Welcome to the first edition of our brand new newsletter – The News Channel!
In the coming months we will be bringing you industry news, product focus, technical articles and special discount packages on a variety of our products.
At C&T, we are very proud of our heritage and the historical values of the CHANNEL brand of products. We are a UK manufacturer, based in Wellingborough and employ over 50 people in our purpose built factory and warehouse. As the original inventor and patent holder of the self locating creasing matrix, we hold decades of experience in the production of matrix and over the years have developed new, revolutionary ranges such as Corrugate, Jazz, Pink and of course our range of ejector rubbers.At C&T, customer service and technical support are our priorities. Please feel free to contact any member of our team to discuss your requirements.
Forthcoming issues of The News Channel we examine trends and developments in our industry covering all of the challenges from Print Finishing, Printing, Folding Carton and Corrugated.
In this edition, we are focussing on the corrugated industry. Traditionally we could have categorised this product into two market segments – brown box and printed flexo. Times have changed as the technology within the field of corrugated has moved on. We now see direct print, litho-laminated to fine flutes as well as big improvements in flexo print quality. Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish the flexo from litho as the solids on flexo are now deeper.
However, the sharpness of image from litho still has the edge. Talking to one of my customers who is a supplier to the Whisky industry he would argue he can print flexo and match what comes off a litho press. So how has this affected the market? The simple answer is that we have to consider corrugated within its own specialist field: direct print, litho-lam and brown box.
The challenge has been to obtain a consistent substrate. Recycled pulp is now used in liners, the gsm used in liners has gradually reduced and there is constant price pressure. Now you don’t even need to hold it up to the light to see yesterday’s edition of the Telegraph! All of this has made it difficult to achieve a good quality, consistent raw material.
Trying to achieve a consistent flute from corrugators who working in different operational conditions and with differing starch and moisture contents is just the start of a very technical process. Imagine trying to control print and die cutting quality, let alone how it performs on the folder gluer or even on the final end-users packaging machines. Part of what we offer at C&T Matrix is die cutting, design expertise that at least gives you consistency within die cutting flat bed or rotary. Working with our clients to enhance quality.
Technical Sales Manager
C&T Matrix the real-time solutions provider for the corrugated industry.
Product focus – CORRUGATE
As a response to growing demand for more sophisticated uses of corrugated material in packaging and point of sale applications, C&T have launched a revolutionary product CORRUGATE.
This is a creasing matrix specifically designed for use with corrugated board.
The design of the matrix is such that it helps eliminate cracking and fishtailing, issues regularly seen when trying to crease corrugate material.
The main features of the product are:
- Extra wide 20mm base to spread pressure over a larger area of the crease and reduce cracking.
- Extra long chamfer to aid board flow.
- Stronger adhesion to the plate thanks to wider surface area.
- Available in standard, internal chamfer and U bend configurations.
- Suitable for use with soft C rubber on the creasing rule for additional crease support.
We are giving you and our company the chance to be £250 donors to Cancer Research. Simply log on to our website www.candtmatrix.com and find the surname of our Sales Office Manager.
Email this name to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be entered into a free prize draw. The winner will be awarded £250 which we will donate to Cancer Research.
Quote the following discount code TNC1 when you place your next order and we will apply an additional 5% discount to your order, valid until 30th November.
*this offer excludes resellers of our product