North West Roller Services Ltd has a long and storied history in the world of printing rollers. We have been pioneers in the industry for many years and are known for taking innovative steps. We are very proud of our achievements and all the people who led us here.
The company was established in 1990 in a small mechanic’s garage in Warrington, Cheshire. Within 7 years, due to the combined factors of growth and the introduction of our laser engraving facilities, we built our own purpose-built factory here in the Cheshire countryside. The continued successful growth of the business and the introduction of additional Lasers and Sleeve manufacturing led to us further extending our current facilities in 2012.
From the start Ian Antrobus and two fellow directors Alan Blackwell and Alan Howell got together to form Northwest Roller Services Ltd in a small run down factory unit in Warrington Cheshire. With a small team of employees roller production began using one Autoclave two Lathes and one Grinder.
We begin Laser Engraving
At this point the idea of producing laser engraved rollers came into fruition with the addition of the adjoining building making way for a CO2 Laser engraving machine and a small art studio producing various ITR laser engraved rollers for the flexographic printing industry
Growth & the need to expand.
It became obvious at this point the business was growing year on year and realising its potential a larger factory was needed. Two acres of land was purchased in Runcorn Cheshire and the development of the new North West Roller Services Ltd factory began
We move to our new factory!
The new purpose built factory is complete, with a shopfloor space five times the size of the original factory in Warrington. With the addition of more lathes and grinding machines the workforce doubled and so did production.
Production of fibreglass sleeves begins.
This was the year we started the production of the Fibreglass Sleeve. North West Roller Services Ltd was now able to produce Conical & Parallel Sleeves and sleeve systems opening up a large customer base worldwide. The Easysleeve production was up and running.
The factory is expanded once more to allow further growth.
Twelve very successful years on and with the growth of North West Roller Services Ltd exceeding all expectations more shop floor space was needed. The factory was extended by a third of its size and this created two large departments, dust-free and clean for laser engraving and sleeve production.
We add two modern CO2 laser engraving machines
With more space created in the laser department along came the addition of two modern CO2 laser engraving machines to add to the original one we began with, we were now capable of producing rollers to a much higher definition keeping up with the demands of the flexographic print industry.
The new high speed CNC grinding & grooving machine RGV600 was introduced.
The three lasers were now constantly producing engraved rollers and the need for a new machine was needed. The new high speed CNC Grinding and grooving machine RGV600 was introduced
We add a new smaller CO2 Laser engraving machine designed specifically to engrave wallpaper designs.
The most recent addition was new smaller CO2 Laser engraving machine designed specifically to engrave wallpaper designs, the laser department now boast an impressive four CO2 lasers.
After 30 years, Managing Director & founder Ian Antrobus retires.
Thirty plus years down the line and with North West Rollers Services Ltd now being the leading UK manufacturer for the Flexographic, Gravure and Lamination industries and employing thirty staff, Managing Director Ian Antrobus realised he had achieved his ambitions and decided to retire to a more relaxing, quieter life in the sun.
North West Roller Services Ltd is now into its next phase following a managment buyout, the company remains in very healthy position, with little change and growing constantly. Barry Dodgson has replaced Ian as Managing Director and with his vast experience in the industry we continue to move forward.