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NEW - Eco Friendly Packing Tape

18 June 2018

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Whilst the trend towards more environmentally friendly packaging has been noticeable for some time there is no doubt the recent Blue Planet programme coupled with a renewed impetus within government has meant a far greater effort within the industry to reduce the use of plastics in the packaging supply chain.

In recognition of this trend we have strengthened our existing paper tape offer to include plain gummed paper tapes and self-adhesive but also printed options in both substrates. So, whether your customer wants to go the whole hog and convert from plastic tapes to 100% recyclable gummed paper tapes or whether they wish to take a step in the right direction and convert from self-adhesive plastic to self-adhesive paper we have a full range of options available.

Please see the attached flyer for more information or contact the sales team on 0161 428 1617.

New Digicon 3 with Screen Printing Station

20 March 2018


We’ve recently placed an order for a new Digicon series 3 finishing press.  The series 3 is ABG International’s latest finishing press offering unrivalled flexibility with its modular design allowing us to tailor the finishing options offered to meet our specific needs.

We’ve selected a number of modules allowing us to access new markets and to enhance the finishes available to our existing client base. The new press will arrive in June and has been ordered with a flatbed screen printing module which allows us to offer textured varnish finishes and tactile triangles.

The press will also have two print heads giving the option of multiple spot varnish finishes and when coupled with screen printing module means individual label designs can have up to 3 different finishes. In addition, we have selected an adjustable turnbar option which means for the first time we can offer short run, multiple sort, digital printing coupled with reverse printing on the adhesive side typically used in the food sector for cooking and storage instructions. The press will have standard features such as lamination, automated knife setting and corona treatment.

We’re still 3 months off delivery but will keep you posted with more news on what the press can offer you in terms of quality and finish nearer the time!

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05 May 2017
BRC AA Rating

Windmill were recently reassessed to the BRC Global Standard for Packaging & Packaging Materials by QAIC & are pleased to announce an AA pass following the audit in March.

BRC double A grades are relatively uncommon in the label game and to have achieved this status makes us very proud. A lot of hard work goes into BRC behind the scenes at Windmill and thanks are due to Ian Shaw and Steven Mobbs for their time & effort.
BRC accreditation forms the bedrock for all our quality & hygiene systems and has enabled us to approach the market confident in the overall package we offer our label customers.

Tape and label business continues to improve in the UK as we move through 2017. The cost increases we witnessed last year have, in the main filtered through and global growth continues as the economy slowly improves. Let's hope that the forthcoming general election and Brexit negotiations don't throw a spanner in the works!


23 January 2017

Happy New Year – 2017 will hopefully be a more prosperous one for all of us!

2016 proved to be a difficult trading year for many in the packaging & print sector largely as a result of the post Brexit devaluation in Sterling. Windmill certainly noticed the corresponding jump in costs which inevitably affected margins. Since then the economy seems to have responded well so it’s full steam ahead this year.
Windmill continue to be active in the local community through initiatives with the Seashell Trust and Cheadle College. It’s long since been our policy to help local organisations through work placements and volunteering. Robert & Amin (& their carers) from Seashell are frequent visitors to our label facility and prove to be very useful in the packing department!



02 November 2016

Windmill have completed the implementation of the new CERM management information system. This powerful tool means a great deal of training is required and we’re now starting to see the rewards of our efforts. The customer should see the benefits in terms of better response from the sales team & quicker turn round of jobs. Typically we could process up to 100 jobs going through production across the whole business on any given day so it’s important that management information is readily at hand for both operators and the sales team.

In other news Windmill are partnering with the Seashell Trust in Heald Green to support their charity work in the community.
‘The Seashell Trust is a national charity supporting children and young adults with complex learning disabilities and additional communication needs from across the UK. We provide education and care, from 2 – 25 years, at our outstanding residential school and college and through our short breaks services.’

Helpers and patients visit from time to time for work experience which we feel gives the guys a different perspective from life at the college.

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