Watershed Packaging About Us

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Operating from 4 sites across the UK, we are now encompassing 8 Printing Presses across the group. We are a Leeds based Flexographic Print & Packaging company who offer in-house Design, Contract Sleeving and Lidding with an in-house Platemaking facility.

Since our formation  25 years ago , Watershed Packaging has become one of the prominent suppliers of Flexible Printed Packaging. Our core values ​​of quality, service and innovation make Watershed a premium choice for many multinational companies. Our products and services are provided to over 50 countries globally.

THE HISTORY OF WATERSHED PACKAGING

WATERSHED PACKAGING THROUGHOUT THE YEARS

1993

Watershed Packaging was established as a Limited Company in Leeds by founder John Waters. Initially we were supplying Packaging Machinery and Consumables, little did we know that we were about to open the doors to bigger and greater things.

 
1996

After rapid growth, Watershed acquired a company called ‘Logo Tape’ which manufactured Printed Tape in Wales. This enabled Watershed to become manufacturers of Printed Tape, this was the spark that ignited the strive for success.

 
1998

Watershed moved into new markets, we were looking to become Label printers and Printed Film manufacturers, so in 1998 Watershed Packaging acquired ‘Ace Printing’, a Flexographic printing company in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

 
2004

We invested in a state of the art MPS UV Flexo Press for our head office in Leeds converting the site into one of the most advanced printers in the Label industry. We would later buy more of these Presses and establish a very strong connection with MPS.

 
 
2006

Our dedicated Sales and Customer Service teams helped pave the way for year on year growth, this meant we were often at maximum capacity so the decision was made to purchase another MPS Press. The company now has 2 MPS Presses.

 
2008

Watershed acquired ‘Aurora Colors’ in South Wales adding two UV Presses and two Flat Bed Presses to our production capabilities. We then combined the Tape division and Aurora into one purpose built factory.

 
 
2009

The Watershed Packaging Group acquires “The Label Store” based in Beverley, Hull in Yorkshire. We also successfully achieved BRC accreditation for all of our printing sites across the UK. Well done to everybody involved.

 
 
2010

The Leeds head office site was extended to house one of the Flexographic Presses from our Kent site. We expanded the building as part of strategical plan to increase capacity in West Yorkshire as we strive to deliver premium quality products on time, keeping our word on customer production promises.

 
 
2010

Watershed Packaging creates a Marketing department. With a task set to grow the Watershed brand online, which to date has been a success working together with the Sales teams.

 
2011

In 2011 we purchased another MPS Press, this time we invested in a 410 MPS Hybrid Press this is now our third MPS Press installed into Leeds alongside the other printing Presses in our multiple manufacturing sites across the UK.

 
2012

We installed a 4th MPS Hybrid Press into our Leeds head office, Watershed continued to expand and grow year on year! We also launched our Shrink Sleeve division and now we can supply Shrink Sleeve Labels worldwide.

 
2012

Our Shrink Sleeve department hit the ground running, the dedication and reinvestment into the company has not only boosted the company year on year but international clients are now contacting Watershed Packaging and a brand name is starting to prosper.

 
2013

Plans for a new head office were unveiled, with the support of Leeds City Council we created over 40 new jobs at our new state of the art facility. Construction work began for our new manufacturing headquarters in Leeds at Thornes Farm. This project would see a £5 million reinvestment into the business.

 
 
2014

In 2014 our beautiful headquarters was completed and we relocated our Leeds headquarters business to Thornes Farm Way in the new Aire Valley Leeds Enterprize Zone. We were one of the first companies to take advantage of the incentives on offer to businesses locating in the new Aire Valley Leeds. Relocating to this new premises allowed us to expand our operations in Leeds as our business is rapidly expanding and growing.

 
 
2015

We achieved AA Grade BRC high risk accreditation at our Leeds headquarters and AA Grade BRC accreditation at our Wales site. Watershed recently invested in Esko CDI which includes HD screening enabling us to output High Definition Plates. Alongside this we also invested in Asahi’s AWP Water Wash System.

 
2015

We now have a our own in-house Design Studio and a Platemaking facility at our Leeds HQ. Having the full suite on-site helps our customers meet the targets and service levels required for tight deadlines as we manufacture all of our Printing Plates ourselves.

 
2016

Watershed now encompasses over 11 Printing Presses across the group at it’s three sites within the UK which enables us to have a professional Disaster Recovery Plan. We also installed a leading MIS system to manage all of the groups live Printing time to the minute, which enables us to become even more efficient and competitive.

 
2016

Watershed Packaging invest in more market-leading machinery which now enables us to produce Die Cut Lids. We are rapidly expanding our business into different markets and can now manufacture Aluminium and Polyester Lids for a variety of products.

 
2017

Watershed Packaging install our latest £ 2 million Printing Press. Flexographic, Lithographic, Gravure, Solvent, UV, Water-based and Coldseal. The capabilities are endless on our brand new combination Press. It is the first of its kind in the UK. Take a look at the promotional video below

 

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Watershed Packaging History

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Watershed Packaging was established as a Limited Company in Leeds by founder John Waters. Initially we were supplying Packaging Machinery and Consumables, little did we know that we were about to open the doors to bigger and greater things.

1993

NEXT

BACK

CLOSE

After rapid growth, Watershed acquired a company called ‘Logo Tape’ which manufactured Printed Tape in Wales. This enabled Watershed to become manufacturers of Printed Tape, this was the spark that ignited the strive for success.

1996

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BACK

CLOSE

Watershed moved into new markets, we were looking to become Label printers and Printed Film manufacturers, so in 1998 Watershed Packaging acquired ‘Ace Printing’, a Flexographic printing company in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

1998

NEXT

BACK

CLOSE

We invested in a state of the art MPS UV Flexo Press for our head office in Leeds converting the site into one of the most advanced printers in the Label industry. We would later buy more of these Presses and establish a very strong connection with MPS.

2004

NEXT

BACK

CLOSE

Our dedicated Sales and Customer Service teams helped pave the way for year on year growth, this meant we were often at maximum capacity so the decision was made to purchase another MPS Press. The company now has 2 MPS Presses.

2006

NEXT

BACK

CLOSE

Watershed acquired ‘Aurora Colors’ in South Wales adding two UV Presses and two Flat Bed Presses to our production capabilities. We then combined the Tape division and Aurora into one purpose built factory.

2008

NEXT

BACK

CLOSE

The Watershed Packaging Group acquires “The Label Store” based in Beverley, Hull in Yorkshire. We also successfully achieved BRC accreditation for all of our printing sites across the UK. Well done to everybody involved.

2009

NEXT

BACK

CLOSE

The Leeds head office site was extended to house one of the Flexographic Presses from our Kent site. We expanded the building as part of strategical plan to increase capacity in West Yorkshire as we strive to deliver premium quality products on time, keeping our word on customer production promises.

2010

NEXT

BACK

CLOSE

Watershed Packaging creates a Marketing department. With a task set to grow the Watershed brand online, which to date has been a success working together with the Sales teams.

2010

NEXT

BACK

CLOSE

In 2011 we purchased another MPS Press, this time we invested in a 410 MPS Hybrid Press this is now our third MPS Press installed into Leeds alongside the other printing Presses in our multiple manufacturing sites across the UK.

2011

NEXT

BACK

CLOSE

We installed a 4th MPS Hybrid Press into our Leeds head office, Watershed continued to expand and grow year on year! We also launched our Shrink Sleeve division and now we can supply Shrink Sleeve Labels worldwide.

2012

NEXT

BACK

CLOSE

Our Shrink Sleeve department hit the ground running, the dedication and reinvestment into the company has not only boosted the company year on year but international clients are now contacting Watershed Packaging and a brand name is starting to prosper.

2012

NEXT

BACK

CLOSE

Plans for a new head office were unveiled, with the support of Leeds City Council we created over 40 new jobs at our new state of the art facility. Construction work began for our new manufacturing headquarters in Leeds at Thornes Farm. This project would see a £5 million reinvestment into the business.

2013

NEXT

BACK

CLOSE

In 2014 our beautiful headquarters was completed and we relocated our Leeds headquarters business to Thornes Farm Way in the new Aire Valley Leeds Enterprize Zone. We were one of the first companies to take advantage of the incentives on offer to businesses locating in the new Aire Valley Leeds. Relocating to this new premises allowed us to expand our operations in Leeds as our business is rapidly expanding and growing.

2014

NEXT

BACK

CLOSE

We achieved AA Grade BRC high risk accreditation at our Leeds headquarters and AA Grade BRC accreditation at our Wales site. Watershed recently invested in Esko CDI which includes HD screening enabling us to output High Definition Plates. Alongside this we also invested in Asahi’s AWP Water Wash System.

2015

NEXT

BACK

CLOSE

We now have a our own in-house Design Studio and a Platemaking facility at our Leeds HQ. Having the full suite on-site helps our customers meet the targets and service levels required for tight deadlines as we manufacture all of our Printing Plates ourselves.

2015

NEXT

BACK

CLOSE

Watershed now encompasses over 11 Printing Presses across the group at it’s three sites within the UK which enables us to have a professional Disaster Recovery Plan. We also installed a leading MIS system to manage all of the groups live Printing time to the minute, which enables us to become even more efficient and competitive.

2016

NEXT

BACK

CLOSE

Watershed Packaging invest in more market-leading machinery which now enables us to produce Die Cut Lids. We are rapidly expanding our business into different markets and can now manufacture Aluminium and Polyester Lids for a variety of products.

2016

NEXT

BACK

Watershed Packaging install our latest £2 million Printing Press. Flexographic, Lithographic, Gravure, Solvent, UV, Water-based and Coldseal. The capabilities are endless on our brand new combination Press. It is the first of it’s specification in the UK, allowing us to pursue new markets and provide the highest quality print in the industry. Take a look at the promotional video below

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At Watershed Packaging we do things differently to other companies in the Industry. We offer a bespoke service to a vast array of customers, all with the help of our state-of-the-art machinery and our passionate members of staff. In the competitive field of flexible print and packaging, no competitor can offer the same array of products alongside such a responsive and entrepreneurial service.

Our brand values not only guide our behaviours, but actually make up our DNA at Watershed Packaging, and form the core of every action that takes place. As well as aiming to delight all customers, we truly care about our team and the wider community. Having a happy, healthy and empowered workforce working in a thriving community is central to the ongoing success of Watershed.

Watershed Brand Values:

 

  • Customer - Centric. The customer experience governs our decision making at every level.

 

  • We Innovate. We deal in creative solutions, not problems.

 

  • We Invest. In people, technology, production and the community.

 

  • We Act. We encourage feedback, listen to it and act on it.

 

Mission Statement:

 

  • Watershed works with our Customers to provide premium quality Flexible Print & Packaging Solutions.

 

 

 

Vision:

 

  • To become THE Brand in the Flexible Print and Packaging Industry across Europe.

 

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