AB Graphic – Berkshire Labels expand with fifth Digicon finishing line
UK • In the last 8 years since Berkshire Labels introduced their first digital HP Indigo print engine and ABG Digicon finishing machine they have doubled both their turnover and staff, to just over GPB 10 million with 80 staff.
Early July saw the installation of their fifth Digicon finishing machine, alongside its 3 X HP Indigo WS6900’s, increasing capacity and future proofing the business for the medium-term.
“Each Digicon we’ve bought is bigger than the last, and this one offers better efficiencies, and almost unlimited embellishment and finishing capabilities,” says Paul Roscoe, Berkshire Labels’ managing director.
“We’re now able to offer better quality foiling and screen printing – what we believe is the best in the finishing business. With 2 x 50 tonne BIG FOOT flat bed hot foiling and embossing modules, flexo heads and a high build screen flatbed printing unit this new Digicon has endless possibilities.”
At the start of their digital journey, Berkshire produced self-adhesive labels. With the development of the specialist food and beverage market (including craft beers), changes to the toiletries and cosmetics sectors and the creation of new markets, customers now demand a higher number of embellishments on lower value orders, increased number of SKUs, and shorter label life expectancies etc. Eight years later, Berkshire now offer self-adhesive labels, shrink sleeves and wrap around labels all with a range of embellishments.
“With the fast set up and low wastage, plus being able to produce each job in a single pass, we can now offer all customers competitive prices and enhanced creative opportunities on much shorter runs,” continues Paul.
“As a business, when we look to expand we must be able to improve in every area because of it. With the new capacity, this will enable us to achieve our next target of GBP 12 million and fits perfect with our overall strategy of continued and controlled growth in sustainable areas. This will also be achieved through better product offering, shorter leadtimes and further improved customer experience.”
Berkshire Labels is already looking at further investments as it looks to make the most of all business opportunities and keeps it sights on an aspirational growth to GPB 20 million of sales.