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MPS 18-unit packaging press passes its tests with flying colours!

heidelberg speedmaster xl 106 press

Multi Packaging Solutions (“MPS”), part of WestRock and a  global leader in value-added print and packaging solutions for the healthcare, branded consumer and multi-media markets, recently installed the world’s first 18-unit Heidelberg packaging press which is now ready for action. The Speedmaster XL 106 press is the most versatile Heidelberg has ever manufactured for premium packaging and has now passed its final acceptance tests. The press is fully ready to offer designers and brand owners exceptional print and finishing options.

The press, installed at MPS East Kilbride in Scotland, is part of a major investment programme that has offered significant benefits across the global network of MPS. Tim Whitfield, EVP European Branded Consumer, MPS, said: “The press will allow us to service a range of premium markets and is a key part of our wider geographical supply network. This highly specified 18-unit B1 Speedmaster complements a 17-unit press that was installed at the site a few years ago. This configuration delivers enormous fire power from the most advanced technological machines. The press has the latest quality, inspection and colour measurement systems to facilitate zero defect production and highly accurate colour control. This significant investment will allow us to meet the needs of some of the world’s most prestigious brands and provide the high level of service they need.”

The press comprises: 11 printing units, three coating units, four drying units and an in-line cold foiling system. It has the capability of operating at 18,000sph to meet the high demand for premium branded packaging including production on 1000 micron board. The perfector section of the press allows in-line reverse side printing to incorporate design or promotions complementing a full range of effects to the pack’s outer. Bill Lamb, MPS East Kilbride, said: “We specialise in complex cartons for the premium drinks market and the press will allow us to handle even more processes inline and with total quality control. Our markets demand outstanding print finishes and effects to differentiate their brands on retailer shelves. We can now offer the greatest range of colour applications and foils inline, as well as matt, gloss and pearlescent effects, with spot and solid finishes.”

Quality is paramount in this brand-conscious market and so the specification included Heidelberg’s Image Control 3. “Much of our work is produced on metallised cartonboard,” continued Bill. “Image Control 3 allows us to measure and control the use of opaque white using a completely normal print control strip for the first time. This has provided more uniformity within our process and we can now measure and control colours on all substrates. If needed, we also have the ability to produce the same colour consistently at different MPS sites. Quality reports are available automatically so customers can be certain that their specified colours are reproduced to the tightest tolerances.  Another feature of the press is Inspection Control 2 which provides further quality and production reassurance. We are committed to continue to strengthen and grow our business and the addition of the latest Heidelberg press allows us to address these priorities.”