PACKAGING INNOVATION SOLUTIONS

Discover more about the wide range of packaging Innovation solutions our customers can expect from
our dedicated team here at Firstan.

PRODUCT RANGE

PRINTED & PLAIN CARTONS

Plain Cartons | Firstan Quality Packaging | Pharmaceutical and Food Packaging ManufacturersFirstan specialise in folding carton manufacture for the pharmaceutical, healthcare, cosmetic and food retail sectors in particular.

Firstan’s award winning CAD team design bespoke carton designs specifically for your product.

Four and six corner glued designs are available in addition to more standard constructions.

SLEEVES

Sleeves | Firstan Quality Packaging | Pharmaceutical and Food Packaging ManufacturersSleeves can be a great way to promote your product. Firstan design and manufacture an extensive range of sleeves. One of our dedicated sales team can advise you on the constructional style that suits your product the best.

HEADER CARDS

Header Cards | Firstan Quality Packaging | Pharmaceutical and Food Packaging ManufacturersHeader cards are a good packaging solution for low cost, low value items. We can design hanging solutions so the product can be hung from hooks for display. Firstan provide custom designed header cards to suit your product and ensure it is professionally promoted.

BLISTER PACKS

Blister Pack | Firstan Quality Packaging | Pharmaceutical and Food Packaging ManufacturersFirstan design and manufacture blister pack cards which can be used as an effective way to display, protect and market small consumer products with maximum visibility.

SHELF READY PACKAGING "SRP"

Shelf Ready Packaging | Firstan Quality PackagingOur CAD team are experts in Shelf Ready Packaging, also known as Retail Ready packaging; innovative designs and samples can be produced within hours to assist in product marketing and development.

PILLOW PACKS / WALLETS

Pillow Pack Wallet | Firstan Quality Packaging | Pharmaceutical and Food Packaging ManufacturersPillow packs and Wallets are a great way to promote your product and are easy to pack. Firstan design and manufacture an extensive range of Pillow packs and Wallets. This pack design provides a large print area for branding, whilst being an easy format to pack.

TECHNOLOGY

Latest Print Presses

Firstan has invested in the latest print presses which include camera inspection technology – this system monitors every printed sheet via a camera inspection system, which monitors colour throughout the run. This system gives Firstan superior colour control throughout the print run and ensures print quality.

 

EYE-C Proofiler

Checking printed text is important for all types of packaging but proofing text for pharmaceutical packaging is essential. Electronic Verification of printed packaging ensures quality, by automatically comparing text and graphics on the artwork and physical packaging materials. There are two methods of print inspection which Firstan undertake; we refer to these as offline and inline.

For offline print inspection Firstan have installed a system called the EyeC Proofiler system, which checks samples of the printed folding carton against the approved pdf, checking that there are no differences between the physical packaging compared to the approved pdf. The system also checks for Braille height, content and position.
Our offline print inspection system can also be used for random QC checks.

Our inline print inspection system fitted to our print presses monitors any changes to print quality during the production process using cameras installed on the print presses. If a defect occurs during the printing of your packaging the system alerts the operator to the defect. This allows the operator to correct the problem instantly during the print process and ensures that any defects are removed.


CAPABILITIES

PRINT FINISHES

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UV GLOSS VARNISH

UV GLOSS VARNISH

High gloss level for enhancing your packaging all over or in spot areas. Low migration available. Works well in contrast with Matt/Soft Touch varnishes for added interest.

FOILING

FOILING

Hot foil stamping or Cold foil available. Choose from luxurious golds, satin silvers to wild holographic patterns. Foil can also be applied in conjunction with embossing enabling you to add texture and height to the foiled areas.

DRIP OFF VARNISH

DRIP OFF VARNISH

Using a combination of primer and gloss varnishes, fine detail can be created. Non gloss areas are left with a slight textured finish.

MATT VARNISH

MATT VARNISH

Low level of sheen and suitable for hot foil blocking.

MATT VARNISH WITH SPOT GLOSS

MATT VARNISH WITH SPOT GLOSS

Add shelf impact with a combination of Matt and Gloss varnishes. Highlight product shots and logos in high gloss and let them stand out on shelf against a matt varnish background.

SOFT TOUCH VARNISH

SOFT TOUCH VARNISH

A tactile varnish with a matt finish. The varnish really does feel ‘soft’ and adds a touch of luxury. Suitable for hot foil blocking.

FOOD CONTACT LAMINATE

FOOD CONTACT LAMINATE

Available in Matt, Gloss or Satin finishes providing a secure barrier for food in direct contact with printed stock.

GRITTY COATING

GRITTY COATING

A tactile coating with a slight gloss finish. The varnish has a texture which gives it a gritty feel.

HIGH GLOSS VARNISH

HIGH GLOSS VARNISH

A high gloss varnish which brings print to life and suitable for hot foil blocking.

WET TOUCH COATING

WET TOUCH COATING

The wet touch coating gives a slippery “wet” feeling to the pack

SATIN VARNISH

SATIN VARNISH

A reliable varnish to seal inks and creates a durable light sheen coating.

Embossing

Embossing

In line with cut crease. Firstan can achieve single or multi-level embossing - works well with foiling and spot varnishes.

Window Patch

Window Patch

Add window(s) to your carton design for the consumer to see the product before purchase.  A range of window patch thickness material available to suit the size and strength of the window requirements.

Window Lamination

Window Lamination

Lamination can be applied internally and can be used as a food safe barrier removing the need for secondary bags or window patching. When applied externally, the lamination can act as decoration and protection in addition to the window function.

Braille

Braille

Firstan have over 15 years’ experience of Braille origination and braille embossing.

PACKAGING INNOVATION

Our CAD department have won many prestigious awards for constructional packaging design. Firstan uses the latest CAD software and our experienced team work to understand your requirements in order to create an innovative pack for you:

Our CAD department offer:

• Constructional design
• Colour mock-ups
• 3D models – supplied electronically
• Innovative packaging design

NPD CASE STUDIES

Chilled food

PROBLEM

Existing tuck end carton was being opened by consumers in store and components being removed i.e. pancakes and sauce.

Security labels were being applied to the ends of the carton on the packing line which is labour intensive and adds cost.

The existing carton format also lacked strength and was being damaged in store and during transit.

BRIEF

We were asked to come up with a solution to add strength to the carton and incorporate a tamper evident closing feature.

SOLUTION

 M-LOCK© Tamper Evident Carton

• Tamper evident closing mechanism
• Removes the need for labels
• No glue seal required – Hand erect design enabling packing on existing production line
• Labour and cost saving – feedback from chilled food customer:-

BENEFITS

“Benefits to our business are..”

“No longer need to apply a tamper evident label, saving costs on both the label and labour to apply it. Pack integrity remains intact and looks better because of not having the additional label”.

TRAINING ACADEMY

Firstan run the Training Academy to give our customers an insight into printed folding cartons. Please contact the sales team to enquire about the Training Academy or to book a place.

Training Academy | Firstan Quality Packaging