C&T Channel Matrix supplies matrix solutions to Windles Group

From Windles Group: L-R: Gareth Nottingham, CADCAM manager; Richard Gibbons, Bobst operator; Pete Kaplicz, Bobst operator

Windles Group is the latest customer to source its creasing matrix products from C&T Channel Matrix.

Windles Group specialises in manufacturing and printing greetings cards, point of display and premium packaging materials; it has a particular expertise in cold foil printing, a process that it pioneered. In its new Thame-based factory, Windles houses UV litho B1 printing presses, a holographic varnish press and several finishing machines enabling in-house hot foiling, embossing, die cutting and glittering, making the company one of the leaders in this area.

Following a recent review, Windles has switched a large amount of its creasing matrix products to the C&T Channel range. Specifically, it switched to XTC Matrix as it found it preferable thanks to the flexibility of XTC’s film base. The new matrix is being successfully used in the production of cartons and greeting cards.

XTC is available in off-centre and mini to accommodate every production challenge including capacity creases. Its longevity is unique in the matrix market and often outlasts other matrix on thin plates aimed at a similar price point.

Gareth Nottingham, CADCAM manager at Windles Group, is pleased that he has made the decision to adopt C&T products. He said: “The XTC matrix from C&T Channel Matrix is competitively priced and they are very knowledgeable about their products and the production process. Importantly, we have had no issues with production since introducing the matrix, which is great news for us.”

Windles is also taking advantage of C&T’s extensive accessories range, including drawing foils and Triplex patch up paper. In addition, they are using C&T’s cutting plates in 35 Rockwell ‘c’ hardness on its Bobst 106 Speria die cutter and are very pleased with the stability of the product.

Howard Mead, technical sales manager UK and Europe for C&T Channel Matrix, is pleased to be supplying Windles Group: “Windles Group is an impressive business and we are delighted to be supplying our creasing matrix and associated accessories to them. They produce a wide range of products requiring the use of creasing matrix, such as greeting cards and retail packaging, so for us it’s a great example of the scope and flexibility that our products can provide. All of our new customers are seeing the benefit in switching over to a U.K based manufacturer.”