Springfield Solutions creates Digital Packaging for today and tomorrow. As a global supplier of digital packaging assets, they have over 45 years of experience supplying innovative packaging solutions to global brands.
Striving for improved innovation and increased quality has led Springfield Solutions to continuously grow over recent years. Recently, Springfield announced Project 21, its most significant investment yet – investing in new space, equipment and team members to sustain its continued growth.
Project 21 and its focus area
Springfield Solutions is expanding in capacity by doubling the size of its logistics warehouse and raw material stocks. The new units, which are adjacent to the existing warehouse, make up a total of 4,000 square feet; giving them a combined total of 8,000 square feet of warehouse space. The new space will be operational from June onwards, which will give Springfield the capacity required to service their digital print and packaging mock-up clients, for today and tomorrow.
Springfield Solutions has seen healthy growth over the past year in their print department, printing over 187 million labels in 2020. This led them to assess how they can continue to grow their output and increase the capacity of their digital print facility. Therefore, they are purchasing the L350+LM printing press from Screen, taking the total number of digital presses on site to 5. This new press will be supported by the arrival of a new ABG Digicon series 3 to run in-line from November. Following this, they will be in discussions with Screen regarding their next generation press and hope to deliver another World first. On top of this, they have also installed a new SRI from AB Graphics.
Due to increase in the output within the print as well as the brand management departments, they have to significantly increase the personnel on their team. This begins with creating over 12 new positions this year, with the potential to expand further. So far, they have hired 7 positions including valuable additions to their marketing team, print team and brand management team.
Within investing in people, Springfield Solutions is also adapting to a new way of working and allowing increased flexibility through hot-desking, working from home and new casual meeting spaces in their Brand Management department.
In 2018, Springfield Solutions set out to grow by assembling their Business Development team. This followed their PrintWorks expansion, which saw Springfield invest in a new building to expand the print capacity. Following this, in 2019, they saw steady growth as they pushed their innovative digital print solutions such as SASO, their self-adhesive shrink on label.
Matt Dass, Joint Managing Director says, “At the end of 2018, we set out our plan on how we intended to grow the business. Following investment in new buildings, equipment and people in 2016 & 2017, we knew the time was right to start telling people about how we create digital packaging assets for the way we live today and the way we will live tomorrow.”
Matt also noted, “The business has seen double digit growth in every year since our plans in 2018. Now it’s time to set out our new plan. Project 21 will see the largest investment in people, equipment and buildings that the business has ever made, and I’m thrilled to be part of a team who will deliver the next chapter in the history of Springfield.”
Project 21 means a great deal to the business, but also to its directors.
What Project 21 means to those ‘at the top’:
Founder, Albert Dass says, “We started the process of becoming a Digitally focussed business in 1996 after attending a meeting in which Benny Landa explained his vision for the future with his famous quote ‘What can be Digital, will be Digital.’ And how true did that turn out to be!
Also, how this has happened within our business. From Concept through to Design, Artwork, Reprographics, Print, Media, these processes are now all Digital and more importantly, connected.
While it is difficult to keep up with the Development in each area, it is very exciting. At Springfield, we are constantly learning new things, and enjoying the challenges. Our aim is to supply our customers with high quality products on time and in full, with a competitive edge for their products.”
Vice Chairman, Steve Forster says, “Since joining Springfield 38 years ago, I have seen the business grow immensely. Today, I am looking at a business that is going through its largest growth period to date, thanks to this fantastic team. We are seeing increased business and a higher production capacity on top of new production techniques.
One of our biggest achievements is Springfield’s reputation, which has grown substantially over the recent years even through the unprecedented COVID period. Project 21 is our platform for the future.”
Joint Managing Director, Dennis Ebeltoft says, “For Springfield, Project 21 means an opportunity to manage our immense growth. This growth has occurred over the past year by building our capacity and creating new opportunities for the business.
As Joint Managing Director of Operations, to me, Project 21 means increased opportunities for future innovation and world first achievements.”
Project 21 is not only an investment in Springfield, but it is also an investment in their customers, allowing them to ensure that they can go above and beyond to provide an excellent level of quality and service to each of their customers.