Label manufacturing innovations from South East Labels show expertise can transcend market woes

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The UK labelling market has become far more competitive in recent years, and with this comes the inevitable downward pressure on costs of labelling equipment. But it also means more specialists offering custom products, such as the new 450mm wide plain label converter recently introduced by expert label manufacturers South East Labels.

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Labelling equipment manufacturers have responded to the pressures of a more competitive and cost-conscious market in different ways

While customers seek value for money, clever investments by companies such as South East Labels mean this does not have to equal low quality. South East Labels have seen an expansion in business that has enabled them to invest in a brand-new label machine.

The company has an impressive success story, almost doubling in size in a difficult economic climate and expanding its office and production space. The latest innovation is a new 450mm wide plain label converter, bespoke to meet the company's needs.

Features of this new machine include a compact and ergonomically designed layout that reduces webbing up distances, reducing the amount of paper wasted on set-up. This is good not only for the company and its customers, but for the environment too.

The increased converting width enables the production of much larger, higher-quality labels much faster than before. Running costs have been vastly reduced, and with a team of skilled operators who have many years' experience in the label market, this means South East Labels is highly competitive on bulk quantities of larger, plain label products.

“Labelling equipment manufacturers have responded to the pressures of a more competitive and cost-conscious market in different ways,” writes Lynda Searby in Packaging News. “What they all have in common is a customer who is more discerning and concerned with value for money than ever before.”

That's something South East Labels are keenly aware of.

“To ensure sensible and reliable growth, we have always ensured we live within our means. As a result we have funded our expansion on real-time sales and not speculatively,” says Brian Jackson.

“This allows us to continue giving our customers the most competitive prices we can offer and not pass on the costs of our expansion to them, in fact on some of our larger labels at bulk quantities the new machine allows us to offer our best ever prices.”

Part of the South East Labels success story is knowing what customers want. From inkjet labels – either printed or plain – to barcode labels, synthetic waterproof labels to printing supplies, the company can offer a huge range of products and services. Visit the South East Labels website for full product details.

About South East Labels:
For more than 20 years South East Labels ( have been supplying labels and barcode labels and labelling systems to a wide variety of industries. They are well equipped to provide fast turnaround times, continuity of supply and everything else you need to meet your label and label printing requirements.

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