Encore Packaging Solutions is set to boost capacity at its Peterlee site with the addition of a Bobst NOVACUT 106 ER to meet rising volumes from new and existing customers.

The machine offers fully automated, inline blanking separation to streamline carton processing and remove the need to manually strip waste from die-cut work.

Supplying to the food and beverage, e-commerce and general retail markets, Encore Packaging Solutions manufactures a range of innovative folding carton and corrugated products. The new NOVACUT 106 ER will complement existing Bobst assets at the company’s site, including NOVACUT E, VISIONFOLD 110 A2 and HANDYPACK GT, a semi-automatic collecting table which assists end-of-line operators pack finished cartons into transport containers.

Russell Croisdale, managing director, Encore Packaging Solutions, said, ‘The decision to invest in new machinery has come as part of clear, focused strategy to grow the business. In recent months we have secured new business and increased volumes from existing customers. As the company grows, it’s important that we strengthen certain processes to avoid bottlenecks in production and ensure we maintain the reputation and quality our customers expect.

‘Boosting productivity is core to this investment. The blanking feature incentivised us to seal the deal; it’s just what we were looking for and will have a significant impact on throughput and efficiency downstream. Once installed, the new NOVACUT will open doors to new markets and enable us to be more competitive, which is most important in today’s packaging environment.’

The new machine is due to be installed in September. At the same time, the existing NOVACUT 106 E will be upgraded with a BOBST elevation kit, which will allow Encore Packaging Solutions to process larger pallets of work and future-proof the machine to be in line with any future press investment.

Mr Croisdale concluded, ‘Our aim at Encore is to have a very modern, sophisticated set up and Bobst technology makes that a reality. It’s seven years since we first took delivery of a Bobst machine and we haven’t looked back since. We have a good, honest working relationship that has played a key part in helping us to achieve our business goals and objectives.’