Print-Leeds, the specialist print house based in Leeds, has become the sole supplier of wet glue labels to Marston’s Beer Company. This is the result of a competitive tendering process.
Print-Leeds has printed wet-glue labels for Marston’s for seven years in a contract that was split across two suppliers. The new sole supplier contract is for a three year period and is worth in the region of £2m per annum. The labels will be used right across Marston’s bottled beer brand portfolio including Wainwright, Hobgoblin, McEwan’s and Pedigree.
Rod Fisher, Managing Director at Print-Leeds, said: “We have become a brand synonymous with the food and beverage industries. Marston’s is a long-standing client and we are really pleased to be appointed its sole wet glue label supplier. This wouldn’t have been possible before we invested £5m in new premises and a state of the art Heidelberg 7-colour press.”
Colin Mackenzie, Marston’s corporate procurement, added: “We are really pleased for Print-Leeds and look forward to working with them on future projects over the next three years.”
Print-Leeds moved premises just over a year ago to a much larger 30,000 sq ft factory that has now been fully refurbished on a four acre site. At the same time the company invested in a new £2.5m Heidelberg XL106 7-colour press with coater which is running alongside its existing Heidelberg 7-colour UV litho press. This was part of a planned £5m investment to double the company’s production capacity, streamline production, provide greater flexibility and bring the all-important contingency option in-house for the production of wet glue labels, composite tube wraps, litho box laminates and UV litho work.
Print-Leeds prides itself on being the most technically advanced printer in the UK, constantly investing in new machinery to open up new markets and better serve its clients. The company acquired a wet glue label printer five years ago which trebled its turnover. MD, Rod Fisher, is currently looking at a digital press which will launch the company into the self-adhesive market.
Rod explains: “We are constantly being asked by clients and prospective clients about self-adhesive labels. The beauty of moving into this market means we could print labels for any industry. The press we are looking at is one of the most technically advanced on the market.“
This would be a further evolution for Print-Leeds which started life as a repro house, moving into printing in 2001 and into labels in 2013.