Eclipse Colour has always believed that investment in equipment, technology and people is the only way to remain competitive and sustainable.
The successful introduction of their second M600 web press earlier this year primarily enabled them to meet the growing demands from their existing client base. That increased capacity will be extended yet further later this year when some of the key areas of production move to 24/7 shift working.
The improvement in press capacity has also created the need for increased staffing levels and investment in new finishing equipment to compliment that growth.
Simon Moore (Managing Director) explains…’whenever you make substantial investment, as we did with the new web, you have to increase everything around it to match the improved output. It’s great to think when there’s so much negativity in the industry we have been able to provide more employment within a sustainable business’.
But the changes don’t stop there – a radical overhaul of Eclipse’s management information systems has seen the introduction of ‘Technique MIS’ sweeping away several old systems and integrating everything into one sophisticated management tool.
David Weiss (Head of Manufacturing) commented… ‘The live feedback direct from any point in the production process allows you to monitor workflows in ways that were not possible before. It puts detailed information into the hands of the people who need it instantly, without any need to consult or discussion between departments. It’s a clear case of technology adding value to the whole process.’
Continual business improvement through a rolling investment program (£3.6 million in the last year alone) has certainly made a difference for Eclipse Colour - showing that growth is still possible, even in a difficult market.