Packaging Systems company Accraply, part of global manufacturing technology supplier Barry-Wehmiller (BW), has built a new innovation and manufacturing centre in the UK.

Located in Irlam, Greater Manchester, the 46,000ft2 facility will perform the company’s engineering, manufacturing and associated support functions.

It will serve as the company’s sales and service network support hub across the Europe and Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

According to a press release, the centre will allow the company to offer exceptional value to customers by providing a base to engage with technology and supply chain partners.

The Manchester facility will integrate major British brands, Harland, Graham and Sleevit, along with their associated self-adhesive and shrink sleeve labelling technologies.

Accraply president Séamus Lafferty said: “Accraply’s investment in a larger, modern facility provides a strong foundation from which to grow and serve our expanding global customer base.

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“It will provide our team members with a state-of-the-art facility and serve as an excellent location to showcase our expanding range of labelling and sleeving solutions.”

Accraply’s global manufacturing footprint includes locations in the US and Canada, and service hubs across North America, the UK, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy and China.

Accraply is one of six BW companies in the UK.

The company has over 50 years of experience and employs nearly 500 team members.

It also specialises in converting and finishing equipment for the shrink sleeve and flexible-packaging markets.