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Ormerods, Rochdale, Presented with Production Awards

In Offset Presses, Packaging on October 9, 2017 at 1:08 pm

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Leading offset litho label printer, Ormerods Ltd of Rochdale, has become the latest recipient of silver “Productivity Print” awards from MPL Ltd, UK distributor for RMGT B1 presses, service provider for existing Mitsubishi machines, and a division of M Partners. The awards have been presented for two presses – one B1 and one B2 – that have enjoyed over two years of printing without loosing a day of production.

“I was very much a Heidelberg fan before I joined Ormerods some 12 years ago,” said Richard Parker, now Production Director at the company (pictured above). “The Mitsubishi machines, however, have convinced me that other equipment can be highly productive and very reliable. They will certainly be at the top of my shopping list when we come to invest in offset machinery again.

“Press reliability is becoming ever more important in today’s printing business. We need to produce to ever tighter deadlines and, in labels, delivery times are critical – we don’t want to stop a bottling line, for example, simply because our labels haven’t arrived on time.”

The B2-format six-colour plus double-coater Mitsubishi Diamond 1000 and the B1-format six-colour plus coater Mitsubishi Diamond 3000 deliver reliable, quality printing over a double-day shift at Ormerods – though the business can switch to 24-hour production at particularly busy times.

The near 140-year old business is still family owned, and a well-known employer in the Rochdale area. Henry Ormerod established the company in 1879 as a show card and label printers, primarily serving the local cotton industry in Rochdale and the surrounding areas. Label printing is still the mainstay of work produced, but other packaging and commercial work is also undertaken.

Commenting on the awards, Mark Stribley, Joint Managing Director of MPL, said: “We are delighted, of course, to be working with a printing business with such a rich heritage. Their Mitsubishi presses have certainly proved themselves over the years that they have been installed at Ormerods and, according to our service team, will continue to give them excellent production over the coming years. It is a delight to award such productivity, and we look forward to presenting gold awards in due course.”

About MPL & M Partners

In 2010 MPL took on the management of both sales and service for RMGT Litho Presses in the UK and Ireland. This relationship has since grown to encompass responsibility for technical service across the whole of Europe for the now re-named RMGT business. M Partners also manage spare parts storage and distribution for the former Mitsubishi branded machines across Europe.

This representation joins established products such as GUK folding and inserting equipment, primarily focused towards the pharmaceutical packaging sector. More recently the business has expanded into the digital market place following an announcement regarding exclusive distribution of large format printing equipment from Korean manufacturer DGI, and an agreement to re-sell Canon equipment, with a special focus on the unique proofing capabilities of those products.

M Partners offers manufacturers considerable marketing and business expertise across both the printing and packaging sectors and provides high-quality national coverage for sales, support and technical service.

The Joint Managing Directors established M Partners Ltd in 2006 after gaining many years of industry experience in senior management roles at a major press manufacturer and used equipment dealer. They were responsible for corporate and product marketing for pre-press, press, post-press and service, plus operational control for digital, consumables and used equipment divisions.

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West Pharmaservices and M Partners in Pharma Focus

In Packaging on July 1, 2015 at 2:20 pm

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West Pharmaservices and M Partners are to work together to extend a joint service offering to the international pharmaceutical process and packaging market.

With combined complementary expertise covering all major pharmaceutical line manufacturers both companies recognise an industry need for and interest in independent production advice and support.

As pharmaceutical packaging machinery suppliers, Dorset-based West Pharmaservices manage the sale of quality used machinery along with service and support to the pharmaceutical industry. The company is involved in the refurbishment, modification, and install of a full range of process and packaging machinery. Surrey-based M Partners manage the UK distribution and service of German-manufactured GUK products to the pharmaceutical packaging field including inserting lines and miniature folding equipment, where high-speed, accurate miniature folding and inserters with tight tolerances are a standard requirement.

Commenting on the joint focus of the two companies, Murray Lock, Joint Managing Director of M Partners, said: “Increasing commercial pressure to cut costs, including reducing headcount whilst delivering productivity improvements, coupled with the difficulty in recruiting skilled technicians, has led to a growth in the technical consultation role with the pharma packaging world.

“By combining the strengths of the two companies we can provide an independent technical support focus that aims to deliver productivity advice and benchmarking, as well as providing equipment modifications to bespoke machinery design and manufacturing to cover all the major pharmaceutical line providers.

“Our intention is to jointly present our combined services and work together on delivering customised solutions.”

Commenting further on the collaboration, Simon Jeffery, Sales and Marketing Manager for West Pharmaservices, said: “We are very excited to announce this new venture with a partner who has a depth and knowledge that M Partners have. Both companies put the customer first to ensure the correct support and assistance in all areas of pharmaceutical packaging and process manufacturing. Our aims are simple: increase productivity for the customer while putting customer satisfaction as the number one priority.”

West Pharmaservices pharmaceutical packaging focus includes the supply of used cartoning machines, overwrappers, stretch banders, shrink wrappers, case packers, palletisers, and accumulating systems. Other equipment manufactured by the company includes pick-and-place ampoule feeders, blister feeding magazines, tube feeders, rotary tables, conveyors, reject systems, and automatic robotic syringe feeders. The company also offers expertise in designing and building bespoke packaging machinery, and can also design and build interfaces between standard machines.

M Partners supplies and supports the GUK inserting lines that are a key element of the pharmaceutical packaging process and can be found in a great many pharmaceutical packaging companies in the UK.

Both companies bring their own international expertise to the partnership: West Pharmaservices dismantle and ship individual or complete lines of packaging machinery around the world and install and commission in the new location. M Partners has been involved in the purchase, sale and technical support of printing and folding equipment for many years, and offers a wealth of marketing expertise.

For further details on West Pharmaservices call 01202 870 890 or visit http://www.westpharmaservices.co.uk and for M Partners call 020 8835 2221 or visit http://www.mpartners.co.uk

About M Partners

In 2010 M Partners took on the management of both sales and service for Mitsubishi Litho Presses in the UK and Ireland. This relationship has since grown to encompass responsibility for technical service across the whole of Europe for the now re-named Ryobi Mitsubishi business. M Partners also manage spare parts storage and distribution for Mitsubishi branded machines across Europe.

This representation joins established products such as GUK folding and inserting equipment, primarily focused towards the pharmaceutical packaging sector. More recently the business has expanded into the digital market place following an announcement regarding exclusive distribution of large format printing equipment from Korean manufacturer DGI, and an agreement to re-sell Canon equipment, with a special focus on the unique proofing capabilities of those products.

M Partners offers manufacturers considerable marketing and business expertise across both the printing and packaging sectors and provides high-quality national coverage for sales, support and technical service.

The Joint Managing Directors established M Partners Ltd in 2006 after gaining many years of industry experience in senior management roles at a major press manufacturer and used equipment dealer. They were responsible for corporate and product marketing for pre-press, press, post-press and service, plus operational control for digital, consumables and used equipment divisions.

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Mitsubishi “Productivity Print Award” for Glossop

In Packaging on March 2, 2015 at 2:31 pm

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Derbyshire-based Glossop Cartons, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of carton board packaging solutions, has been recognised by press manufacturer Ryobi Mitsubishi for clocking up over 1,500 days since its V3000 Mitsubishi printing press required a service visit. The feat was acknowledged with the presentation of a Productivity Print certificate from Ryobi Mitsubishi B1 press distributor M Partners Ltd during the Packaging Innovations 2015 show at the NEC, where Glossop Cartons were exhibiting on stand A42.

Glossop Cartons Director Jackie Sidebottom (pictured above with Murray Lock, Joint MD of M Partners) comments: “These machines just print. They are the most reliable presses that we have ever owned and we are thrilled with their performance. We do schedule basic maintenance, of course, but they never let us down, and that is important to our packaging production. Over two years without the need for a service visit is a remarkable testimony to the build quality of the press and the overall design of the machine. These products are built with reliability at the top of the agenda. You could say that, just like an aircraft, reliability is a must!”

The Derbyshire company’s press firepower consists of a Mitsubishi D3000LX and V3000, both incorporating inter-deck UV drying and IR, as well as Air Knives, with both printing B1 format sheets. The presses are capable of printing on all types of substrates, including board, foils, and plastics, all with exceptional results.

Commenting on the maintenance milestone, Mark Stribley, Joint MD of M Partners Ltd, the printing and large format equipment distributor based in Surrey, said: “This is a tremendous achievement, though nothing out of the ordinary for Ryobi Mitsubishi presses. These machines are just designed to keep printing. The Japanese have a very different focus to equipment suppliers in Europe, where the profits generated from the service and the sale of spares appear to be a critical part of a manufacturers income!”

Putting the service free days into context, Mr Stribley added: “In our extensive printing industry experience, we believe that it would be quite remarkable for a European manufactured press to go a couple of months without some sort of technical issue requiring attention. The 1500 days for the V3000 press at Glossop is equivalent to over four years of trouble free print!

“The consistent performance of a press not only reduces the amount of year-on-year spend on both service visits and spares to a mere trickle, it also gives the user added confidence in the performance of the equipment. There is no time lost in production, which means what has been scheduled gets produced. Machine breakdowns can be a significant problem for print producers – especially when the demands from management are for fewer machines on the floor, as we are currently witnessing. Equipment that is purchased simply has to be productive and hassle free. Ryobi Mitsubishi presses fit the bill!”

About M Partners

In 2010 M Partners took on the management of both sales and service for Mitsubishi Litho Presses in the UK and Ireland. This relationship has since grown to encompass responsibility for technical service across the whole of Europe for now re-named Ryobi Mitsubishi business. M Partners also manage spare parts storage and distribution for Mitsubishi branded machines across Europe.

This representation joins established products such as GUK folding and inserting equipment, primarily focused towards the pharmaceutical packaging sector, and Steinemann laminating products. More recently, 2011 has seen the business expand into the digital market following an announcement regarding MGi digital printing and finishing equipment; and market-leading post-press inspection equipment from Mabeg.

M Partners offers manufacturers considerable marketing and business expertise across both the printing and packaging sectors and provides high-quality national coverage for sales, support and technical service.

The Joint Managing Directors established M Partners Ltd in 2006 after gaining many years of industry experience in senior management roles at a major press manufacturer and used equipment dealer. They were responsible for corporate and product marketing for pre-press, press, post-press and service, plus operational control for digital, consumables and used equipment divisions.

About Glossop Cartons

Established in 1982, Glossop Cartons is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of carton board packaging products. Producing quality printed cartons, wallets, blister cards, skin pack cards and packaging. The family-owned and run firm employs around 50 people locally.

Based in Padfield, Derbyshire, on the edge of the High Peak, the company is close to the M60 and major conurbations of Manchester, Sheffield, and Leeds, and is ideally placed to service some of the key blue-chip organisations it holds as customers across the UK.

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