Integrity adds medical bag service after rival liquidates

Rhys Handley
Friday, July 19, 2019

Integrity Print has taken on two new finishing lines that previously belonged to the now-liquidated Tressanda in order to add the manufacture of medical specimen bags to its services.

The bags are used to securely transfer fluids between NHS departments and labs
The bags are used to securely transfer fluids between NHS departments and labs

Nottingham-based Tressanda appointed Gareth Self of Restart BTI as its liquidator on 14 June, with £165,473 due to creditors. The company had 10 members of staff according to accounts made up to 30 April 2017.

Around the time of the liquidation, Bath-based Integrity bought two of the company’s machines, which were custom-built by Web Finishing Equipment, for less than £20,000 and moved them into its Birmingham security print subsidiary A1 Security Print.

They will be used to help make leak-proof, sealed plastic bags, as well as attaching multi-part medical forms printed on Integrity’s expansive battery of litho presses.

Integrity sales and marketing director Andrew Law said: “We knew of Tressanda because we share a lot of companies in terms of the print managers and brokers we serve.

“Our clients work with a lot of end-users within the NHS and, because of this, adding this new service was a good fit for us. We can also use our print facilities to offer more advanced features such as barcodes and sequential numbering.

“Essentially, this represents a little bit of diversification allowing us to open the door to customers both current and new by offering them a full service.”

Law said he expected the bags, which are used by the NHS to securely transfer fluid samples between departments and laboratories, to add around £300,000 in sales to Integrity’s total turnover each year.

Further incoming investment across the Integrity group will include a new label press from AB Graphic set to be confirmed shortly, as well as a keen consideration of continuous colour inkjet in Q4 of this year.

With 370 staff across the group, Integrity currently turns over £60m.

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