The Heidelberg machine is the largest investment that the group has made on a single press, and its purchase last year gives the plant a significant performance edge. Andrew Pybus, General Manager of the company's North East sites said, "Printed packaging continues to grow in its complexity and our customers seek to gain the maximum marketing potential from their cartons. The arrival of this press as part of our portfolio of equipment in the North East has not only helped us produce more printed sheets than ever before but also to develop new and innovative print effects."
The configuration of the machine means that the press can produce medium format sheets at speeds of up to 18,000 per hour. The state of the art press can achieve up to eight colours plus coatings on a single print surface, or alternatively up to six colours with coatings on one side plus two colours and a coating on the reverse. Benson Group is marketing this new print service offering under the "VersoTM" name.
For the M&S Posh Profiteroles project, the carton features four process and two M&S specialist low migration inks supplied by Stelhin Hostag. All over matt varnish, highlighted with spot gloss varnish achieves a high end, tactile effect. Bobst machinery was used for cutting and gluing, with a Kohhman machine used to patch the 71um Poly window.
Josephine Morgan, Benson Group's Retail Director, who was onsite with a representative from M&S as the sheets rolled of the press, said;
"We are delighted to have our newest Heidelberg up and running. We're particularly pleased that we've been able to demonstrate the impressive capabilities to one of our key retail partners during a visit to our Gateshead site.
This investment is proof of our ongoing commitment to supplying cutting-edge packaging to our existing customer base and we look forward to the opportunities it will bring in new food, beverage and personal care market areas."