Sandon Global stretch its brand across the pond with The Flexo Factor
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News Release: Sandon Global awarded accolade for export business
Exporter of The Year 2018
Sandon Global have been awarded yet another accolade, this time scooping “Exporter of The Year” at a gala dinner last Thursday evening. The judges from St Helens Chamber of Commerce assessed various criteria including; The level of exports when compared to size and sector, barriers that have been overcome e.g. language, products/services and approach to new markets.
Export Manager Stuart Mitchell (pictured centre accepting the award with Export Sales Co-ordinator Ann-Marie Wild), commented “We are extremely proud to win this award for what is becoming an extremely important aspect of our business. We have successfully continued to grow overseas sales through our expanding network of technical agents, exporting to 53 countries throughout the world.” He continues. “Not without its challenges, through hard work and determination we have gradually built on our reputation and stretched the Sandon Global brand overseas.”
Graham Worsley, Chairman of St Helens Chamber, said: “The judges were blown away by the strong field of entries, with the highlight of the Awards hearing about the success stories that will go forward to the National Chamber Awards, where we are hopeful of further success.”
This latest achievement complements an already impressive trophy cabinet that includes 5 consecutive “Suppler of The Year” EFIA awards, a Queens Award and the runner up at the national British Chambers of Commerce Award in the best SME category.
News Release: Sandon Global scoop 5th Consecutive EFIA Gold Award
Anilox manufacturers Sandon Global are jubilant after collecting Gold yet again at the prestigious EFIA Awards this month.
Managing Director John Millington commented. “We took great pride in receiving this award as it is the result of the direct nomination of the print market we serve. I cannot ask for more than that.”
Testament indeed, but the celebrations did not stop there as Sandon Global watched several of their UK and International customers collect awards for print. Richard Millington said. “We are overjoyed with tonights result, plus witnessing our customers collect awards for quality print categories is the icing on the cake!” Indeed it was a long list of winners including both the Gold & Bronze Best in Show.
Other category winners on the night that use Sandon Global anilox’s included;
Flexo Print on Paper:
- Narrow Web: Bronze
- Medium Web: Gold, Silver & Bronze
- Wide Web: Bronze.
Flexo Print on Film:
- Reverse Print Medium: Gold & Bronze
- Reverse Print Wide: Gold & Bronze
- Surface Print Narrow: Silver
- Surface Print Medium: Gold, Silver & Bronze
- Surface Print Wide: Gold, Silver & Bronze
- Post Print: Coated Line & Screen: Bronze
- Post Print: Coated Process: Silver & Bronze
- Post Print: Uncoated Line & Screen: Silver
- Post Print: Uncoated Process: Gold & Silver
- International: Bronze
- Technical Innovation: Gold & Bronze
- Supplier Of The Year: Gold
So what is the secret of this enviable success? John Millington summed it up in two words. “Our people.” He continues. “Ultimately we can introduce processes, procedures and invest in equipment, materials and facilities. However it’s credit to the knowledge, dedication and professionalism of our staff that implement our plans. Many of whom have worked with us for decades. This experience is invaluable as we never compromise in maintaining our service levels and product quality.”
News Release: Sandon Global achieve new ISO Standard
Anilox manufacturers Sandon Global have completed a successful audit against the latest revision to the ISO 9001 Quality Standard. Although this is a requirement across the industry Sandon’s ability to demonstrate its regulatory and statutory requirements with such a high level of customer satisfaction certainly endorses its position as the leading anilox manufacturer in the market.
Site Director Steve Ellis commented. “As companies who have also completed this journey will testify, a lot of work goes into achieving the ISO9001 : 2015 Quality Standard. As a core control within the business this achievement demonstrates our ability to work within the system across all departments, day in day out.”
Quality Manager Nigel Brooks adds. “The new standard has a real emphasis on risk management. Risk can materialise from a variety of sources so the system encourages you to consider numerous scenarios in order to design a flexible and robust quality system and culture within your business.”
Sandon Global have a track record for innovation and service. Their continuous improvement programme has delivered a broad range of anilox specifications with a variety of cell structures some of which are patented. As the flexographic print industry creeps closer and closer to gravure and litho quality Sandon Global are certainly flying the flag for the anilox manufacturers. Demonstrated recently with 50% of the 2017 FlexoTech Award nominees using their anilox systems; including the Supreme Winner. Not to mention a Queens Award, Chambers of Commerce SME Business of the Year Award and five consecutive “Supplier of The Year” EFIA Gold Awards including 2018.
Ellis summed up this latest achievement for the Runcorn based company. “Our objective is to maintain this path to growth through product excellence but also an enviable reputation for quality and service. With our eye on international expansion we have recently added a range of language skills to our sales teams including; German, French, Portuguese, Italian, Hindi, Urdu, Danish and Spanish.”
Pictured left to right: Steve Rawlinson (Engineering Manager), Gary Carmichael (Operations Manager), Pam Collins (Customer Services Manager), Nigel Brooks (Quality Manager) and Steve Ellis (Site Director).
Sandon Global scoop 5th Consecutive EFIA Gold Award
Extremely proud winners of the EFIA Gold Award for the "2018 Supplier Of The Year." John and Richard Millington pictured receiving the accolade at last nights prestigious event pay testament to "the skill and dedication of the Sandon Global staff." Resulting in 5 on the bounce!
Sandon Global secure French strategic partnership
Sandon Global have strengthened their European distribution and technical sales team by appointing Carlos Da Rocha. Operating under the brand A.F.P. Carlos has an abundance of knowledge of the flexographic print industry. Indeed he founded the first ever flexo industry college in France back in 1993. Utilising his skills and knowledge and experience as a skilled rotogravure and flexo printer.
In recent years Carlos went on to perform senior technical roles in Morrocco, Switzerland, France, Portugal and Spain for commercial print houses, ink manufacturers Sericol and a European anilox supplier.
Sandon Global’s Export Manager Stuart Mitchell commented. “Carlos is a welcome addition to our distribution network. And as an approved reseller of Sandon Global products and services his excellent print knowledge will be invaluable as we build our brand overseas.” Mitchell adds. “Carlos’ ability to speak 5 languages is also a huge asset in an international, highly technical market place.”
Da Rocha commented on his appointment. “Sandon Global have a fantastic reputation for quality, precision and delivering results. I am thrilled to be representing them in the French market and look forward to developing exciting new projects that will see them continue to push the boundaries of anilox performance and quality standards.”
Left to right (Sandon Global) M.D. John Millington, (A.F.P.) Carlos Da Rocha and (Sandon Global) Export Manager Stuart Mitchell.
Sandon Global’s generous donation to “Children In Need” Service
Sandon Global have purchased over £2,500 in childrens Christmas presents for the local “Children In Need” Service. Today the dedicated team at Halton Borough Council collected the gifts for distribution to families who are unable to provide much in the way of Christmas presents for their own children at this time of year.
Sandon have donated gifts for a broad range of childrens ages for the past 4 years. This years donation includes a mix of toys, toiletries, games, sports equipment and books. Managing Director John Millington commented. “At this time of year it is easy to forget about people who may struggle to provide for their families for a variety of reasons. I hope this gesture will at least bring a smile to local kids faces on Christmas Day.” He adds. “Our business has been based in Runcorn for over 13 years and we know how hard the team at Halton work to support families in the borough with limited resources.”
For any local businesses or individuals wishing to donate any gifts this year please contact the “Children In Need Christmas Team” on 0303 333 4300 (open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm) or email email@example.com before 22nd December.
Sandon Global appoint new Technical Services Engineer.
Sandon Global continue to strengthen their technical team with the recent arrival of Mike Baines who joins with over 30 years print experience. UK Sales Manager Richard Millington commented on Mikes appointment. “Mike has an impressive background as a hands on, fully skilled printer who has run gravure and flexo presses including Cerutti, PCMC, F&K and W&H.” He adds. “Our UK based customers will benefit from his invaluable experience in achieving quality print at optimum speeds consistently.”
This new role provides Sandon Global’s UK customers with a free anilox audit which includes a detailed report capturing volume checks and drawdown performance. Hands-on fault finding, maintenance support and training days will also be delivered at customer sites.
Baines pictured commented on swopping from printer to troubleshooter. “I am really looking forward to visiting our customer sites and utilising my print knowledge; to get the best out of the Sandon Global anilox technology.”
Sandon Global appoint new European Sales Lead (German and English version)
Sandon Global have strengthened their European sales team by appointing Michael Franz this month. Based in Germany Michael will support the Sandon Global brand across the region and manage the extensive anilox sales network. Sandon Global’s Export Manager Stuart Mitchell commented. “Michael brings specialist knowledge of the flexographic print industry spanning over 25 years.
Michael Franz added. “This is an exciting opportunity for me to join the leading anilox manufacturer in the world. Sandon Global have a reputation for quality and efficiency recognised by a whole range of national and international awards.” He continues. “It is clear it is not a business that stands still, and I am eager to introduce some new innovations and projects to the German and wider European market.”
Originally qualifying as an electronics engineer Franz has performed a variety of roles in the industry including; field sales, anilox technical consultant, export manager and sales director. Mitchell concluded. “Undoubtedly our customer base will benefit from Michael’s ability to understand the technical aspects and manage projects effectively. He has a record for delivering customised solutions which is invaluable in our industries ever increasing search for innovation coupled with production effiiciency.”
Sandon Global hat sein europäisches Verkaufsteam durch die Einstellung von Michael Franz in diesem Monat verstärkt. Mit Sitz in Deutschland wird Michael die Marke Sandon Global in der Region unterstützen und das umfangreiche Rasterwalzen-Vertriebsnetz verwalten. Exportleiter von Sandon Global, Stuart Mitchell, kommentierte. "Michael bringt Fachwissen aus über 25 Jahren Flexodruckindustrie mit sich.
Michael Franz fügte hinzu. "Zum führenden Anilox-Hersteller der Welt zu gehören ist eine spannende Aufgabe für mich. Sandon Global ist bekannt für seine Qualität und Effizienz, die durch eine ganze Reihe von nationalen und internationalen Auszeichnungen anerkannt wurde. "Er fährt fort. "Es ist klar, dass diese Technologie nicht still steht und ich freue mich darauf, dem deutschen und europäischen Markt neue Innovationen und Projekte vorzustellen."
Ursprünglich hatte er sich als Elektronikingenieur qualifiziert. Danach übernahm er eine Vielzahl von Rollen in der Industrie, darunter: Verkaufsaußendienst, die technische Beratung für Rasterwalzen, als Export Manager und als Sales Direktor. Mitchell schloss ab. "Zweifellos wird unsere Kundenbasis von Michaels Fähigkeit profitieren um die technischen Aspekte zu verstehen und Projekte effektiv zu verwalten. Er ist darauf spezialisiert kundenspezifischen Lösungen zu finden die in unseren Branchen von unschätzbarem Wert sind, da immer mehr nach Innovation und Produktionseffizienz gesucht wird. "
SANDON GLOBAL INVITED TO HOUSE OF COMMONS
Sandon Global voted Top 10 company in national Chambers of Commerce Awards.
On the back of recent industry accolades and back to back awards for best supplier for the last 4 years. Sandon Global were invited to the House of Commons last week to attend the UK Chambers of Commerce National Awards. The annual event celebrates the achievements of the leading regional UK SME’s from any sector. As the North West region winner Sandon Global’s Managing Director John Millington and Site Director (pictured with the Chambers delegation) attended the prestigious event held in the halls of Westminster on 30th November.
John Millington (2nd from right) and Steve Ellis (5th from left) pictured with the St. Helens Chamber delegation at the House of Commons.
Commenting on this latest achievement Steve Ellis said. “This award is the icing on the cake for our business this year. Having supplied over 50% of the nominees in last months FlexoTech industry awards including the best in show. The BCC Award will take pride of place alongside our Queens Award and four consecutive EFIA Gold Award’s.”
The finalists were entertained in the House of Commons by MPs Marie Rimmer, Conor McGinn and Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce. Topics discussed included, the impact of Brexit on the local economy; skills, recruitment, apprenticeships, infrastructure investment and the increasing importance of digital skills in the jobs market.
In the evening the 9 regional delegates attended the BCC Chamber Business Awards, where Sandon Global was named runner-up in the National Small Business of the Year category.
Founder and Managing Director John Millington commented. “I am bursting with pride. This award is recognition for the hard work and dedication of our loyal and knowledgable workforce. 2017 has been an exceptional year and our plans for growth across international markets indicates 2018 will be as eventful.”
The Runcorn based business exports to 53 countries and has just appointed a European Sales Manager to build on its sales network overseas. With some new plant and product developments in the pipeline Sandon Global are clearly on the march.
SANDON CONGRATULATE WINNING CUSTOMERS
Anilox manufacturers Sandon Global are celebrating the part they played in this year’s FlexoTech Award successes.
Sandon Global’s Export Manager Stuart Mitchell commented. “We attended the awards evening which as ever was well organised by FlexoTech Magazine. As the presentations concluded we took great pride as we calculated some interesting statistics on the number of winners and nominees using Sandon Global Anilox technology.”
Indeed, Sandon’s observations are well founded; of the 3 “Flexible Packaging” Award Categories 2 of the winners used their aniloxes. Both the “Label (Process)” and “Best use of Flexo Print Using Process Colours” were also Sandon customers, as was the “Supreme Award” winner (effectively best in show).
No strangers to awards themselves Sandon Global have an enviable trophy cabinet. Including a Queens Award and four consecutive EFIA Gold Award’s no less; in the category of ‘Supplier of the Year’ as voted by flexographic print companies. Mitchell added. “We can end the year on a real high given we can claim 50% of the nominees across all categories for this year’s awards, used our anilox systems. We would hope that the success of our partners is aided by our commitment to quality, innovation, product consistency and service.”
Not resting on their laurels Sandon Global have continued to invest in further technology, highlighted by a recent order placed for a latest generation laser to be delivered February 2018. The business also continues to invest heavily in staffing. Additional bi-lingual customer service staff have been recruited to support their International Business and Mike Baines has joined as Technical Services Engineer. Mike is a time served printer with an intimate knowledge of flexographic printing, his role will be to provide hands-on technical support. Initially to Sandon’s UK customer base by offering invaluable anilox audits, fault finding, maintenance support and training days at customer sites.
Finally, the appointment of Michael Franz as European Sales Manager is key to the companies continued expansion. Michael is based in Germany and will be responsible for this region and selected European markets. His industry knowledge spans 25 years performing senior roles in the anilox and flexographic print industry.
SANDON GLOBAL ANNOUNCED AS NORTH-WEST SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Sandon Global is delighted to announce that it has been crowned “Small Business of the Year” in the North-West heats of the Chamber Business Awards 2017. Now in their 14th year, the Awards are a highlight of the business calendar, recognising the key role that local businesses play in driving the UK economy.
Sandon Global, will now go forward to represent the North-West in the national finals, which take place in London on 30th November.
John Millington, Managing Director at Sandon Global said: “We are delighted to receive such a prestigious award which is testimony to the hard work of every member of the Sandon team. We work tirelessly to deliver both high quality innovative products and customer service and are extremely proud to represent the North West in the national finals.”
Sandon Global are manufacturers of new and refurbished anilox rolls, anilox sleeves and gravure cylinders. Founded in 2004 Sandon Global has seen significant growth year on year since launch and is now successfully developing its worldwide export markets.
Kath Boullen, Chief Executive at St Helens Chamber, commented: “I am delighted to be able to present this Award to one of our Members. Small businesses are the backbone and driving force of the region’s economy, creating opportunities for employment, investment and growth. Sandon Global are a great example of a successful, growing business focussed on manufacturing market-leading high quality and innovative products to the global printing industry.”
“The Chamber Business Awards are a fantastic opportunity for us to celebrate our Member’s achievements and we wish Sandon Global the best of luck as they go forward to the national finals at the end of the month.”
SANDON WILL BE EXHIBITING AT LABEL EXPO 2017
Sandon Global will be exhibiting at Label Expo in Brussels, 25th - 28th September 2017.
Join us at Stand 7D18 to be inspired by the latest Anilox engraving solutions and to unlock your full printing potential.
To book an appointment with a member of our sales team contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you there!
OLYMPIC BRONZE MEDAL SUCCESS FOR STEPHANIE
In March, the daughter of one of Sandon Global’s engineers (Mark Gott) won a Bronze Medal at the Special Olympic World Winter Games in Graz, Austria. Ice skater Stephanie Gott represented Team GB and competed in the Figure Skating, Level 3, Ladies Category for those aged 15-20.
This was an outstanding achievement for Stephanie who was awarded the Bronze medal after wowing the audience and judges with her free skate performance to “Chariots of Fire”. The Special Olympic World Winter Games is one of the biggest events in the Special Olympic global calendar and attracts over 3,000 athletes.
We are extremely proud to have supported Stephanie and would like to extend our congratulations to both Steph and her family.
SANDON GLOBAL DONATE EASTER EGGS TO LOCAL COMMUNITY
As part of our commitment to supporting our local community, this Easter we donated 80 Easter Eggs to "Child in Need, Runcorn". The eggs will be given to children across Runcorn and Widnes.
John Millington, Managing Director of Sandon Global said "We wish all children in our local community a Happy Easter and hope that those who receive them enjoy their Easter Eggs".
3 GOLD AWARD WINS FOR SANDON GLOBAL AT EFIA AWARDS 2017
Sandon Global were thrilled to score 3 Gold wins at the 2017 EFIA awards in March for "Supplier of the Year", "Technical Innovation" for Project Blue in partnership with Reproflex3 and "Flexo Print on Film, International" in association with Windmoeller & Hoelscher and Reproflex3.
The Sandon Global team were ecstatic to recognised as "Supplier of the Year" for an unprecedented fourth consecutive time (2017, 2016, 2015 & 2014). Sandon credit their success to the formula of high quality manufacture, knowledgeable customer support and technical innovation.
John Millington, Managing Director said: "We are very proud to have been voted as Supplier of the Year for the fourth year running and we thank our customers for the time that they also invest in working closely with us to ensure consistently, exceptional printing standards".
SANDON WILL BE EXHIBITING AT INFOFLEX 2017
Sandon Global will be exhibiting at InfoFlex in Phoenix, USA from 1st - 2nd May 2017.
Join us at Stand 916 to be inspired by the latest Anilox engraving solutions and to unlock your full printing potential.
We look forward to seeing you there!
SANDON WILL BE EXHIBITING AT ICE 2017
We are pleased to announce that Sandon Global will be exhibiting at ICE (International Converting Exhibition) 2017 21st - 23rd March in Munich, Germany.
We will be sharing a stand with our friends, Brodbeck. Join us at Stand 323 (Hall A6) to be inspired by the latest Anilox engraving solutions and to unlock your full printing potential.
We look forward to seeing you there!