Springfield set to print 100 million labels in a single year

Springfield Solutions is on track to print 100 million labels in one year for the first time in its 40-year history.

The labels and packaging specialist, based in Hull, printed 62 million labels by the end of June, putting it on course to surpass the milestone target by December 31.

The surge in business follows a £750,000 investment to transform Springfield Solutions’ print room from a mixture of analogue and digital presses to all digital. The company completed the process in 2012 and, as a result, it printed 93 million labels in 2013, a 26 per cent increase on the previous year.

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Joint managing director Dennis Ebeltoft said reaching the 100 million mark cemented the firm’s position as one of Europe’s leading all-digital printers.

“We were among the industry’s earliest adopters of digital presses, buying our first one in 1996. Over the years we have watched the quality increase until it equalled, or in some areas even surpassed, that of analogue.

“When that happened it made sense to go all-digital because our clients were demanding faster turnaround times and it is only with digital technology we can meet those deadlines.”

He added: “Even when we made the change we had no idea we would see such a jump in the number of jobs we handled so soon. Just a couple of years ago to print 100 million labels in a single year would have been unthinkable, now we are well on course to reach that target before the end of this year.”

The firm is continuing to grow. Earlier this year the company invested nearly £1m in Europe’s first Screen Truepress Ink Jet L350UV digital label press, as well as a finishing line from Bridlington firm AB Graphics.

The upgrades mean that Springfield Solutions is now able to process around 2,000 jobs per month, compared to the 800-1,000 it could complete with a mixture of analogue and digital printing.

Springfield Solutions works with many FMCG and industrial Fortune 500 ‘Power Brand’ clients, supplying a full design-to-print service, including pre-press, asset management, personalised labels, and smart interactive label solutions.

The company recently completed a board reshuffle. It appointed Matt Dass as joint managing director and innovations director alongside Mr Ebeltoft who is also joint managing director and retains his role as operations director.