UK-based The Wilkins Group has invested £2.5m in the next generation printing press – further bolstering its fleet of machines. The news comes just over a month after the company’s multi-million-pound phase three factory development was launched.
The company, which is based in Colwick in Nottinghamshire and produces packaging for most leading supermarket chains, has added a Komori Lithrone G40 press. The latest addition is a 40” seven-colour machine, with two varnish units. The machine also saves energy and resources, reduces harmful chemical substances released during printing and reduces noise.
Bryan O’Dowd, Production Director, The Wilkins Group, said, “It will give us a 30% increase in productivity, compared to the machine it’s replacing – a Komori six-colour machine. There will be quicker print runs, which will allow us to take on more business, to put more sheets through the plant. Komori is a company we have worked with for many years, and they have always been reliable for us.”
The Komori investment comes just five months after The Wilkins Group took delivery of a new die-cutting machine, and a year after they bought a Bobst cutting and creasing machine. In 2022, The Wilkins Group, which employs around 500 people globally, also invested £5.2m in a state of the art phase three development to its headquarters in Nottingham.