Arden Dies has become the first UK die-maker to achieve a double accreditation from Bobst for both flatbed corrugated and folding carton.

Bobst, a supplier of machinery and services to packaging manufacturers, runs a die-making Certification Programme, which is an advanced certification for professional die-makers to provide high performance tooling.

Arden Dies has recently passed the certification process for flatbed corrugated (SPO), and in 2020 was awarded the certification for flatbed folding carton (SP), making it the first UK die-maker to hold accreditations for both areas of die-making.

Sarah Poynter, operations manager at Arden, commented, ‘Arden Dies has been a leader in the die-making and packaging industry in the UK for almost 60 years, and we pride ourselves on our high-quality tooling, innovation and die-making expertise, so we are delighted to be a Bobst certified die-maker for both folding carton and flatbed corrugated.’

Ms Poynter continued, ‘The Bobst Die-makers certification programme is guarantee of excellence, so our customers can be confident we have the skills, knowledge and equipment to deliver the highest quality tooling that will enable the Bobst presses to operate at optimum performance, helping further cement our position as a leading die-maker.’

The certification programme involved an on-site audit at Arden Dies’ purpose-built factory site in Marple, Stockport, as well as a tooling machine validation trial at the Bobst Competence Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland.

As part of the certification process, die-makers’ capabilities, knowledge and understanding of tooling processes are assessed and developed by a Bobst Tooling Specialist, helping make sure that they work in the right way and correctly optimise equipment to produce high quality dies to deliver high performance on press.