The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Macfarlane Labels presses ahead

Macfarlane Labels has underpinned its commitment to efficiency and the environment with the installation of a new, state of the art printing press at its Kilmarnock facility.


The company has invested £650,000 in a new UV flexo self-adhesive label press which has a number of important features including: greater capacity; faster run speeds; less waste and quicker changeovers. 

The creation of less waste material and its reduced power consumption will also further improve Macfarlane Labels’ environmental credentials. 


The FA4* press, manufactured by industry leader, Nilpeter, is forecast to increase Macfarlane Labels’ capacity from its current 2 billion labels a year to around 2.2 billion. The new press joins Macfarlane’s existing modern fleet, which comprises eight Nilpeter presses at the company’s Kilmarnock facility. This is the company’s third FA4 servo drive press.


Nilpeter flew a specialist into Scotland from Denmark to provide on-site training for Macfarlane’s operators of the 17 metre long press, which was installed in earlier in August and is now fully operational.

Derek Easson, Macfarlane Labels’ Commercial Director, said: “We’re committed to continual investment in our labels business to ensure that our customers benefit from the latest technology.  Our new press is evidence of this and I’m confident that it will help us to further improve the service and quality that we can provide.”

Macfarlane Group PLC is a UK-based group of companies focused on packaging-related activities.

Printing more than 1.8 billion labels every year, Macfarlane Labels is Scotland’s largest labels producer. Headquartered in Kilmarnock, the company also has a manufacturing operation in Newmountkennedy in Ireland, and employs 114 people supplying 350 customers in the UK, Ireland, Europe, US and Canada.

In addition to the large volume of self-adhesive labelling the company produces for the FMCG sector (including food, health & beauty, household products, beverages and pharmaceuticals), Macfarlane Labels specialise in a range of resealable labels under the Reseal-it® brand.

The Packaging Distribution business is the leading UK distributor of a comprehensive range of packaging products.  

The Manufacturing Operations comprise two businesses, the manufacture of transit packaging and the manufacture of self-adhesive and re-sealable labels.  

Headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, Macfarlane Group employs 700 people at 22 sites, principally in the UK and Ireland, servicing 20,000+ customers in the UK, Europe and the USA across a wide range of sectors including: consumer goods; logistics; electronics; food manufacturing and retailing; internet and mail order.




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