Séamus Lafferty, president of Accraply, has announced the creation of a new innovation and manufacturing centre in Irlam, Greater Manchester, UK.
Accraply is part of Barry-Wehmiller and is a leader in the design, manufacture and support of automated label-application systems, as well as converting and finishing equipment for the shrink sleeve and flexible-packaging markets.
Centre of excellence
The new Manchester facility brings together three well-respected British brands—Harland, Graham and Sleevit, with their associated self-adhesive and shrink sleeve labelling technologies—in one centre of excellence, enabling shared innovation and manufacturing efficiencies.
‘Accraply’s investment in a larger, modern facility provides a strong foundation from which to grow and serve our expanding global customer base,’ says Lafferty. ‘It will provide our team members with a state-of-the-art facility and serve as an excellent location to showcase our expanding range of labelling and sleeving solutions.’
By summer 2020, the 46 000 square-foot facility will house engineering, manufacturing and all related support functions. It will also act as the support hub for Accraply’s sales and service network across the EMEA region, and provide the company with a base from which to share best practices and engage with technology and supply chain partners—all with a goal of delivering exceptional value to customers.
The new Manchester location complements Accraply’s global manufacturing footprint, with locations in the US and Canada, as well as service hubs across North America, the UK, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy and China.
Accraply is one of six BW companies in the UK that are building on a local foundation, with more than 50 years of experience and the talent of nearly 500 team members. Through BW Packaging Systems, customers can find more than just a single machine— they can leverage the combined primary packaging, labelling and end-of-line packaging solutions for a wide range of industries, including: food and beverage, personal care, container manufacturing, pharmaceutical and medical devices, household products, paper products and textiles, industrial and automotive, and converting, printing and publishing.