Packaging Scotland


Irish eyes are smiling on Needham Group

Bob Powles (Needham Coding Ireland MD) Adrian O’Brien (who heads up service) and office manager Martina Geoghegan

NEEDHAM Group has announced it has strengthened its position in Ireland after merging with long-standing distributor Advanced Coding Solutions (ACS) to create Needham Coding Ireland Limited.

Based in Mullingar in Co Westmeath, the ACS team has joined the new business with Bob Powles continuing in his role as managing director. The firm said technical salespeople and service engineers will be appointed later in the year.

Aled Ellis, managing director at The Needham Group, said Ireland is an “important and fast-growing” market for the business. “Since 2004, we have been supplying quality inks and hardware to ACS, a company which has firmly established its place in the Irish market with Bob and his team sharing many of the same values as The Needham Group,” he said. “We are confident that local food, beverage and pharmaceutical companies will quickly recognise the major service and cost benefits offered by the expanded expertise in the supply, installation and support of high performance coding and marking equipment.

“Apart from significantly strengthening and underpinning our presence in the Irish market, the investment in Needham Coding Ireland Limited underlines our commitment to providing existing and new Irish customers with the highest possible levels of efficiencies in terms of service and after-market activities.”

Bob Powles added, “Having an ink manufacturer at the centre of our Group puts us in a truly unique position. For the last 20 years, we have been manufacturing inks for all brands of continuous ink jet equipment which is exported on a worldwide basis.  It is excellent news for our Irish customers who will have a genuine alternative to their current suppliers. We have sourced the best suppliers from around the world for spare parts for all brands of printers which along with our expertise completes the service offering.

“As part of The Needham Group, we now have one of the widest ranges of coding and marking equipment in Ireland which sets us apart from the competition. It allows us to save customers time and money, as well as offer a stronger ‘go-to’ option for high quality, cost effective solutions.”

The firm’s range of equipment includes the newly launched Needham Coding ‘N’ series of small and large continuous ink jet printers. Needham Coding Ireland Limited is also the exclusive distributor of Tykmar-Electrox and Macsa laser coders; large character printing and thermal transfer overprinters from Kortho; Anser thermal ink jet printers and dot preening from Marking Box.