VIKING Industrial has sealed a UK-wide distribution partnership with Italian-based Enimac and will market and sell its five-strong stable of state-of-the-art adhesive tape application machines.

Viking, a leading UK tapes, adhesives and sealants distribution specialist owned and run by the Bennett family, from Gargrave, has established an in-house demonstration suite at its headquarters in Keighley to showcase the Enimac range to potential clients across a multi-application end-user market that includes the printing, sign and contract packaging sectors, as well as for general industrial use.

In what represents a £50,000 investment, Viking has installed two tape application units – the XT Light 700 and XT Light 1000 - which are being used to demonstrate the latest technology for applying multiple strips of tape at up to 50 metres a minute on flat surfaces such as paper, cardboard, plastic and metal.

Viking’s sales and marketing director Colin Bennett regards the deal with Enimac, based just out Milan and part of Biemme Adesivi, as a real coup. Both firms are premier tape distributors for 3M, with Viking remaining the global technology giant’s leading online partner in the UK.

He explained: “It is a real feather in our cap and we clinched the deal with Enimac because of our in-depth industry knowledge, our web presence and our long-time partnership with 3M. We are both family-run companies, with over 80 years’ combined experience in our specialist sectors and a joint goal of achieving tape application automation.

“The Enimac range of adhesive tape application machines is versatile and flexible, offering both speed and precision accuracy to improve productivity, with the ability to cut and apply all types of adhesive tape via touchscreen inputs.

“Specialist features include the ability to accommodate the largest formats of offset printing and many formats of digital printing and up to six independently programmable patented ‘paste and cut’ applicators.

“The machines require limited space, are fully mobile, operate using standard electric and, unlike some others, do not require compressed air, so reducing maintenance costs. The current 130 per cent super deduction on capital expenditure until 2023 also comes into the equation.

“We feel confident the range will appeal to multiple end-users in what is essentially an emerging market in the UK – in fact, early interest from potential customers via our website is extremely encouraging.”

A further tape application machine, the Enimac XT PRO E-commerce edition, is additionally being promoted, with the mail order sector one of the keynote target markets. It can dispense a tear strip easy opening facility, along with a double-sided closing facility at the same time.