Yorkshire-based Roberts Mart & Co has invested over £3million in a 10-colour Allstein printing press to add internal efficiencies and quicker changeover times.

The investment will support the firm in achieving growth of 25% in its targeted sectors, such as FMCG, by helping brands to get their goods to market even more quickly than before.

This, the company’s second Allstein press, is part of a long-term growth strategy that has been in place since the company moved to its single-site operation in 2004. It is the seventh press the business has had installed during that time, a level of investment in this type of technology unlikely to be equalled in the printed flexible packaging sector.

The press will be put to work across a number of different product ranges, handling a variety of materials like paper, polythene, polyester and polyethylene.

Managing director, William Roberts said, ‘We have a great relationship with Allstein, who give us superb back-up support and service. The press is easy to operate and will provide us with even quicker processing of different materials. This is all part of our ambitious growth plan put in place back in 2004, since which the company has broken into multiple new markets resulting in a trebling of the head count at the site. We are now producing packaging that can now be found in every aisle in every supermarket in the UK.

‘Roberts Mart’s spectacular growth and success is definitely down to our independence, which means we have the ability to react quickly to changing markets. Plus, the fact that we refuse to compromise on buying the best-of-range machinery – and coupled with employing some of the most experienced flexible packaging professionals in the industry.’

Gordon Whitelaw, managing director of Allstein, commented, ‘We are again thrilled to partner with Roberts Mart & Co Ltd and support them in their expansion and pursuit of excellence.  The mix of our disruptive technologies with their vision and drive will help set new milestones in terms of productivity.’