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Rigid Containers invests £3.5 million in corrugating equipments; to enter decorative, high graphics market

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Rigid Containers invests £3.5 million in corrugating equipments; to enter decorative, high graphics market

April 25, 2010 - 20:30

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, UK, April 16, 2010 (Press Release) -Rigid Containers, one of the UK's largest independent corrugated box and container manufacturers, continues to invest in the latest corrugating equipment, by confirming it has placed an order for a six colour flexo rotary die-cutter. The machine in question - a Göpfert 16/24 Evolution rotary die-cutter - is a Servo Drive, high technology printing machine, capable of producing some of the best quality post print graphics on corrugated fibreboard cases. It will be installed at the Selby factory, near to the existing four colour Göpfert Evolution that was installed 3 years ago.

"This latest series of investments, valued at over £3.5 million, is further proof that VPK, our parent company, has complete confidence in our market development," comments Richard Coward, Managing Director. "With the best in high quality flexo print capability, we will be in a position to expand our range of ‘stock and serve' facilities, especially as customers require more and more high quality graphics on their Retail Ready Packaging solutions." Mr Coward continues, "We have requested a very high specification machine from the manufacturers, and have opted for inter-deck dryers, which will allow us to achieve exceptional print quality on high hold-out White liners - this enables us to enter the high quality, decorative graphics market with real confidence."

The choice of the Göpfert flexo rotary die-cutter follows hot on the heels of other investments, namely a SuperNova2 speciality folder gluer line (manufactured by UK-based Andrew & Suter Ltd), and the addition of an E-flute cassette to the corrugator at Desborough. The SuperNova2 speciality gluer is designed to handle a wide range of board combinations from the most delicate litho laminated micro flute to double wall in a wide range of designs. A similar machine was installed at Selby recently.

Mr Coward concludes, "This round of investments follows the expansion of the Selby site a year ago to accommodate three more converting machines. We needed the additional machine capacity to allow us to significantly increase our ‘stock and serve' facilities."