Look out for something special…

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A thank you to you, our customer… on its way in the post….it may even have your name on it! We hope you like it and that it will find a special place in your home over the Christmas holidays…. a Christmas tree decoration or a table setting perhaps?

May we take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and we look forward to working with you again in 2016.

The team at Alexir 

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Alexir’s Newest Student

We are delighted to welcome student, George Farr, to the Alexir Partnership. George is on a 40 week work placement and is currently in his third year at Bournemouth University.

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George says, ‘I am studying Product Design Hons BSc/BA at Bournemouth University. From initial concepts to a functioning prototype, we are able to explore the whole process of our products from beginning to end. ‘As soon as I came across Alexir I knew it was a place where I would like to work and the team have been very welcoming. The potential of cartons has really surprised me and I’m excited to be here.’

George is currently working within the Marketing Team developing new ideas for carton packaging and will work in all the relevant areas of the Alexir Partnership over the course of 10 months.

In George’s spare time he enjoys playing football, golf and tennis, as well as having a growing interest in the luxury watch market.

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Alexir Partnership Goes Solar

The Alexir Partnership are installing a new solar PV system on the southern part of the main factory roof and work will commence on Monday 30th November. The installation is expected to take approximately two weeks.

Solar+panelsAlexir has taken the decision to install solar this year for a number of reasons. Firstly it makes us a “greener” packaging producer as the system will generate around 180kw of power which we will be able to utilise. By doing this, and combined with the subsidy we receive from the power company, we will reduce our annual electricity bill by around 20%. The system should pay for itself in full within 5 years and given that the cells have a guaranteed lifespan of 25 years, it means not only are we a greener packaging producer but we will be making considerable savings on our electricity bills over the next quarter of a century. For these reasons the installation of solar panels is an excellent investment for the future of Alexir.

The system will feature around 690 panels which will cover approximately 50% of the roof on the right hand side of the building, as this is the southerly-facing area. The system, however, has been designed to keep the skylights clear and will not affect the daylight into the factory. It has also been designed to fit around the roof venting system so from a working point of view there should be no difference inside the factory except for maybe a slight improvement to the insulation during the winter months.

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Edenbridge MP Visits The Alexir Partnership

On Friday 20th of November the local MP for Edenbridge, Tonbridge and Malling Tom Tugendhat visited The Alexir Partnership in Edenbridge. During his visit he took a factory tour and visited Alexir’s award winning digital department which earlier this month received an award for Investment of the year at the UK Packaging Awards 2015

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MP Tom Tugendhat in the digital department speaking to Alexir’s MD Robert Davison about the award winning investment.

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MD Robert Davison showing MP Tom Tugendhat Alexir’s digital departments brand new Kama cutting machine.

 

MP Tom Tugendhat said “I was thoroughly impressed by the business and the journey The Alexir Partnership have gone through recently. You are certainly a huge asset for the local community and have a growing and thriving business with a huge contribution to the local economy in Edenbridge”.

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Digital Print For Brand Success Conference 2015.

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On Wednesday 18th November 2015 The Alexir Partnership attended the Digital Print for Brand Success Conference. This was the second Digital Labels & Packaging Magazine Conference which brought together an amazing line up of speakers and panelists giving exclusive and inspiring presentations reflecting the evolution of digital print in our marketplace. The day was designed to promote discussion and debate and to give some insight into the impact of digital print.

Since it was established at the beginning of 2013, Digital Labels & Packaging Magazine’s indutry group has brought together a wide range of organisations involved in the value chain. This includes retailers, large and small brands, designers and a number of printers. The aim of the group is to discuss digital innovation and exploit development opportunities.

Some of the presentations and talks included topics such as Dynamic print options for brands, Assessing new digital print options for market development and unlocking value, How brands are optimising digital print to engage more effectively and of course a presentation from Alexir’s Sales Director Tom Sene and Brand Manager for Mr Kipling (Premier Foods) Nancy Sadler. They presented the benefits of print customisation in labels and flexible packaging are being extended into folding carton packaging and how new technologies are satisfying the growing demand for short run packaging and triggering an emotional engagement with brands through customisation and personalisation.

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Tom Sene – Sales Director, The Alexir Partnership

Nancy Sadler – Brand Manager, Mr Kipling (Premier Foods)

A personalised Mr Kipling gift pack was given to each delegate upon registration and was printed on our digital press – the first in Europe to print cartons up to a thickness of 610 microns.

Mr Kipling personalised Slices

The gift pack contained four Mr Kipling cake slices; each individual cake sleeve was unique with a different pattern and colour and personalised with the names of all of the delegates. Infigo’s Catfish web to print software was instrumental in the creation of the patterned sleeves with their variable data expertise. On each cake sleeve we printed a URL for which a delegate could go online and fill out a few details and order a personalised Mr Kipling gift pack for a colleague or loved one.

Would you like to know more about short run packaging, triggering an emotional engagement with brands through customisation & personalisation and what digital print can do for your packaging challenges?

Speak to our digital sales team or click below to find out more in our digital handbook.

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Alexir Digital win at UK Packaging Awards 2015

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The Alexir Partnership are delighted to inform you that Alexir Digital won the Investment Project of the Year category at the 2015 UK Packaging Awards last night, despite stiff competition. The winners were announced at a glittering awards ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane with 700 packaging industry colleagues in the audience. A drinks reception and gala dinner was followed by the ceremony which saw the announcement of the winners by comedian Simon Evans. Evans is an established act on the UK comedy circuit who has also appeared on TV shows such as ‘Live at the Apollo’ and ‘Mock the Week’.

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The packs, companies and individuals vying for an award were examined by a stellar line-up of judges including representatives from RB, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, SAB Miller and Marks & Spencer.

 

For a full list of the categories and short-listed companies click here

 

“A very positive, strong investment.” said one of the judges. “It’s a potential game changer that will add business; real investment. A bold move in the innovative area of digital.”

 

 

The Alexir Partnership won the Cartonboard Pack of the Year in 2014 in the same ceremony with the simple yet innovative Peppersmith clipstrip.

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About Alexir Digital

 

The Alexir Partnership, and our new digital division, has become the first carton-converter in the UK to install an in-line digital solution for folding cartons with a Xerox iGen4, TRESU coater and KAMA cutter. The digital press, with a thick stock capability up to 610 microns, is the first Xerox digital press with these heavier weight options to be installed in Europe.

 

The decision to add digital print to the Alexir Partnership business has been heavily influenced by our customers who told us they needed a cost effective option to produce short runs of packaging and to be more reactive and flexible to changing market conditions. It also complements all the different arms of the partnership, from our design studios through to our specialist food co-packing site in Uckfield.

 

 

 

Would you like to know more about what digital print can do for your packaging challenges?

 

Click below to find out more in our digital handbook or speak to our digital sales team.

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Alexir are celebrating National Curry Week with Gourmosa!

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It’s National Curry week and we wanted to tell you a little bit about a new customer of ours….a start-up food company called Gourmosa who have created a range of mouthwatering snacks, packed full of exotic flavours. Taking their Asian heritage as inspiration each recipe contains heady aromas of secret spice mixes, tailored to complement their filling with ‘zingy’ herbs for a burst of freshness. They have taken traditional snacks from the subcontinent and revamped them with new techniques and superfoods while maintaining authentic flavours. The range consists of three flavours of samosas, samosa pies, samosa pots and vegetarian bean chaats ( click here to see the full delicious range).

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As a start-up company Gourmosa were finding it incredibly difficult to source a supplier that could provide short-run bespoke cartons for their range of snacks. They were on the verge of presenting to food buyers in the retail sector as well as exhibiting at the lunch! exhibition in London. Luckily they had the foresight to come to the Packaging Innovations Show at Olympia, where they came onto our stand with a design brief. For the team at Alexir this was definitely a new experience on the stand, having been used to taking litho print enquiries; suddenly the digital world opened up a new world of fast turnaround order-taking at an exhibition. It was going to be a tight deadline, given that their show was a few days away and artwork had to be approved.

The new digital team of four faced the challenge head-on and hand-delivered 12 printed packs of each SKU to the show just in time! The Gourmosa team had worked hard behind the scenes, preparing thousands of samples of their Chaat, Samosas, Samosa Pies and Samosa Pots in delicious flavours for buyers to try. The hard work paid off, with all of their products receiving extremely positive feedback from major brands in the food industry, who commented on the uniqueness of all of their products, as well as their amazing taste.

Gourmosa Pie

Given their success at the show we are sure the Gourmosa range will be stocked soon and we will be able to try these snacks ourselves. In the meantime click on the logo below for lots of ideas on National Curry Week @supportcurry.

National Curry Week

Do you need short-run carton packaging for your new food range? Click here with your enquiry and our digital team will contact you straight away.

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