UK based Chemical Company lead the In-house Label Printing and Finishing Revolution!
The Client: Talbot Chemicals, UK based Chemical Company.
Products: Detergent, disinfectant, and cleaning chemicals for industry.
Typical Customers: Catering cleaning suppliers, general cleaning companies, wholesale /cash and carry, niche products such as aircraft glass cleaner.
- Large over-stock of product labels, Talbot had to adhere to minimum orders from their external label printing company.
- Long lead-times on label orders.
- High cost per label.
- Ongoing chemical regulation CLP changes can result in a large stock of labels in warehouse to become redundant, increasing waste & cost.
- Short runs could not be purchased cost effectively in order to satisfy customer demand / brand changes/ requests.
Talbot Chemicals have moved their entire label production in-house and have implemented digital label printing and finishing. This includes receiving raw materials (paper), printing and cutting to size.
- Cost per label reduction of nearly 40%.
- Total control over labelling from design through to robustness of chemical label.
- Ability to respond quickly to customer orders, no matter how small.
- Reduced stock-holding offering large cost savings and less waste.
- Ease of use of technology, total empowerment from printing through to maintenance.
- Reliability in Impression Technology Europe as a supplier and genuine partner, from training through to scalability and future proofing.
Talbot Chemicals are an industry leader that manufactures chemical cleaning materials. Established in 1982 they have gained a reputation for quality and efficiency.
In the past they outsourced production of their labels, which generally tend to be large, robust labels that fit on to products such as 5 litre containers.
Stephen Greenwood, Production Manager, told us:
“Requirements vary and often we’ll get asked to produce 20 bottles of one kind, or full pallets of 20 of one kind of label and 20 another kind. We realised this was inefficient in terms of ordering minimum quantities of labels, and having to store these, not to mention waiting for delivery and having to pass that extra time on to the customer. At base level it was also proving expensive, and so we began to think outside of the box, and purchased a four colour ribbon printer 10 years ago. This was step one for us and gave us the confidence to take more control in-house.
However the ribbons were expensive, and after speaking with ITE we realised we could optimise even further. We contacted ITE and they recommended the Rapid X1 printer which we used for four years. To add an extra layer they also suggested we actually cut our own labels to size as well, meaning we’d just order in one roll of material and then be able to cut every single label on one unit. The unit just bolts on to the digital printer. So we also invested in an Eclipse LF3 label finishing machine. It was a fairly bold move and significant investment, but one we definitely do not regret.
As technology progressed we then moved on to a Compress LP4 digital label printer. The new Compress LP4 toner printer reduced the cost of ink dramatically, half the price, in-fact. Cost wise we’ve shaved 40% off each label produced.”
Ease of use
“I think some companies might not be quite sure about how easy it is to manage your own printer and cutter. We have no issues whatsoever using the machines. I can’t fault the Eclipse LF3, it’s evolved since it was launched and ITE don’t stand still – they continue to innovate. We use an artwork package for the label design, and the labels print beautifully on the Compress LP4.”
“Convenience is a major factor for us, in addition to cost. On the back of that we have customer service; we can respond quickly now, even if it’s just for one label. We were cutting some labels out with scissors in the past! Industry wise we’re all aware of the CLP regulations and how things are changing rapidly these days. Our solution means we can react straight away, whereas before would have needed to re-order and potentially dispose of redundant label stock. “
The ITE Experience
“ITE were very good from the start. From there on, every time I have spoken to them they are always at the end of the phone with true expertise, I cannot fault them – right through the machines.”
In essence, Talbot Chemicals are now able to cope with any label challenge put in front of them, change with the market, offer enhanced customer service, and keep costs down. They are truly leading the in-house label printing revolution.