The Plain Label Company has just announced its fourth major expansion and investment programme in three years.

The business based at Sutton-on-Trent in Nottingham in the UK, began by specialising in all types of plain self-adhesive labels in reels, mostly for outer cases and pallet use. A single colour print facility was then added.

Now a new Omega label converter with an integral auto rewind, the first configuration of its type in the UK, has been installed. The machine was purchased from AB Graphics, UK distributor of the Omega range of label converters. AB Graphics worked closely with Rotometrics, suppliers of rotary tooling for the converting industry.

David Broadhurst, purchasing manager, Packaging at HL Foods, and his assistant Margaret Howe, were among the guests invited to see the new machine in action. HL Foods is one of the Plain Label company’s largest customers. ‘I’m delighted we’ve been able to help establish the business with our volumes,’ David commented. ‘I think the industry needs a smaller, ambitious player. I’m sure the business is going to go on growing. The service is excellent, the quality very good and the relationship is of advantage to both parties. Long may it continue.’

Also present at the event, the machine’s dro jacks and scoring and slitting units. Mike Burton, managing director of AB Graphics was present to see the press put through its paces too.

The fast turnround service provided by the Plain Label Company means that all labels are made-to-order to the exact shape and size required and for all popular makes of on-demand printers and print/apply systems. The company has a large and growing stock of cutters. Self-adhesive materials available include standard peelable and permanent, wash-off, deep-freeze and low temperature adhesives. Face materials can be paper, synthetic or foil.

Bar codes, text or designs may be printed in one colour – using an overall background stain means two-colour labels can effectively be produced.

There’s nothing simple, even about a plain label,’ said managing director, Rod Atkinson. ‘We find out what happens to the labels, the make and model of the machine that is printing or applying them, surface and storage conditions and industry specific requirements – inks and materials that are approved for indirect contact with food, for example. If necessary the company will supply labels for trials.

The Plain Label Company’s existing customers include manufacturers and distributors of desk-top printers and on-line printer/applicators as well as general manufacturing distribution and food-related companies.

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