Mansfield-based Linney, a sixth-generation family business, has taken delivery of the UK’s first Highcon Beam 2 digital cutting and creasing machine.

The Highcon replaces the conventional die-making and setup process with a digital cutting alternative that Highcon says delivers improved responsiveness, design flexibility and the ability to perform a wide range of applications in-house.

Linney acknowledged that Covid-19 has dramatically changed the way ‘everything is done these days,’ adding that their agility aligned with Highcon’s ‘agile production’ promise.

‘Linney is proud to be the first in the UK with the Highcon Beam 2,’ said executive director Charles Linney. ‘We are constantly on the lookout for ways to innovate and to identify production improvements that will improve speed to market for our clients, including some global brands in the beauty and health industry, giving them the edge over their competitors.

‘Finding the best way to do things is a pivotal part of our culture. Our investment strategy is about insourcing more to give greater production and quality control and the Beam 2 is about three times more productive than a traditional analogue device. The time to create make-readies is now reduced to minutes rather than days!’

Highcon’s Jens Henrik Osmundsen added, ‘We have been very impressed by the speed with which Linney has adopted our technology. They are already running three shifts, producing numerous jobs for their top tier clients in health, beauty and cosmetics, including on-shelf tray displays and personalised packaging for the gift market. More than anything else, we have been delighted with the positive reactions we have received not only about the process and efficiency from Linney’s management but also from their design staff and operators – the people who make the machine sing!’