ProPrint invests in Screen and opens third site

Hannah Jordan and Richard Stuart-Turner
Friday, January 7, 2022

Midlands-based label specialist ProPrint Group has invested in a Screen Truepress L350 SAI S in response to an increased demand for self-adhesive premium digitally printed labels, and opened a third site.

The new Screen press can print at up to 60m/min
The new Screen press can print at up to 60m/min

The Wellingborough business invested £500,000 in the new Screen press, which was installed in September.

“Thanks to this machine being so compact and efficient, we have doubled our production speed to up to 60m/min and reduced material waste by 30%,” said co-owner and director James Denny.

“We now have the resources to meet growing customer demand for high-end products in cosmetics and drinks, with first-class lead times.”

The roll-to-roll press can print at 19.3sqm/min or 60m/min and handle media widths from 100-350mm in thickness from 0.04-0.35mm. The 600dpi device prints in CMYK plus white and also offers blue and orange ink options.

“The surface material can be exposed to an electrical discharge, or ‘corona’, which enhances ink adhesion to non-top coated filmic materials and improves adhesion when overprinting pre-foiled or printed insetted materials,” said Denny.

“The insetting or mark sensor option, the chill drum and the automated connectivity to a management information system further enhance production capability when using the UV inkjet digital label press.”

ProPrint Group was formed in 2015 when Denny and co-owner Nigel Tollman merged their firms CopyPol and Promo Labels. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the business has managed to increase its customer base by 29% and boost its revenue by 8% in recent months. Its anticipated turnover for 2021 was £15.8m.

The 110-staff company has also just opened a new site close to its existing two facilities. The new 3,066sqm office and warehouse will be a customer service hub and provide additional storage for stock materials. The business now occupies a total 7,246sqm of space across three sites.

Two large modern boardrooms at the new site will accommodate existing and new ProPrint Group customers for updates, press passes, and training. The business has also employed a new transport manager to support its continued expansion and work to streamline the supply chain.

The new site will also be used for material stock management. A new bespoke IT stock management system will enable staff to access printed label or material stocks easily and efficiently.

The IT infrastructure investment will support increased productivity and flexibility for customer requirements, the company said.

“The new warehousing space is enabling us to hold reliable quantities of raw materials for both our label and carton divisions,” said Denny.

“Careful stock management is paramount in maintaining our USP of high service levels for customers. Our valued office staff have welcomed the modern, spacious offices, as well as the principal boardroom showcasing our print portfolio across labels, linerless and cartons.

“All ProPrint Group sites are located on the same industrial estate for convenience, and the timing is ideal as we invite new and valued customers back to visit us.”

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