Print manufacturer ABG reaps rewards of partnership as turnover soars

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 21 Jan 2019

An East Yorkshire print equipment manufacturer has reaped the rewards of an almost decade-long partnership and seen turnover grow by almost half.

ABG International, which employs almost 350 people at its plants in Bridlington, Driffield and in Germany, first teamed up with PP Control & Automation nine years ago.

Since then, ABG has scaled up its operations to produce 250 digital print finishing machines last year, and has seen turnover soar by just under 50 per cent.

ABG is a world leader in print equipment manufacturing, which can produce high quality labels and packaging for 2,500 customers across the world.

Phil Robson, operations manager, said: “Digital print is taking over from conventional printing, so we anticipate the market to expand rapidly over the next decade.

ABG International supplies more than 2,000 customers around the world (Cucumber PR)

“Thanks to our commitment to outsourcing, we are now more efficient and have cut production and sales lead times significantly.

“Importantly, PP has also given us the additional capacity that allows us to go after new business safe in the knowledge we can quickly ramp up production to cope with it.”

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ABG now has plans to increase its manufacturing capacity from 250 machines a year, to 300, to meet growing demand for digital printing.

Mr Robson said the partnership with PP Control & Automation made perfect sense.

“We operate in very similar ways and, once we had seen PP Control & Automation’s capabilities at its world class facility, we knew there were lots of synergies and a relationship to forge,” he said.

ABG International supplies more than 2,000 customers around the world (Cucumber PR)

“PP was originally tasked with producing the electrical back panels on our new Digicon 3 digital print finishing machine and then delivering them to our Bridlington factory, where we would fit the cables and harnesses - a labour-intensive job that would usually take between two to three days.

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“It didn’t take long until engineers from both companies came up with a new way of assembly that involved developing a more standard enclosure system, which would allow the panel to be easily slid into the machine.”

Tony Hague, CEO at PP Control & Automation, said: “Once we had come up with the enclosure design, we then started considering the cable harnessing and the interconnectivity around the machines.

“It became apparent that a modular approach would be a lot more effective and we worked together to design a process that would see the modules assembled in the West Midlands.

“Working with the modular concept, means engineers at PP can look at the specific machine ‘make up’ and configuration and immediately calculate both the circuit protection requirements and the cable lengths, based on standard routings - providing a quicker installation for the team.”

ABG and PP engineers took just six months to redesign the controls architecture into the new modular format.



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