Roberts Mart invests in new equipment to boost manufacturing jobs in UK

Supplier of printed flexible packaging, wraps and films, Roberts Mart & Co, has invested two million pounds in new equipment, leading to the creation of 16 new jobs at the company’s Leeds, UK-based production facility to meet the growing demand from all industry sectors for its high performance packaging films.

The multi-million pound investment package in its Aire Valley factory represents another boost by Roberts Mart for employment in the area. The successful family-run firm has purchased the BOBST 20SIX eight-colour printing press – one of the latest printing technologies for the flexible packaging industry – as well as a Nordmeccanica Super Simplex Laminator and Proslit Slitter Rewinder.

One of the UK powerhouses of the flexible printing and packaging industry, the business currently employs around 170 people across its two production sites in Leeds. Once fully implemented, the latest investment is expected to increase the workforce to 190.

Roberts Mart invested in the BOBST 20SIX Flexo Printing Press
Roberts Mart invested in the BOBST 20SIX Flexo Printing Press

Roberts Mart’s sales director, Ben Roberts, said: “It has been a busy year for the company. This significant investment in new equipment is possible because we have a healthy order book – with a good number of new orders coming through the pipeline as well.

“Normally you would spread capital expenditure out over a period of time but the amount of new business we are winning dictates that this time it has been made all at once. The slitter is in place already, while the laminator and printing press are coming in during August.”

Capable of delivering the highest quality printing on any flexible packaging substrate, the addition of the BOBST 20SIX Flexo Printing Press to Roberts Mart’s equipment portfolio enables it to boost capacity, providing further benefits for its growing customer base.

This latest increase in capital expenditure takes Roberts Mart’s overall investment to just over £17.5m over the last 10 years.

Roberts Mart was founded by William Roberts in 1852 and from paper merchanting, commercial printing and producing paper bags it has now developed into one of the UK’s leading specialist producers of high performance packaging films used in a variety of industry sectors including food, beverage and household textiles like duvets.