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UK Printers Give ‘Thumbs Up’ To Baldwin Oxy-Dry


The UK arm of Baldwin Oxy-Dry, the new global press controls and accessories group formed by the acquisition of Oxy-Dry by Baldwin Technology at the end of last year, reports a very favourable reaction to the purchase amongst UK customers and OEM partners. Integration of the two UK sites, at Poole and Stevenage, has also gone smoothly.

We’re delighted that many of the key people at Oxy-Dry UK are staying on in senior roles within the new Baldwin Oxy-Dry organisation so we, and our customers, can benefit from their considerable experience,” says John Leek, who heads the UK operation. “Former Oxy-Dry managing director James Tolson is now commercial director while David Nixon remains as financial director. Darren Andrews has accepted the position as service manager, a position we did not previously have at Baldwin UK. John Pullan, who had been sales manager at Oxy-Dry UK, takes on a European role as a consultant to help grow the company’s presence in the flexo market and will report directly to Baldwin Oxy-Dry Germany.”

The company has also taken on five of Oxy-Dry’s service engineers, which strengthens significantly the support it can provide to customers throughout the UK. As part of its commitment to its OEM press manufacturing partners, Michael Joyce will take on the important role of OEM national account manager. He will be supported in this role by consultant Richard Smith, who is currently working closely with many of Baldwin Oxy-Dry’s sheet-fed OEMs.

“An increasing amount of our business is direct with OEMs, so Michael’s comprehensive knowledge of this sector will enable us to offer a more effective day to day contact with these manufacturers,” says Mr Leek. “The addition of the Oxy-Dry range of press controls and accessories gives Baldwin Oxy-Dry a truly unrivalled product portfolio for the newspaper and web offset sector as well as the commercial sheet-fed market. We believe 2007 will be an incredibly exciting year for the company and we look forward to working with all our customers to help them achieve the greatest productivity from their presses.”

As part of the recent changes, the company has taken over additional premises adjoining the present Poole headquarters, which will double the space at the site. The new building is currently being refurbished and staff will move into this during April 2007.