Jaymar Packaging has invested in a fourth BOBST folder-gluer as it seeks to future-proof the business and bring greater flexibility to its operations.

The family owned company, which recently completed a deal to buy an adjacent 11,000 sq ft site at Crewe Gates Industrial Estate, in Cheshire, has purchased a VISIONFOLD 110 A2. Described by BOBST as the ‘ultimate all rounder’ for folder-gluing, the machine will handle a wide range of packaging including cartons, sleeves, four corner trays and litho laminated work at Jaymar.

Jaymar Director, Craig Street, said: “We have been thinking about investing in a new folder-gluer for about 18 months after gaining new customers and seeing existing accounts grow. In addition, as companies move away from plastic packaging, the demand for carton has increased. Customer service is a key focus for us and by investing now, we are demonstrating the importance we place on being able to maintain the high standards we have as we continue to grow.

“The new machine will complement our existing BOBST folder-gluer portfolio and bring greater flexibility and versatility to our production lines. We believe that once in place, it will save a lot of time in terms of make-readies and enable us to run some of our larger jobs to completion which isn’t always possible currently.”

The order for the machine was placed in the week before the UK went into ‘lockdown’ due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Jaymar has continued to meet customer demand by splitting shifts and introducing a night shift to maintain social distancing among employees, as well as implementing working from home where possible. The company has also donated hundreds of boxes to Cheshire East Council to package food parcels for some of the most vulnerable in society.

Lee Alton, Area Sales Manager, Bobst UK & Ireland, said: “Jaymar Packaging is a long standing customer of ours and we are delighted that they have chosen BOBST once again.

“VISIONFOLD was the perfect choice for Jaymar thanks to its ability to handle a wide variety of packaging types. Despite the uncertainty that Coronavirus has brought to the industry, this investment demonstrates Jaymar’s commitment to customer service now, and into the future, in terms of turnaround times and product quality.”

VISIONFOLD 110 A2 is a multi-purpose machine that is highly adaptable and able to process a wide range of packaging formats. It delivers a stable and precise fold at high speeds and offers a choice of left, right or simultaneous folding. Durable and cost efficient, VISIONFOLD maximises uptime thanks to short make-readies, while at the same time delivering a finished product of superior quality.

The machine is due to be delivered to Jaymar in September 2020. Mr Street added: “BOBST was always front of mind for us. The technical team there is always at the end of a phone to ensure uptime is maintained. As we already have three folder-gluers from the company, we will be able to integrate the new one seamlessly into production with minimal training time.”