The Leeds business has signed a sole supplier contract for three years which will involved producing labels for the likes of Marston’s Pedigree, Hobgoblin, Wainwright, McEwans and is worth £2 million a year.
Previously Print-Leeds had shared the contract with another supplier and has printed for the brewer for seven years in all. “This wouldn’t have been possible before we invested £5m in new premises and a state of the art Heidelberg seven-colour press,” says managing director Rod Fisher. “Marston’s is a long standing client and we are really pleased to be appointed its sole wet glue label supplier.”
Having two machines provides the necessary back up that is needed for security of supply. The move consolidated Print-Leeds' position as a major supplier of wet glue labels and, according to Fisher, “a brand synonymous with the food and beverage industries”.
The £5 million investment in a 3,000m2 factory and the XL106-7 plus coater UV press has also been producing tube wraps, litho laminates for box production and commercial UV work. But it is a label producer that the company has made its name and gained customer respect.
That, says Fisher, has led to growing inquiries for pressure sensitive labels and to the company’s next planned investment. It has been investigating the digital print market for labels and has already had a long look at the Labelfire inkjet press from Gallus.
“We are now looking at some other manufacturers,” he says. “The requests are coming from existing and from new customers as well because this is a process that we haven’t offered before.”
With Labelexpo on the horizon, Fisher says a final decision is likely at the show at the end of September. “More and more people know our name and we are getting lots of phone calls asking about pressure sensitive and digital labels,” he says. “The beauty of moving into this market means we could print labels for any industry.”
By Gareth Ward