Ultimate Packaging announces their new investment in a £2 million print press with further plans to grow their business

Ultimate Packaging, the UK’s leading flexible packaging manufacturer have invested in a new BOBST 20SIX CS print press, with further plans to invest in an additional laser perforation machine in January 2019.

The brand new BOBST 20SIX CS print press will further increase print capacity, allowing Ultimate to continue to be reactive and deliver to their customers with responsive lead times. The new 8 colour press features a downstream unit for film coating with a web width of 1300mm and speed of 500m/min, delivering consistency across a large range of substrates and applications. The press also allows Ultimate to print using water based inks opening up new markets. The 20SIX CS also includes additional special features that have been specifically chosen to meet Ultimate Packaging’s requirements to ensure high quality output. The 20SIX CS was bought with versatility in mind allowing Ultimate to print on a large range of different substrates and utilize different lacquers, to get the best print quality possible, and give diversity to their customers.

“We are delighted to be putting our fourth Bobst 20SIX 8 colour flexo press into full production this week, following handover by the manufacturers installation team. Over the years, since our first 20SIX investment in 2012, followed by a further 2 presses in 2015, one with a down-stream unit, we have seen excellent improvements in both press efficiency and material waste reduction. Print quality and colour consistency have been excellent too” 

“The new press also has a down-stream unit, which along with other specified options, gives us even more flexibility with the previous investments to continue to efficiently produce great quality work for our customers to sometimes extremely tight deadlines.”Jeremy Hodson, Managing Director, Ultimate Packaging.

The new press is fitted with State of the Art Graphic Positioning System (GPS) that allows reduced set up times, waste and will allow Ultimate Packaging to continue to be at the forefront of flexographic printing, making them one of the most premium print halls in the UK.

Ultimate have further plans to invest in another new laser perforation machine in January 2019. Which will work alongside Ultimate’s very own ADAPT MAP™, which tailor makes unique laser perforation designs to specifically suit fresh produce respiration rates, allowing them to achieve optimal results in extending shelf-life and freshness.

In conjunction with this technology Ultimate have their very own mobile ADAPT MAP™ Respiration Chamber, which enables customers to carry out real-time testing on fresh produce onsite which gives results in a four hour time frame. The data is then sent to Ultimate for analysis. This allows Ultimate to be responsive to the needs of sensitive crop throughout the season, making sure customers get the best out of their products.