US laminating specialists Arrow Laminating Industries Inc have ordered their second laminator, a Mini 52 TP, from UK-based laminator manufacturer Autobond, which will support smaller format, short run requirements, and free up Arrow to increase the number of medium and long run one-sided and two-sided laminating jobs on the larger format, high speed Autobond SM 102 TPHS.
Arrow Laminating Industries Inc was founded nearly thirty years ago by owner Mike Barishman and it has gone from strength to strength since. Operating seven laminators, the company uses a range of laminates for both single and double sided laminating, offering added-value, protective finishes to a host of print from postcards and magazine covers to menus and catalogues.
The Autobond SM 102 TPHS was installed in 2008 primarily for laminating of book covers and binder wraps, and Arrow has never looked back. Barishman comments: "Autobond has continuously offered us bang for our buck. When we brought in the Sheetmaster four years ago, it immediately did everything it was supposed to do, and then some."
2012 has seen orders flooding in and Arrow needed an additional machine to meet this demand. Barishman explains: "I wanted to take some of the strain off the Sheetmaster and bring in a machine specifically for the shorter runs and the smaller sheet sizes. I also wanted a perfector feature to do double sided lamination in one pass. I instantly knew where to find the solution. Autobond's machines are tried and tested, and its team has always done us right when we need anything, be it a machine or advice, so when they suggested the Mini 52 TP, I didn't question it - I said ok, let's do it."
The new machine is set be installed at Arrow's plant in September 2012. Oran Gilmore, VP of Autobond Inc, comments. "I'm delighted there's been repeat business with Arrow in such a short space of time. It is evidence of our commitment to our customers, wherever they are in the world. We don't just build machines; we also provide a service and aim to build long-term relationships. The US market is strong and thriving, and the Mini 52 TP has all the capabilities to give Arrow that extra productivity within that market and beyond."
Barishman concludes: "2012 started wonderfully for us, and once the Mini 52 TP is installed, I know it will end the same way."