Code It Labels: New markets thanks to Mark Andy P3

GREAT BRITAIN Code It Labels has added one of the new Mark Andy Performance Series presses to its production facility in Warrington. The family-run label converter chose a six-colour P3 with a 250 mm (9.85”) web width, and specified delam/relam, cold foiling, laminating, and full UV curing capability. The new P3 joins an existing Mark Andy 2200 flexo line.

Speaking for the company, Owner PHIL BARKER commented »I studied my options carefully before committing to a Mark Andy 2200, five years ago. Since then, we have never looked back.« Installed initially for water-based ink, the 2200 was quickly upgraded to full UV capability, and subsequently two more print stations were added. »It just turned the business around « he commented, adding: »and attracted a whole new range of eight-colour quality work that we could not have handled before. «

But, the new P3 has taken the company into a different world altogether, according to BARKER.  »It costs less to run, reduces waste, and has increased running speeds by 50% with no loss of print quality. This has been key to us obtaining ISO 9001 accreditation«, he added.

According to BARKER, a typical job at Code It would be 100,000 labels run off in four, five or six colours with varnish. »We’re now perfectly setup to cope with anything that is put to us, ranging from 5000 full colour all the way up to 2 million. The P3 is perfect for the high-quality, shorter run lengths that our customers require, and we’re content to specialise in that area«, he said, listing a host of well-known high street brands in his portfolio.

Currently, around 90% of Code It’s business comes from the food industry, and BARKER is keen to acquire BRC recognition to develop this. But he also claims to see significant growth prospects in other business sectors, and to this end is already seeking a new and larger production facility that will provide a more efficient workflow, and offer the floor space for an additional press.


Nick Coombes

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