Chadwicks expands into shrink sleeves

Leading pre-cut lid manufacturer Chadwicks is moving into the shrink-sleeve market following recent investments.

The firm purchased a selection of finishing equipment, including a DCM sleeving machine with hot melt adhesive application, a DCM Babycat inspection system and temperature controlled storage areas for raw materials.

Production is focused on meeting niche requirements for quick turnaround, short-to-medium-run specialist shrink sleeve products, including tapered cup applications with a selection of hot melt adhesives and Sleeve & Seal for full body applications with unique easy peel perforations.

John Savage, the Australasian business development manager, says the company is renowned as the leading supplier of pre-cut lids in many international markets because of its record of quality, innovation and ability to produce exactly what our vast array of customers want.

- The move into sleeves is driven largely by existing customers’ demand for the proven Chadwicks service but providing it in sleeves - there are many benefits of sourcing lids and sleeves from one supplier - Savage says. - The plan has been measured and heavily supported by our parent company the Clondalkin Group. We have spent considerable time and invested capital in making sure that everything is exactly right to give us a good platform for launch. When we recently invested in a new £1.2 million 8 colour MPS flexo press, we did so with shrink sleeve manufacture in mind. We are fortunate to have been able to draw on the expertise of our sister company Nyco in Switzerland during our set-up period which has allowed us to enter the market with a premium product right from the start.

Chadwicks, based in Bury, England, is the UK’s leading manufacturer of pre-cut lids to market sectors including food, dairy and beverage markets and and exports 50% of its output as far afield as the Far East and Australia/New Zealand. Chadwicks is part of the Flexible Packaging Division of the Clondalkin Group which has, over 40 manufacturing sites located across Europe and North America.