Belfast-based MSO Cleland has made a significant investment of £5.5m to take its business into the future.

The first part of this investment has been the purchase and installation of a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL106-6+LYYL, a six-colour press with double coater. The press was delivered and commissioned successfully during the coronavirus lockdown, a result of the harmonious partnership Heidelberg UK shares with companies like MSO. The new press is an addition to the company’s existing two sheetfed presses and brings about a significant increase in productivity, along with greater in-line colour management and a heightened scope for creative finishes.

The timing of this investment clearly indicates the progress and growth achieved by MSO, despite the challenging landscape. By adding significant production capacity during this period, MSO is able to foreshorten delivery time and respond to the tight timelines requested by customers. It also allows the company to grow its business in keeping with the rising demands in the industry.

According to Joanna Calixto, Managing Director of MSO, “The press investment allows us to bring the newest capabilities to our customers so that their products can stand out in a world that is sometimes overwhelming in the choices available. Being additional equipment, it also gives us the ability to react quickly when our customers need something in a hurry – this flexibility is a crucial part of our business model.”

Ralph Chalmers, Chairman of MSO, explained that “we are additionally preparing for a future that includes the revised trading conditions that will apply after Brexit is completed. There are a large number of European carton companies that enjoy a significant volume of business in the UK and could benefit from having a production capability there. Our discussions have so far shown significant traction for future business, and we believe the production capability of our new printing and converting technology puts us in a very good position.”

“We are delighted that MSO chose Heidelberg and invested in the new Speedmaster XL 106 6+LYYL, the most automated and intelligent Speedmaster yet. This investment confirms the trust in our brand and in the market leading Heidelberg support team which provides the highest level of service in the UK and Ireland. We are certain that MSO will benefit from minimising the process-dependent time losses and will significantly increase effectiveness, all the way up to autonomous printing,” says Ryan Miles, Managing Director at Heidelberg UK.

MSO specialises in end-to-end packaging solutions – from design to delivery of carton board packaging and labels, for the food, beverages and pharmaceutical sectors. With a long heritage of almost 150 years, MSO’s vision is far from traditional; it looks well beyond the current pandemic to a future that will provide fresh opportunities for employees and customer alike.

October 2020

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