The purchase of a new BOBST EXPERTFOLD 110 A2 will see print and packaging specialist, The Encore Group, become the first independent group in the UK to operate the folder-gluer in conjunction with automatic packer, CARTONPACK 4. Production line speed and efficiency will be further enhanced with the addition of the EASYFEEDER 4 pre-feeder.
The Encore Group is one of the UK’s largest independent manufacturers of printed envelopes, with a rapidly growing Packaging Solutions business. The manufacturer offers a comprehensive range of products, including point-of-sale, corrugated, folding carton and direct mail to retailers, food and beverage manufacturers, financial institutions, local authorities and government bodies.
The Expertfold 110 A2 becomes the second Bobst folder-gluer investment for The Encore Group. In 2015, the business took delivery of a Visionfold 110 A2 and it also counts Novacut 106 ER and Novacut E die-cutters and a Handypack GT collecting table among its Bobst asset portfolio.
David Cooper, (pictured left) Managing Director, The Encore Group, said, “We have seen a steady increase in business over the past 18 months to two years. As we focus on growing our Packaging Solutions division, investment in best-in-class machinery and technologies has become crucial. Our commitment to our customers is such that we don’t want to be limited by what we can and can’t achieve for them. We will invest in our assets to ensure we can support them, whatever their needs are, and deliver packaging of the highest standard.”
The Encore Group occupies three sites across the north of England, in Peterlee, County Durham, Washington, Tyne & Wear and Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, and employs more than 300 people.