EAST Kilbride-based Boxshop has snapped up a BOBST EXPERTFLEX NT flexo printing press – described as the first machine of its kind installed in Scotland.
Boxshop, a manufacturer of corrugated boxes and packaging, identified the need for a ‘transformative’ printing solution to elevate its capabilities.
MD Jennifer Riddell explained, “Our business has evolved significantly, with multi-million-pound investments in machinery, training, our team and our processes. Through this, we have undergone a huge transformation to become one of the leading sheet plants in our category, with efficiency, performance and sustainability in focus.
“However, as part of the Logson Group, we also have to think about synergy, and where we can add further strength to the group.”
When choosing a new solution to add more performance and versatility, it was vital that it be synchronised with other businesses in the group, bringing the ability to switch jobs between sites without impacting customers.
Jennifer added, “The focus of our investment strategy has been to strengthen the business. We identified that six-colour printing and tighter registrations would give us an extra competitive edge in flexibility and quality.”
The BOBST EXPERTFLEX NT’s compact footprint was integrated into the Boxshop facility, providing the business with access to ‘high quality’ post print operations and adding a new dimension to its portfolio. The solution is said to have already made a big impact in speed and efficiency, backed by an inspection system that BOBST said ‘ensures reliability and repeatability are hig’.
Upon installation and after both process and product training, BOBST revealed the impact of the machine was ‘immediate and transformative’, bringing added substrate versatility and print quality, showcasing ‘exceptional’ results on clay-coated board, and delivering a tight register for prints.
With the ability to run up to six colours, the EXPERTFLEX NT operates at 11,000 sheets/hour and complements the other equipment at Boxshop. Jennifer highlighted the ease of use for operators, emphasising the machine’s efficiency in changing anilox rolls within 15 minutes.
She said, “EXPERTFLEX NT is not our first BOBST machine, so we were already aware of the performance of the company, however, it has still exceeded our expectations. We were looking for a competitive edge, to set us ahead of the rest and we got that with this BOBST machine. Our agility is our strength, delivering what our customers need on time and in full. Our new investment contributes to that.
“The machine has been a superb addition to our capabilities, and our skilled operators have been producing amazing boxes and packaging solutions for a variety of our customers. The team love the EXPERTFLEX NT machine, and it’s a great long-term investment for Boxshop. We’ve even invited customers to come in and see it, and what we’re now able to produce with it.”
Nick Geary, BOBST business sales manager, added, “We were delighted to support Boxshop with this new investment. The EXPERTFLEX NT is not just a machine for Boxshop; it’s a symbol of the company’s evolution and commitment to excellence.
“We proudly design our machines around the needs of the market, and the real pressure points that our customers face. For example, EXPERTFLEX NT is ideally placed to support the growing e-commerce market and is ideal for the more complex short-run jobs that are very prevalent in the market.”