It has been a difficult year for many UK manufacturers, with the COVID-19 pandemic, and dual challenge of keeping staff safe while coping with significant market and supply chain volatility.
Despite these challenges, multi-award-winning manufacturer of industrial coding, marking, and digital printing technology, Domino UK Ltd, is celebrating reaching another major production milestone.
Located in Bar Hill, Cambridge, Domino UK is part of Domino Printing Sciences plc, a leading global provider of industrial printing solutions, with a network of manufacturing plants strategically located around the world. Today sees the UK manufacturing plant become the first to deliver 30,000 of its advanced Ax-Series continuous inkjet (CIJ) printers, the fastest-selling product in the company’s 40-year history.
Carl Haycock, Domino UK’s Operations Director and Global Head of Manufacturing Excellence, is excited for his local facility to reach the milestone:
“I remember how proud the Cambridge team were when we produced the first Ax-Series in 2016. Its launch set a new benchmark for excellence in industrial inkjet coding and we knew it would deliver significant benefits for our customers. Delivering our 30,000th has made us all just as proud, particularly after what 2020 has thrown at us.”
A large proportion of Domino’s customers are in key sectors including food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and personal care, which were among those worst by affected by the pandemic. Continuous inkjet is the coding solution of choice across many of these sectors, and so Domino has felt the pressure to keep up with demand.
“COVID-19 has put a strain on manufacturing operations on a global scale – and Domino is no exception. It really tested our manufacturing agility, but in the UK, there has been a huge commitment on the part of our frontline staff, who have continued to work when they are needed most, and so it’s wonderful now to celebrate meeting such a significant milestone,” continues Haycock.
“I’d like to thank our entire team, who have maintained such a strong ambition for growth, and all collaborated so effectively, despite the essential changes to working practices to keep everyone safe.”
Haycock also noted his gratitude to Domino’s customers, addressing them directly:
“It is thanks to your continued feedback and support we are able to manufacture top-quality, reliable solutions that have allowed you to stay compliant and protect your consumers while coping with extraordinary surges in demand. I wish you all a successful 2021.”
Domino employs 2,900 people worldwide and sells to more than 120 countries through a global network of 25 subsidiary offices and more than 200 distributors. Domino’s manufacturing facilities are located in China, Germany, India, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and the USA.