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Bobst Masterflex-HD hits the right spot!

Award success for DS Smith's UK Packaging Division

28 Feb. 2020


DS Smith has received many awards recognising their print capabilities. In the last three years, 21 of these, have been associated with the Masterflex-HD from BOBST. This HD press contributes to DS Smith’s print capabilities giving customers access to the highest quality and widest range of printing techniques.

Masterflex-HD is a 2,100 x 1,300mm format presses, offering the ultimate in high-definition quality graphics in up to eight colours and swift, automated job set-up. DS Smith opted for the press after identifying a strong desire for high-quality printed cases and wraps from customers operating in its beverage market. 

Frank Hay, General Manager at DS Smith, said: “Bobst Masterflex-HD has delivered everything we expected and more. We have had great feedback from our customers about the superb quality of print, echoed by the number of awards we have picked up since its installation. The press has a range of stand-out features which have proved crucial in enabling us to deliver outstanding quality, including printing accuracy thanks to the proactive register and an IQ300 quality inspection camera system. Using such technologies, we have been able to provide stand-out packaging for our customers.”

Award judges representing the European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA), FlexoTech, FTA Europe and The Stationers praised DS Smith for its superior print quality; recognising their packaging solutions for a variety of brands across multiple industry sectors in recent years.

Commenting on the benefits the press has brought to the site, Hay said, “The dimensions of the machine enable large blanks sizes to be processed and this, coupled with a high plate speed, enables the machine to be an excellent square metre producing asset for us. The training and customer service support from Bobst have also played a key part in our success as we have continued to invest. Moving through 2020, we will continue to invest in our people and assets as we seek to redefine packaging for a changing world.” 

Craig Moran, Zone Business Director Sheet-fed Sales, at Bobst UK & Ireland, said, “DS Smith is a highly valued partner and Bobst is committed to ensuring that we are delivering solutions which add value and make a difference to their business. Masterflex-HD has taken printed graphics to another level in terms of quality.”


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