Ellis Packaging Increases Net Output by 30% With Fourth Koenig & Bauer-Iberica Optima 106 K Die Cutter
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Press release from the issuing company
Led by Cathie Ellis, first woman to be named “Printing Leader of the Year”
• Fourth high-speed automated Koenig & Bauer-Iberica die cutter at its Pickering facility becomes key post-press machine
• Important capital investment improves speed, throughput, and turnaround for its pharmaceutical, consumer goods and food packaging customers
• New Optima 106 K die cutter contributes to higher net output, lower waste, and improved quality
• Largest privately owned manufacturer of folding cartons in Canada
At the modern two-story facility for Canadian packaging specialist Ellis Packaging, a member of the Ellis Group, the country’s largest privately-held manufacturer of folding cartons, a wide variety of product formats race through the 85,000 sq ft plant on a daily basis destined for the food, confectionary, liquor, personal care and pharmaceutical industries. What sets this manufacturer apart from its competitors is its ability to focus on customer service---whether they be new or existing---each and every day.
“Our customers demand short turnaround,” says Cathie Ellis, president, who oversees the business along with her brother Dave among three facilities. “To provide that level of quality service, we’ve invested nearly $15 million in new equipment. Most recently, we added our fourth high-speed Koenig & Bauer-Iberica die cutter here at our Pickering facility. Since the installation, we’ve seen our net output, which factors in press speed, makeready times, and down time, improve by an impressive 25-30%. Due to the significant improvement in our productivity, we’ve seen a major increase in the amount of savings because we’re not running the die cutters in overtime.”
Investing in the Koenig & Bauer-Iberica die cutter was an easy decision for the team at Ellis. For more than two decades Iberica die cutters have made major contributions to the growth at Ellis. Replacing an existing Iberica die cutter presented minimal learning curve to the staff. This fourth die cutter follows three new Koenig & Bauer-Iberica Optima 106 K 40-inch diecutters, two for Ellis Paper Box and one for Ellis Packaging. In fact, Ellis Mississauga was the first Iberica-Koenig & Bauer installation.
Recently, Cathie Ellis was recognized for her leadership and named Printing Leader of the Year at the 14th annual Canadian Printing Awards, organized by PrintAction and its parent company Annex Business Media. She has worked for the family business dating back to its early days in the 1980s. Over the past 30 years, she has performed many jobs throughout the operation and rose through the company, officially taking the reins from her father Bill in 2010 as president. At the helm of Ellis Packaging today, she continues to direct the company with the same passion, core values, investment and integrity passed down by her predecessor, mentor and father.
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