Following strong business performance over the past year, and in anticipation of future growth, Group Managing Director, Stephen Heslop, said the purchase was crucial to maintaining the quality and service ethic that the company was renowned for. “The growth we are experiencing is largely for multi-point glued work for customers in the food and drink sector looking for shelf ready packaging,” said Heslop. “The profile of our customers, combined with the fact we are supplying into the retail sector, means that we wanted the best folder-gluer that we could afford.”
He continued, “With the Expertfold, we are assured of fast output, great reliability, quick changeovers; all the things you would want from that level of investment and what we need to ensure we stay ahead of customer demand.”
The Expertfold 165 A2 is Pitreavie Group’s first Bobst purchase and is due to be delivered by October. It will be installed at the company’s sheet plant in North Lanarkshire which started production in February 2020 – Scotland’s first new sheet plant in more than 20 years. The site also includes an innovation centre where customers create bespoke packaging concepts and samples to take away the same day.
“Despite corrugated manufacturing being a relatively new venture for Pitreavie Group and all the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit have put before us, demand has surpassed expectations and we find ourselves 12 months ahead of our three-year growth plan,” concluded Heslop. “Obviously, it’s a great position to be in. The gluer investment helps increase our capacity, technical capabilities and enhance product quality even further.”