UK label stock coating plant
Scandstick recently relocated its UK self-adhesive label stock plant to Sawtry in Cambridgeshire, about 70 miles north of London. Production of roll and sheet label stocks centers on a new 40" wide and 190' long coating and siliconizing line — based entirely on hot-melt adhesives — with two new slitters. The new coating line enables high-speed conversion of film and paper grades for customers in the UK and Ireland. Scandstick UK’s plant has been set up to run independently of support from the parent company’s facility in Helsingborg, Sweden. The site will also be the sole production point for Scandstick’s TakTik branded sheet label stock — sold worldwide through paper merchants — and for FlatSam lick-and-stick gum paper sheets, used widely in the retail, promotional and postal sectors. For most products, lead times are 48 hours maximum, to customers across the UK.
The move to Sawtry also ended nearly two centuries of coating production at Scandstick UK’s existing plant at St. Neots. It was the former site of the Samuel Jones gummed label business which began in 1810. Scandstick bought the company’s UK interests after the latter’s demise in 2002.
The new plant marks the second and final stage of a €40 million ($49 million) investment program, the biggest in the company’s 25-year history. Phase one, in September 2005, was the opening of a 6' wide roll label stock coating line in Helsingborg