Linney ramps-up production with UK’S first Highcon Beam 2

Highcon Beam 2 provides improved design flexibility

Linney ramps-up production with UK’S first Highcon Beam 2

With a slogan like “Restless since 1851,” it’s no surprise that Linney in Mansfield, UK, has installed the first Highcon Beam 2 digital cutting and creasing machine in the UK, trained their staff, and already ramped up production even during an exceptionally challenging year for all companies.

Covid-19 has dramatically changed the way everything is done these days, and for Linney, their agility aligned perfectly with Highcon’s agile production promise.

The Highcon Beam 2 digital cutting and creasing solution was developed as a robust solution to the challenges facing folding carton converters and print service providers who are expanding their services in packaging and retail displays. The Highcon solutions are all about agility and sustainability, enabling the replacement of the expensive and slow conventional die-making and setup process with a digital technology that delivers improved responsiveness, design flexibility, and the ability to perform a wide range of applications in-house.

Charles Linney, executive director, said, “Linney is proud to be the first in the UK with the Highcon Beam 2. We are constantly on the lookout for ways to innovate and to identify production improvements that will improve speed to market for our clients, including some global brands in the beauty and health industry, giving them the edge over their competitors. Finding the best way to do things is a pivotal part of our culture. Our investment strategy is about insourcing more to give greater production and quality control, and the Beam 2 is about three times more productive than a traditional analog device. The time to create make-readies is now reduced to minutes rather than days! The Highcon team installed the machine, trained the operators, and guided our team over the course of days, ensuring consistent, high-quality production and time savings. The machine performance and their consultative approach are highly professional and effective, and our whole team takes great pride in our new capabilities delivering high-quality on-shelf display products, as well as gifting and packaging materials to top brands every day.”

Jens Henrik Osmundsen, Highcon vice president Sales and general manager EMEA, said: “We have been very impressed by the speed with which Linney has adopted our technology. They are already running three shifts, producing numerous jobs for their top tier clients in health, beauty, and cosmetics, including on-shelf tray displays and personalized packaging for the gift market. More than anything else, we have been delighted with the positive reactions we have received not only about the process and efficiency from Linney’s management but also from their design staff and operators – the people who make the machine sing!”

Linney is a privately owned, multi-channel marketing communications company, employing over 1000 people. With expertise across all communications platforms, it covers the entire marketing supply chain, from insight, creative and digital, to print and displays production, digital signage, warehousing and fulfillment, film, and more. Its clients span many sectors, including retail, FMCG, hospitality, pharma, health & wellbeing, education, not-for-profit, and leisure. Key clients include Vodafone, Royal Mail, E.on, Cineworld, Virgin Active, The Royal British Legion, and many more.

The Highcon digital cutting and creasing solution is transforming the post-print market. Highcon offers folding carton and corrugated converters a product portfolio that covers a wide range of formats, substrates, and applications – from general commercial, folding carton and corrugated packaging, display products, and variable data cutting. The Highcon offerings introduced cost-effective solutions to the increasing manufacturing inefficiencies that the folding carton and corrugated carton manufacturers are experiencing. This is a direct result of the emerging market dynamics of shorter time to market and lower job sizes. Such requirements cannot be accommodated by the expensive and slow conventional die-making and setup process. The Highcon digital technology bridges the gap between agile production and design flexibility delivering improved responsiveness, JIT production, short runs, customization of structure and design, and the ability to perform a wide range of applications in-house. Highcon products are installed at customer sites all over the world.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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