SCHAUMBURG, IL – With over 100 people in attendance, INX International UK Ltd. hosted a grand opening event at its new manufacturing facility in Heywood, England, on April 16.
The 40,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art complex was built to accommodate the company’s increasing market share, support a long-term commitment to the metal decorating industry, and satisfy a desire to expand business in the beer and beverage can markets throughout Europe and the Middle East. It features the most efficient ink producing equipment for two-piece metal decorating inks; future plans include manufacturing three-piece inks.
Guests who attended the event were treated to speeches by company leaders and tours of the structure, which is 75 percent larger than the building it replaced in Rochdale and employs over 60 people. Delivering comments to mark the occasion were Dr. Kotaro Morita, President of Sakata INX and Chairman of INX International Ink Co.; Rick Clendenning, President and CEO of INX International Ink Co.; Jonathan Ellaby, VP International Operations for INX International Ink Co.; and Peter Tresadern, Managing Director of INX International UK Ltd.
The new facility provides extra space for equipment that can be used to produce certain colors, as well as providing greater production efficiency and warehousing. Efficiencies also extend to include the latest in energy saving technology. The factory is served by a highly efficient chilled water system that uses an automatic monitoring system to ensure optimum conditions. The chillers incorporate free cooling coils and inverter-driven fans that can save as much as 40% compared to a conventional chilled water plant.
The facility also includes a 2900-square-foot laboratory to conduct local R&D work.