Although a small company formed in 2003, ‘Labelsunltd’ has experienced rapid growth in recent years. As part of an expansion plan the company recently installed a Nilpeter FB-3300 combination press at its new factory in Bredbury, near Stockport.
The press is configured with eight UV-flexo units, an interchangeable rotary screen module and a hot foil module, both based on Nilpeter's Drop-In technology. It has a maximum web width of 330 mm (13 inches) and can produce self-adhesive labels and flexible packaging at a top speed of 228 m/min. (750 ft/min.).
The company's main business is to produce paper and filmic self-adhesive labels for the home-care and bakery sectors, with food labels for the farming industry as a growing specialisation. Lately it has expanded into flexible packaging, such as sachets and pouches, involving unsupported films and foil laminates.
'Last September we moved into a new factory unit of 603 sq.m (6,500 sq. ft) in Bredbury. We are currently in the process of expanding the unit by installing a mezzanine floor to store plates, consumables and materials to open up the pressroom floor', said Marc Bradley, managing director. 'The new press with UV-curing will greatly expand production volumes and the type of products we can produce. Our equipment includes an Aquaflex water-based flexo press, but we are looking to replace it soon with a second FB-3300.' The company's expansion plans also included the UK's first Polish-made Flexor/Emis 440C slitter/rewinder with die-cutting unit to convert blank data labels.