Integrity adds medical bag service after rival liquidates

By Rhys Handley, Friday 19 July 2019

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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

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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