The Master and Mistress Cutler started with a tour of the Rollem factory at Tankersley with Managing Director, Stuart J Murphy and General Manager, Andy Longston showing them each stage of the manufacturing process – design, machining, fabrication, painting or refurbishing of existing machines. Stuart and Andy also explained how the print finishing process works taking a single sheet of playing cards, photo books or business cards to a cut, collated, punched, wrapped finished product in a single pass. Some of the issues discussed during the tour included the effects of Brexit on import and export and the challenges currently being seen in the supply chain for components, and the skills shortage of experienced engineers which are affecting many businesses in the region and across the country.
Rollem, based at Tankersley, has seen record growth in the last 2 years with the order book now running till quarter 2, 2023. 90% of Rollem’s business is for export with current orders from world-leading names in playing and gaming cards in Italy and the USA.
The tour moved onto the new TopDeck Print facility on the newly built Everill Gate Business Park at Wombwell, where the team presented the Master and Mistress Cutler with The Company of Cutlers of Hallamshire branded playing cards, and they also got to see them being printed and going through each of the stages of the print finishing process.