PennWhite Increase Manufacturing Capacity.

A new 7,000 litre vessel has been installed at PennWhite’s Middlewich factory. The vessel is dedicated to the production of printing emulsions and was purchased in response to the success of recently launched PennWhite Print Solutions Ltd. Its Commercial Director Karl Mallard believes that “having a vessel dedicated to printing formulations will enable us to deliver even better products and service to the industry”.

PennWhite’s technical team are being supplemented by the addition of an experienced Development Chemist. Joining the business next month, our new chemist will play a key role in creating products tailored to specific customer needs. Two new production operatives, both with a wealth of industry experience, will also join PennWhite next month.

 Group Managing Director John Whitehead believes the growth of the business is down to the dedication of PennWhite’s staff to “getting the job done right, first time, every time. These additional resources represent our on going commitment to that objective”.

PennWhite Print Solutions Launch Finasil LWP

Lightweight papers are becoming increasingly popular in the heat-set offset printing sector, unfortunately paper cockling or fluting of the signatures is a common issue when using both coated and uncoated lightweight stock.

Typically, varying the rotational speed or direction of the lower silicone/water applicator will reduce cockling to acceptable levels. However, this can reduce production efficiency and increase the chances of folder marking on the finished job.

To overcome this PennWhite Print Solutions have developed Finasil LWP. This high performance silicone emulsion helps eliminate staining and matt spots on lightweight papers while maintaining full production speeds. Finasil LWP has been tested on some of Europe’s largest and fastest machines and has proved to be both effective and efficient. Commercial Director Karl Mallard praised the laboratory and production teams for their work on the new product, “They are incredibly good at creating silicone emulsions in line with the constantly evolving challenges faced by the offset printer. It maybe an old fashioned outlook, but we think if something’s worth doing it’s worth doing properly.It’s a philosophy that's helped make us the UK's leading supplier of silicone emulsions to the heat-set printing sector in just eight months."

PennWhite Install Fast-Action Energy-Saving Doors

On an average day the two large roller shutter doors at either end of the PennWhite manufacturing facility see a lot of traffic. Our forklift truck drivers are in and out every few minutes, either unloading raw materials from delivery vehicles or moving finished goods to our warehouse. As a result the doors are left “up” most of the time. While this makes access to the factory easier and quicker, it lets heat out in the winter and lets heat in during the summer. The impact on our environmental performance, and our heating and cooling bills, is significant.

But we’ve found a solution.

Earlier this week two automated fast-action energy-saving doors were installed at PennWhite. Each door detects the approach of a forklift and quickly raises the lightweight door before lowering it again once the forklift is clear. These new doors will provide a more consistent working environment for our staff and our temperature-sensitive manufacturing plant year round. They will also help us reduce our annual carbon footprint, one of our Environmental Policy’s key objectives. 

 

PennWhite's Chinese Fount Solution

Following a recent visit to the Far East by PennWhite managing director John Whitehead, a new Chinese customer has placed an order for PennWhite's specialist foam control agents.

The Chinese company supplies fount solutions to the printing industry but had experienced excessive foaming during their manufacture. Fount solutions are used in commercial presses to deliver high quality high gloss print with good contrast between solid and halftone areas. Additionally the solution cleans the machine, delivering improved efficiency and economy to the printer.

After analysing their manufacturing process PennWhite supplied Foamdoctor F695 to the Chinese production team. The agent eliminated the foaming problem, enabling our customer to optimise its manufacturing process. The successful Foamdoctor product is now being used at our customer’s facilities in China and Poland. One of PennWhite's founding partners, John Whitehead sees this new contract has " an important step in bringing the benefits of our product range to China's emerging new industries."