With a growing customer base in the Asia region, the firm is installing a new slitter and full plate making technology to enabling the Kuala Lumpur site to be self-sufficient from receipt of design through to end product shipment.
Additionally, a 10-colour flexographic press will be transferred there from Parkside’s UK site.
The investment will also result in a faster turnaround service and reduce current lead times ensuring customers can respond to changing market demands quickly.
John Taylor, general manager at Parkside Asia, said: “The print and packaging industry in Asia is beginning to accept and recognise the cost and efficiency advantages that flexographic printing can bring to their operations.
“As a leading player in this field in Europe, Parkside is eager to demonstrate its abilities in Asia and ensure its increasing number of customers in the region have access to local facilities and capabilities. This investment will enable us to offer our international customers the high level of service they are used to from our UK operations and for Asia to build on this strength with local manufacturing, service and support.”
With the new machinery expected to be in place by end of Q2, print operators from Malaysia have been working at the company’s UK site in West Yorkshire to learn more about the technology.
The Malaysia site employs more than 40 people and primarily manufactures and prints packaging for the tobacco industry.
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