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Flexo presses ahead for p-s label converter

"We’ll have added 65 percent to last year’s turnover by year end, and we’re aiming to double in size within two years," states Nik Richardson, managing director of County Labels, in Macclesfield, England.

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The source for this optimism are two flexo label presses from Mark Andy that have transformed County’s business.

Originally dedicated to foil stamping, County added a three-color 7" flexo press in 1994 to help bring in-house some £100ꯠ worth of flexo business it had outsourced. A second flexo press, this time a 10", six-color machine, was added in ’98. In January ’03, another Mark Andy 2200 10" flexo press was added, this time with four water-based and four UV stations, plus a turning station, laminating unit, and leaflet device.

Much faster than its six-color stablemate, the new press is already operating on two shifts and might add a third shift at any point. "By increasing our staff to 26 and running both Mark Andy presses on triple shift, I calculate we can attain a £3.2-million turnover from these premises," Richardson predicts. "After that, we’ll need to move to something bigger that offers a better workflow pattern for production." (In the photo, Richardson stands alongside one of the workhorse p-s label flexo presses.)

Part of this rapid growth is due to development of a mail-order service on the Internet for a vast range of stock p-s labels, in addition to the company Web site.

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