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Glossop Cartons first in line for innovative tech

After hearing about a technology that has the capacity to improve your business and doing the relevant research, the only thing left to do before investing is seeing it in action with your own eyes and confirming it is the right fit.

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Glossop Cartons has become the first to invest in new carton MIS software from Imprint MIS, as well as ordering the first Highcon Beam and a new B1 press from RMGT

One business whose directors knew for certain that their new software was right for them is Glossop Cartons, having become the first to order Imprint MIS’ carton software at the recent Drupa exhibition in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Of course, the odds of the software being the right choice were slightly skewed in Glossop’s favour, due to the fact that talks began in 2014, with Imprint working since then to deliver the optimum software solution to fit the company’s requirements.

Company director Jacky Sidebottom-Every, says of the decision: “Imprint has been working on the software since we first spoke in 2014. They came to us about a month ago and said that they thought they were there and they gave us an online demo to look at. We had a run-through, and we liked what we saw.

“We like the frontend, we like the access for the sales, the fact each person can only see their own clients. They can’t access each other’s clients. The shopfloor data is basic, simple and clear, and can be done on either a phone or a tablet. We can also access reports quickly and easily.”

Managing director Brian Sidebottom echoes this sentiment, adding: “Everything is just one click away, rather than having to drill down into things. General print software doesn’t really suit us; we print, cut, and glue, there are many operations before you have the final product and these all have to be covered. Each size is a different size, and factors such as grain dimension are absolutely imperative to us.”

At the end of last year, Glossop Cartons revealed its acquisition of Contact Print and Packaging, leading the business to increase significantly in size and move to new premises and making the need for more advanced and efficient software even more pressing.

The new carton MIS system is not Glossop’s only recent first; the business was the first to install a Highcon Beam digital cutting and creasing machine, having also been the first to invest in a Euclid machine from Highcon. Sidebottom-Every comments: “We’re huge advocates of Highcon and absolutely delighted to have installed this innovative technology that will bolster our production capabilities at our new premises in Stockport.

We had a run-through, and we liked what we saw

“Together with the Highcon Axis web-to-pack solution, which we are also beta-testing, we can bring huge benefits to our customers who are actively seeking differentiation on the shelf, together with faster turnaround, while at the same time streamlining our own ordering processes.”

Seemingly on a mission to fill the new premises and meet growing demand, Glossop also purchased its fourth RMGT B1 press, a six-colour plus coater RMGT 10. Sidebottom-Every explains: “These presses are the most reliable printing machines on the market. One of our RMGT presses was recently recognised as having produced work for two years solid without a service visit – that’s the sort of productivity we are buying into when we purchase these presses, and it’s the sort of ‘never-let-you-down’ experience that our customers expect from us.”

Following a significant 2015 for the business that included major acquisitions and a move to a new facility, and 2016’s key investments in ground-breaking kit that puts Glossop at the forefront of the packaging solutions sector, a notable period of growth and development is certain to follow for the Stockport-based firm.

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