to a direct manufacturer of automatic high speed labelling systems, thermal inkjet coding systems and a complete auto ID solutions provider for food, pharma, and logistics companies worldwide.’

In addition to the range of Mark Andy presses onsite, Weber has wide web blank label converting machines combined with inkjet overprinting systems. This gives the company the high speed and efficiencies it needs for low cost blank label production to satisfy the growing e-commerce industry. It also provides its customers with one and two colour variable overprinting for sequential barcoding or hazard labelling solutions.

Stating that Weber’s group strategy is to develop and enhance its range of labelling and coding systems alongside its label manufacturing division, the new Mark Andy Performance Series is seen as a means of providing an enhanced level of service to its extensive customer portfolio that demands approximately 10 million linear metres of labels each month. All production is quality controlled in line, with ISO 9001/14001 and BRC quality standards.


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