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Berkshire Labels purchases its fifth Digicon finishing machine from ABG

By Canadian Packaging staff   


HUNGERFORD, England – British label manufacturer Berkshire Labels recently expanded its capabilities with the installation of a new Digicon finishing machine, the fifth one the company has bought from ABG International over the past eight years.

According to a press release that ABG sent out last Wednesday, Berkshire installed the new machine early last month. The latter company now owns three HP Indigo WS6900 print engines in addition to four other ABG Digicon and finishers – and has doubled both turnover and staff, £10 million and 80 workers respectively, over the time it has been investing in digital equipment.

Berkshire managing director Paul Roscoe said in a press statement last week that the new ABG machine is bigger and better than each of the previous ones.

“This one offers better efficiencies and almost unlimited embellishment and finishing capabilities,” Roscoe said. “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 flatbed hot foiling and embossing modules, flexo heads, and a high build screen flatbed printing unit, this new Digicon has endless possibilities.”

Expanding the business’ digital abilities has increased its capacity and future-proofed it for the medium term, the release stated. Berkshire original produced only self-adhesive labels, but changes in the food-processing, toiletries, and cosmetics sectors (along with the arrival of new markets) have increased demand for more embellishments on lower-value orders and more SKUs, as well as shorter label life expectancy.

Today, the company provides self-adhesive labels, shrink sleeves, and wraparound labels with a wide variety of embellishments – all thanks to digital upgrades, the release claimed.

“With the fast setup 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,” added Roscoe.

“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 £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 lead times, and further-improved customer experience.”

Aiming for an aspirational growth to £20 million in sales, Berkshire plans to invest further and maximize its business opportunities.

Founded in 1981, Berkshire Labels is a leading manufacturer of innovative self-adhesive products, shrink sleeves, and wraparound reel fed labels.

With offices in seven countries, including the United States and United Kingdom, ABG International has been an internationally respected producer of print finishing equipment for more than 60 years.

Image courtesy of ABG International


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