Print-Leeds welcomes Northern IBD members to its newly extended factory

Print-Leeds managing director, Rod Fisher.

Print-Leeds managing director, Rod Fisher.

Specialist label, plastics and digital printer, Print-Leeds welcomed nineteen Great Northern Section members of the IBD (Institute of Brewing and Distilling) for an exclusive visit to its state of the art facilities in Leeds.

Eighteen months ago Print-Leeds bought the assets of S&C Labels, a wet glue label producer for the drinks and food industries based in Huddersfield.  Rod Fisher, Print-Leeds’s Managing Director, moved the company and its 27 staff to the Print-Leeds head office and production facility in Stanningley, Leeds at the end of 2012.  The Print-Leeds site has been extended to double its square footage to 19,000 sq ft and a new Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 102-7+L with Inpress Control was installed and put in production in January 2013, making it the most technologically advanced printer in the UK.

Rod Fisher, Managing Director said: “It’s been a very exciting 18 months since we created a label printing division.  The plastics and digital divisions remain steady but the introduction of label printing has significantly increased our turnover.

“The IBD visit has been a coup for us – a great chance to meet more local brewers and show off our new press and facilities.  This is the first event we’ve held since all the building work was finished.”

The new press has doubled the company’s production capacity because of its increased speed and reduced make-ready times.  The Heidelberg Speedmaster CX 102-7+L with Inpress Control will be 80% used for the labels work but will also handle the Print-Leeds’ plastics printing, primarily POS and promotional work. The average run for the labels business is 20,000 sheets, much of the work for the beer, water and food industries but the company has recently picked up orders for composite can wraps. The plastics orders tend to be much shorter, averaging about 1,000 and frequently include lenticular work. Previously Print-Leeds used B2 technology so the new press enables them to handle larger B1 sheets.

Print-Leeds prints labels for most of the household name brewers and the IBD members were keen to see how label production works from order to printing, and finishing to dispatch.

The IBD visitors were given a tour of the factory, a short talk on label printing by Paul Mason, label sales manager, which included Inpress Control the technology that automatically measures and controls colour and register on the fly and at any speed, the foiling machine and the finishing department.

Graeme Hall, chairman of the IBD Great Northern Section said: “Print-Leeds has a fantastic new facility with a state of the art press that can produce high quality wet glue labels. This is why we used them for printing our wet glue labels at Frederic Robinsons. The feedback from our members is that it was a very interesting visit which gave a superb insight into the world of printing beer bottle labels.”