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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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Ping! Microwave Cooking Launch from Benson Group

In Packaging on November 24, 2014 at 10:24 am

Benson Group, a leading UK manufacturer of printed cardboard packaging, has announced the launch of a full range of microwave cooking solutions.

Part of the range was deliciously demonstrated on-stand at Packaging Innovations in Islington back in October, with bacon roll snacks being prepared and enjoyed by visitors. The availability of this collection of microwave cooking solutions is a significant collaboration with parent company, Graphic Packaging International.

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Graphic Packaging International is providing access to its range of proprietary microwave technology. Commenting on the range, Group Marketing Director, Dr Helene Roberts, said: “Graphic Packaging is a worldwide leader in enhanced microwave packaging, with a range of solutions that can be customised to meet individual customers’ requirements.”

“The microwave cooking solutions now available to Benson Group are products already commercially available in the US and combine a number of market-leading technologies. This includes the use of materials that have the ability to focus microwave energy exactly where it’s needed in order to deliver consistent, even heating, steaming or browning and crisping of food,” added Dr Roberts.

The microwave pack product range on offer from Benson Group includes:

DesignerWare®

DesignerWare® demonstrates a breakthrough in sustainable packaging. The finished product combines paperboard and plastic for exceptional barrier protection with unsurpassed microwave performance. DesignerWare® can be printed to maximise graphics and text areas and is available in a range of profile shapes and sizes.

MicroFlex-Q®

MicroFlex-Q® is a flexible packaging film for browning and crisping food products. It can be used in carton format via patch application. MicroFlex-Q® is printable and is both moisture and grease resistant.

Quilt Wave®

Quilt Wave® is a microwave technology designed to be used with irregularly shaped food products. Quilt Wave® has been engineered with cells known as “quilts” that expand when exposed to microwaves, this drives away moisture and allows maximum browning and crisping.

Qwik Crisp®

Qwik Crisp® is a solution that can be modified on a bespoke basis depending on the product. It works using unique susceptor patterns designed to unique specification. Qwik Crisp® can be used in a number of formats including cartons and trays. It is ideal where browning and crisping of dough based products, such as bread and pizza, is required.

Focus Inset Carton®

Focus Inset Carton® is a traditional folding carton with a twist. It includes a microwave susceptor pattern that is applied during the manufacturing process. Focus Inset Carton® eliminates the need for secondary packaging elements and provides the capability to brown and crisp food.

MicroRite®

MicroRite® is the ultimate in convenience for customers, using susceptor technology MicroRite® manages the microwave energy during the cooking process which reduces loss of moisture from product. The result is oven quality food from the microwave.

Adding to her earlier comments, Dr Roberts said: “Our team is looking forward to discussing the benefits of each of these solutions and how they can help improve the eating quality of products in a convenient format. We are delighted to bring this ground breaking suite of solutions to the UK market, and envisage interest from both existing and new Benson Group customers.”

About Benson Group

Benson Group, now part of Graphic Packaging International, is one of the UK’s leading printed folding carton suppliers, producing packaging product for the food retail industry for a wide range of UK and European customers. The business is expecting to achieve sales of in excess of £100 million in the coming year.

The company manufactures packaging product at three production sites covering in excess of 300,000 square feet. Food and beverage processors are the main customers for the three production sites, with UK headquarters and manufacturing at Bardon, Leicestershire, and further production facilities at two sites in the North East, at Gateshead and Newcastle. The group employs over 800 UK based employees. In recent years, investment in new plant and equipment across the three sites totals in excess of £20 million including the purchase of an eight-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 B1 format perfecting press.

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

For further information on the Benson Group visit the www.bensongroup.co.uk web site.

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