PHOTO: Bottle Printers Cape Town MD Laurent Moret at the new plant in Epping
BOTTLE Printers of SA, one of the country’s top specialised container printers, has opened a new factory in Cape Town, enabling it to expand services to the Cape market.
Bottle Printers Cape Town is a joint venture with Cape-based print fundi Laurent Moret, who has over 20 years’ experience in container printing. Centrally located in Bofors Circle, Epping, the plant went into operation late in 2017.
“We brought our expertise and equipment together in September last year and the operation has gained momentum steadily,” said Laurent. Over 30 people are now employed at the new company.
Now, a year later, it is running silkscreen printing on a wide range of plastic containers, mainly for the cosmetics, hair care, DIY and detergent markets as well as, most recently, containers for the chemicals sector. BPCT is also seeing an increase in demand from the glass sector, where it prints with ceramic inks.
At this stage the Cape plant does not offer pad printing or foiling, so jobs with these requirements are printed by the BPSA plant in Kyalami. According to Laurent, even though transport to Gauteng and back is obviously a factor, it is feasible and practical to offer this option to its customers. An alternative is for the containers to be manufactured in Gauteng, printed there and shipped down to the Cape.
“We believe there is a great market for direct printing in Cape Town and surrounding areas and that Bottle Printers can fill the gap where other printers can't,” added Laurent.
The new plant also offers ‘high stove’ enamel ink printing on to glass in volume, which is the first of its kind in the region when it comes to third party printing.
In short, if it is possible, with the expertise at hand, Bottle Printers prints it.