Top 5 Packaging Trends 2021

Top 5 Packaging Design Trends for 2021

No matter what product you sell, your packaging needs to have great shelf appeal and reflect your brand’s values whilst remaining functional. Effective packaging is one of the best ways to stand out from your competitors and to attract customers.

Sustainability – This isn’t just a trend – whether this involves plastic free alternatives, compostable, recycled or sustainably sourced materials, it is becoming a way of life for many consumers and is now a major factor in their decision-making. It is also likely to increase respect for your brand.

Simplicity – Simple design is visually clear in a very crowded marketplace. This communicates clearly what it wants consumers to see and expect from the product. Providing a feel of high quality, meaningful and relevancy to a particular brand.

Colour – The choice of colours for your packaging will set your product apart from your competitors. This is one of the most important elements when designing your packaging, it can trigger thoughts, feelings, and emotions about your product; and, directly influence the purchasing decisions (85% of consumers buy products based on colour).

Storytelling – It is no secret that this has become an important marketing tool for packaging, through both contextual and visual design. This helps the consumer make a connection with your product, build trust and hopefully secure long term relationships.

Embellishments – Foils, laminates, embossing and debossing all provide exceptional brand enhancement for your packaging and marketing materials. These varying tactile effects provide strong shelf appeal helping you stand out from your competition. 

At MRP we are here to make it easy for our clients. We do more than just print and deliver, we work with you to create innovative packaging and design solutions. We also provide fulfilment, multiple despatches, storage and so much more.

If you have any packaging needs and would like to discuss further, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team – https://mrp.uk.com/packaging-printing-nottingham / 0115 955 1000.

Mark Andy Pro 3 Digital

MRP INVESTS MARK ANDY DIGITAL LABEL PRESS

We are pleased to announce we have just invested and waiting installation of a brand new Mark Andy Digital Label Press to run alongside our existing label presses. We feel this press will offer our clients better support as well as open up new sales opportunities in the future.

Our Managing Director Steve Bates, Directors Michael and Catherine Tew along with Paul Cooper (Flexographic Manager) went to the Mark Andy UK Ltd Open House in Macclesfield for a demonstration of the Digital Pro 3 In-line press. After rigorous testing and research, results were very impressive and we feel this is the best digital press for our requirements. 

The Digital Pro 3 Press prints CMYK and UV white with UV, foil and laminate options all in-line on a vast selection of materials. “This is a press that will give us significantly shorter turn-around times, increased flexibility and overall output whilst complementing our existing presses with its similar running style.” says Catherine Tew.

Labels are just one part of the Midland Regional Printers Ltd portfolio. Our established company with over 50 years experience, also offers complete product design, commercial print, packaging and in-house finishing with fulfilment, storage and distribution options.

For more information and to find out how MRP can help provide a solution for your needs, please get in touch.

MRP 50 YEARS

MRP celebrate Golden Anniversary

In September 2019, Midland Regional Printers Ltd (MRP), Nottingham’s premier print and packaging specialists, proudly celebrated 50 years of trading. To mark this special occasion, on Saturday 5th October the award-winning company, located in the New Basford area of the city, held a lavish party at Nottingham Rugby Club (whom MRP have sponsored for the last three years).

Organised by Directors Patricia, Michael and Catherine Tew (wife, son and daughter of company Chairman and founder, Stephen Tew) the event offered a unique opportunity for past and present staff members to get together and celebrate MRP’s many achievements over the last 50 years.

1969 is recalled by many as the year man first walked on the moon, Concorde first flew and the Beatles released their Abbey Road album,” says Catherine. “But for us, it will always be remembered as the year that Stephen Tew founded MRP! And what better way to mark the occasion than sharing a fantastic evening with many of those closest to us.

Over a 100 current and retired members of staff (plus partners) gathered to toast MRP’s Golden Anniversary, starting with a Prosecco and Pimm’s reception followed by a sumptuous buffet supplied by Sandiacre-based caterers, Posh Nosh. Entertainment was provided by magician Craig Petty from the well-known firm of comedy illusionists, Slightly Unusual. This was then followed by acoustic solo artist, Brad Matthews – stepson of MRP’s Commercial Manager, Mark Kimpton.

One of many highlights of the evening was the surprise presentation of a specially commissioned picture to Stephen who, aged just 24, started the company with co-founder, John Newbold. This was created by a Nottingham designer and presented to Stephen by Managing Director, Steve Bates. The picture brings together the portraits of the four premises in which MRP has operated since 1969.

We started off at Lowdham Street in Carlton, which has now been demolished unfortunately,” remembers Stephen. “We then moved to Radford Road in Basford, followed by Triumph Road in Lenton and finally our current premises in New Basford. Our first building here was on Malton Road and we later expanded into an adjoining building on Nottingham Road as the company grew. Having a picture made bringing all four locations together is a lovely and much-appreciated gesture and has certainly brought a great deal of memories flooding back.”

It’s our people who have made MRP what we are today,” says Stephen. “Everything we have achieved has been a team effort and I am immensely grateful, as I know Patricia, Catherine and Michael are to all our employees, both past and present. We have come a long way from our beginnings back in 1969 and I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ all the staff and clients who have supported us over the decades. Here’s to the next 50 years!

For more information or to find out how MRP can help provide a solution for your needs, please get in touch.

MRP – Named in the UK Top 500 Printers Again

We are very proud to be named as one of the UK’s Top 500 printers again for 2019 by PrintWeek, furthermore, we have moved up the rankings again by 11 places to 386! Building on 50 years of experience, we pride ourselves on our professional service and the long term relationships we build with both our customers and our loyal team. We feel we are small enough to remain personal but large enough to provide a professional standard of service.

Sharing some interesting printing facts and figures:

  • £700 Million – spent in Capital Investment
  • The UK is the World’s fifth largest producer of printed products
  • £14.3 Billion – Turnover
  • 140,000 – Employees
  • £1 Billion – Positive Trade Balance
  • £6.4 Billion – Gross Value Added
  • 10,500 – Print Companies in the UK

Please see http://www.printweek.com, http://www.britishprint.com and https://mrp.uk.com for more information.

MRP acquires LabelServe Ltd

It is with our pleasure to inform you the exciting news that as of Friday 1st December 2018, LabelServe Limited is now owned by Midland Regional Printers Limited.

Labelserve Limited are a label manufacturing company, that specialise in a large range of printed fabric and self-adhesive labels. First established in 2001, LabelServe have a wealth of experience and knowledge in custom and barcode self-adhesive labels, label manufacturing and printed fabric labels.

With the support of Midland Regional Printers staff and logistics with many synergies between the two companies, this will help to enhance the customer experience and the range of printed products available.

LabelServe will be retaining all the current staff, premises and equipment, providing you with the quality and level of service you are accustomed to with little to no impact.

For any questions or information, please visit: www.mrp.uk.com

 

MRP Brings Mounting In-House

Midland Regional Printers continues to invest – installing a Lamina Laminator

We are very proud to announce we have installed a new state of the art Lamina FA Blackline 1600/800 automated laminator. With this Swedish press we are able to bring mounting in-house offering more versatility, productivity and efficiency. We believe this machine will offer better options to our existing clients, improve turnaround times and also open up new markets. Going forward, we foresee a lot of growth in this area with more people shopping online, the rising growth of subscription boxes and our clients looking for environmentally friendly options moving away from plastic packaging.

The Lamina is designed for sheet-to-sheet mounting of paper and cardboard to board – both solid and corrugated. With a running speed of 5,000 sheets per hour, the Lamina takes sheets up to 450gsm and mounts them onto a variety of boards with a thickness of up to 10mm. It has edge-to-edge registration accuracy and automatic feeding for both its top and bottom feeder.

All the CAD design, printing, corrugated mounting, die-cutting and gluing takes place at our Nottingham site. Alongside this we also offer full self-adhesive label and ribbon printing, maintaining colour consistency across your all your printed products.

To keep up with the latest technology, we have also recently invested in a six-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106, an Easymatrix 106 die-cutter, Bar Graphic Elite die-cutter slitter rewinder and Tharstons MIS workflow.

Midland Regional Printers are committed to quality and service holding both ISO 9001 and 14001 accreditations. We pride ourselves on the company’s structure, keeping up to date with technology and our fully integrated plant enables versatility, with the ability to meet customer requirements.

Please contact for further information https://mrp.uk.com

 

MRP – ISO 14001 – Environmental Management System

At Midland Regional Printers Ltd, we are proud to have been certified with ISO 14001 by United Registrar of Systems.

With this accreditation you can be sure we recognise the contribution we make to our client’s environmental strategies and our responsibilities, beyond just the production of goods.

We are continuously looking to improve and protect the environment by identifying, implementing and monitoring ways in which to reduce our impact upon the local and global environment.

To this end, MRP has implemented and maintains an Environmental Management System, which meets the requirements of ISO 14001:2015, to ensure that we provide our goods and services in an environmentally responsible manner.

On being awarded the ISO 14001 accreditation, we as a company sincerely hope you will have the confidence to trust in the professional service we offer so we can provide the foundations to better customer satisfaction and to continually meet yourpackaging and label needs.

Please contact us for further information.

So what is MRP’s policy? Please see below the main areas we are targeting

  • Foster a sense of environmental responsibility amongst all our staff.
  • Reduce waste and the consumption of resources (materials, fuel and energy)
  • Ensure unavoidable waste is recycled, reused or recovered, wherever possible.
  • Ensure that our staff act in accordance with this policy and in compliance with our Environmental Management System.
  • Minimise the environmental effects of material sourcing by evaluating the environmental performance of our suppliers.
  • Ensure we can detect, and where possible prevent pollution through accidental emissions or effluent discharges.
  • Continually strive to improve our environmental performance and prevent pollution.
  • Set, monitor and achieve environmental objectives and targets.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant Legislation and Regulations.
  • Consider new environmentally friendly technology when it becomes available.
  • Use recycled, recyclable or reusable packaging wherever possible.
  • Always use recycled, FSC certified or materials from well managed forests or controlled sources.
  • Regularly supporting World Land Trust

MRP – Named in the UK Top 500 Printers Again

We are very proud to be named as one of the UK’s Top 500 printers again for 2018 by PrintWeek, furthermore, we have moved up the rankings by 64 places to 397! Building on over 49 years of experience, we pride ourselves on our professional service and the long term relationships we build with both our customers and our loyal team. We feel we are small enough to remain personal but large enough to provide a professional standard of service.

Sharing some interesting printing facts and figures:

  • £700 Million – spent in Capital Investment
  • The UK is the World’s fifth largest producer of printed products
  • £13.8 Billion – Turnover
  • 116,000 – Employees
  • £775 Million – Positive Trade Balance
  • £6.1 Billion – Gross Value Added
  • 8,200 – Companies in the UK

Please see http://www.printweek.com, http://www.britishprint.com and www.mrp.uk.com for more information.

Why Our Clients Choose MRP

2017 has been a year of growth, development and investment and with an exciting start to the new year, we are excited about some of the great things we are achieving, not just within the company but primarily for our clients.

We would like to share with you a few of our reviews – every review is valuable to us and we appreciate all your time putting them together, thank you.

‘I have now received the cartons and would just like to say a big thank you to you and all the MRP team that have worked on the cartons for me. They look absolutely brilliant and I am so happy with the outcome.’ Claire – Beauty Company

‘This is just a quick note to say Thank You very much for the beautiful packaging & labels. I picked up the first batch of my oils and wanted to let you know that they look really great. Can you also please say thank you to your team and whoever else helped with getting it done. I appreciate it.  The next products are in motion and I’ll be in touch soon with the next steps / quote etc.’ Ané – Beauty Company

‘Yes it’s perfect and we just received the leaflets – thank you very much! Your service is great!’ Kristine – Vape Company

‘Received the boxes and labels today, I must say I’m very impressed they look amazing! Great job guys I won’t be going anywhere else now for my printing and will definitely be passing on your details to fellow colleagues and customers. Can’t wait to see how the letterheads turn out but ticked all the boxes so far so will look forward to seeing how the trails look. Please pass on my thanks to your team and let them know they did a great job.’ Jay – Vape Company

‘The Nottingham Rugby Match Day programme looked fabulous on Friday night at the Yorkshire Carnegie game. Well done!’ David – Nottingham Rugby

‘A massive thank you to all the team at Midland Regional Printers Ltd for the printing of our new labels, flyers and leaflets they look great!’ Tom – Freshly Spiced

‘I cannot recommend MRP enough!! Catherine has lead my project of new labels and boxes for my beauty range Clarity Cleanse with the up most attention to detail, going above and beyond expectations. If you are wanting a quick turnaround with competitive prices and outstanding quality then MRP are for you!! Thank you so much guys!!!!’ Jolene – Beauty Company

‘We have received first class service from MRP. Not only did you provide us with a wealth of knowledge and huge support to us when we were starting out, but nothing is too much trouble, quick service, the price was great, and the product is of excellent quality. Can’t recommend highly enough.’ Nicky – Treat Company

‘I’ve always ordered my business stationery online, however, since being introduced to MRP Ltd, I won’t be reverting back to my online supplier (who I should add, I loved), so this goes some to showing how impressed I am with MRP – who always goes above and beyond to meet my needs – it’s very comforting to know you have a reliable supplier you can go to, when you need them – thank you guys!’ Katrina – Beauty Company

‘Thank you for the super fab printing you did for me for my Boudoir promotional material. You helped with the weight of paper, the size to shrink my vouchers down to – so they would fit inside the tri-folds (which I hadn’t thought of) turning the job around on time & budget! All done with super efficiency and a smile. Bonus for me it turns out we are only 5 mins away from each other. So a big thank you – I know all my printing needs can be met here.’ Ursula – Photography and Video Company 

It is our customers who make us who we are today. If you would like to write us a review, we would love to hear from you. Thank you for your time in advance. https://mrp.uk.com/contact/

New Print Partnership with Nottingham Rugby

Midland Regional Printers Ltd are delighted to announce a new partnership with Nottingham Rugby.

Midland Regional Printers Ltd are proud to have teamed up with the Nottingham Rugby (The Greene King IPA Championship Club). We are delighted to be able to work on all the ‘Green and Whites’ marketing materials, including their match day programmes, event tokens, posters and flyers.

We were privileged to have Marketing and Operations Officer Simon Ball-McQueen and first team players Tom Holmes and Darryl Veenendaal visit us for a tour of the factory and to meet staff and directors.

Simon Ball-McQueen said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have MRP as part of our team here at the club. We’ve now been working together since the start of the current season and it’s clear to see the passion, enthusiasm and experience they put into their products.”

“We hope this is the start of a very long and fruitful relationship and it’s been great to welcome many of MRP’s staff and directors down to The Bay, for a number of our home games this season.”

Midland Regional Printers’ Sales & Marketing Director Catherine Tew added: “We are proud to be working with Nottingham Rugby, love being able to support them and as massive supporters we really value being able to spend time with the team and support the matches. We look forward to working together throughout 2018 and beyond.”

For more information on MRP’s products and services, please visit www.mrp.uk.com, or call 0115 955 1000.

Photo – MRP Sales & Marketing Director Catherine Tew, First Team Player Darryl Veenendaal, MRP Technical Director Michael Tew, First Team Player Tom Holmes and MRP Managing Director Stephen Bates.