Left side advert image
Right side advert image
Super banner advert image
Subscribe to Print Monthly's RSS feed

Enter your email address here to sign up for our weekly newsletter

Industry

Ivanhoe brings all packaging operations in house

Edinburgh general commercial printer, Ivanhoe Caledonian, has invested in a trio of IFS systems as part of a £1.6m investment in its packaging operation.

Article picture

(L to R) Iain Little, operations director of Ivanhoe and Fulvio Petratto of Petratto

Founded in 2017 following a merger of Ivanhoe Printing Company and Caledonian Colour Printers, Ivanhoe has recently expanded from commercial litho print into flat carton packaging production.

According to Keith Cockburn, founder and director of Ivanhoe, the company’s packaging offering expansion has been fuelled by supply issues created by Brexit and the pandemic. He says that due to these issues, local customers are looking to create shorter supply chains with responsive providers.

“They want to be sure they will get what they want when they want it,” he explains, adding: “We can quickly and competitively deliver the volumes required and be flexible if there are any disruptions to the supply of raw materials. If asked, we can produce a little to keep them going and the rest as soon as we are able.”

The company is now bringing all its packaging production capabilities in house with the purchase of a Petratto Metro folder gluer, a B1 Foliant Pollux laminator, and a baumannperfecta pile turner.

We can quickly and competitively deliver the volumes required and be flexible if there are any disruptions to the supply of raw materials

The folder gluer comprises of an open and modular structure to support flexibility and its digital management system provides a responsive interface with the additional attachments on the system.

Designed for special converting and printed jobs, the machine manages a wide range of applications including presentation folders and envelopes, to multimedia packaging, straight line boxes, cartons, and table tents.

Cockburn explains how prior to this investment, Ivanhoe was outsourcing this work due to not having a folder gluer in house.

He says: “Subcontracting work exposed us in terms of quality, time, cost, and storage. We wanted to be in control and have the production flexibility that comes with producing everything under one roof. Being sure of our capacity and capabilities will help us win work too.”

Within a year it will have generated the turnover to pay for itself. For us, it was such an easy decision

Commenting on the impact of the investment, Cockburn adds: “Within a year it will have generated the turnover to pay for itself. For us, it was such an easy decision. It was more robust than the others we looked at and it was easy to use. We also trust the reliability of systems supplied by IFS and know that if we have any questions IFS will answer them for us – that is very reassuring.”

Housed at its new central Edinburgh production site dedicated to its packaging customers, the new kit will sit alongside the company’s recently acquired six-colour B1 Komori LSX which can handle both cartonboard and standard paper grades.

As well as this, Ivanhoe’s pre-existing operation in Musselburgh will continue to produce commercial print on a B2 Komori press.

If you have any news, please email carys@linkpublishing.co.uk or join in with the conversation on Twitter and LinkedIn.


Print printer-friendly version Printable version Send to a friend Contact us

No comments found!  

Sign in:

Email 

or create your very own Print Monthly account  to join in with the conversation.