Crosland's International Success

November 2004

A Manchester-based packaging and print finishing specialist is enjoying impressive sales success on an international scale - with a growing client base stretching as far as Mexico and the Ukraine.

Crosland VK Limited is a major machine supplier and combines installation expertise with after-sales service such training and product development - so clients can make the most of their investments.

The Trafford Park company is enjoying rapid success both at home and abroad following a major management reshuffle earlier this year, arising from a Management Buy-In.

For example Vesna Publishing House in the Ukraine have just purchased their 4 th machine from Crosland VK. Over the last few years, the company has installed two Simon-Asahi AP 1020 automatic platens and a BF750 foil blocking machine. The latest addition was a smaller format Simon Crosland APD, with a cutting plate size of 660mm x 940mm. This machine is equipped with sheet stripping and a pre loading device.

Another success came in Mexico where a global labelling and product identification specialist purchased three hand fed platens. A CVK 980 and a CVK1130 have been installed whilst another CVK980 is due for their factory in Hungary . These small sizes of platen are ideal for labels and kiss cut work which is the mainstay of the company's products.

In Germany Crosland VK have established two agents for their products - and business is already brisk. KF Maschinen and Jurgen Halt have teamed up with Crosland to sell the Crosland Young Shin Diecuters and the Crosland Hand Platens. The first six months have got off to a flying start with many different machines installed, such as a Revotec fully automatic platen which has been introduced in the north of the country.

Crosland and Ondulam n.v have completed the first installation of a Crosland Young Shin SA2100S Semi-Automatic Diecutter in Belgium . AB Screen opted for this machine after visiting installations in the UK . They are one of Belgium 's leading Screenprinters and producers of point of sale material. Ondulam n.v. are the sales agents for Crosland Young Shin in Belgium , working with Crosland VK, who provide after sales care, training and installation expertise.

Meanwhile, Trewell Display have purchased the first Crosland Young Shin Semi Automatic Die cutter in Sweden . The YT-SA1700S was installed by Crosland VK at the beginning of June and can handle a maximum sheet size of 1200mm x 1700mm. This machine is equipped with a Pre-loader, Triple action stripping and a stack delivery. Maximum speed is 3000 sheets per hour and is capable of handling from 0.5mm up to 11mm double wall.

Trewell are located in Marsta near Stockholm and have two factories. One site is a traditional sheet plant and the other is the display and point of sale factory. The Crosland Young Shin replaced one similar sized hand platen, although they still run three more, as well as laminating and gluing machines.

With 26 employees, Crosland is the UK 's largest independent supplier of die cutting machinery, and can trace its routes back to 1872. The company boasts unparalleled levels of after-care service and has secured European distribution rights to a range of automated machines which will facilitate future growth plans.

Crosland's Group Sales Director Steve Waterhouse remarked: "As both a company and leading brand, Crosland enjoys an excellent market reputation and there is no doubt that its existing and future customers will benefit from the new management team's enthusiasm, dedication and commitment to take the company onto a new platform for success.

"These important international contracts reflect our growing market presence both at home and abroad."

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