Parkside Flexibles (Europe) has appointed Nick Smith as its managing director, effective April 1.
Smith succeeds CEO Lawrence Dall, who died in September last year.
Prior to joining Park Flexibles, Smith worked at Sun Chemicals, where he held several positions, including that of managing director of the firm’s U.K.-Nordic division.
Smith holds a degree in economics from Loughborough University and an MBA from Cranfield University’s School of Management.
Lawrence Dall, chairman CEO of Parkside Flexibles, died Sept. 18 after battling with cancer.
Dall joined Parkside in 2007 and brought about considerable change to the business.
“His passion and dedication was uncompromising,” Parkside wrote in press note. “With his outgoing personality and larger-than-life character he was well known and respected in the industry and will be sadly missed by his friends and colleagues.”
Parkside is a flexographic printer and specialized laminating company that has been supplying high-quality, tailor-made packaging solutions to the tobacco industry for more than 40 years.
Parkside Flexibles, a manufacturer of printed flexible packaging, has installed new laser technology at its Normanton, U.K., facility.
The laser unit is a versatile contour unit and is capable of laser scribing and cutting a wide range of materials to a specified depth and shape. The scribe produces an easy-opening system on packaging and creates resealable packs when used in conjunction with a pressure-sensitive adhesive/zipper.
This state-of-the-art equipment is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom and has been located in a purpose-built, positive-pressurized unit within Parkside’s existing facility.
The investment in this new machinery adds to the company’s existing capabilities and expertise in high-quality flexographic print, multilayer laminations (including unsupported aluminum foil), coatings and label systems.
Keen to improve its environmental credentials, Parkside Flexibles has invested in a secure waste management system. The investment will also help protect tobacco customers’ businesses from illicit trade by ensuring any sensitive waste generated is destroyed on site.
Roydon Group has installed and commissioned a shredding and compacting system at Parkside Flexibles Normanton, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. As a result, all materials leave the company’s premises in a format that offers Parkside Flexible and its clients full security for all printed products.
The system is designed to handle the two types of material produced by Parkside—laminated plastic specifications and paper products. Once processed, both products are either sent for recycling or to a waste-to-energy plant to be used as a fuel in the production of renewable energy.
The system ensures that all waste is destroyed, with the residual products being either recycled or burnt for energy, providing a totally secure zero-to-landfill system.