(Left to right) Mark Andy UK’s Paul Macdonald with Reflex Labels’ Commercial operations manager Sharon Preston, and production operations manager Tanya Greenfield (Source: Mark Andy)
USA • Reflex Labels has invested in seven new Performance Series flexo presses, all due to be installed at the company’s plant in Boston, Lincolnshire, before September 2017. The new order is for a mix of P3 and P5 models, from four- to ten-colours and all with the 430 mm (17”) web width and full UV curing.
The order, secured by Mark Andy’s UK & Ireland sales manager Paul Macdonald, matches the largest single order for Performance Series flexo printing machines since the platform was launched in 2009, with now nearly 700 installed worldwide. It also brings to 23 the number of the manufacturer’s flexo presses currently installed at Reflex’s plants in the UK.
Options of the ordered presses include cold foil, delam/relam, Mark Andy’s award-winning QCDC (Quick Change Die Cut), and a rail system for maximum flexibility and the addition of further converting options, as required. According to Reflex Labels’ CEO Ian Kendall, the new Mark Andy presses will offer a production increase of at least 50% over the outgoing Italian machines based on existing shift patterns.
According to the company this investment is part of Reflex’s program of ongoing improvement and expansion of prepress and finishing capability. It will see Group turnover grow rapidly from its current GBP 80 million per annum. According to Kendall, Reflex Labels is well placed to mitigate raw material cost increases and maximise on the wealth of new global opportunities that will present themselves once the UK is outside of the EU.