A North East packaging firm has announced a significant investment in a £3.6m new printing press machine.
Benson Gateshead, part of the Benson Group, which has owned the former Integrated Packaging sites in Gateshead and Newburn in Newcastle since 2007, has bought an eight-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 B1 format perfecting press.
The group’s two sites in Gateshead and Newburn produce food packaging for products including ready meals to bakery, confectionery and dairy products for a range of clients including Northern Foods and the big multiple retailers.
Andrew Pybus, general manager of the firm’s two North East sites, commenting on this latest addition to the Benson Gateshead press line-up, said: “This is the largest investment that the group has made on a single press, and we are looking forward to its arrival here in the North East in 2014.
“Printed packaging continues to grow in its complexity. Customers seek to gain the maximum marketing potential from their cartons. We need to stay ahead of the game and this press will give us additional capabilities, both in the number of printing units that can be utilised for single-sided printing, and in the ability to print on both sides of the sheet in a single pass.”
The company, which employs more than 900 people across its four sites in the UK – 400 of them in the North East, continues to grow and expects to achieve annual sales for the current financial year over £120m.
In recent years, investment in new plants and equipment across its sites has been more than £22m.
Mark Kerridge, managing director of Benson Group, added: “Our three most recent investments in Heidelberg presses for our Bardon operation have given us a performance edge, and customers are delighted with the results.”