Thursday, 17 Sep 2020 08:34 GMT

Curtis Packaging eyes growth push with Kama

Luxury printed packaging company Curtis Packaging says that its purchase of a new Kama ProCut 76 Foil has allowed it to take more control over its specialist finishing service.

Purchased via Friedheim International, the punching, embossing and finishing machine is running alongside two Heidelberg cylinders at the company’s facility in Surrey.

James Williams, managing director at Curtis, says the decision to invest in the device was in response to a rising demand for specialist finishing that was previously outsourced to a third-party.

Curtis took on two older Heidelberg cylinders in order to bring hot foiling in house, but Williams says the addition of the new Kama machine will allow the company to significantly enhance its offering in this area.

“Though the Heidelberg machines are great, they are slow and as the business grew the need for a faster machine became apparent,” Williams says, adding: “We find that smaller-format foiling and embossing allows us greater quality control and the size of the Kama suited us perfectly.

Fingers crossed in the current climate, but the machine will certainly help our sales team highlight the quality of work we can produce

“Following a comprehensive demonstration and testing in Dresden, we were very confident that the Kama would provide excellent quality and better productivity.”

The company’s sheets-to-floor average now stands at 3,000 per hour, compared to 1,000 per hour when using the older cylinders, and Williams says the aim for the company is to use the new investment to help grow its customer base.

“Fingers crossed in the current climate, but the machine will certainly help our sales team highlight the quality of work we can produce,” Williams comments.

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