North Tyneside headquartered Elanders UK has more than trebled the size of its Elanders Packaging (previously McNaughtans) operation in Scotland with its relocation to Righead Industrial Estate in Bellshill, moving from its current site in nearby Cumbernauld.
Elanders Packaging specialises in printing for luxury packaging and labelling for the drinks industry, with a strong heritage in Scottish whisky through its acquisition of McNaughtans the Printers in 2013.
With the move to Bellshill, the company has invested £2million in both its 17,500 sq ft new premises and equipment which includes specialist digital print and high-quality finishing machinery. These new facilities will sit alongside its existing machinery, further enhancing the company’s print for packaging capabilities available to customers.
The company’s significant investment in its packaging facility ensures its customers have access to the latest technology and puts Elanders at the forefront of innovation in the print and packaging industry.
New equipment in Bellshill will include the latest HP digital technology with a digicon unit which will enable printing, die cutting, embossing and the preparation of pressure sensitive labels (PSL) for premium drinks brands, ready for self-adhesion at bottling plants. As this new equipment uses state of the art digital printing technology, it enables spirit manufacturers to introduce personalisation, perfect for gifting or limited edition expressions. This unit will run alongside Elanders’ existing wet-labelling equipment offering customers the full spectrum of labelling solutions.
To complement the digital print equipment, Elanders has also invested in a priming unit which treats any substrate and prepares this for digital printing – enabling a wider range of materials to be used, achieving the same quality as litho printing.
For the first time, Elanders will also be able to offer its clients in-house finishing services with the addition of a new glueing line as well as B1 hot foiling, die cutting and embossing.
Chris Hewitt, Managing Director of Elanders UK, said of the new plant: “Elanders always aims to be one step ahead when it comes to innovation within the packaging and print sectors meaning we are able to offer our customers the very best solutions to meet their individual needs. Our new site in Bellshill is more than treble the size of our previous site in Cumbernauld meaning we can expand our offering and purchase new cutting edge machinery to sit alongside our existing machinery, offering our customers more choice.
“Elanders has an ambitious growth plan which includes further investment in Scotland, building on the previous success of McNaughtans within the whisky and premium spirits sectors. We are looking to invest in both our facilities and people in Bellshill and we expect to employ a number of new people over the coming months.”
Elanders UK is part of Elanders AB, which is a company with operations in 36 locations worldwide. Elanders Group offers its customers global solutions for print & packaging, supply chain management and e-commerce.
For further details on Elanders UK, please visit www.Elanders.co.uk.