The P9E is the latest model in Mark Andy’s range of Performance Series flexo presses.
It joins a 17” Mark Andy P7 installed in 2017 and three other 13” Mark Andy presses at Hungerford.
“First of all, we decided that 430mm is the best fit for our work, and once we had fully loaded our P7 it was clear we had an urgent need for a second press. The P9E moves the game on though, with its independent servo-driven anilox roll, which is double the size, so moves at half the speed, and gives us more flexibility and higher production speeds across all substrates," said Paul Roscoe, Berkshire's managing director.
Berkshire Labels estimates that flexo production accounts for 60% of its business.
“Our aim was to match quality across digital and flexo and we have been successful in achieving that. It allows us to support our small start-up customers, like micro-breweries and artisan food producers, and grow with them as they become major players in the market,” Roscoe said.
Berkshire Labels’ new P9E features eight UV flexo print stations, Corona treatment and web cleaning, delam/relam, a crossover facility for peel/reseal, and the full "Filmic Pack," which includes chilled impression drums and lightweight tension control.