Food and drink manufacturers faced with rising service costs always need to be on the look out for new ways to control the real cost of ownership of labelling, printing and coding equipment. Now the coding and marking ­equipment supplier Euromark is offering one solution in the form of a monthly contract that inlcudes ­maintenance, repairs and consumables.

Euromark believes this solution reduces capital investment and ensures predictable and manageable running costs – vital for an industry where machine maintenance and printer consumables alone can exceed £3,000 per year.

Based around the the reliability of its high-speed Hitachi continuous inkjet (CIJ) printers, Euromark’s Zero Plan is a £299 monthly contract that includes all maintenance, repairs and consumables, helps reduce overheads, improve food manufacturers’ bottom line and provide an innovative, cost-effective solution for purchasing state-of-the-art printing equipment.

Wigan-based Euromark is the sole UK distributor of the Hitachi range and this hire deal provides regular inspections by the company’s highly-qualified engineers, includes all repairs and service costs as well as a nailed-on guarantee that there will be no price hike during the five-year term. Customers will also have the option to keep the machines at the end of the agreement.

Included in Euromark’s Zero Plan is the Hitachi P series which retains the innovative multifunctional characteristics such as low solvent consumption, but provides even greater print precision, versatility, reliability and an impressive ability to match production line speeds in excess of 700m per minute without any degradation in print quality.

Euromark’s managing director, Ian Luck, comments: “We think we are offering an unbeatable deal. For a fixed monthly payment of just £299 per printer we provide reduced downtime, reduced running costs and reduced aggravation. Our goal is to place customers’ needs first and we think the Zero Plan achieves just that.”

He continues: “Euromark has been established in this market for a long time and knows that accurate product marking and coding is an essential element in maintaining standards and ensuring traceability. Our Hitachi range of printers provides producers with the reliability they need to avoid expensive downtime or unnecessary investment in standby machines.”

Founded on the tradition of providing quality products coupled with first-class support service, Euromark is at the forefront of technical excellence. The company’s team of highly qualified engineers is on hand to provide back-up, maintenance training and will service and repair most major brands of inkjet coders. Other services from Euromark include waste disposal and ink recovery applications, training courses, bespoke marking applications and customised software.