Second Speedmaster for Biopax

Left to right: Niamh Flannery (Prepress Studio Lead), Greg Prescott (General Manager), Dr Terry Cross OBE (Chairman), Neil Collier (Press Instructor, Heidelberg UK) and Liam O’Connor (Sales and Marketing Director).

Belfast, Northern Ireland-based Biopax aims to double its printing capacity with a second HEIDELBERG Speedmaster XL 106. This sustainable carton packaging, paper wraps and self-adhesive labels solutions company has been working primarily in the UK and Irish markets, preparing ‘green’ packaging solutions for the food, beverage and non-food sectors.

As part of its strategic growth plans, Biopax has begun exports into European markets and intends to set up production facilities for sustainable packaging in Europe, India and China.

“The installation of our second Speedmaster XL 106 press is an additional investment made by Biopax to double our upstream printing capacity. This is not a replacement press. It is important for Biopax and for our customers that we can display resilience and contingency within our operational capability,” says Liam O’Connor, Sales and Marketing Director, Biopax Ltd. “Having two printing presses with equal capability in terms of high-quality print, optimum output and reduced set-up / down-time will strengthen our contingency in the most complex part of our manufacturing process.”

He continues, “The senior leadership team and operational management team at Biopax have a longstanding relationship with Heidelberg, so there is a tried and tested relationship between both parties, and they understand how much value we put into achieving maximum quality and output through our printing process. Heidelberg printing technology has evolved and we can see this brought to life in the latest Speedmaster XL106 model. It is important for Biopax that we are investing in new technology as opposed to investing in second-hand production machinery. We have been delighted with the quality of colour density and print registration we have achieved on our first Speedmaster press over the past two years, so it was important to us that our next investment in printing technology is able to achieve similar levels of excellence. The in-press colour control on the new Speedmaster press is fully integrated within our own colour management system. This helps us to increase our print accuracy vs GMG targets earlier on in the make-ready process which also helps us to improve our output and reduce down-time as well as production waste.”

Declan Martin, Account Manager, Heidelberg, adds, “The Speedmaster XL 106 has multiple standout benefits. It is highly energy efficient, delivers impeccable print quality, and great performance. We have had a strong relationship with Biopax, and we’re delighted that they have chosen HEIDELBERG once again with this investment in their second Speedmaster XL 106 with Push-to-Stop technology.”

Investments in R&D and innovation set Biopax apart from its competitors, as it strives for sustainable change and plastic replacement solutions in the food and non-food packaging sector.

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