Watershed: Chooses Mark Andy as narrow web press partner

(L to R) Paul Macdonald of Mark Andy with Liz Waters and Patrick Murphy at Watershed’s HQ in Ireland

IRELAND International supplier of self adhesive labels and unsupported film, Watershed, has selected Mark Andy as its press supplier.

The partnership has already brought great benefits to both companies, with the group now using eight of the American manufacturer’s flexo lines, and two more are in the pipeline.  These include two of Mark Andy’s award-winning Performance Series, a P5 installed in Etiko’s plant in Stettin last year, and more recently a P5 at headquarters in Dublin, with numbers three and four schedule for installation at Römer Etikett in early 2014, and the other in Poland later in the year.

By the time the two Mark Andy presses are installed next year, Watershed will have bought six new presses in five years.  Already the largest privately owned label converter in Ireland, it puts the company into a unique position with its diverse production facilities and range of markets served.  The latest P5 in Dublin is a 430mm (17”) wide line, fitted with eight UV-Flexo stations and, crucially, chill rolls.

This marks a new development for Watershed with it production potential for flexible packaging products, and is a market the company is keen to pursue. Currently, work at the Dublin factory is split 60:40, film to labels, and the company claims that the P5 is even economical to run on narrower web widths than its 430 mm (17”) maximum.

Nick Coombes

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