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£2m printing press keeps Ultimate Packaging at the forefront

A £2 million new print press has boosted capacity at one of “the most premium press halls in the UK”.

£2m printing press keeps Ultimate Packaging at the forefront

Ultimate Packaging, the UK’s leading flexible packaging manufacturer, has invested in a new BOBST 20SIX CS unit, with further plans to invest in an additional laser perforation machine in the new year.

The new press will allow Ultimate to continue to be reactive and deliver to customers with responsive lead times. The new eight colour press features a downstream unit for film coating with a web width of 1,300 mm and speed of 500m per minute, delivering consistency across a large range of substrates and applications.

The press also allows Ultimate to print using water-based inks opening up new markets.

“We are delighted to be putting our fourth Bobst 20SIX eight colour flexo press into full production, following handover by the manufacturers installation team,” Jeremy Hodson, managing director of Ultimate Packaging said. “Over the years, since our first 20SIX investment in 2012, followed by a further two presses in 2015, one with a down-stream unit, we have seen excellent improvements in both press efficiency and material waste reduction. Print quality and colour consistency have been excellent too.

“The new press also has a down-stream unit, which along with other specified options, gives us even more flexibility with the previous investments to continue to efficiently produce great quality work for our customers to sometimes extremely tight deadlines.”

The new press is fitted with a state of the art Graphic Positioning System that allows reduced set up times, produces less waste and will allow Ultimate Packaging to continue to be at the forefront of flexographic printing, making them one of the most premium print halls in the UK.

Ultimate has further plans to invest in another new laser perforation machine in January 2019. It will work alongside Ultimate’s very own Adapt Map, which tailor makes unique laser perforation designs to specifically suit fresh produce respiration rates, allowing them to achieve optimal results in extending shelf-life and freshness.

In conjunction with this technology Ultimate have their very own mobile Adapt Map Respiration Chamber, which enables customers to carry out real-time testing on fresh produce onsite which gives results in a four hour time frame. The data is then sent to Ultimate for analysis. This allows the company to be responsive to the needs of sensitive crop throughout the season, making sure customers get the best out of their products.

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