Discover the history of Baker Self Adhesive Labels, from humble beginnings to industry leading label printers.
Baker Self Adhesive Labels is founded.
Roy and Marian Baker set up in a factory at Vale Royle in Kings Cross with their office in a caravan on site.
Investment in Gestetner Offset Litho
Production started with flat screen, litho, and hotfoil printing and a small slitter. Noel (pictured) is still with Bakers today.
Establishing customers and suppliers
Accounts for labels with now familiar household names such as Gillette, Max Factor and Guerlain are established and business builds.
First factory move.
The rapidly growing company needed to expand to new premises and left Kings Cross for Brunner Road, Walthamstow.
Purchase of Nilpeter S330/S
Bakers invests in their first Nilpeter. An S330/S 4 colour reel to reel screen press.
Falcon and Dominators
Bakers develops basic letterpress printing with the Falcon and Dominators. Slitting develops with 1m wide machine
Second factory move.
The business continues to grow and another big move is necessary. Bakers moves premises to Sutherland Road, Walthamstow.
In early 1991 Bakers launched a patented cost saving invention – the Die Cutting Frame, the result of 3 years research and development.
Roy Baker invests in a Flexo F2400. It’s one of the first to be installed in the UK.
Bakers embraces technology
A computer typesetter was added so in-house typesetting could be offered to smaller customers and amendments made to existing copy for larger customers.
Baker Self Adhesive Labels celebrates its 21st Birthday. Several of the staff in the photo are still with Bakers today.
Bakers prints their first company brochure highlighting their history, flexibility, innovation, technology, integrity, philosophy.
Bakers makes further investment in a Parkland Slitter (1.4m) and a second Nilpeter F2400
Change at the top
After almost 3 decades, company founder Roy Baker takes a step back and his son Steve Baker takes over as Managing Director.
The Flexo F2500 arrives at the factory in Walthamstow as Bakers maintains the ethos of re-investment. A second Parkland slitter is also added to the equipment.
Bakers goes digital
Bakers moves into digital printing by investing in their first HP Indigo press, a WS4050. The Digicon and Coater are also added.
Baker Self Adhesive Labels Ltd. wins the “Adding Value” Award for their work with Moo.com sticker book. in a competition run by Digital Printer and Print Week Magazine that recognise achievements in digital printing technology
First HP Indigo WS6000 in UK
In this year Bakers is the first UK printer to install a WS6000, replacing the WS4500 that had been added the previous year.
Third factory move
After almost a quarter of a century at their factory in Walthamstow, Bakers moves to new purpose built premises in Brentwood, Essex.
HP Indigo WS6600
A new addition to the digital capabilities at Bakers as they install an HP Indigo WS6600
40th Birthday and a new logo
To celebrate their 40th birthday Baker Labels launches their new logo with a bright splash of colour
Another New Nilpeter
The Nilpeter Flexo FB3 is installed at the new factory.
Purchase of Screen Inkjet press
Baker Labels expanded its digital printing capability by investing its first inkjet device, a Screen TruePress Jet L350UV press with Screen EQUIOS universal workflow.
The factory floor area is grown with an extended mezzanine, taking the services for the flexo machine upstairs and releasing space on the production floor
Baker Labels’ biggest investment to date
Bakers completes a major upgrade of its digital capacity by buying and installing a pair of HP Indigo 6800 presses, adding to the one they already have.