Contact Originators (‘Contact’), the innovation-led UK packaging origination, graphics management and flexographic plates manufacturer, has confirmed that despite a serious fire at its Bredbury, Stockport site, at the beginning of the year, the company has still attained its budget for 2020, thanks to the support of staff, suppliers, customers and competitors.
As a result, the company is now further expanding its investment in staffing.
Steve Mulcahy, CEO of Contact Group, commented: “2020 has been a challenging year for many and we’ve certainly had our share of bad luck with the fire and then of course, Covid-19 creating difficulties for the industry. With the support of our supply partners, alongside the resilience and tenacity of the Contact team in maintaining our quality, innovation and service focus, we have accomplished our budget and now investing in bringing new talent into the business. These appointments are key to our 2021 expansion plans at our recently announced super site in Dukinfield, Manchester.”
The company has recently expanded its logistics team and made new appointments to its packaging artworking and origination departments, adding more than 70 years’ experience to the Contact team. The appointments include Anton Butel and Julian Beckett.
Anton Butel has joined the business’ High Quality Post Print (HQPP) artwork department. He is an experienced repro graphic design artist and is skilled in flexography, lithography, silkscreen, pre-press, typography and digital printing. Anton has been in the industry for 31 years, starting as a trainee pre-mounter at Accur-a-cut (AC Graphics). He has previously worked for Carlton Cards (UK Greetings), Chemence Graphics and JPG (Jupiter Prestige).
Meanwhile, Julian Beckett has joined the Quality Control department at Contact. He began his career as a technical illustrator for a Dutch-owned publishing business before joining a design consultancy as an art worker where he worked on some memorable projects for Porsche, Lexus and Audi. Prior to joining Contact, he enhanced his flexographic skills at V & W Graphics.
Mulcahy added: “It’s an absolute pleasure to be bringing new people into the team at such an exciting time. Julian and Anton bring years of expertise, skills and knowledge that will benefit the business and our customers. 2021 holds a great deal of promise for us and I’m looking forward to the months ahead!”