Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Top Ayrshire printing company Kestrel Press
celebrates 35 successful years
A LEADING North Ayrshire company is bucking the current economic gloom by celebrating 35 years of successful trading.
Irvine-based printing company Kestrel Press was originally set up as a partnership in 1973, and was then incorporated in 1980.
[Pictured from left to right, the Kestrel Press sales team: Lauren Primrose. Graeme Ferguson, Colin McCallum (managing director), Richard Ramsden, Emily Gordon.]
Kestrel Press now operates from a prestigious modern 11,000 sq/ft office and factory on the South Newmoor Industrial Estate in Irvine.
From an initial base of commercial customers in the local and Glasgow area, Kestrel Press diversified into label and other production line printing.
Kestrel Press is now well established and enjoys a widespread reputation as bespoke quality colour and commercial printers and graphic designers.
Major clients over the years have included clothing manufacturers Levi Strauss & Co, Wrangler, Coats and pharmaceutical giant Glaxo SmithKline plc. Kestrel’s current customer base spreads across three sectors – local authorities, design agencies and direct with local businesses. The company supplies several of its customers with a stock holding facility to ensure continuous supply to multi-site operations.
Company policy is to meet or exceed its customers’ requirements all the time. This is summarised in the Kestrel Press motto “Putting our Promises in Print”. This policy has proved effective in securing an increasing level of new business whilst retaining a loyal customer base.
Kestrel Press is committed to continuous improvement in every area of its business and works closely with both customers and suppliers to ensure smooth operation of the supply chain. The company guarantees the quality of its products and services within a Total Quality Management system certified by BSi.
The company is conscious of and active in its responsibilities towards environmental management and health and safety regulations. Before it was fashionable, Kestrel Press was a “green” company, offering and using a range of recycled and FSC certified products.
Kestrel Press managing director Colin McCallum said: “Our strategy is one of controlled growth through niche marketing within target market sectors, combined with product and service development.
“We have major customers in sectors as diverse as clothing and textiles, electronics, engineering, transport, food and drink, pharmaceuticals and local government.
“The traditional printing market has gone, and a company like ours now needs to be able to react quickly to a variety of customers who want printed products quicker and cheaper. However, they need to realise that we are a manufacturing industry, and everything is made to order. Service is key in managing this process and is an area where we are continually trying to improve.
“In response to our customers’ needs, we have enhanced the range of design and production capabilities. We operate an effective Just-in-Time system linking customer schedules through to paper suppliers. We achieve rapid on-time delivery through a combination of express carriers and our own vehicles.”
Not only set fair to weather the current economic downturn, Kestrel Press looks likely to be embarking on another 35 years of successful trading and dynamic expansion.
Kestrel Press (Irvine) Ltd
25 Whittle Place
South Newmoor Industrial Estate
Irvine KA11 4HR
Contact: Graeme Ferguson
Telephone: 01294 222222
Fax: 01294 222219
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