The deal, backed by Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, will mean moving equipment and staff from the Glossop factory in Derbyshire to Contact's more spacious premises in Stockport. The eight miles move is planned to be completed by the end of the year and is scheduled to take six weeks to avoid disruption.
As the Contact factory is already accredited to British Retail Consortium and pharmaceutical standards for cleanliness and traceability, Glossop will gain an enhanced ability to exploit into the new year, says sales director Jacky Sidebottom-Every.
“Our personalised packaging service is very much up and running and we’re now busy putting the wheels in motion for the next stage of our Personalised Packaging service which will be offered via a dedicated online store. We shall be revealing our plans and launching the next stage of this project at Packaging Innovations in February, where we have doubled our stand space in anticipation of interest in this exciting new concept.”
The company runs a Xeikon 3500 digital press and Highcon Euclid digital creasing unit and laser cutter. It will also bring its Mitsubishi sheetfed presses to join the six-colour plus coater press that Contact has. It can also window patch, cut crease and foil block on site.
The size of the factory, 5,480m2, enables production equipment to be laid out in a more efficient way than at Glossop's factory in Padfield. “Its state of the art production facilities are well recognised by its clients within the food, pharmaceutical, beverage and gifting sectors,” says Sidebottom-Every. “The move will allow Glossop to significantly enhance our digital suite and ensure that we’re in a stronger position to offer unique products and unparalleled production capabilities.”
The move also doubles the turnover of Glossop to around £10 million. and workforce to around 110. Glossop has not bought the flexo prepress arm of Contact which has a digital art working and repro set up that includes Esko prepress and Flint Nyloflex plate production.