Kalas Packaging utilises their NEW Duran Omega ALLPRO 70 forder-gluer in the pharmaceutical and healthcare markets
Initially purchased to work in tandem with its newly-installed HP30000 printing system, Kalas Packaging has found other uses for its also recently installed OMEGA ALLPRO 70 folder-gluer, manufactured by Duran Machina and supplied by UK & Ireland agent, Friedheim International.
Managing director of Kalas, Jonathan Padley explains: “Our core business became focussed on horticulture about eight years ago, and we are now one of two specialist companies offering special products in the sector. The business is all about turnaround times – days not weeks – hence the decision on the HP system, ably supported by the ALLPRO.
Kalas Packaging, Managing Director Jonathan Padley
“However, the ALLPRO is so flexible that it is also proving its worth tackling products destined for the pharmaceutical and healthcare markets, some of which are very bespoke, and this development has come as an unexpected bonus.”
Boston, Lincolnshire based Kalas Packaging was formed 30 years ago as a jobbing printers, concentrating on producing business cards, letterheads and general stationery items. From there the company progressed to magazines and leaflets and then into packaging with carrier bags, before finally becoming the fully-fledged carton printer it is today. The company currently employs 12 people, with additional staff taken on as demand requires.
Kalas Packaging headquarters in Boston, Linconshire
“Apart from its build quality and renowned reliability,” says Jonathan Padley, “Another reason why we chose the Duran OMEGA ALLPRO folder-gluer is its in-line Braille facility, which is not available in this configuration on most other similar types of machines. The reason we chose the 70 version of the ALLPRO was for the 720 mm sheet size that it can handle, which is what the bulk of our production is based on.
“Since its installation, which went very smoothly, we have had no problems with the ALLPRO. It is simple to set up and operate, is ideal for short-run jobs, highly productive, and I am sure it still has more to offer as we come to terms with its potential. I can confidently say that it is the right machine for the right market and we are pleased with the decision to purchase.”
Friedheim’s National Converting manager, Roger Cartwright says, “Kalas Packaging’s purchase of the Duran OMEGA ALLPRO folder gluer is but a glimpse into the growth of the market. With multiple orders of Duran folder gluers to a varied range of printers, carton box makers and other converting customers, we’ve seen a hugely positive growth in our Converting Division over the last six months.”