“New Generation” Expertcut Units for Benson Group

In Finishing, Packaging on May 29, 2013 at 8:38 am


Benson Group, one of the UK’s leading privately owned printed folding carton manufacturers, has announced details regarding an order for the first “new generation” Bobst Expertcut 106 PER die-cutters to be installed in the UK.

The manufacturer claims that this latest version of the Expertcut will be faster to make-ready and quicker to get back into production after a stop, while also reducing process waste. The order covers two units of the machine: one unit to be installed at Benson’s Bardon site and the second for its Benson Gateshead plant. These are scheduled for delivery in August 2013 and December 2013 respectively. The two new units will join two existing Expertcut machines, installed at Bardon and Gateshead in 2011, and replace two existing Bobst models.

Both factories are focused on the production of cardboard packaging for food products, as typically found on the shelves of all of major UK supermarkets. This latest investment in state-of-the-art post-press equipment will further enable the business to meet the exacting demands of its customers, with the units having a critical role in the conversion of high quality printed board into the finished pack, accurately cutting the final shape of the carton, including window apertures where appropriate.

Mark Kerridge, Managing Director of Benson Group, commenting on the order, said: “Our existing Expertcut units have been performing extremely well. They are robust pieces of equipment that have proven very reliable and highly productive. These latest additions, with the system enhancements that have been added by Bobst, will help to provide further post-press efficiencies for both Bardon and Gateshead.”

Commenting on the latest order from Benson Group, Craig Moran, Bobst Zone Business Director, said: “At the turn of the year, when the first of these new generation Expertcut 106 PER’s began to be delivered to customers worldwide, we announced that we had several UK carton makers looking seriously at buying the new model. Benson Group is the first of these to put pen to paper, recognising the way that substantial new features have been built in to the proven technology of the Expertcut 106 PER.

“This particular model in the Expertcut range is the workhorse of the world’s medium to high volume carton makers, and the new features provide users with access to increased net production, lower costs, easier maintenance and less waste. The modifications run throughout the machine, including new feeder technology, changes to the sheet transport system, faster make-ready in the stripping and delivery sections and developments that reduce the wear, and consequently increase the life, of die-cutting tools.”

Lee Appleby, Operations Manager North for Benson Group, added: “Our existing Expertcut has provided us with a significant improvement on throughput. Even boards that are traditionally challenging to use, it still delivers 9,000 sheets per hour. We are looking forward to the installation of the new machine and how it will support the drive from the site to push us to new improved production levels.

“It is Benson Group policy to invest in only the best quality machinery as we firmly believe that this, combined with our highly trained workforce, produces the very best in cartons for both the food and healthcare industries.”

About Bobst

Bobst is the world’s leading supplier of machinery and services to packaging manufacturers in the folding carton, corrugated board and flexible material industries.

Founded in 1890 by Joseph Bobst in Lausanne, Switzerland, Bobst has a presence in more than 50 countries, runs 11 production facilities in 8 countries and employs over 5,000 people around the world. The firm recorded a consolidated turnover of CHF 1,26 billion for the year ended December 31st, 2012.

About Benson Group

Benson Group is one of the UK’s leading privately owned printed folding carton suppliers, producing packaging product for both the food retail and healthcare industries for a wide range of UK and European customers.

The business manufactures packaging product at four production sites covering in excess of 400,000 sq ft. Benson Group continues to grow and expects to achieve annual sales for the current financial year in excess of £120 million. Food product manufacturers are the main customers at Bardon and for the company’s two North East facilities in Newcastle and Gateshead. The fourth site in Crewe serves healthcare and consumer care markets. In recent years, investment in new plant and equipment across the four sites totals in excess of £22 million. The group employs in excess of 900 personnel across all four production sites.

Benson Group creates packaging for many well-known companies, brands and retailers. Key account clients across the Group include Two Sisters Food Group, Reckitt Benkiser, Greencore, and Samworth Brothers. The company is an approved supplier for all of the UK’s leading retail chains. Food and healthcare packaging is exported to customers in countries throughout Europe.

For further information on the Benson Group visit the web site.



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