DOBSON & Crowther, the UK’s largest manufacturer of lithoprinted envelopes, has invested £1.6m in new technology at its Llangollen site.
The company, which was established more than 100 years ago and moved to Llangollen in 1946, has bought a new, large format, size six printing press from manroland that will boost production capacity by 30% and enable the business to compete for larger volumes of work.
The new machine is “alcohol free” which is better for the environment.
Dobson & Crowther produces 600 million litho-printed products each year including a huge variety of envelopes for the direct mail industry, photographic packaging, recycling mailers and paper-based pockets and wallets and is also the leading producer of horticultural seed packets.
Managing director Paul Holden said: “This investment is a key part of our future strategy to grow the business. The new press significantly increases our print capacity and means we can compete for much larger volumes of work than we have in the past. We are confident this investment will bring an increase in sales.”
Established in 1904, the company was acquired by the multi-national Smurfit Group in 1973 and changed its name to Smurfit Print UK.
Paul and his fellow directors led a management buyout of the business in 2006 and reverted back to the original Dobson & Crowther name.
The business has a turnover of £11m and employs more than 130 people.
The purchase was made after funding was secured from Lombard, the asset finance arm of The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).
Lombard relationship manager Paul Evans said: “Dobson & Crowther is a well run business that is always looking to improve its performance by investing in new technology.
“This investment will undoubtedly strengthen their manufacturing process and help them maintain an edge in the market.”