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CMB Engineering celebrates Queen’s Award victory

After winning The Queen’s Award for International Trade, senior members of CMB Engineering were honoured to be present at a royal reception held at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the company’s achievement. Andrew Truelove, General Manager at CMB Engineering and John Crabtree, Lead Engineer at CMB Engineering, were personally congratulated by Her Majesty The Queen.

The occasion marks the third time that the Shipley engineering company has won a Queen’s Award, being previously named a winner of The Queen’s Award for Technological Achievement in 1986, followed by The Queen’s Award for International Trade in 2010.

Andrew Truelove says, “We are delighted to once again be in the prestigious position of winning a Queen’s Award in recognition of CMB Engineering’s commitment to excellency in engineering and our contribution to International Trade. Having the opportunity to be personally congratulated by the Queen is truly magnificent and not only a huge seal of approval for all of us but also a great reminder of our achievement as a company.”

Since starting its operations in the thirties, CMB Engineering has been committed to developing superior canmaking machinery as well as providing support to can manufacturers by supplying spare parts and after-sales services. Through the years the company has continued to demonstrate outstanding growth as a result of its engineering excellence and its focus on overseas business, which now spans over seventy countries.

The majority of the company’s sales now derive from its international customer base with three established Regional Sales Managers covering the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific. In addition, CMB Engineering also works with trading partners in Japan, China and Korea, reinforcing the support provided to overseas markets, with full time service engineers based in Hong Kong and Brazil as well as in the UK.

In addition to attending the royal ceremony, CMB Engineering recently hosted a celebration which took place at the company’s headquarters in Shipley to commemorate its fiftieth anniversary at the site.

Marc Hoche, Head of Sales at CMB Engineering, says, “It is events like this that reminds us all of the CMB Engineering company values and therefore the reason behind our success. Looking at everyone who was present on the day, it is refreshing to see an atmosphere filled with pride and happiness. We are very excited about the future and confident that we will continue to provide top quality products and services to our customers worldwide for many more years to come.”

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Following a visit to Allen Coding’s stand at the 2014 PPMA show, gourmet popcorn manufacturer Joe & Seph’s has installed one of the marking and coding specialist’s RX-S continuous small character inkjet printers at its facility in Watford. The well-proven Hitachi system is being used to fulfil the Middle East’s stringent food packaging requirements.

Joseph Sopher from Joe & Seph’s says, “We went to the PPMA show with the sole purpose of finding a reliable and accurate printer that could apply data codes directly onto pouches as required by countries in the Middle East. We liked the RX-S immediately and were also impressed by the sales engineer at Allen Coding who kindly agreed to let us test a system in the first instance.”

Developed for today’s exceptionally fast and challenging production environments, the RX-S provides high speed printing, as well as superior print head technology for stable drop placement and print quality. Fully RoHS compliant, the RX-S incorporates an economical and ecological ink delivery system that is easily accessed for quick and easy service and maintenance. Daily cleaning is not required with print heads being automatically cleaned at the end of each cycle for reliable start/stop performance.

Joe says, “The RX-S was easy to install and to operate. It does what it says on the tin and easily kept pace with our bag sealer. The service from Allen Coding has been great so we were happy to go ahead with the investment. In fact, we are also considering buying another unit to meet future growth requirements.”

Allen Coding’s RX-S is specially designed to be exceptionally user-friendly, reliable and easy to operate. It features a 10.4 inch touch-screen control panel with full colour display making set up and reprogramming both simple and intuitive.

The controls are housed in an ergonomically designed stainless steel cabinet which is sealed to IP55 standards making it ideal for harsh industrial environments and deep cleaning regimes. Depending on content, data memory can be expanded up to 2000 message types and all print data can be backed up using a standard USB interface. The RX-S is capable of printing up to four lines of text and a maximum of 1,000 print characters. Remote connectivity with external equipment via a network function is also possible.

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Launched in late 2014, Nestlé’s new Coffee-mate 2GO creamer dispenser incorporates a silicone valve sub-assembly designed and manufactured by Zeller Plastik, GCS’s production plant in Libertyville, Illinois.

Coffee-mate 2GO is a conveniently sized, 90ml portable creamer that doesn’t require refrigeration, allowing consumers to transform their ordinary cup of coffee anywhere and at any time. Peter Goshorn, Sales & Marketing Director, GCS Americas, says, “The silicone valve has been specifically designed to perfectly match the product formulation. The closure’s red glossy finish offers stand-out, on-shelf appeal, while the need for tamper evidence is provided by a full body sleeve."

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