Sharp – Friedheim adds Pregis automated bagging systems to portfolio
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Friedheim International, the leading supplier of print finishing equipment in the UK market, has announced the addition of automated bagging systems to its thriving packaging technology division.
Under the agreement, Friedheim will begin to distribute Pregis productline ‘sharp’ that has headquarters in the UK and Holland as well as offices in France and Germany.
Pregis is already a well-established name in the packaging market, counting the likes of flo-pak, Easypack and Airspeed among its portfolio of brands. Working in partnership with Friedheim, Pregis will bring additional bagging and mailing solutions to the UK market.
Among the first Sharp machines available through Friedheim will be the SX, a semi-automatic tabletop device that runs bags from 5cm to 28cm wide and from 10cm to 81cm long. Friedheim will also now stock the Sharp MAX20 Automatic machine, which can run bags up to 51cm wide and 101cm long and designed for various infeed and outfeed accessories. Both machine types have an integrated printer with next-bag out technology.
Martin Howells, national sales manager of the Friedheim packaging division, said: “With over a dozen film and bag options, varying from LD, ESD based, VCI, Metallized and Mailer quality blends, the extra flexibility of the Sharp technology to adapt to products and customer requirements means more jobs can get out the door at a faster rate.
“Both the design and speed of the SX at such a price point has been extremely well received in the US, and UK counterparts are now looking to follow suit, with the help of Friedheim.”
With continued growth in B2C e-commerce sales in the UK market, Sharp machines will help solve the problems presented by an increase in short runs and single order items.
Existing Sharp users have reported seeing their productivity triple, while the quality of their packaging has also increased. Aside from the mail order and e-commerce market, Sharp has seen heavy interest from t-shirt printers running a direct-to-consumer service, whereby they produce and deliver a single printed garment direct to the customer. Next to labor savings and increase of output, DIM-weight savings can be achieved whilst contributing to a lower CO2 footprint with bags made from recycled content
In addition, the ability of Sharp’s technology to produce a wide range of applications makes the kit a suitable choice for third-party logistics (3PL) fulfilment, as well as mobile phones, accessories and electrical goods.