Peterborough, UK-based Manor Packaging is adding a new BOBST VISIONCUT flat-bed die-cutter and an EXPERTFOLD folder-gluer from Bobst UK & Ireland, taking their tally of Bobst machinery to three in less than two years.
Just 18 months ago, Manor Packaging, part of the Fencor Packaging Group, didn’t have a Bobst machine on site. However, the company’s experience when purchasing and installing the UK’s first FFG 8.20 Discovery proved so invaluable for the business.
The new Visioncut 1.6 die-cutter was installed on site in April, to be followed by an Expertfold 165 A2 folder-gluer in August.
David Orr, Group Managing Director of Fencor Packaging Group, said, “The Bobst team worked with us to map out the configuration and the detail in the preparation was so reassuring and impressive. We felt fully supported at every stage of the purchasing process.”
“The growth we saw in 2020 hasn’t gone away,” said Orr. “We have experienced a paradigm shift where online retail has seen five years growth in just 12 months. Demand for printed, die-cut, often taped, and multi-point glued work has increased dramatically. We were putting most of our online retail jobs through our existing flatbed die-cutter but in spite of regular maintenance, we were exposed to the risk of a breakdown and we needed additional capacity in order to meet the turnaround times demanded by our customers.”
Orr added, “Of course, improving one area of the production often leads to challenges arising elsewhere or highlights where further improvements can be made; that’s exactly what happened for us. We quickly realised that we needed to back-up our existing multi-point folder-gluer, as well as be able to offer greater variety and capabilities to our customers.”
Stuart Alvey-Taylor, BOBST Sales Manager Business Unit Printing and Converting, said, “These are exciting times for Manor Packaging. We have worked closely with the team to determine the business’ needs and objectives, now and into the future and deliver a complementary range of machines that will provide a real competitive edge in today’s packaging industry.”