Leading UK-based folding carton converter, Jaymar Packaging, has shored up production at its Cheshire site after investing in a fourth BOBST folder-gluer.
Since the latest machine, a VISIONFOLD 110 A2, was installed, Gary Marsh, Production Director, Jaymar Packaging, said customers had benefitted from improved reliability and faster turnaround times, while the business had been able to enjoy greater flexibility in production. Supplying into a wide range of sectors, Jaymar Packaging has prided itself on providing bespoke, often complex packaging solutions to customers.
“Certainly, in terms of production, the Visionfold has enabled us to operate more efficiently and provided us with much needed capacity that has delivered great benefits to customers,” said Marsh. “As a business, one of our USPs has always been short lead times and fast turnarounds. Before this latest folder-gluer was installed, we were at risk of losing our competitive edge in those areas.”
Jaymar Packaging placed the machine order with BOBST just before the UK entered its first lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. The company had won new customers and seen existing accounts grow, prompting the investment. Most recently, Jaymar Packaging and customers have been responding to the impact of Brexi,t which has led to shorter runs, more frequently.
“Most likely a reflection of uncertainties in markets around the world, we have received many more orders for smaller volumes,” continued Marsh. “This is where the Visionfold has really held its own in bringing about greater flexibility and versatility to the production floor. We have increased capacity and throughput by 20%, without compromising the quality and accuracy that we are known for. We can do so much more in the same amount of time because we have the extra machine to run jobs. The biggest impact has been on make-readies and set-up times; before we were having to do these 2-3 times and now it’s only once because of the extra capacity provided by the Visionfold.”
Marsh concluded, “The machine integrated seamlessly into our production line. Having three other Bobst folder-gluers meant the operators were familiar with the set-up. We needed a machine that would be able to handle the complex nature of the cartons and products we manufacture, at speed, and the new machine hasn’t let us down.”