Retriever takes first UK Mark Andy E5

Retriever Sports, which makes darts and associated accessories, has installed a six colour Mark Andy Evolution Series E5 flexo press, the first of this type in the UK.

From right, Ian Bennett, Retriever Sports’ managing director, holds an award to commemorate the 1st Evolution Series E5 to be installed in the UK, with Phil Baldwin of Mark Andy UK in the centre, and Graphic Designer Colin Raynsford to the left.

Retriever Sports, which is based in Slough in the UK, was set up by husband-and-wife Tom and Katie Pope in 1978 and is today run by Ian and Marc Bennett, along with Jacqueline Bennett and Geraldine Osborne. The company employs 35 staff and produces around 10 million sets of dart flights each year. The factory also houses CNC, injection molding, vacuum forming, laser marking, pad printing and automated bagging machines.

The new press replaces one of two 250mm wide Mark Andy Scouts that have been in use at Retriever Sports since the early 2000s. These presses are used to print the variety of colourful dart flights that Retriever manufactures. However the company needed to upgrade to cope with rising demand and changes in market trends.

The new Evolution Series press is a fully servo-driven 330mm six-colour flexo line, with full UV curing and an overhead rail system for moveable cold foil application. This has already added 50 percent to Retriever’s output since it ws commissioned in April. The new press has also helped reduce delivery times.

In addition, most dart flights have either six colours, or five plus varnish, and the moveable cold foil system allows for the greater degree of creativity in decoration that the market now demands. The new press also features pacing rollers that are the same size as the impression rollers, which improves tension control for superior register whether in manual or auto mode.

Retriever Sports’ Managing Director Ian Bennett comments: “We consistently apply high standards of manufacturing to our dart products and build technical innovation into each and every component that we produce. Our commitment to providing a superior product and outstanding service to our customers has seen the company grow into one of the largest manufacturers of darts and accessories in the World.”

You can find further details on Retriever Sports here, and on the E5 from markandy.com.


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